Our common definition of belief is: mental acceptance of something as true. But belief actually has little to do with rote opinion, limiting memory patterns, or cramps of conditioning in the subconscious that shrink our lives down to status quo autopilot repetitions of the same-old-same-old. Belief, at root, isn’t a mental construct.
A tortured twist of fate beginning back down deep in the annals of history in the conquest of northern Europe by southern interests wrenched belief from its root meanings and gets it to wave the small egoic flags of opinion, idea, concept, ideology, or subterranean patterns of fixed memory in the subconscious.
But belief originally means none of that.
Scholars of wisdom, such as my wondrously witty teacher, Caroline Casey, say: before judging, always cook a thing back down to what it originally wanted to be before it got bamboozled by egoic interests.
Belief originally wants to be joy, joyfulness.
The etymology of lief—the root meaning—reminds us that it has always meant joy, love, dear, to esteem, to care, to desire. With the be- prefix functioning as an intensive before lief, belief is all about the intensification of joy.
So it turns out that belief isn’t a product of the head. It’s a function of the heart.
With a simple shift of emphasis, it sounds like an imperative sentence: Be lief. Be joy!
THE JOY FACTOR
In the perennial wisdom traditions and in our modern revivals of these ancient sciences of optimal wellbeing—such as The Law Of Attraction teachings and spiritual psychology—joy is considered the deep desire of all beings, one of the highest energy frequencies, and one of the most potent attractor agents.
The Buddha knew that all beings want to be happy. Psalm 5:11-12 suggests that joy is protection from all calamity. Rumi said that what we really want is love’s confusing joy. In Dr. David Hawkins’s measures of frequency levels of emotional states, as well as for Abraham Hicks, joy is a supercharged healer and attractor.
Joy. The deep meaning of belief. Now that’s a bold and powerful idea. That’s a greatness groove with evolutionary potential. That’s a thing that changes everything.
Belief is the simplest of things wielding the greatest of powers. So, be lief. Be joyful! Your destiny unfolds from the joy in your heart. Nothing is as powerful as a belief whose time has come.