Belief Systems and how we behave

At a certain level we are complex machines. Our biology is intertwined with our neurology and the two form an amalgam that seems specifically designed to overcome the limits of either.

Our ability to perform at a truly high level regardless of obstacles strongly suggests that our belief system is a key aspect of our interpretation of the reality we observe. As such they affect not just how we choose to feel but also how we choose to heal.

It goes deeper than that. Consider for instance how we justify our actions even when those actions are antithetical to what we think we believe in, if we think we believe in what those actions signify. Or consider the even more complex instance of how morality is governed both by laws and beliefs and yet we somehow fail to act morally regardless when we think no one’s there to judge our behavior.

As you’d expect when it comes to something like a belief system, there is plenty of room for things to go awry. We can end up believing weird things or that we’re right even when we’re wrong. We double down when our beliefs are challenged. We fail to understand the power of doubt. As a result, we often fail the mindset test and end up accepting beliefs that are actually limiting us rather than empowering us to be the best we can possible be.

Rightly, proponents of self-improvement focus on the reality we construct for ourselves as key to our being able to overcome self-limiting barriers and actually be better.

There is no magic to it, of course. Nor is there a blind reductionist approach to looking at our bodies as biological machines, our brains as computers and our belief system as the governing agent in our everyday OS. All of these approaches are appealing. They reduce the complex problem that is us and the even more complex question of how should we behave, to relatively simple, straightforward answers. Some of these answers, do actually work, which is the power of the appeal.

When you consider something like a heart transplant or a routine cataract surgery in the eye; we are, indeed biological machines. Habits and behavior become the operating system that runs us after we wake up, each day. But there are those who think we are more than the sum of our parts. Our ability to even contemplate an existence beyond what biology and neurology have assigned to us provides us with a perspective that changes everything.

There is a way to test this ‘magic’. When we are caught in seemingly impossible scenarios, distancing ourselves from the moment seems to work.  It allows our brain to change perspective. That changes everything.

We are amazing. We barely understand our own capabilities, be they mental or physical. We’re truly a universe that has yet to be explored and mapped, much less understood. There are many parts to us. They all start with the simple question: “Who are you? What do you want to do?”.

Answer it honestly and “Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it”.

So, now. I know you’ve tested reality by seeking out coffee supplies and a selection of sweet things. Donuts (at the very least), croissants, cookies and chocolate cake. Kitted out this way there are no limits to where your brain can take you or what your mind can show you. Have an awesome Sunday, wherever you are.

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