Essential doubt

In Christianity, doubt is sometimes presented as a problem, as lack of faith, as unsuitable for a good Christian, and so on. I am sure those who have a more mature take on Christianity have found ways to embrace doubt – it’s human, understandable, authentic, and can lead us to a deeper and more honest exploration.

THE VALUE OF DOUBT

I see doubt as essential for an honest and authentic exploration of who and what we are.

If we want to sincerely explore life, we need doubt and to embrace doubt.

We need to doubt second-hand information and what any thought tells us.

Somewhere in us, we already do so why not embrace it?

And why not make use of it? Why not use it to engage in a more honest and thorough explanation?

WHAT’S UNDENIABLY HERE

Eventually, this brings us to what’s undeniably here.

We cannot ultimately trust any second-hand information. We don’t know exactly where it comes from, and words never completely convey the insights or realization it comes from.

We also cannot ultimately trust any thought. Thoughts are stories. They can help us orient in the world. They are questions about the world. They are maps. They are, in some cases, pointers to something we can find for ourselves. They cannot hold any final or absolute truth.

We cannot even ultimately trust our own experience. What we experience is what’s happening in our sense fields, and we interpret it and understand it through our own mental representations. All of that is inherently unreliable.

So what’s left? What’s undeniably here?

What’s undeniably here is what a thought may label awakeness or consciousness.

When we examine our first person experience, we may find that all our experience happen within and as consciousness. We are capacity for the world as it appears to us. Our field of experience happens within and as what we are.

DOUBT CAN LEAD US TO NOTICE WHAT WE ARE

In this way, doubt – when taken seriously – can lead us to notice what we are.

Especially if we have some guidance and pointers.

Doubt can help us notice it now and not just have the memory of a previous noticing.

And doubt can keep us honest with ourselves in general.

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From doubt to finding it in ourselves

Someone in my life shared that a part of her doubts a lot of things – angels, avatars, transmissions, energy healing, and so on, even if she also has direct experiences of much of this.

It’s very good to have doubt and healthy skepticism. It’s a part of us that, in its healthy expression, takes care of us. It prevents us from being too gullible.

At the same time, it can be connected with emotional issues and trauma. If that’s the case, it’s good to address this and find some resolution for it.

And finally, the doubt is an expression of separation. It’s an invitation to find in ourselves what we see or imagine out there – in angels, avatars, or whatever it may be. What are the qualities of what I see or imagine out there? Can I find that in myself? Can I get to know it in myself? Can I find where it’s already in my life? If it’s desirable, can I bring it more into my life?

Also, can I find myself as capacity for it all? Can I find how it all – whether it’s in the wider world or in this human self or just imagination – happens within and as what I am?

How do we work on this? For healing, any of the usual healing approaches can be helpful. For projection work, inquiry (The Work, Living Inquiries) and parts work (dialog with the parts) can be helpful. And for finding ourselves as capacity for it all, Headless experiments, the Big Mind process, and Living Inquiries can be helpful.

So if we doubt something, that’s to be embraced. It’s good to have healthy skepticism and question anything. In some cases, it can point to some emotional issues or trauma we can get to know and find healing for. And it’s an expression of taking things too literally and a sense of separation. At a human level, we can find in ourselves what we see out there, whatever it is. And we can also find ourselves as capacity for it all, that which it all happens within and as.