In my connections with individuals as an advisor and mentor, I've found that many people are locked into various forms of "belief systems" that may go unchallenged in their lives. The "belief systems" can span across a vast panoply of subjects that range from personal - emotional reflexes in response to stimuli, across the spectra of various social "causes", to assumptions and judgements about other people, and often to various religious (as institutional organizations) subjects. Many of these "beliefs" can be challenged by simply asking oneself the question "Why?" to learn if the response is actually in one's self-interest.
Using my own personal experiences for example, I offer a book intended to inspire readers to open their minds and replace "blind beliefs" (including negative emotional responses) with logic and reason. Most of the readers posting reviews for the book on Amazon have captured the essence of the message and the processes involved to inspire self-evolution.
Imagine that at the moment of your birth, when your body first experienced the sensations of being out of your mother’s womb and feeling air for the very first time, you were an open canvas, a fabric of being ready for imprinting with the colors and the human concepts of life. At that instant, were you actually a “blank canvas?” Were you open in spirit, pure in being, and free of any influences or proclivities? What are your natural tendencies?
In the wondrous assemblage of your being, your fabric already carried the indelible imprints of the heritage from your ancestral bloodlines. Your genetic construction imbued you with natural talents, abilities, and tendencies that in combination cause you to be a unique individual. When you were born, you were the most recent extension of your familial path that had preceded you through hundreds of generations.
Then what happened?
You developed and evolved through a progression of experiences, information, and teachings that when superimposed onto the fabric of your natural self, shaped you. Some of these influences and experiences wholly complemented the inherent nature of who and what you are. Other influences could have failed to complement your nature, setting up conflicts that might have impeded the efficiency of your path toward optimal self-advancement. In some individuals, the influences applied could have dramatically conflicted with their nature, possibly resulting in many diverse consequences to their personalities such as through turmoil, anger, withdrawal, or confusion.
When you were young, influences occurred and experiences gathered that might have been easy, or difficult, for you to cope with. Collectively, all of your influences and emotions embedded within you to form a “belief system” – which is your mental acceptance, your personal conviction, of values and truths that constitute a foundation upon which you reference your life.
It can be an amazing and formidable challenge to probe into your reference foundation, see the vistas beyond its boundaries, discover your true nature, and develop a new reality that you can use to evolve yourself.........