Daily Insight – Self Reliance and Our Belief Systems

8/13/2021 – Self Reliance and Our Belief Systems

Mystical Wisdom by Gaye Guthrie

Our belief systems have molded not only who we are but how we live our lives. These belief systems, in most cases, have been passed on from our parents, grandparents, spouses, friends, etc. With this thought in mind, take a moment and think about how you view experiences in your life. Does how you view the experiences create happiness or fear? Why is this so? What do you have in your belief system that makes you think, act, or feel this way? To truly find peace and balance in our lives we must begin letting go of old ideas that are limiting. We must continue to learn and experience the world through our eyes. It’s time to free yourself and move forward without fear.

Here’s a great story I found in an amazing book I’m reading, ‘The Path of Transformation’ written by Caroline Myss, Ph.D. This passage from the book should really make you think about your life and your belief systems.

“There’s a wonderful story told by Deepak Chopra that teaches us something important about this point. When training baby elephants in India, trainers start by chaining one hind leg of the animal to a large tree. In a short time, the elephant becomes so accustomed to the chain that he no longer tries to free himself. The trainers then reduce the size of the chain. In time, the elephant is so conditioned to the restraint that even a tiny cord around that foot will stop him. Yet it is certainly not the cord that holds him; rather it is his belief that he is restrained.” (Caroline Myss, Ph.D., 2000, The Path of Transformation, p. 106)

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  1. That was really interesting – “Yet it is certainly not the cord that holds him; rather it is his belief that he is restrained.” lesson to be learned there.