Knowledge vs Belief: Part 1
My Authentic Thoughts:
My life began to change dramatically when I seriously contemplated a statement that was made to me by three different people. Each were strangers to me and unrelated to each other. I believe it was by design that the universe prompted each to make a similar statement to me. In summary, each man boldly told me that when I know, belief is not necessary. I must admit, at first I did not know what was going on—meaning, what had they hoped to gain by making such a statement to me. I’m an ace on spiritual matters and biblical doctrine—or so I thought. In fact, based on the context of our conversation (the Bible and what it means to be spiritual), I found their words a bit offensive. I was deep and well informed or so I thought.
My entire religious foundation was based on belief. If I confessed what I read in the Bible and believed it with my heart, I would be miraculously saved from any adverse situation I was faced with. I could not be convinced otherwise. I had believed that since I was seven years old. Before now, belief and knowledge were synonymous for me. My understanding was sure and my heavenly address for my mansion was secure. I accepted that strong belief and resilient faith were the keys to eternal security. I held them both firmly in my heart. My faith was the substance of the things I hoped for and the evidence of the unseen even when it did not make logical since. I was what I now call “super religious”. I was out of my African mind. I had been raised to think good religion was essential for successful living. I expected a miracle just about every day—that is until I decided to give serious thought to what was said to me: when I know belief is unnecessary.
Then I thought well damn! What do I really know for sure? I had to have a conversation with myself. During that conversation I asked myself several questions? What evidence do I have for anything I believe? Is my personal testimony enough? What infallible evidence do I have for the authority of the truth I believe? Why do I talk about what I believe more than I talk about what I know or have tangible evidence for? Whom do I attribute the good and the bad in my life and why? I questioned my beliefs and questioned my questions like never before. Maybe knowing really meant understanding and accepting? Isn’t what is commonly stated usually accepted? I had to figure all of that out.
After pondering the statement for quite some time, I realized the statement was made because my being was yearning for more. The law of attraction was at work. I was hungry—even starving. I know I was starving because I had stopped growing. I was not receiving the nutrition of truth I needed to continue to grow and mature at that space in my journey. I was stagnant. I no longer asked questions or saw transformational change in my life. I was bored with business as usual. So, I pondered when I know belief is unnecessary. Eventually it hit me like a ton of bricks! I realized the great depth in the statement that was made to me. My life moved like an earthquake. A tsunami was rumbling beneath in my mind and soul. It was frightening but worth it! Their statement to me was an invitation to move forward and live life a higher level of consciousness.
I gave myself permission to step outside the box of my comfort zone. That was the best decision I could have ever made. When I did I had an awesome growth spurt! It was not easy and I have been very uncomfortable—even in pain at times. However, where there is no struggle there is no progress.
My journey is now exciting again. I live my life at an entirely higher level of consciousness with unveiled eyes. I am finally free to be me and I’m learning to break the chains off my mind with truth that I know for certain. I am becoming freer every day. I don’t claim to know it all. In fact, I have peace in knowing that I do not have to know it all neither do I condemn others for what they do not know or how they choose to live their lives. Those days are behind me. We are all right where we need to be in our journey. I have no regrets. Further, I don’t discount any experience I have had up to this point—without them I would not have arrived in this wonderful place of enlightenment where I dwell today.
What have you allowed yourself to question lately? How comfortable or uncomfortable are you? Our level of discomfort determines our potential for growth and development. Are you experiencing remarkable growth? Have you given yourself permission to be free? Have you been invited to live outside your comfort zone? Are you tirelessly living to meet the expectations of others while your personal expectations for yourself are on the back burner? What can you honestly say you know about your own needs and understanding?
Investigate the most important areas of your life. I have discovered that we are often challenged in those areas because they already have our attention. My area was religion but that may not be yours. For you it may be relationships, health or money matters. What will happen when the opportunity to grow knocks at the door of what is important in your life?