Beliefs

People are made by their beliefs.
As they believe, so they are.

the Bhagavad Gita

  
Do continue to believe that with your feeling and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate in yourself this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.

Rainer Maria Rilke

     
One of the hardest expressions of self-assertiveness is challenging your limiting beliefs.

Nathaniel Branden
Self-Esteem Every Day
   
Whenever you are confused about why you did something, look for a belief.  Beliefs compel you to do what you might otherwise think is stupid.  The belief isn't stupid.  It's just a belief.  Change the belief and you change the behavior.  Most people will have no clue that their behavior comes from their own beliefs.  They will want to blame others--the president, the economy, their family, friends, childhood, and so on.  Blame is easy.  It avoids responsibility.  Recognizing that all behavior is caused by a belief will help you select better beliefs for yourself.  It will also help you understand others.

Joe Vitale
Life's Missing Instruction Manual
   
Your basic energy signature is the sum of all your thoughts and beliefs.  You define your personality, physical attributes, and behavior.  You are the only one who can create or change your thoughts and your beliefs.  And your beliefs create what you experience as life.

Bruce I. Doyle III
Think Your Way to the Life You Want
    

People may be heretics to the truth if they believe things only
because their pastor says so, or the assembly so determines,
without knowing other reason; though their beliefs be true,
yet the very truth they hold become their heresies.

John Milton

   

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Our beliefs about what we are and what we can
be, precisely determine what we will be.

Anthony Robbins

    

Limiting beliefs are like a cage locked tight with no opening in sight.
But when you realize that you are the one who holds the key in
releasing these beliefs, only then can you find freedom.  Freedom
comes from within.  It comes from getting to know who you really
are, releasing all limiting beliefs.  And as you release your limiting
beliefs and stand in your truth, your example shines a light for the
whole world to see.  Freedom will be yours when you give yourself
permission to live authentically.

Terri Amos

    

She realized how many of her beliefs were either unrealistic or belonged to
her deceased parents and her ex-husband.  She also realized that her expectations
for herself and others were sometimes too rigid.  She was trying to live up to
what everyone else said was best for her, which made her depressed and hard
to be around at times.  Once she changed her beliefs about herself and others,
she began to smile more and enjoy life.

Salle Merrill Redfield
Creating a Life of Joy

   

   

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Be sure to choose what you believe and why you believe it, because
if you donít choose your beliefs, you may be certain that
some belief, and probably not a very credible one, will choose you.

Robertson Davies
    

Belief in God is not always beneficial to human life.  Falsely used, it
may become an escape from reality or a justification for a dogmatic
arrogance that destroys the very fibre of the human community.

Edward LeRoy Long, Jr.

  

An extremely important part of our work toward emotional growth and change
will come from examining our belief systems regarding all areas of life.  To
gain the courage to be yourself, you need to address the beliefs that are
keeping you stuck where you are.  What beliefs, assumptions, and attitudes
are you holding onto even though they no longer enhance your life?  It is possible
to free yourself from worn-out beliefs and acquire ones that bring happiness,
strength, and self-esteem.  What we believe we may become.

Sue Patton Thoele
The Courage to Be Yourself

   
  

One of my patients who survived three major surgeries in five weeks
described himself as "born again."  When I asked him about this, he
told me that his experience had challenged all of his ideas about life.
Everything he had thought true had turned out to be merely belief and
had not withstood the terrible events of recent weeks.  He was stripped
of all he knew and left only with the unshakable conviction that life
itself was holy.  This insight in its singularity and simplicity had
sustained him better than the multiple, complex system of beliefs and
values that had been the foundation of his life up until this time.  It
upheld him like stone and upholds him still because it has been tested
by fire.  At the depths of the most unimaginable vulnerability he has
discovered that we live not by choice but by grace.
And that life itself is a blessing.

Rachel Naomi Remen
My Grandfather's Blessings

  

Become aware of your beliefs and automatic default settings.  Bring them into
the light of your present, adult knowledge.  Gently acknowledge that they
are what they are.  Then accept that they constitute what you've believed until
now, and that you can transform them into beliefs that allow you to fully express
who you really are.  Without judgment, patiently begin working to change
subconscious and limiting beliefs into true expressions of your authentic self.

Sue Patton Thoele
The Courage to Be Yourself

   

Many a time I have wanted to stop talking
and find out what I really believed.

Walter Lippman

  

Beliefs

   

Believe nothing, O monks, merely because you have been told it. . .
or because it is traditional, or because you yourself have imagined it.
Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect
for the teacher.  But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis,
you find to be conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all
beings--that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.

The Buddha

    

   
What we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often
extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.

Thomas Henry Huxley
    

They were so strong in their beliefs that there came
a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those
beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness.

Louise Erdrich

  

All belief that does not make us more happy,
more free, more loving, more active, more calm, is,
I fear, a mistaken and superstitious belief.

John K. Lavater

  

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Some things have to be believed to be seen.

Ralph Hodgson
   

Most philosophies wrap their seekers in a strict belief system.
By virtue of what they include, they exclude everything else,
especially some vital realizations.  Periodically revising our philosophy
of life as we live it is, therefore, a critically valuable exercise.

Charles Bates

   

People in general are quick to believe that which they desire to be true.

Julius Caesar

    
   
To believe in God for me is to feel that there is a God, not a dead one,
or a stuffed one, who with irresistible force urges us towards more loving.

Vincent van Gogh
  

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.

J. Krishnamurti

  

You can change your beliefs so they empower your dreams and
desires.  Create a strong belief in yourself and what you want.

Marcia Wieder

  
I realized a long time ago that a belief which does not spring
from a conviction in the emotions is no belief at all.

Evelyn Scott
   

  

  

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