When people talk of spiritual and philosophical matters (and even social, psychological, economic and political matters) we often express our thoughts and feelings within a framework of “belief”. The first of the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, is “Be impeccable with your word.” In practicing this first agreement, I’ve found that, in fact, I don’t have “beliefs”.
believe: (intransitive verb)1: a : to have a firm religious faith b : to accept something as true, genuine, or real <ideals we believe in> <believes in ghosts>
I make choices about my thoughts and actions based on these consciously chosen meta-choices. I find this keeps me in a state of honest inquiry where I’m empowered and I like that better than thinking and acting by default.
What kinds of practices do you use to help you make empowered choices about your thoughts and actions?