by Gregg Braden
'The Spontaneous Healing of Belief'
We live our lives based in what we believe.
When we think about the
truth of this statement, we immediately recognize a startling
Beyond anything else that we may actually do in our lives,
the beliefs that precede our actions are the foundation of all that
we cherish, dream, become, and accomplish.
From the morning rituals that we go through to greet the world each
day, to the inventions that we use to make our lives better, to the
technology that destroys life through war - our personal routines,
community customs, religious ceremonies, and entire civilizations
are based on our beliefs.
Not only do our beliefs provide the structure for the way we live
our lives, now the same areas of study that have discounted our
inner experiences in the past are showing us that the way we feel
about the world around us is a force that extends into that world.
In this way, science is catching up with our most cherished
spiritual and indigenous traditions, which have always told us: that
our world is nothing more than a reflection of what we accept in our
We live our lives based on what we believe about our world,
ourselves, our capabilities, and our limits.
With access to such a power already within us, to say that our
beliefs are important to life is an understatement. Our beliefs are
life! They are where it begins and how it sustains itself. From our
immune response and the hormones that regulate and balance our
bodies... to our ability to heal bones, organs, and skin - and
even conceive life - the role of human belief is rapidly taking
center stage in the new frontiers of quantum biology and physics.
If our beliefs hold so much power, and if we live our lives based on
what we believe, then the obvious question is: Where do our beliefs
come from? The answer may surprise you.
With few exceptions, they originate with what science, history,
religion, culture, and family tell us. In other words, the essence
of our capabilities and limits may well be based in what other
people tell us.
That realization leads to the next question that we
must ask ourselves:
If our lives are based on what we believe, then what if those
beliefs are wrong?
What if we’re living our lives shrouded in the false limitations and
incorrect assumptions that other people have formed over
generations, centuries, or even millennia?
Historically, for example, we’ve been taught that we are
insignificant specks of life passing through a brief moment in time,
limited by the “laws” of space, atoms, and DNA.
This view suggests
that we’ll have little effect on anything during our stay in this
world, and when we’re gone, the universe will never even notice our
While the words of this description may sound a bit harsh, the
general idea isn’t so far from what many of us today have been
conditioned to hold true.
It’s precisely these beliefs that often
leave us feeling small and helpless in the face of life’s greatest
What if we’re more than this?
Could it be that we’re really
very powerful beings in disguise?
What if we’re delegates of
miraculous potential, born into this world with capabilities
beyond our wildest dreams - ones that we’ve simply forgotten
under the conditions that have shocked us into the dreamlike
state of being powerless?
How would our lives change, for
instance, if we discovered that we’re born with the power to
Or what if we could choose the
peace in our world, the abundance in our lives, and how long
What if we found that the
universe itself is directly affected by a power that we’ve
hidden from ourselves for so long that we’ve forgotten it’s
Such a radical discovery would change
It would alter what we believe about ourselves, the
universe, and our role within it. It’s also precisely what the
leading-edge discoveries of our day are showing us.
For centuries, there have been people who refused to accept the
limitations that have traditionally defined what it means to live in
this world. They refused to believe that we just appear through a
mysterious birth that defies explanation. They rejected the idea
that such a miraculous emergence could be for the purpose of living
in suffering, pain, and loneliness until we leave this world just as
mysteriously as we arrived.
To answer their yearning for a greater truth, they had to venture
beyond the boundaries of their conditioning. They isolated
themselves - from friends, family, and community - and let go,
really let go, of what they had been taught about the world.
when they did, something precious and beautiful happened in their
They discovered a new freedom for themselves that opened the
door of possibilities for others. It all began by their asking the
question that was just as bold in their time as it is in ours: What
if our beliefs are wrong?
It’s in our absolute surrender to such a possibility that we
discover the freedom that tells us who we really are.
belief, however, is that we don’t have to live in a cold, damp cave
in the middle of nowhere to find it. I also feel that personal
liberation begins with the individual commitment to know who we are
in the universe. When we make such a commitment, everything from the
way we think of ourselves to the way we love will change.
because we are changed in the presence of these deeper
understandings. It all comes back to what we believe.
While it may sound too simple to be true, I’m convinced that the
universe works precisely in this way.
Gregg Braden - Fractal Time