Steps to KnowledgeThe Book of Inner Knowing

Step 5

I believe what I want to believe.

THIS STATEMENT REPRESENTS THE GREAT FOLLY OF HUMANITY and humanity’s most dangerous forms of self-deception. Beliefs are primarily founded upon what is wished for, not on what is actually happening and not on what is genuine. They may in fact represent the greater ideals of humanity and in this they bear a true reflection, but on a day-to-day basis, and in most practical questions, people base their beliefs on things they hope for, not on things that actually exist. You must have a very sound understanding that the approach to any resolution and to any constructive establishment must begin with current reality. What you are and what you have today must be your starting point.

THEREFORE, IN YOUR THREE PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, think about this statement. Examine what you believe and then examine what you want. You will find that even your fearful or negative beliefs are associated with your ambitions. Only careful application of today’s practice will reveal this to you.

Practice 5: Three 10-minute practice periods.

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