Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. –Buddha

Believes/programming/conditioning/rituals is the software program that has been running learned from other people, from our past experiences and from our environment.

Here is a great story about learned helplessness:

Elephants- In India young elephants are tied to a tree to be taught obedience. They pull and pull but cannot break free. The elephant is still not strong enough to pull the tree out, and in time, after many attempts, it becomes to believe that it will not break free. No matter how large and strong it grows, it believes that it will never pull the tree out. At this point, an elephant can be tied to a twig and it will not attempt to break free. It will always believe that the twig is stronger than it. Do you ever feel like your stuck? But, inside you, you know there is a better way of life? And you just don’t know how? The elephant and the twig is a perfect parallel to the human condition known as “learned helplessness.” Realistically an elephant and a human have very different traits to consider this a comparison. But this particular pattern of the elephant is symbolic to how the human can be subjected to the same condition. Unlike the elephant, a human has his own will; therefore, the cycle can be broken. As a human, you were given a great power. Your mind, the mind has endless possibilities. Unfortunately, instead of living our lives freely, we have succumbed to living in environments run by systems. Sure it does make some things easier and helps keep some kind of order. On some part systems help keep things running, which is not a bad thing. The only problem with a system is that it keeps things running in one direction. It does not allow much room for change, for that would disrupt the system. As humans we are always evolving and need room to grow and change. With these systems we have been subjected to this “learned helplessness” and have become stuck living in the system. These systems reside in a family unit, a community, in professions, by traditions, and in cultures. Don’t get me wrong a system provides support to function, but the original purpose gets lost in the upkeep of the system. In other words, we are the elephants and the systems are the twigs. We must not forget our true purpose and not be afraid to disrupt the system in order for it to be re-evaluated and adjusted. Just like a computer, it is always being updated and changed to bring us better service. Imagine how far you could advance if you were to upgrade the system. Now, maintain respect to the systems but don’t be afraid to ask for upgrades.

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If your believe in yourself, self-discipline, self-control and self-command go up, and your self esteem goes up.

Marianne Williamson – Our Deepest Fear is that We Are Powerful Beyond Measure

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Rituals are what we do repeatedly every day.

Truth: Shall Set You Free

“Truth Shall Set You Free” THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

William Shakespeare

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

James Baldwin

It all starts with telling the truth to ourselves regardless of how hard it is. If one does not admit a problem, how can you deal with it?

Not the first time going through, learn from the masters. Learn from cradle to the grave. When we can do something anything about our circumstances, we feel better. You are a genius and all the answers to the toughest questions are inside you. Silence reveals the truth. Agreement, keep your word.

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” -Sigmund Freud

“Revealing the truth is like lighting a match. It can bring light .. help you see more clearly, or … set your world on fire.” Being Erica

“You cannot change anything in your life until you are willing to tell the truth about it.”

“Truth is like the sun, you can shut it for a while; but it ain’t going anywhere”- Elvis Presley

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