Beliefs drive your thoughts. Thoughts drive your emotions. Emotions drive your behaviors. Behaviors drive the quality of your life. It’s as simple as that, and it all starts with what your basic belief system. If, for example, you’re struggling with unwanted behaviors, troubled relationships and/or poor self-care, these are all potent clues it’s time re-examine your basic beliefs about God. Why? Because what you believe about God is harming you.
Take this short quiz. 1) Do you believe God judges you as bad, sinful or deserving to be punished? If yes, then you’ll live in fear of God and you’ll judge yourself as bad, sinful and deserving of punishment. That’s harmful. 2) Do you believe God asks you to sacrifice yourself? If yes, then you’ll sacrifice your own happiness and you’ll willingly put yourself in unwholesome situations. That’s harmful. 3) Do you think God sees you as unworthy or unimportant. If yes, then you’ll see yourself as unworthy of your own self-care and of every other goodness Earth has to offer. That’s harmful. Harmfulness to self and others inevitably results in everything you don’t want. Why go there when it’s easier to open your mind and to consider changing it?
The Power of Belief gently introduces the reader to 10 radiant, completely harmless ideas from A Course In Miracles (also known as ACIM and “the Course”), the most significant spiritual work of our time. The Course is a revolutionary belief system that teaches God is love and only love, and love is always harmless. It’s a radical departure from every other belief system because it’s not an organized religion. There are no human leaders, priests or others to follow who have secret information or who tell you how to live. There are no rules to be obeyed. There’s no church, temple or mosque to attend for services. There are no ceremonies or rituals. There are no special clothes or symbols to wear. There are no donations to make. The Course has only one uncompromising purpose: to trigger your remembrance that God is love and to awaken your passion to be a harmless loving being. That’s it. There’s no hidden agenda.