Other people’s beliefs

As a child growing up, I accepted other people’s beliefs as my own, beliefs that were right for them, living those beliefs as if they were my own.

Like me, you may also have been expected to take on those beliefs unconditionally, without question. My parents’ beliefs became my beliefs. They were beliefs given to them by their parents, never questioned by them and never questioned by me until I started to question them.

Although I wasn’t in a position to change my beliefs until I left home, I was aware of just how much of my life wasn’t my own. And although it would go on to take me time to start working on my life, my beliefs remained steadfast.

Over the years, it became clear to me that my beliefs were different to those I’d been taught. I was beginning to think outside the box. Although I began to accept the different version of me, accepting what felt right for me, it didn’t go down well with everyone else.

I also knew that as I was emotionally and spiritually changing that change would begin to impact others’ idea of me and that would become my biggest struggle. I just didn’t know how much of a struggle it would become. But living with my own truth was something I needed to do, even if others didn’t agree with my beliefs.

Growing up, it is important we keep an open mind on our beliefs, or inevitably we will begin to shut out the truth. Of course, shutting out the truth becomes another person’s truth, not yours.

23 May, 2020

4 thoughts on “Other people’s beliefs

  1. Living my own truth has been quite a battle, since I was forced to believe in certain ways and punished if I didn’t. Both my parents, who were total opposites of each other, tried to convince us their ways were better, when in fact neither were.

    It was beyond torturous and ridiculous in the ways they tried to brainwash their own children. I’m still not 100% sure of what I believe in, but I know that it isn’t anything even close to what they did.

    1. Thanks Randy. You have time to work things out for yourself. It’s not always easy to know what we believe, but getting to know ourselves is a good place to start.

      I think more of us should. The soulful journey is a difficult one to take, primarily because we don’t always understand how the soul works.

      I know that once we understand our own journey and why we’ve had the life we’ve had, we’re less likely to want to continue to take on other people’s beliefs.

  2. My parents seem to have little beliefs and if they had any, I wasn’t subjected to them as that would have involved some form of communication.

    Thankfully they weren’t religious so we weren’t brought up with any brain washing ideas about religion and beliefs and I always went to mainstream schools, which were a bit of a religious melting pot.

    I consider that I am now much more spiritual and have little time for narrow minded religious fervor.

    1. Personally, I think mainstream schools need to tailor their curriculum more to incorporate less teaching about religion. As you said in your day, school was a ‘religious melting pot.’

      I think you were lucky you didn’t have your parents preaching. That will have set you up to think about your own beliefs growing up.

      Main stream schools also need to change so that children come to know and understand more about themselves, what makes them who they are.

      Teaching is too regimented. It’s also less about free thinking. Spiritual values don’t exist, and religion is still very much part of the curriculum also.

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