True Beliefs vs. Professed Beliefs
Posted Sunday, November 9th, 2008
Believing sounds relatively easy, yet it is especially difficult for those on the earlier stages of the path.
True believing is something much different from professed believing. You never question or doubt your true beliefs ― not even for a minute. Your professed beliefs are intellectual in nature, which means that you still rely on your human consciousness for validation and acceptance.
Your true beliefs are at a level so deep that no questioning or reasoning is in order. That the earth is round and orbits around the sun in a perfectly functioning solar system is without question in your mind. You know without any conceivable doubt that the sun will rise in the morning and set in the evening.
Likewise, you fully accept the fact that your bodily systems are functioning and will sustain your life. You never need to think about or question this reality unless you allow physical symptoms to cause you distress, which interrupts the flow of your good and can, in fact, cause portions of your body to “malfunction” as a result.
You will notice, of course, that your true beliefs are based on clear-cut evidence that the universe is in divine order: the seasons follow each other in order, apple trees produce apples instead of oranges, the aging process happens, and death is its culmination for every living thing. There is no doubt. There is total and complete acceptance.
Professed beliefs are those that your human intellect either has developed on its own (“I believe that the Democrats are more compassionate than the Republicans; I believe that Jane is an honest person”) or has read or heard about and ― after thought and consideration ― has accepted as part of its own belief system (“I believe in the tenets of the Episcopalian faith; I believe there is life on other planets”).
The striking difference between these professed beliefs and your true beliefs is that at some level, your professed beliefs are always subject to being called into question. Someone or something can raise an unanswered doubt about the validity of the professed belief, and uncertainty arises. Your intellect then begins an internal review of the issue, and you ask yourself how absolutely sure you are that what you have believed is accurate or appropriate for you.
Shifting from Professed to True Beliefs
The message here is clear, isn’t it? Many (if not most) of your beliefs about me and your relationship with me, your role in the universe and your ability to access your good are still in the realm of being professed, rather than true, beliefs.
You call these realities into question at times. You want with all of your heart to believe that they are true and that all is in divine order and that your good is already yours. Yet the years of influence of your “worldly” experiences and the false concepts that you have learned over those years still keep you from total, unquestioning acceptance.
Your goal is to convert these concepts that you are learning from the level of professed beliefs where they are now (for you do feel strongly about them, and you do want to believe they are true) to the level of true beliefs, where you will never question or doubt them again.
Take strength and comfort from your true beliefs and allow them to expand. It is easy to see that your true beliefs are evidence of my work in action and of the divine order of the universe. Build on these. Let them grow and expand in your consciousness to include those professed beliefs that must become true for you.
The evidence of all of this is all around you. See it, recognize it, and become one with it. Let go of your doubts, for they are your own creation. Free yourself from their hold on you and allow yourself to become absorbed by the truth of your reality.