Design Your Own Belief System

“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.” Carl Sagan

Inspirational Quote

Being bombarded by a plethora of information 24/7, don’t you sometimes wonder if you have the power to design your own belief system?

The truth is that you do!

It’s your birthright to question and think for yourself.

If you want to be an authentically caring and connected citizen of the world, then it’s important that you take the time to pause, reflect, allow yourself to live in a state of ‘not knowing’, and not jump to conclusions based on what experts in any given field tell you.

The video below, The Devils In The Detail, does a masterful job of explaining why it’s critical to question authority.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. I’d love to hear how you work at designing your own belief system. xo – Fran

About Fran

Fran’s book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, now considered a classic, was groundbreaking when published as no one had written about gardening in the context of creativity, spirituality, and transformation.

In addition to being a recognized garden expert and deep ecologist, Fran is also a broadcaster, journalist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Soul Tender. All of her work is based on her deep belief that our need to connect to the earth is an inherent trait – and that by doing so, we heal and experience more joy in our lives.

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5 Responses to Design Your Own Belief System

  1. Wendy Krueger July 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Our world is designed to make people conform. It is evident in our education and media systems. Thinking for oneself is dangerous. They don’t want you to question anything, just to believe the official story. The internet has allowed more alternative news to reach the masses, it just depends if you are looking or want to wake up to the truth. There are many great teachers out there to learn from when one is ready for the information. My recommendation to people would be to question everything you hear and read in the news as it is rarely reality.

    • Fran July 4, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

      Wendy- Thanks for your comment. Your advice is good. I’ll take it one step further and remind all of us – including myself- not to think that because someone tells you it’s the truth – including friends and colleagues – that it is. We have all been brainwashed by our culture starting from the time we were young. It’s a matter of degree and how willing you are to open up to the possibility that what you thought was ‘real’ is just an illusion. It truly is the case of the emperor has no clothes. xo-Fran

  2. N'ann Harp July 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Might it be an excellent time to (re)introduce E-Prime into popular usage? Or at least note its though-provoking challenge … worth testing in day-to-day speech for a day or month to see what changes?

    COULD we learn to communicate with less polarization by eliminating the use of the verbs ‘is’, ‘was’, ‘am’ and ‘be’?


    • Fran July 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

      N’ann – What an interesting and compelling idea. Deleting those words from our vocabulary for even a day could have a profound effect on us. Look forward to discussing in more detail with you in the future. :) Fran

      • N'ann Harp July 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

        In my own experience, when used/tried/experimented with, E-Prime suggests/ enables/ allows creation of gentled thought environments in which science can/could chat comfortably with spirit … Both respected as speaking/working from a state of theory. Both delighted to seem to have/ found and be willing to share experiential/observed potential evidence in support of a theory, and proceeding on their conviction that the theory is worth trusting … until … whatever:)

        Its use would seem to soften knee-jerk Them vs Us expression of position … and allow ways/room for re-consideration of whether we MIGHT just be somehow programmed for Violent Agreement, as well as violent disagreement:)

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