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Having to believe.
    #6275377 - 11/12/06 03:03 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

This is one of the most powerful ideas I have found in navigating through the struggles of my life. I think DJ put it together better than anyone for me.

As I understand it Having to Believe is not as simple a matter as many would like it to be.

It's not just picking the thing that your heart most desires or even the thing that would be best for easing your pain. It's rounded out enough to be applicable to the warriors way of living.

Since we do not really know what the meaning of life is, it is choosing the thing that most fits your definition of a path with heart. The thing that you choose to be the meaning of your life.

But, you have to take everything into account. Like the fact that you could be totally wrong and it could be a pipe dream. You can't lie to yourself here and pretend you know. It could be the exact opposite of what you believe and you could be the exact opposite of the type that would be able to pursue your ideal. You have to acknowledge this along with following your fondest beliefs. You also have to choose your beliefs based on your heart of hearts and not out of laziness or weakness. In other words you can't use it to indulge in being a coward.

But once you have done all this and acknowledged the unknowns and where you really are and that you don't have a clue. Then you may choose that which most fills you up and you can use that when the chips are down to carry you through when times get rough. And surely they will. :mushroom2:


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"Don't believe everything you think". -Anom.

" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

With much wisdom comes much sorrow,
The more knowledge, the more grief.
Ecclesiastes circa 350 BC


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Re: Having to believe. [Re: Icelander]
    #6275567 - 11/12/06 04:12 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Beautiful! :thumbup:


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"Who are you who live in all these many forms? You're death that captures all. You too are the source of all that's gonna be born. You're glory, mercy, peace, truth. You give calm a spirit, understanding, courage, the contented heart."


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Re: Having to believe. [Re: redtailedhawk]
    #6275687 - 11/12/06 04:54 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

I'd also like to share what I choose to believe.

I choose to believe that the world is unfathomable. We will never get to the end of anything. It is an exciting mystery for our senses. I choose to believe that myself and each of you are perfect and whole no matter what your current experience is. And I choose to believe that everything is powered by love. :heart: How that all looks and plays out in my life is personal. :mushroom2:


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"Don't believe everything you think". -Anom.

" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

With much wisdom comes much sorrow,
The more knowledge, the more grief.
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Re: Having to believe. [Re: Icelander]
    #6276008 - 11/12/06 06:31 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

We share many beliefs.


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"A warrior is a hunter. He calculates everything. That's control. Once his calculations are over, he acts. He lets go. That's abandon. A warrior is not a leaf at the mercy of the wind. No one can push him; no one can make him do things against himself or against his better judgment. A warrior is tuned to survive, and he survives in the best of all possible fashions." ― Carlos Castaneda


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Re: Having to believe. [Re: Icelander]
    #6276010 - 11/12/06 06:32 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

It is worth noting that your beliefs can drastically alter your reality.


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Re: Having to believe. [Re: Icelander]
    #6276017 - 11/12/06 06:35 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

:heart: Many aspects of the path should be - indeed must be - personal, I'm beginning to think.

I believe that I don't exist.  Other than that, I'm clueless.


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“Strengthened by contemplation and study,
I will not fear my passions like a coward.
My body I will give to pleasures,
to diversions that I’ve dreamed of,
to the most daring erotic desires,
to the lustful impulses of my blood, without
any fear at all, for whenever I will—
and I will have the will, strengthened
as I’ll be with contemplation and study—
at the crucial moments I’ll recover
my spirit as was before: ascetic.”


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Re: Having to believe. [Re: Lion]
    #6276329 - 11/12/06 07:57 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

There is only one way... the way of duality, where the one is many. There is only infinity, and as you add or take from it, it remains. There *is* an absolute. Nothing, capital "N".


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