Conformance is what keeps the car on the road when driving at speed. Conformance keeps us out of the Accident and Emergency Unit. Conformance keeps me from being arrested for theft or violence. We must know how to conform before we can conform. Conformance requires knowledge of what is expected. If we did not vet our experiences or behaviour we would be arrested or crash our car or drive away from the supermarket without paying for our groceries. A mind that can create and store beliefs is essential if we are to record information for future reference.
In a world without freedom of expression beliefs are a necessary source of information. If we need money to pay for food and housing then we will be homeless and starving without money. A mind that can record and store beliefs is necessary if we are to learn the rules of society. Whilst our beliefs inform our mind when they become our truth they also limit us. Our mind is only limited by the faith we have in our beliefs. We created a mind that is controlled by the beliefs that we worship as our truth.
This is a false mind that we have sent out into the world to represent us and control us. It is the ego mind that contains our beliefs. Those beliefs control us. When we allow our perception to define our experiences it is our beliefs that define our experiences for us. The cause of our boredom, unhappiness, frustration and limitation are the beliefs that judge qualifying experiences using those concepts. Those beliefs are a form of self-deception that our mind uses to show us what we chose to believe. We are the creator of our beliefs which are a form of ‘self-programming’.
When we feel fear, anxiety, anger and depression it is our thoughts and feelings unconsciously responding to our own self programming. The removal of these thoughts and feelings from our life is as simple as discovering and questioning the truth of what makes us feel these feelings. We were born at peace and our natural feelings didn’t range beyond love, joy and fun. As a child the only natural variance to what we could feel was expressed to communicate our body’s hunger, tiredness or discomfort. At some point we were educated to believe in concepts.
The belief in concepts was done to programme our behaviour. The way to programme our behaviour was to associate our feelings with our beliefs. This ensured our feelings responded to what we believed about our experience. Our feelings are now almost exclusively controlled by our beliefs. This control over what we feel is what ensures that we conform to the generic behaviour required by society. This means that our own beliefs are now in control of our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. If we read this and feel confused how do we know it is confusion?
We are not confused but we may not be able to readily understand what we are experiencing. This is because we have been conditioned through education to exclusively use beliefs to describe, define and judge our experiences. Our beliefs are only useful within contexts. For example our beliefs keep us from behaving in a way that may result in our imprisonment. Fear of prison is a constraint used by authority to inhibit natural behaviour made illegal by law. Conditioned responses and controlled behaviour whilst unnatural conform to universally generic behaviour.
We can only retain our limited freedoms as long as our mind is controlled by beliefs about what we can and cannot ‘legally’ do. Behaviour that results in a slap to the legs may inhibit a child’s behaviour and may be done to avoid the child’s imprisonment as an adult. This therefore leads to the belief that we need to form fixed beliefs about certain behaviour. Beliefs control our behaviour as an adult to ensure we do not snatch an ice cream from someone or punch them. So the child’s mind is conditioned so that it will behave in an ‘acceptable’ manner when it grows up.
To be accepted in a world without compassion we have to become what others want us to become. So we created a perspective which could think and act for us, having regard for the constraints and parameters which exist in the form of family, religious and cultural norms. A fixed perspective is therefore created. This perspective can learn and remember how to be. The fixed perspective is the identity which is sustained by acquiring and worshipping fixed beliefs. Fixed beliefs ensure compliant, consistent and reliable behavioural expression. This fixed perspective is the ego.
To sustain this false and limited identity we created a number of core beliefs about who we were. The beliefs were the creation of controls. Controls are essential if we are to ensure compliant behaviour. Compliant behaviour is essential if we are to conform to behavioural, societal, religious and legal constraints. Our biggest critics were originally our parents and loved ones. In order that we did not feel pain or hear raised voices, it was easier to just be what others wanted us to be. So we became a false identity which was the ego.
We pretended to be the ego for so long that we forgot what we were in truth. In truth we are each unique and unlimited children of God. We are all God’s children. We have no fear. Fear is the effect and a belief is its cause. If we do not have a single belief within our mind we cannot live, think or act without compassion. Compassion is the feelings of others. We can only believe what we do not know, because when we know, we have no need of beliefs because we know. We cannot return to the state of mind that is heaven on earth whilst our beliefs judge it to be hell.
We must convert all our beliefs to truth. Our truth is now misrepresented by our beliefs. We are worshipping our beliefs as truth and we will only accept the testimony of another if we believe them. This has created a paradox which keeps us exiled from truth for every situation, location, relationship, subject, context and concept for which we have beliefs. As a small child we had no beliefs. This is why it was once said, ‘except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.’ (Matthew 18.3) AD 1611.
Other relevant articles –