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.
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]
Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth
"When I had moments of doubt that this could be so, the changes in the phenomena stopped taking place, and much later, I discovered that:
It was at this point, that I came to realize the powerful effect that CONVICTION or unwavering FAITH had on the environment when stating a command or even a belief.
What was even more startling was my mind-opening, 'cosmic consciousness' realization that all I had been witnessing was really the 'Creative Power' of Divine Mind Itself made visible in the 'shimmer of tiny motes'.
Not only this, its appearance could be profoundly affected by the activity of human thought." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 1, page 11]
"I was shown the following vivid vision.
First of all, I saw a new-born babe as 'light', a life-form of 'Creative Power'.
As the baby grew into childhood, then manhood, I saw the pure LIGHT of the 'Creative Power' gradually dimmed and then obscured altogether in him, by a dense wrapping of chains and thongs.
I questioned the meaning of the vision and there came to my mind a clear understanding which may be expressed in the following words:
'From birth to death - people believe and insist that their five senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste, correctly predicate the 'reality' of themselves and the universe around them.
Therefore, because they draw their mind power direct from Divine 'Creative Power', it is done to them according to their beliefs. [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 1, page 17]
- Whatever man profoundly BELIEVES himself to be, good or bad, that will he become.
- Whatever man FEARS others will do to him, so will they do.
- Whatever man HOPES that others will do to him, he must first do to them, since he is then creating a 'consciousness pattern' which will return to bless him to the extent he has blest others.
- Whatever disease man DREADS so will he become prey to it for he will have created a 'consciousness pattern' of the very thing he least wants to experience.
- Whatever is sent forth from man's mind and heart - returns to him in due course in some form or another, but remember that like always breeds like. Strongly emotional thoughts are 'consciousness seeds' planted within a man's own orbit of consciousness. These will grow, bearing a like harvest for his reaping.
"Again, I tried to make them understand the Power of Faith.
In the gospels, it has been stated I said that if a man had faith the size of a mustard seed he would be able to move mountains.
This statement is a misinterpretation of what I truly said and it reveals how little my disciples and gospellers understood my teachings when we were on earth.
If a person were to have 'faith' the size of a mustard seed - what does that mean? How can you measure faith in such a way?
Faith is faith.
It is a 'power of total conviction' in the mind, possessing the mind and cannot be restricted in 'size'.
Faith, arising out of your need to believe in something, because such a belief will serve your purposes in some way, can be powerful and strong, but never could it be estimated in 'size'! Belief is even stronger. Belief is the offspring of hearsay and logic. Because you have heard something and been convinced that what you have heard or read is true, you develop a deep belief in what you have heard. You believe it to be true. You believe in a total, complete way which defies contradiction.
I was constantly telling the people: 'Believe you will receive - and you will receive'. [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 3, page 64]
“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]
"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]
"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.