Hello and welcome. This blog is about the power of belief. Belief as in mind over matter. Belief as in faith over atheism. Belief as in miracle over science.
Here’s a little bit about myself and why I have decided to start this blog…
I live in Sydney, Australia. I write, speak and present seminars about the power of belief and developing our potential through finding what motivates us to pursue our dreams and success in life. While there are probably as many definitions of success as there are poeple on Earth, most people will agree that a healthy mind and a healthy body are good starting points.
While there are moments and days when my faith may seem tested, overall I am happy and thankful for everything I have experienced in my life. Above all, I am grateful for having the belief in belief. It’s the small things we sweat the most, but the small things can bring the most joy too. When I feel tested, I believe that God will give me the strength to serve Him well or let me fail in His service for a purpose known to Him. When I feel doubtful, I believe that people’s goodness will shine through and work things out. Where fear overtakes me, belief helps me dissolve it. Like everyone else on this planet, I have dreams of what I want to be, have and do while I am still around in this body. Like most of us, I want to make a difference and be of service to others. So, why am I writing about the power of belief? And why now?
Belief certainly has not been a foreign concept to me. I have known all my life what believing is. I knew people believed in God. I knew people believed in other people. I knew people believed in all sorts of things. And I knew there is something within or without mankind’s grasp of our reality, which could be termed as supernatural. I grew up without a religion as it were. In my youth I didn’t have scripture classes and I missed out on the related social contexts which would probably have given me theoretical and practical foundations against which to compare my realisations about belief and believing.
Only recently I realised that I have been a believer all my life. Not just a believer at times when I faced difficulty. I believed and followed certain practices related to those beliefs, known only to me and my mind, for as long as I can remember. In fact, I am convinced that everything I have done in my whole life, everything I am proud of and everything I would class as an achievement, has come about as a result of my believing.
Nothing new, one might add. Everyone thinks, therefore forms opinions and beliefs, and then acts on those beliefs. The more one wants something, the more effort they will expend in achieving it. I agree. However, I am not talking about mere thoughts, thinking processes or inspiring ideas alone. I’m not even talking about religion, the power of the prayer. I am focusing on the act of believing. I believe there is nothing more powerful an individual can muster to their aid in whatever situation they may be than the power of belief. The will power of the mind is enough a force to enact in reality anything one can envisage.
So, what did I believe in?
As a child, I would say some prayers in my head, or take a particular route on the way to school, believing this would guarantee I would do well in an exam. I always and invariably did do well. When I thought my family members were not well, I would pray for them, while picturing them to be healthy in my mind. And they were. When there were things I wanted, I would focus on them until I could imagine them so clearly in my mind that this imaginative interaction with the object of my desire was more enjoyable than the actual thing when I would finally receive it. On one occasion my dad entered me into a newspaper competition. The first prize was a trip to a grand final game. For some reason, I grew so convinced that I would win the trip that every day for a period of a month in the run up to the draw I did nothing else but talk about the details of my upcoming trip. I even slept with the flag of my team, planning what I would do and whose autographs I would ask for at the game. And like magic, one day a telegram arrived, advising that I have won the trip. I wasn’t feeling overjoyed, I felt that’s mine. I had believed it would come, and it did.
Later in life, I always had faith and confidence about achieving what I wanted. But I must admit I never had the same feeling of belief as I did about winning that competition. I know how that feeling feels. I can clearly remember it. But one cannot fake it. One can repeat the thoughts in their mind, but just as you say them, there’d be fleeting thoughts detracting from the power of that repetition, saying, “You won’t”, “You can’t”, “Come on, who are you fooling?”
This brings me to my recent realisation that I have been a believer all my life. I have since read a lot about the power of belief. And I am still reading. And it all greatly impressed on me the wish to write this blog. I am writing because I want to share this with anyone who may feel either the same as I do or quite opposite to what I have come to experience.
I didn’t know it at the time, but throughout my life, I have been willing myself to do what I wished to happen to me through the power of my mind. I believed I would and eventually I did. There are many things I’d love to will myself to do. And I know I will. For example, I never had a fear of public speaking or facing people in formal situations. I simply believed I am good at that. And I was. Dealing with authority or stressful situations came easy to me. I believed I could do it. I would convince myself I can do it. And I always did. I want to have the means to spread this thinking and see what others think. I want to help others understand that maybe in them lies what I found in me. I want to apply this to other areas of my life. While I am writing this, I am believing another thing is real. And that is that you believe too.
I would like to hear your opinions, stories, confirmations, opposition and even disbelief. Whatever comes to your mind while reading this, please share it. Feel free to do so. I will post regularly and enthusiastically. Thank you for reading and believing.