BELIEVE IT ACHIEVE IT
The process of our belief systems is a series of events. Mostly, it is us ingesting someone else's opinion of something and accepting it as a belief. We receive an idea (a reception of what already exists within the universal mind) and/or we have a thought. When we have this thought, we "think" about it. We bounce it back and forth in our head like a rubber ball, and we to our best to reason and come to a conclusion. This is the process of arriving at a "decision." The word decision has it's etymology in the archaic meaning "to cut-off." So, once we make a decision, we are cutting off a chunk of something, whether it is complete or incomplete. Just like we tear off a piece of Scotch tape, taking whatever size chunk/piece we estimate that we need.
Once we decide on something. It then gets transferred to our storage tank of beliefs. We have made a decision to believe it. Now remember, this in no way means that what we have decided to believe is true or false, it is merely a decision we have made to determine it to be what we will now accept as belief. It may sound viable, it may be presented as "believable," but it is by no means proven to be true ... unless ... we have evidential experiences - personally - that have confirmed this belief to be true. Not just someone else's opinion.
In order to put this belief on trial and accept it as real, we must have personal evidence through experience. Kind of like a body or evidence in a court trial. As silly as this may sound, unless you have actually visited Paris, France ... you really don't know it exists. You're relying on other peoples opinion that it does. It appears on a map, you've seen images of the Eiffel Tower, your friends have been there, you see it on TV and in movies ... but ... unless YOU actually experience it in person, you are accepting through someone or something else the concept that it is truly there. You have decided to accept the belief that Paris exists, based on someone else's word, opinion, or experience.
This example may seem a bit far-fetched, but consider for example "Jesus of Nazareth" for a moment. We now know historically, and archaeologically, that the town of Nazareth didn't even exist during the writings of the Jesus era. In fact, it wasn't even "Jesus of Nazareth" ... it was "Jesus the Nazarene, or Jesus the Nozrim." This was actually a title given within the sect of Judaism practiced by the Essenes and the Theraputae and NOT a physical location or city/place until much, much later. "Nazareth" had nothing to do with geography. People today still believe there was a Nazareth at the time of the historical presentation of Jesus. Yet, there was not. People just took someone else's opinion or writing and accepted it through a decision into their belief system ... and then it spread from there.
The point of all of this is that we each need to deeply investigate, and personally experience (whenever possible) anything and everything we decide to accept as a belief. This goes for everything. Politics, science, religion, health and medicine ... everything. And even then, remember ... there is but only one Absolute Truth that any of us will ever know in this incarnation. That one Truth, is Math. The Masons knew, Pythagoras and Socrates knew it, and it is the Absolute Truth. All in the universe, is Math ... the Architect of the Universe built it with math.
Just a thought ...
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.