Imagine beliefs in others

 

When I imagine a belief in someone else, I often take it to inquiry for myself. After all, if I can imagine it in someone else, it’s because it’s right here.

A story comes to mind, including the thought that it’s taken as true and the experience of it being taken as true. All that is happening here. I can add a story saying it’s happening over there, or happening, here, and that doesn’t really change that it’s all happening here.

In some ways, it can be really helpful to do inquiry on stories I imagine in others. It can help me access beliefs I otherwise may – for a while at least – ignore or dismiss.

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Draft…. 

Even if just see/imagine it in others, inquiry can be helpful
Is also here, otherwise wouldn’t recognize it
When write beliefs, may seem big or tiny, or may at first only imagine in others, doesn’t matter
I can find the thought here, when I look, especially when I have other beliefs such as life is too difficult (underlying beliefs, and inquiry on it can be a way to find more underlying beliefs)

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When I take beliefs to inquiry, it doesn’t really matter how significant or insignificant they appear. I may even, at first, only imagine the belief in someone else.

They may seem big or small, central or peripheral, in the foreground or background, hot or lukewarm, or occurring in someone else, and all of that is just a story.

Here are some that have come up for me to do inquiry on:

I want to die
Life is too difficult
Others don’t care (if I am alive or dead)
I don’t contribute enough
My life is not valuable/valued/appreciated
My life doesn’t mean much
I am better off dead
Others are better off if I am not here

Does it mean these are consciously held beliefs? No. And I can still take them to inquiry. I never know in advance what will come out of it, and I don’t really know afterwards.

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Draft…. 

Even if just see/imagine it in others, inquiry can be helpful
Is also here, otherwise wouldn’t recognize it
When write beliefs, may seem big or tiny, or may at first only imagine in others, doesn’t matter
I can find the thought here, when I look, especially when I have other beliefs such as life is too difficult (underlying beliefs, and inquiry on it can be a way to find more underlying beliefs)

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