Beliefs related to spirituality

 

Independent of tradition, where I am in my own process, and what my inclinations are, I am easily caught up in beliefs about myself, others, reality and the process of awakening.

It’s inevitable, and they are also pointers to where I can find more clarity and receptivity.

Some of my beliefs are from traditions, culture and what I have heard from others.

Other beliefs are fueled by my fears and hopes, worst case scenarios and wishful thinking.

And I have beliefs built on my own experience, where experiences and insights are first reflected in stories and then made into beliefs.

I am not really affiliated with a tradition, but I still have beliefs about traditions, teachings and teachers.

This tradition is better/worse.

These teachings are true/false.

This teacher is clear/unclear.

I have beliefs about where I am in the process, and in relation to others.

I should be further along.

I have missed out of opportunities.

She is clear, I am not.

I am further along than him.

I have beliefs about bliss, flow, insight, guidance etc. – beliefs about what happens in the early phases of the process.

Bliss is better.

Joy is better.

Flow is better.

Compassion is better.

Then, beliefs about selfless awakening, truth awakening to itself etc. – beliefs of what happens a little later in the process.

Clarity is better.

Awakening is better.

Selflessness awakening is better.

Truth awakened to itself is better.

What we are awakening to itself is better.

And also beliefs about beliefs themselves.

Clarity is better than beliefs.

Release of identification is better than identification.

Freedom from identification is better than identification.

All of these are identification with stories and viewpoints.

Each of these is an identification with something within content of experience, as opposed to something else within content of experience.

Each of these create resistance to experience. Holding onto a viewpoint. Friction with the natural flow of what is. Identification as something at odds with reality.

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There may be beliefs about the tradition, teachings or teachers.

My tradition is better.

These teachings are true.

My teacher is awakened.

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From a previous inquiry:

What do I hope to get out of insights?

Clarity. Peace.

Feeling I am OK. Safety. Security.

Respect. Appreciation. Love.

People will like me. Appreciate me. Love me.

Satisfaction.

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Additional beliefs:

Clarity is better.

Awakening is better.

Selflessness awakening is better.

Truth awakened to itself is better.

What we are awakening to itself is better.

Bliss is better.

Joy is better.

Flow is better.

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All of these are beliefs that may appear at different phases in the process.

First, perhaps beliefs about bliss, flow, insight, guidance etc. – beliefs about what happens in the early phases of the process.

Then, beliefs about selfless awakening, truth awakening to itself etc. – beliefs of what happens a little later in the process.

All of these are identification with stories and viewpoints.

Each of these is an identification with something within content of experience as opposed to something else within content of experience.

Each of these create resistance to experience. Holding onto a viewpoint. Friction with the natural flow of what is. Identification as something at odds with reality.

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