beliefs

A Quote by J. Oswald Chambers on faith, beliefs, and religion

When we see Him, we will wonder that we ever could have disobeyed Him.

J. Oswald Chambers

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A Quote by Andrew Newberg on brain and beliefs

The brain is a stubborn organ.  Once its primary set of beliefs has been established, the brain finds it difficult to integrate opposing ideas and beliefs.  This has profound consequences for individuals and society and helps to explain why some people cannot abandon destructive beliefs, be they religious, political or psychological.

Andrew Newberg

Source: Born to Believe

Contributed by: Mary_C

A Quote by Peter Cajander on mind, beliefs, thoughts, imagination, creativity, and life

Our beliefs and thoughts are killing us, whereas imagination and creativity liberate us.

Peter Cajander

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A Quote by Byron Katie on trauma, beliefs, and thoughts

Trauma is nothing more than being stuck in what you believe.

Byron Katie

Source: Byron Katie in Israel 2007 video

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A Quote by sam harris on beliefs, faith, and koran

Every sphere of genuine discourse must, at a minimum, admit of  discourse – and hence the possibility that those standing on its fringe can come to understand the truths that it strives to articulate.  This is why any sustained exercise in reason must necessarily transcend national, religious, and ethnic boundaries.  There is, after all, no such thing as an inherently American (or Christian, or Caucasian) physics.  Even spirituality and ethics meet this criterion of universality because human beings, whatever there background, seem to converge on similar spiritual experiences and ethical insights when given the same methods of inquiry.  Such is not the case with the “truths” of religion, however.  Nothing that a Christian and a Muslim can say to each other will render their beliefs mutually vulnerable to discourse, because the very tenets of their faith have immunized them against the power of conversation.  Believing strongly, without evidence, they have kicked themselves loose of the world.  It is therefore in the very nature of faith to serve as an impediment to further inquiry.  And yet, the fact that we are no longer killing people for heresy in the West suggests that bad ideas, however sacred, cannot survive the company of good ones forever.
     Given the link between belief and action, it is clear that we can no more tolerate a diversity of religious beliefs than a diversity of beliefs about epidemiology and basic hygiene.  There are still a number of cultures in which the germ theory of disease has yet to put in an appearance, where people suffer from a debilitating ignorance on most matters relevant to their physical health.  Do we “tolerate” these beliefs?  Not if they put our own health in jeopardy.
     Even apparently innocuous beliefs, when unjustified, can lead to intolerable consequences.  Many Muslims, for instance, are convinced that God takes an active interest in women’s clothing.  While it may seem harmless enough, the amount of suffering that this incredible idea has caused is astonishing.  The rioting in Nigeria over the 2002 Miss World Pageant claimed over two hundred lives; innocent men and women were butchered with machetes or burned alive simply to keep that troubled place free of women in bikinis.  Earlier in the year, the religious police in Mecca prevented paramedics and firefighters from rescuing scores of teenage girls trapped in a burning building.  Why?  Because the girls were not wearing the traditional head covering that Koranic law requires.  Fourteen girls died in the fire; fifty were injured.  Should the Muslims really be free to believe that the Creator of the universe is concerned about hemlines?

sam harris

Source: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, Pages: 45

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A Quote by unknown on beliefs

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"You've got to stand up for what you believe in because if you don't then why should someone else?"

unknown

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on beliefs and truth

The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new. Pema Chodron

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Jane Roberts on reality creation, beliefs, and creative energy

You are given the gift of the gods; you create your reality according to your beliefs; yours is the creative energy that makes your world; there are no limitations to the self except those you believe in.

Jane Roberts

Source: The Nature of Personal Reality: Specific, Practical Techniques for Solving Everyday Problems and Enriching the Life You Know (A Seth Book), Pages: 436

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A Quote by unknown on beliefs, laugh, laughed, and funny

People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs.

unknown

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A Quote by Lena Lees on kuan yin, god, god force, satan, limited energy, believing stories one makes up about oneself, beliefs, and every experience must exist

"The God force is separate and not separate, whole and not whole at the same time. Really, it is not "sliceable", not reducible. Even when it is sliced into individual energies, it does not diminish the total God force or the power of the individual. Each of you has the potential for the God force potency. However, (and this is a very important caveat), no individual can overcome the God force. There is a misinterpretation, then, that Satan is as powerful as God. Limited energy cannot live on its own. Every experience must exist and yet they (limiting forces) can never exist on their own. Limited energy, then, is the experience of the absence of the God force (as a teacher and as a belief). Therefore, there is no need to fear it. Those choosing such experiences have a need to understand how it feels to believe evil powers exist. Again, I say that those who pursue this route are taking it too personally. They believe the story they made up about themselves. It is similar to a person going into an ice cream store and only choosing one flavor from many. Preoccupied with tasting only one flavor for a very long time, they are probably quite sick and tired of it. Still, they don't want to believe there are any other flavors available."

Lena Lees

Source: The Living Word of Kuan Yin

Contributed by: Hope

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