Do You Believe? Why?
“A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses. It is an idea that possesses the mind.”
– Robert Oxton Bolt
Everyone has beliefs. Those beliefs are based on a person’s perception of reality which is, for the most part, limited to what their physical senses tell them the world is like. These physical senses give rise to logic, a reasoning process which is an intellectual exercise in taking the available information and then trying to determine the truth of the matter (e.g. what is reality?).
However, the best that we can do is come to some approximate understanding of what the physical world is like. That’s the best. Of course, we know that humans’ senses of hearing and seeing are very inadequate so our view of reality is also likely to be lacking.
Interestingly enough, quantum physics tells us that there is a reality beyond the observable universe. Our universe is not all that there is to creation!! Beyond our universe is a non-physical world where consciousness is all that is. As Max Planck, the father of modern physics, stated, “I regard consciousness as fundamental. We cannot get behind consciousness.” Yet from a scientific standpoint, scientists cannot prove (scientifically) what lies beyond our universe – because it is not observable. That’s the dilemma that John Horgan discussed in his book The End of Science.
So, where does this leave us? All that we have to try to understand life is our physical senses. Yet, our physical senses cannot grasp the physical universe let alone the quantum world that our reality arises from. Michael Talbot, in The Holographic Universe, explained just how our reality is shaped by unseen forces from beyond, as follows: “Our brains mathematically construct objective reality by interpreting frequencies that are ultimately projections from another dimension, a deeper order of existence that is beyond both space and time….” Carl Jung expressed a similar concept when he said that the psyche and reality are not limited to space and time.
Yet, people generally resist anything that they can’t see for themselves. Instead, they simply label things they can’t explain as “supernatural.” This is particularly true of atheists as they reject anything that smacks of the supernatural (which they equate with an admission that God exists).
However living, in my opinion, does require a leap of faith. By leap of faith, I’m not talking here about religion. Rather, I’m talking about having an open mind with regards to the unseen forces of Nature that shape our world. Unfortunately, though, if you’re looking for hard and fast answers you can forget it. There really aren’t any. The thing to remember, though, as Bernard Werber said is that, “The point is not to believe or not believe. What matters is to ask as many questions as possible.”
The human species has been taught to believe that it is a physical species. If so, then why do you not fall out of bed at night? Yes, the physical body is asleep but something keeps you from falling out of bed when you roll over at night. Further, what part of your body makes you human? If you lose a hand, arm or leg, do you stop being human? Of course not. Exactly what makes you human then?
So, why is man the only species that can ponder his own existence? The only one. What part of his physical body does man use to do that? His mind? Well, you should know that scientists have been unable to locate the “mind” in our physical body. However, they have determined that the “mind” makes decisions before you are even consciously aware of those decisions. So, where exactly do your beliefs come from? Better yet, who are you?
“The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.” – John Wheeler, physicist