- Thoughts for inspired living

June 5, 2009


Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:33 am

I don’t know where I first heard it but someone asked, “Is your religion working for you?” He then went on to say, “If not, it’s time to get a new religion.”

Since you never talk about politics or religion in mixed company, let’s shift the topic to beliefs.

Religion is a formal set of stated beliefs. That’s pretty easy to understand. The same is true for a political position.

The sticky wicket is when we attempt to force feed our beliefs down someone’s throat or vice-versa.

My suggestion is simple. Before you attempt to jam what you know to be true, make sure it’s working for you.

If you examine your beliefs, you will find that most of them were never independently arrived at. You got them from someone else well before you even knew what a belief was. Your belief is somebody else’s belief. Think about this: Did you arrive at your pet prejudice on your own or did you have help?

The difficulty with unexamined beliefs is that many of us will stand on soap boxes and shout our beliefs and never notice that our pointing finger is unwashed.

No one is without sin. We all do it. It’s just a matter of degree.

The question you may want to ask is: “To what degree are my beliefs standing in my way?”

Some beliefs are harmless. Maybe salt water does cure everything as my mother would say as she encouraged us to bathe a wound in the ocean. Early signs of the “Placebo Effect”?

Other beliefs just keep us stuck and sometimes we attempt to stick everyone within earshot with our syringe full of syllogisms without testing them out first.

This doesn’t have to be a final examination. Start with a pop quiz and find a minor belief that isn’t working for you and notice it in action. Don’t attempt to change it, just watch yourself execute the behavior associated with the belief.

When you begin to notice your beliefs, they will either stand up to scrutiny or they won’t. Shedding light on our beliefs has the ones that truly don’t work head for the cover of darkness – the only place from which they can operate.

If your belief can’t stand up to the light of day, you can be sure it’s one that’s standing in your way.

How honest can you be with yourself? Your degree of honesty will determine how much longer your stay in the dark will be.

Anybody got a match?

All the best,


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