Shards of Consciousness

The Laws of Belief

Newton's three laws of motion

  • Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.
  • The relationship between an object's mass m, its acceleration a, and the applied force F is F = ma. Acceleration and force are vectors. In this law the direction of the force vector is the same as the direction of the acceleration vector.
  • For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

I know. You didn't come here expecting a physics lesson. Neither did I. The way beliefs work in the human world are remarkably similar to the way Newton's three laws of motion work in the physical world.

The core beliefs of the physical world are the laws of physics. Gravity, Newton's laws of motion, E=mc2. All of these laws function at all places in the universe. Usually we don't think of beliefs in terms of physical laws, but if you create your own reality, then this must be a core belief in the world also, a law on the psychological plane. Reality creation has analogs to Newton's laws of motion.

The Three Laws of Beliefs

  • If you retain the same beliefs, you will continue to find yourself in similar circumstances. If you don't change, your world won't change.
  • When you do change a belief, the new belief will interact with current beliefs to create a set of circumstances congruent with the new set of beliefs. Beliefs don't exist in a vacuum.
  • Every belief creates a corresponding reaction in your world. This is a restatement of the law of attraction.

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7 Responses to The Laws of Belief

  • Great post Rick! Very interesting comparison. (Okay, now you have to do one about those beliefs that are all standing in a big lobby - like at intermission - and they're all kind of mumbling together so you can't really pick out one to change. They all kind of band together in a din of anxiety or fear or whatever the belief may be. What then? (Just thought I'd add some fodder to the discussion.)

  • I love the analogy and the simplicity. Hat tip to Tony for sending me here.

    Steve Olson

  • Hey, it's nice to see you here Christine! You got it. Next week a post on beginning to deal with the din. Of course you understand the stage will be set with the quote from your comment. :-)

  • Hi Steve. Thanks, and a definite hat tip to Tony.

    I'm not totally happy with the wording, but the analogy with the laws of motion seems valid and worth working on.

  • Great post Rick! Ken Wilber of the integral world would love this.

    In working with change in behavior, the only change that "sticks" comes from a change in how a person sees their world, goes through their world and checks how they are doing. That is the water the fish sees thru. That is why it can be tough to do meaningful, lasting change alone.

    Some coaches (depends on their training) know how work with someone so that how they see, go and check can be changed in ways to expand their world and how they live in it.

    This is the way learning and change sticks. YOu see this in high performance work teams, atheletics, and in effectice change.

  • Hi Dave!

    Thank you and welcome to this little corner of the universe.

    Creating lasting change in your life is difficult for most of us working alone. Your analogy of a fish swimming through water is great. It's hard to see clearly when you're on the inside looking out. It can be done, but it is harder.

    Historically most skills, including spiritual skills, were learned in the context of an apprenticeship system. With the increasing prevalence of coaches and mentorships I wonder if we're returning to such a system?

  • Thanks for the warm welcome Rick.
    [quote]Historically most skills, including spiritual skills, were learned in the context of an apprenticeship system. With the increasing prevalence of coaches and mentorships I wonder if we’re returning to such a system?[/quote]

    That's interesting. I never thought of it that way, but I think you may be right. Especially in the area of consciousness development and spiritual growth, one needs help.

    It is so hard to do alone. The idea of the traditional apprentice model - artisans, the "wax-on wax-off student and his teacher, etc are important.

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