Looking back over the history of my beliefs is interesting, especially to see how much has changed. I’ve learnt that beliefs aren’t static statements of who we are and what we think, they are a process, a way of learning about the world and ourselves, and of checking our thoughts with reality.
Some beliefs were mistaken, but others were not, they were the right beliefs at the right time, and I had to go through them. Now if I stayed with those beliefs and not moved that would have been mistaken, and I wouldn’t have come to where I am now – which I feel is where I “should” be. Retrospectively they were not mistaken (no matter how fantastic) because otherwise I might not have got here. They all had something to offer me in some way, but I didn’t need to become obsessed over them.
For each belief I looked deeply into them, seeing how deeply it went and whether I could get any actual nutrition from them. The more nutritious the belief the better it is for me I figured. And they’ve all, in a sense, been nutritious, food for thought indeed. There’s a lot of beliefs out there, and they can all lead us to interesting, beneficial and dangerous results, which is why they must be gone through thoroughly and given no mercy. Who knows what treasure, what stepping stone you might find on your journey?