Let us differentiate the inestimable benefits of accumulated knowledge from the tendency to hold fast to the past out of fear of the unknown. The beliefs we cling to, particularly about ourselves, are a denial of the growth of knowledge. When our habits have a stronger impact on us than facts, we are in danger of rejecting discovery in return for a mental story-line about the world and ourselves. For thousands of years, it was the belief that man cannot fly; however, innovation exposed this belief as false. No reason exists to think that a new understanding could not grant us many choices beyond our current beliefs about the world and ourselves.
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The Relevance of Kabir – By Todd Vickers
We need not alter our actions and the lives of others by deferring to imagined fears. Nothing obligates us to believe or obey any thought in our mind, even our most deeply ingrained habits. To grasp this fact develops in us a conscious sense of freedom. This includes freedom from how we know ourselves. As a result, we have more choices then we would otherwise have.
If a woman is afraid to approach a man and reveal her attraction for him, that doesn’t mean she is not capable of doing so. If she dares, regardless of the man’s response, the fear is not her master. She has access to her capacities instead of pretending they don’t exist while being trapped in a prison of imagined results. The question is not ‘what will this woman do next’, the question becomes ‘what can’t this woman do?’ Such a realization can be intensely creative because now the limit is her actual capacity, not her habitual fears or her beliefs about herself.
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