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Beliefs from within

Posted March 24, 2007

Q. With all the new personal growth programs and spiritual inspiration that is being taught, how do I make myself believe in new ideas if I don't believe in the philosophies behind them? -- J.T., Delray Beach

A. Oscar Wilde said, "Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."

It is clear that you are not willing to fall into this category.

You seem to be questioning, exploring and examining current ideologies that are emerging. Since you don't mention specific philosophies, I assume the principles upon which you have founded your beliefs are firmly intact.

We can look at this a few ways. First: you are strong in your convictions. Second: You are a rational thinker. Third: You come from the school where seeing is believing rather than the contemporary approach, which states that believing is seeing.

Sometimes we limit our growth because we compare what we hear to what we believe. As we grow older, it becomes difficult just to believe. It's not that we don't want to, but so much has happened that we just can't.

A great shift is under way as people are seeking deeper spiritual and philosophical principles that come from the soul.

I recommend that you shift from believing in things and ideas to experiencing life from a deeper place within yourself -- the residence where knowing becomes the truth that guides you from within.

As Sting so aptly said, "Let your soul be your pilot."

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