Our Beliefs Blind Us To Reality

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Steven Covey used to say, “Believing is Seeing”, but that’s not entirely true. It’s probably more true to say, what we believe is what we see, and what we see is not always reality or truth.

What we see with our eyes is only what our attention is drawn to.

Our attention is focused on those things we believe based on our fears, guilt, phobias, biases, prejudices & assumptions.

So we only see what we want to see. What our subconscious minds will allow us to see.

What we think is true is not always of the same value as other truths.

For instance there are three categories of thought; personal opinion, socially accepted truths and scientifically validated objective facts.

‘Attention’ is a powerful principle.

It’s how stage magicians, con-men & religious tricksters are able to fool their victims.

It’s what makes us blind to those things our subconscious minds want us to avoid because it would be too painful to contemplate, even though in the long-run it would be to our benefit.

If only more people realised this they’d be less susceptible to the “deceptions of evil & conspiring men!”

“The eye only sees what the mind is prepared to accept.” ~ Robertson Davies

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4 Responses to Our Beliefs Blind Us To Reality

  1. Good Will says:

    Hey, Steve, can you believe it? They excommunicated me from the LDS Church last month! Talk about having my eyes opened!
    You can read something about it here:
    http://in200wordsorless.blogspot.com/2014/04/im-tryin-to-be-like-jesus-im-following.html
    Best wishes!

  2. dbundy says:

    Just so original:
    “12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
    13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
    14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
    15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
    16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.”
    What do you think of the parable of the nobleman and his vineyard in D&C 101?

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