Belief is not reality. Point blank. But perhaps belief is the cumulative result of our background, our business environment, our country, our tradition, our values, our origin, our ethnicity and our traditions, as well as of our fears that we constantly carry with us.
Beliefs form the basis from which we lead teams, organisations, corporations and nations – without ever really questioning if we are perhaps following a wrong path. Even though we are experiencing severe consequences, we have somehow become immune, accepting these dire consequences. But deep inside ourselves, we do struggle with an increasing discomfort that is rising to an exponential level of hardship, displeasure and uneasiness across our entire global society.
To find out what is true, the mind must be free from belief, must be non-seeking, non-expecting, non-comparing and non-striving. Because we believe, we must constantly keep believing: occupying our mind and constantly seeking to make us feel safer. But this is why it makes little sense to have high expectations of other people, because it is not deeply rooted in their brain nor within their sub-consciousness. In fact, it is being free of belief that matters, that allows us to see things clearly in taking the best possible and decisive decisions. But this freedom we cultivate only when we are mature enough to rest in stillness. Anything else is purposeless.
Because we often do not see what the real thing is, we adhere to an ideal of reality. This is why belief quite frankly hinders true and deep understanding. What would happen if we had no belief at all? We might be afraid, anxious, restless and nervous about what might occur to us. For instance, the majority of people, to assuage this anxiety, believe that information they study, learn, research and gather leads to an understanding of what reality really is. Interesting enough, if we have no pattern of action based on belief, because beliefs are being conditioned, we could actually feel lost and insecure. So is it possible that belief proves that what we know and experience is the truth of reality?
Belief creates separation and conditions us. This furthers conflict between people, within teams, within organisations and even within societies and nations. Is it possible that this sort of acceptance of a belief covers up that which we fear? Fear of being nothing, of being helpless, of being unstable?
The escape from fear, fear of emptiness, fear of loneliness, fear of stagnation, fear of not arriving, fear of not succeeding, fear of not achieving, fear of not being something, or fear of not becoming someone other than oneself is surely one compelling reason we so eagerly and greedily accept beliefs.
But if we accept belief, do we truly understand ourselves? Belief acts as a mirror through which we view ourselves. So if we remove the numerous beliefs that saddle and weigh us down, is there perhaps nothing left to look at in that mirror? If we have no beliefs for the mind to identify, then – and only then – is the mind capable of looking at itself into things we would call true reality. This, then, is the beginning of understanding oneself.
Belief is merely an escape from the fact of confusion; it does not help us to face and to understand facts, but rather to run away from the confusion in which we are muddled. To understand the confusion, belief is not necessary; belief, instead, acts as a screen between ourselves and our problems, eventually distorting true reality.
Does belief give us enthusiasm, inspiration, inner security or make us feel at ease? Can these principles be sustained without a belief? Are these principles even necessary? Or is it necessary to embrace a different kind of energy so that we can gain inner balance and thereby see the real truth of reality? Unless belief is nourished incessantly by something, it fades away and we are left with a sensation and euphoria generated by external factors such as beauty, image, status quo, authority, power and influence. Or is there a self-sustaining force, an energy, which doesn't depend on belief?
Is it possible that we do not need a belief of any kind, and if we do, why is it necessary? We don't have to have a belief that life is what it is – but we are so very much convinced that we demand a belief when we want to escape from a fact into an unreality and just keep following. We accept being manipulated, being corrupted, being shaped and being influenced by a world of brands littered with fickle and unethical influencers.
As long as we do not understand our relationship with other people, organisations, teams or society, confusion will reign because the mind is confused. This stirs even more confusion, more hindrance and more conflict. A mind that escapes from true reality and from the facts of relationship, and that is agitated by belief, shall never know truth or experience inner balance. Contrarily, the mind that understands its relationship with goods, with people, with ideas, the mind which no longer struggles with hindrances and problems, this mind knows clarity, consciousness, compassion and courage – and only that sort of mind can comprehend what reality is.
But we never look at that fear. We turn away from it. The stronger the beliefs, the stronger the dogmas. When we examine these beliefs, we find that they divide people. Each dogma, each belief, has a series of rituals, a series of compulsions, which bind individuals and separate teams, organisations, societies and nations.
We consider belief to be intelligent and wise. But it is only in self-awareness and freedom that we can find true reality.
As George Bernhard Shaw used to say: “You see things and you say
‘Why?’ but I dream things that never were and I say ‘Why not?’”
At the end of the day, it is our choice. But is it really?