Inquiry: Finding what is more honest for me is better than belief

 

Finding what is more honest for me is better than belief. (Finding what is more honest for me than the belief is better than the belief. Recognizing I don’t know is better than belief. Clarity is better than belief.)

  1. True?
    Yes. I can find where it feels true.
  2. Sure it is true?
    No. It is just an opinion. A slight habit, in my case.
  3. What happens when I take it as true?
    • I get alert to signs of beliefs. I keep watch for them. I wait for the next one. When I notice one, I make a note of it and take to inquiry. There is a sense of excitement around it. I look forward to the next belief I can take to inquiry.
    • The belief also gives it a compulsive quality. It becomes a “have to”. It becomes something I live for. It goes more in the foreground than much else.
    • It becomes a little one-sided. There is a sense of something being off. I know it is not true, yet live as if it is true, so there is a slight discomfort there.
    • When the “better” thought is believed, I feel split. There are beliefs here, and there is what is more honest for me, and the “better” belief creates a sense of split between the two. A sense of opposition. Inner division.
    • There is a sense of what is here now as not OK. If my stories tells me I am aligned with what is more honest for me, that becomes something I need to hold onto, protect, solidify, make last. If my stories tells me I am caught up in a belief, that becomes something I must change, clarify, get rid of, use as stepping stone for clarity. I am unable to appreciate clarity and beliefs as temporary guests, for what they are – the qualities of each one.
    • I more easily label something honest or belief, overlooking the nuanses and richness there.
  4. Who would I be without it?
    • Curious about experience here now, as it is. No need to bring it in a certain direction. Free from “have to” around beliefs and what is more honest.
    • Free to follow curiosity, interest. Free to live more from kindness and wisdom.
  5. Turnarounds.
    • Finding what is more honest for me is not better than belief.
      • They are both experiences. Life. Guests.
      • Beliefs have gifts. Beyond what any story can do – guidance, direction, it gives a sense of drama. It makes it more juicy.
      • If there is a “should” around finding what is more honest for me, that is not better than beliefs because it comes from a belief! I am acting on a belief in the process of finding what is more honest for me.
    • Finding what is more honest for me is worse than belief.
      • Yes. Especially if there is a blind should/have to behind finding what is more honest for me. Inquiry from a “should” tends to confuse the inquiry.
      • When I believe the initial story, I create a split in my experience. One part is good, the other bad. Experience is in struggle with itself.
      • I miss out of the juiciness of beliefs. Of taking a viewpoint as true.
    • Finding what is less honest for me is better than belief.
      • Yes. When I try on stories as true, it has many gifts. I get to find the validity in it. I get to understand those holding it as true a little better. And especially when those stories are unfamiliar for me, when they appear less honest for me.
      • By finding what is less honest for me, I can more easily notice what is more honest.
    • Lies are better than beliefs.
      • Yes, in that they are conscious. A belief appear true to me, but not what I see as a lie.
    • Lies are worse than beliefs.
      • Yes, they may harm relationships. (As do beliefs sometimes, for that matter.)
    • Belief is better than finding what is more honest for me.
      • Yes, it allows me to experience the world as if that story is true. It filters perception as if it is true. I feel as if it is true. I act on it as if it is true. It is a rich experience. It is part of the richness of human experience.

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