We’ve all got some form of what I like to call “malware in
the conscious operating system.” Malware
as I use the term in this context equates to belief, which is like a computer
virus or adware that infects a computer system and renders it less than optimal
and only partially functioning in many ways.
Some of our beliefs are very much like a virus as they are formed and
seep into our conscious operating systems unconsciously. To understand this completely, we really need
to look at these terms in a little more detail so we can clearly understand
what is plainly right in front of us in terms of our daily existence. Until it’s called out, we are unaware of the
existence of a thing. Without said
awareness, the “malware” so-to-speak, lives on unfettered by understanding
creating some interesting challenges for a soul to deal with. That isn’t bad or wrong, I’ll say. Keep in mind this is just a framework for
When we look at belief alone, we can begin to understand
precisely what it means. In fact,
dictionary.com defines it as:
1. something believed;
an opinion or conviction: a belief that
the earth is flat.
2. confidence in the truth or existence of
something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof: a statement unworthy
3. confidence; faith; trust: a child's
belief in his parents.
4. a religious tenet or tenets; religious
creed or faith: the Christian belief.
A belief in a thing does not make it real or a fact. A very quick and simple example of this fact is our common belief for the sake of convenience
that the sun rises and sets each day when in fact, it is the Earth that is
turning. We might even think the world
turns slowly when in fact the truth is that the Earth spins on its axis at the
speed near the equator at approximately 1,070 miles per hour according to
starryskies.com. So, we can believe the
sun rises and sets all we want to or that the Earth turns slowly but we can see
from the facts, that these things are not true.
The beliefs are not real. We have come to believe the sun rises at sets
or that the Earth turns slowly from things that we have read or been told by
others who held these beliefs.
There is another term I have often used, “Environmental
Psychology.” This term references the
things, situations and influence of the outside world upon a person that leads
to the forming of belief about one’s self, one’s life or life in general that
has more of a psychological nature. Such
things might include beliefs that we are worthy or unworthy, gifted or cursed,
lucky or unlucky, loveable or unlovable and the list goes on. Again, our environmental psychology has
shaped our beliefs about ourselves, other people and the world. But if our beliefs are not true and we’ve
built the entirety of our lives upon a false premise in the form of belief or
holding unconsciously to a belief created by environmental psychology, how
might that affect our experience of life?
So above we have defined how our beliefs are formed. Let us get into the now and sit very
comfortably with our new understanding for just a moment. How might this new information assist us in
how we live our lives right here and right now? Well, it can help
us in a great many of ways but we must first steer clear of any form of blame
for the series of beliefs that we hold that limit us in any way. We’re going to start living in the now
positively because that puts our power right where it belongs, in our own
hands. So, let us be accountable for our
beliefs because whether or not they were given to us or we formed them in
response to environmental psychology, it is we who decide to continue to hold
the belief or not. Right? Give that some thought. No one is holding a gun to your head forcing
you to hold that thought from your childhood where you overheard Aunt Martha or
Uncle Harry say to each other you were a "this kind of child" or a "that kind of child" that left you
feeling either bad or good. Belief is
not real. It is untested
Moving right along, we can unleash an anti-virus program for
the Malware running in the background of our Human Consciousness Operating
System in the form of belief given us by environmental psychology. But to do this, you must realize
it will take effort, commitment, courage, tenacity and a little bit of
reflection and critical analysis. You
have to find the malware first before you can remove it. If you do not know it is there, you will
never find its source and never be able to remove it successfully and will
always resort to behaving as if old beliefs are facts. So, the simple way to find them is to look for them.
An easy way to spot them is to think about
something that you really want right now in this moment. Go ahead, think about that for a moment. Have you got something in mind? Good.
Hold that thought. Now, think
about what in your mind prevents you from having what you want? Jot down all the reasons or rationales that
have you believing that you cannot or do not have what you want. Continue until you have every possible reason
whether real or not real, vetted and noted.
Don't judge what you think, just write it down. Now, take a look at your list. I
am willing to bet that there will be at least one if not many more life
limiting beliefs representing themes of malware that you’ve lived with your
entire life staring right back at you hidden quite conveniently in simple thoughts.
Choose one of those thoughts on your list that you’d like to investigate
further. Take that thought and ask
yourself is the thought you chose real?
Is the belief behind it real? Can
you prove that it is real? How can you
prove it is real without using an assumption and only dealing with
independently verifiable facts that stand up to repeated testing with the same outcome? By critical thinking I mentioned above, I did
not mean to think of yourself critically.
I meant to start critically analyzing your beliefs with the rigor of a
scientific researcher. Is that thought
or belief true? How do you know? If you run across a belief on your list that
cannot be independently verified as definitive truth or fact, I invite you to introduce
yourself to your first piece of malware.
Now, if you’d like to eradicate the malware you have to be willing to
let go of the belief no matter what that means.
Sometimes letting go of a belief can be simple and at other times it can
be very difficult. Letting go of the
idea of Santa Clause was not easy at first as a child now was it? Letting go of the idea of monsters under the
bed also wasn’t easy but getting to the truth and dealing with reality is how
we can set ourselves free from malware.
You see, malware is a prison we commit ourselves to for many
very good reasons but mostly due to lack of conscious understanding. You may have full understanding at the
spiritual level and any malware you hold may be the very premise from which
your greatest life lessons are learned.
However, if you find at some point that your beliefs limit you in ways
that you no longer desire, you can relinquish the beliefs that don’t bear out
under the scrutiny of testing and in so doing you reveal to yourself the hiding place of the key that unlocks the
door to your self-made prison cell.
Do you remember I said earlier there was no right way or wrong way
to learn life lessons? In this wonderful
piece of wisdom from the Kybalion written by the Three Initiates early on in the last century, the following
phrase comes: "Every
Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not
recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the
Law."--The Kybalion. There is cause
and there is effect. Your beliefs create
the path from which you learn about your life.
If you find your lesson plan enjoyable, proceed without change. If you find it isn’t and you seek greater
understanding, then look to your malware, beliefs and environmental
psychology. The emerging patterns and
themes will be your guide and will help you to understand you. It’s one tiny part of the reason you are
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little bit
of food for thought. If you'd like to learn more about this topic and how the concepts of it can help you remove the obsticles in your life that prevent your growth, let me know. I've got a course for you that can help you discover more about yourself called Exploring the Conscious Self. With the self-study guide book and work-book, you'll be well on your way to discovering a good many things about you that you may never have given thought to. If you're interested in more details, please contact me at email@example.com. Blessings!
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