"The essence of a belief is that we own it,
regardless of what's happening around us.
If you can be easily swayed by data,
then it's not much of a belief."
-- Seth Godin
In yesterday's post, I mentioned the movie, The Confirmation and that there were several good discussion points in the movie. Yesterday, I pointed out one that stood out to me from the father and son interactions, and today I'll share another I gleaned from the film.
The son was confused about things. He didn't know what to think. He heard things about his estranged father from others and he didn't know if they were true, or even how he felt about the remarks. His father, showing a beautiful bit of wisdom, said that he needed to listen to what others say, and then make up your own mind. He mentioned that he needed to decide for himself several times.
So what is a belief? It is simply a thought we continue to think, or a something we have made a decision about for whatever reason, and we consider it to be truth. The solidity of that truth is often tested by data from others, and we can continually modify our truths to match that of another, or many others (groups always seem to have more power, but that is simply an illusion), or we can allow that data to pass us by, holding on to our chosen thoughts.
The wise advice to the son to make up his own mind is great, but how does that work? How would he know what to believe and what not to believe? He would know it by how he feels deep inside--not the reaction to the data that will cause a feeling response, but the somewhat deeper response to the information, an inner knowing. An inner knowing is what resonates with our higher self, our inner being, the God within us, our soul, our Spirit, or choose your own words, but I'm sure you know to what I refer.
Resonance is a fascinating thing. It is a thing of beauty. It is Divine Guidance. It is Inspiration. It is a certain truth of truths that only we know within.
Way back in 1980, I owned a musical instrument store in Napa CA. I was a guitar player, and sold a lot of guitars. There is nothing quite like a well-tuned guitar, except maybe a delightfully skilled musician playing it. I saw many of them come into the store. We had a lot of students and they often found tuning to be challenging. We found a guitar tuner that was very inexpensive at only $9.95 and it was called the Match-A-Tone guitar tuner. It had a dial and you would turn it on, choose the string note, and it would generate a tone and all the student needed to do was to match that tone. It was pretty obvious when they matched. A little low or a little high was easy to hear, and when it was in tune, the string resonated with the tuner tone.
That's how we know. It resonates within us. It matches the tone of our inner knowing. It has the same vibration. It is in complete harmony. We don't need to think about it, because we know it by how it feels. You can feel resonance. You can feel the out of tune-ness, or disparity that is the lack of resonance. It feels off. It feels out of tune. If feels like the vibrations don't match.
That would have been so valuable to the son so that the son not only made his own decision, but checked in with. and connected with his inner all knowing wisdom until he found resonance. That is also a great way to periodically test our beliefs to see if we should continue to believe them, or let them go in favor of something that matches our inner knowing.
You Know It When It Resonates, When It Is A Vibrational Match Inside You.
Spread Some Joy Today--by allowing your joy to flow. The only thing that can stop your joy from flowing is your thoughts. It is also your thoughts that allow your joy to flow. What are you thinking?