Faith and Belief


Many people who don’t sound religious or spiritual are full of faith: faith in their abilities to know, to infer, to discern, to discover, to do and experience all sorts of things.

They cannot prove that they will do these things, but they hold these possibilities with confidence, and worth pursuing.

Beliefs – pre-existing, pre-formed concepts – interfere with learning by blocking new information which does not comfortably fit onto the map already drawn.

The more beliefs, the more enchained we are to the mind’s contents, and the less room for faith.

Faith trusts the unseen and the undone.
Belief produces an image as done, finished, polished, wrapped up with a bow.

Faith stays open.
Belief is closed.  The less closed the mind, the less believing.

Faith alters relationship with experience, but does not detract from it. Faith waits for what happens and then meets it with a steady, wide-eyed gaze.

Beliefs are thoughts which pull attention away from the reality of experience, replacing experience with prepatterned (conditioned) thoughts.

Confusion deepens when beliefs are fueled by the energy of faith.
Beliefs, being mere thoughts, exist inertly, impotent to effect anything by themselves.

Faith provides a pipeline of energy to animate beliefs -moribund mental projections –
creating the illusion of lifelike appearance.

This appearance fades quickly, requiring re-injections of energy to recreate the illusion.

Faith arises from our nature as confident, trusting and aware. Faith exists prior to memes, perhaps even prior to thought.

Beliefs are memes – mind viruses – and spread memetically.


When was the last anti-virus scan you ran on your mind ?


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I found no dictionary which consistently bore these distinctions and definitions.
Faith and belief are therein described (wherever consulted) as inter-grown and intertwined, like vines.

Faith and belief used here mean what I have come to see as two approaches to knowing/unknowing which are more different than everyday use of language suggests.

Dyad (Greek philosophy) : The Dyad is a title used by the Pythagoreans for the number two, representing the principle of “twoness” or “otherness”.

Meme [meem] : A meme consists of any idea or behavior that can pass from one person to another by learning or imitation. Examples include thoughts, ideas, theories, gestures, practices, fashions, habits, songs, and dances. Memes propagate themselves and can move through the cultural sociosphere in a manner similar to the contagious behavior of a virus.

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