From exploring what happens when I take a thought as true, I see that beliefs are often very logical – within their own universe – and yet also irrational in a larger perspective.
There is a thought that nobody likes me. It’s taken as true. There is an identification as an I that nobody likes. There are reasons why nobody likes me: I am not funny enough. I am not clever enough. I am awkward socially. There is a great deal of evidence: Someone in elementary school saying he didn’t like me. Someone not returning my call. People who appear nice to me do so only because they pity me. (Whatever happens can be made to fit into the initial belief, and what doesn’t so easily fit is put aside.) Nobody likes me, and that means: There is something wrong with me. I am flawed. I will be alone. These beliefs then create feelings – of sadness, grief, hurt. And there is a sense of isolation, lonesomeness. Even around people I feel alone.
I think as if the initial thought is true. I feel as if it’s true. I perceive as if it’s true. I act as if it’s true. The initial belief creates a whole world that seems to confirm that it’s true. It creates a world that conforms and confirms.
This is all very logical. There is a great deal of evidence that all falls neatly into place.
And yet, it’s also irrational in a larger perspective. Beliefs are only logical within their own world. They cannot hold their ground when faced with reality, with simple, clear, real examples.
– a belief – logical (it’s own logic) and irrational (misguided, out of alignment with reality)