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Where do you stand? Seeing vs. Believing

By Kiki Matoba and Christy Lee

What Camp Do You Belong In? I need to see it to believe it. Or I believe it then I can see it.

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Belief is subjective and a choice about how to view reality. Most likely the way we view life was defined by the example that was set through our family and the culture we grew up in. But have you experienced things or learned new things that have altered your beliefs?

Have you realized belief is a choice that you can change?

In this article we will explore the possibilities of belief.

I need to see it to believe it

This is a materialist's view of the world. A skeptics approach to life needing physical proof to know something is real and true. This way of living is based on past evidence that then follows the status quo and standards of how things are done. A pattern that the mind and body consistently practices day in and day out. This mindset believes the only things that are real are what can be seen, touched, and tasted.

I believe it then I see it

Then there's a mindset where imagination and limitless possibilities guide thoughts which become experiences. The evolution of technological advances present evidence that the people who invented the car, plane, computer, and internet had to believe in this dream in

order to make it a reality. The thought came before the proof.

"Chance favors the prepared mind." – Louis Pasteur


Belief starts in the mind and the mind is a powerful tool. Take for example Australian psychologist Alan Richardson's basketball visualization experiment where he directed three separate groups of people to either physically practice free throw shots for 20 minutes 5 times a week for 4 weeks, only visualize doing it for the same amount of time, or not play or think about basketball at all. Then he had them all shoot 100 free throws. The group that didn't play at all showed no improvement, the group that practiced improved by 24%, and the group that visualized it improved by 23%! This shows us how powerful our mind is and how it can prepare our reality.

ways to change belief

If we feel our beliefs are limiting us there is hope. We can change the way we view life. Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, conducted a fascinating study on luck and was able to help people who believed they were unlucky change their fate in life by helping them change their mindset and it worked! He discovered lucky people seemed lucky because they were able to make intuitive choices that aligned them to synchronistic opportunities that were supported by a positive mindset which maintained fortunate expectations even when unfortunate things happened. No matter how much we hope and believe everything will be fine, it's true that we will all experience hardships. But how we view these hardships makes a difference in how we live through them.

one more thing

One more inspiring story about belief: the human race has been running for sport since ancient Greece and for centuries no one could run the mile faster than 4 minutes. Everyone believed it was impossible until it happened in 1954 when Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile record. After that several other people were able to do it and the record continues to change. Are limiting beliefs holding you back?

now what do you believe?

Belief is like a lens we view life through. Do we only see what the world presents to us and take it as fact even if it doesn't feel good. Or is it possible to switch the lens and choose to view life differently, get curious, question reality, and begin to act on decisions that can change our life for the better? Energy work is an invisible force that changes how we feel and can change how we live. It exists in the realm of believing before seeing and can shift the trajectory of reality.

Please share this with anyone you believe could benefit from some positive hope.

What are your thoughts about belief?

Tell us what other subjects in relation to energy work you would like to learn more about.

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