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… insights and inspirations from Dan van Wylich


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What are we afraid of?

I often ask myself why it seems so scary to challenge our own beliefs.  Reality doesn’t care whether we believe this or that, so what is the big deal about having to believe in something.  And why do we flick this questioning off as ridiculous?

Why are we so afraid of not knowing?

Every time we believe in something… anything really… we make up a reality. (Does that sound strange?)   If we are making it up then it can’t be anything but illusion.

Dictionary: Illusion.

  • an erroneous mental presentation
  • something many people believe that is wrong

A lot of scientifically minded people would smile and say that their world view is based on fact and not illusion.

A lot of people of the Faith would smile and say that their world view is based on fact and not illusion.

Dictionary: Fact

  • a thing that is indisputably the case
  • a truth about events as opposed to interpretation

How far are you personally willing to go in order to find the truth? Or are you happy to live in a made up blob of make belief?

If we look at a couple of essential observations, then you can see what I am pointing at.

Most religions believe that there is only one creator.  This creator created good/holy.  Who created bad/evil?  If there is only One, then there cannot be ‘other than’. There cannot be two ore more.  Either God created evil or God is not allmighty.

Most scientists believe in the substance of matter.  But the whole concept of matter as something either solid or stable disappears if you look closely enough at it.  So maybe, if matter is not really there in the way we think it is, just maybe matter is not all there is.  And maybe the way we think the Universe is, is not the way it really is.

Are we ready to look at reality without preconceived ideas and beliefs?

What are we afraid of?

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Believe it or not!

Believe it or not!

Humans are a funny lot. We have these thoughts and opinions about life.

Whatever we personally believe to be true is how we see the world. We are convinced that the way we see the world is the right way, and that our world is the real world.

But if/when we change our view of reality, then reality seems to change, and we are now convinced that this new way we see/understand life is the real one. Very rarely are we willing to consider that maybe the way we view the world is actually shaping/creating our reality.

Some people might feel threatened by the above statement.

Our beliefs are after all the only reference we have got about reality. Most scientists would argue that reality is that which can be measured, but since the fundamental building blocks of the atoms are difficult to measure then it is difficult to make any firm statement about what matter, and therefore reality, actually is.

Most spiritually minded people would agree that there is more to life than the level of matter. There seems to be other dimensions/levels of being in which conscious life is going on.

But when it comes to describing what exactly is going on then very few people agree. Non believers make this disagreement an argument for the fact that there is no higher world/heaven/other dimension. But if, as modern science states, the experiencer affects the outcome of an experiment, then it is suddenly not so straight forward to discard faith in a spiritual realm as superstition.

In the next few blogs I would like to have a look at different belief systems and the way they shape the particular reality we personally live in.