A belief is an idea that constitutes your reality within your own consciousness; dogma and doctrine.

The beliefs that impact you the most are the ones you hold to be true.
If you are miserable it is because of the beliefs you hold to be true.
If you are happy it is because of the beliefs you hold to be true.

See Part 24 - Awakening Your Genius for ways of changing your beliefs.

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." [Epictetus c.55-c.135]

"..MAN IS JUST WHAT HE THINKS HE IS TO HIMSELF. If I really believed in anything, the effect would follow whether I was thinking of it or not." [Quimby]

“I take the ground that God never made a belief. A belief is of man and is intended to satisfy him instead of true wisdom. If God ever spake, he spoke the truth which liberated men and bound him with no obligations. When man speaks, he always tells a lie; that is, in explaining a phenomenon, he imposes a belief and invents opinions which blind people to truth. Science is the voice of God, opinions that of man. So when man speaks in his own knowledge, he gives an opinion; but when he tells a truth, that is of God.” [Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, Article: Elements of Progress, Aristocracy, Freedom, Conservatism & Abolitionism]

When a man once acknowledges that a belief contains the seeds of disease or poison, then he will learn to analyze beliefs and see what they contain, taking for a standard that nothing cannot produce any one thing. So as a belief to the one that believes it is something and will produce the very thing contained in the belief; to the one that knows a belief is nothing, it produces nothing. [Phineas Parkhurst Quimby]

"I found that my thoughts were one thing and my beliefs another... if I really believed a thing, the effect would follow whether I was thinking of it or not." [Quimby]

"Make man responsible for his beliefs and he will be as cautious in what he believes as he is in what he sees or does." [Quimby]

"For a belief is a chemical change produced in the mind by language which conveys an idea of an invisible thing that cannot be seen but described. The image being created in the mind according to description, the matter is kept condensing and phenomena is produced on the body according to the belief." [Quimby, The Quimby Manuscript]

""In my investigation I found that my ignorance would produce phenomena in my subject that my wisdom would not correct. At first I found that my thoughts affected the subject, and not only my thought but my belief. I found that my thoughts were one thing and my belief another." [Quimby]

“When the storm of ignorance and superstition was raging and all the ships or minds were tossing to and fro, and even Jesus' disciples were in danger of being swamped by the errors of the age, when their barque or belief was just sinking into heathen idolatry, and when their enemies disturbed the walls or belief, then in the darkness of the night or error, when there was no eye to see or heart to feel, no arm to reach out or voice to be heard, Jesus was seen walking upon the water of their belief saying to the waves, Be still, and the winds and waves obeyed him and there was a great calm. This was the state of the minds in the days of Jesus. The people's belief was their disease and to embrace their errors was to take their disease. Then misery was what followed their belief and their happiness was the unlearning of their errors.” [Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, Spiritual Interpretation, page 526]

“Here I will say a word or two to the reader. If you can make the reader believe anything no matter how absurd it is, he will prove it to be true by his experiments. This proves that our beliefs make us act and our acts are directed by our belief, for the wisdom or knowledge is in the belief. People are not aware of this; this was what Jesus tried to prove so all his acts and talk went to prove the truth of what I have said. Make man responsible for his belief and he will be as cautious what he believes as he is in what he says and does, for he will see that just as he measures out to another just so it will be measured out to him. But does the clergy follow this rule? Do they not dictate to their audience what to believe and what not to believe without the least regard to their health? Now to suppose a man can believe one thing and still have a contrary effect is not true.” [Phineas Parkhurst Quimby; My Object in Introducing My Work, page 389]

"It ain't what ya don't know that hurts ya. What really puts a hurtin' on ya is what ya knows for sure, that just ain't so." [Uncle Remus]

"A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance (false beliefs) that tyranny begins." [Benjamin Franklin]

"A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind." [Robert Bolton]

"Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs." [Maxwell Maltz, PsychoCybernetics]

"As you imagine and visualize and verbalize your new story, in time you will believe the new story, and when that happens, the evidence will flow swiftly into your experience. A belief is only a thought you continue to think; and when your beliefs match your desires, then your desires must become your reality.

There is no physical body, no matter what the conditions, that cannot be achieve an improved condition. Nothing else in your experience responds as quickly as your own physical body to your patterns of thought." [Abraham-Hicks]

Fixed beliefs (dogma and doctrine) without thinking or thought. When fear is felt because of lack of awareness emotional reaction results. So it boils down to fear engendered by lack of awareness (and the perceived, by them, inability to achieve greater awareness). Their minds are frozen in/with beliefs, dogma, indoctrination (Stockholm Syndrome). Entire books could be (have already been) written about the so-called liberal (fearful) state of mind. This deplorable, and correctible, state of mind is not limited to discrete classes or groups of people.

See Also

As a Man Thinketh
Belief System
How Idea Becomes Matter or Disease
Mental Manifestation
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