Beliefs: The World Is My Playground


Belief as a topic has so much depth that I’d love to just sit down and talk about it with you all, and enjoy a soulful conversation where lots of inspiration flies around, not necessarily ending in some concrete results.

Preparing for this article, my analytical mind wanted to do some research, while my soul playfully suggested checking out the lyrics to some songs that have ‘Belief’ as a subject.

I personally believe in intuitive writing, and this is how each and every piece for Holistic Living Magazine has come to life. I just sit down in front of my keyboard and let the words flow out of me (after my brain does some research and distraction and other stuff).

So here I am, at my keyboard, shifting from mind wanting to offer well-researched specific information into heart and soul just letting it all flow.

Philosophers and psychologists have various definitions and descriptions of the term ‘Belief’, doing their best to phrase something that is rooted deeply inside us humans.

This core has so many conscious and subconscious levels, and it is strongly connected to our awareness of self and to our obeying the society that has shaped our value system and us.

Having lived this life for over 40 years now, I have shifted parts of my belief system a few times, and I feel it is a fluid and flexible thing that can expand, grow and change throughout the rest of my life.

My personal belief system is shaped through my practical experiences, my learning and my (sometimes challenging) need to adapt to society and the surroundings I find myself in.

Part of my beliefs is to question truths that are offered through society as general rules on how to live life. The way I was raised, I accepted what I was told as universal truth.

As I grew older, I looked at this frame of belief from a distance, and I realized that from my personal experience, there were certain matters I didn’t share anymore.

This was a process, and just by realizing what I didn’t accept as my truth anymore, I felt like stepping away from the society that has helped raise me.

But at the same time, I had an empty space where once a strong belief was, and now I needed and wanted to fill it with my own truth.

Fast forward to the present moment, the learning continues.

Through extensive conscious awareness training over the past twenty-odd years, I have come to a point where I accept that there is interdependence between society and me, and between the societal belief system and mine. And that’s ok too.

Experiencing true community in a society that is focused on rational results and successes has taught me there are good (and true) connections between the often cold and hard society and myself.

Practising to focus on love in all areas of my life has taught me there is always a beautiful spark, even in the messiest and darkest moments. Trusting in my inner wisdom, my intuition has brought me along on my individual path very nicely.

Being connected to society has taught me to be less influenced by what ‘they’ want and demand, and to be more influenced by what I need and want.

Taking my attention away from the outside world has taught me that there is so much beauty inside of me, which I sometimes still forget.

Focusing on being in a relationship with myself first has taught me….

You can read the FULL version of this article in our quarterly eZine, ‘Holistic Living Magazine,’ look for Edition 9 on this archive page.  There’s many more articles about beliefs waiting for you too!

Barbara Patterson – Conscious Awareness Teacher



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