Often when we think of beliefs we think of our conscious beliefs – these stories we make up about our lives. While many conscious and unconscious beliefs color the scripts we run about ourselves there are other beliefs that underpin the very nature of our existence of which there is very little or no control. Awareness of these kinds of behind the scenes beliefs is the first step to mastering beliefs and overcoming the realities they create.
We believe that our perceptions are real and therefore are basis of all that is real and true. These perceptions have been built up over centuries based on cultural beliefs constructed by language and ego. Underneath the stories (beliefs) constructed by civilization are the biological stories or beliefs that we tell ourselves and of which the human genome (DNA – genetics) and the wiring of our brains are parts. In other words we can see that we have a body and we perceive visual stimuli, sensory orientations in time and space, auditory, gustatory, olfactory stimuli and so on that shapes our perspectives and beliefs in the human experience. These beliefs shape how and what we perceive from the point of view of human consciousness.
We agree on what is a table, a chair, house, clothing, parent, child, husband, wife, partner, friend, city etc. These agreements are beliefs that hold together an agreed perspective on reality which in turn becomes a belief and is absorbed in the seamlessness of reality or the background.
Skipping ahead but placed on the platform of the human belief are other systems of belief that are part of spirituality, religion, social and political intercourse of daily life. On top of these beliefs are intergenerational family beliefs that taken for granted become part of our unconscious programming. For example if most of the women on one side of a family system have children at a certain age – say 33 – then there is a strong unconscious program that may run across the mindset, emotional, hormonal and body beliefs that instruct a woman to get pregnant at age 33. Or another example of inter-generational belief may have to do with the age we die. If all the males died at age 89 then its possible that all the males may decide this is the age of death and succumb to passage at that time. If it’s not time one sometimes sees a person giving up and waiting for death.
In short beliefs are an aggregate of perceptual filters that our neurology projects into a quanta world to shape reality based on a collective mutually agreed upon structure which has all been invented.