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Beyond Religion

Monday, April 3rd, 2006 by Steve Pavlina

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Beyond religion. In this podcast, I want to talk to you candidly about the subject of religion and spirituality.

The way I think most people go about developing their religious and spiritual beliefs is that they make it part of their identity. They say, "I am an atheist" or "I am a Roman Catholic" or "I am Jewish" or "I am Buddhist", and so on.

I want to challenge that approach to religion, and present an alternative view; a different way to think about religion and spirituality. Rather than making it part of your identity, to treat it as a piece of software running in your mind. So, for example, on your personal computer you might have a word processor installed, you might have a spreadsheet installed, you might have some computer games installed, and so on. You have a bunch of different pieces of software installed on your computer, but you don't necessarily think of those pieces of software as your computer's identity. You wouldn't say my computer is a word processor, my computer is a copy of such and such game, my computer is a spreadsheet; rather you would say that my computer has the capability to perform word processing, it can perform as a spread sheet, it can perform as an entertainment machine, because of the type of software that you have installed on it. It's not that the software is the identity of the machine, the machine has it's own identity seperate of the software. However, obviously that software gives the machine various capabitlities, it controls it's functions at certain times, and for the time that you're using those particular pieces of software; you may indeed identify your computer as a machine that is a word processor, or is a machine that is a spreadsheet or is an entertainement machine.

But it's really not those things, it's really much more than that; similarly, you can apply this concept to the idea of religion. See, the way I see religion, is not as something you would make part of your identity. In fact, if you ask me what religion I am, I would probably just give you a blank stare, becasue the question doen't really have any meaning to me. I see religion or spiritual beliefs as software, software that runs within the mainframe of your consciousness.

So, for example, I could load up the sofware of an Atheist, and I could take on the belief system of an Atheist, and think like an Atheist. I can also load upo the software of a Catholic; I was raised Catholic for all of my childhood; and I could laod that up again and remember what it was lie, to be Catholic, and go to mass and so on and so on. I can also load up teh software of Buddhism, I can load up the software of various other belief systems. At least the one's that I've experienced. Similarly I can go out and learn about other belief systems, and I can effectively install new software. To the degree that I actually accept them, to the degree that I will install them in my consciousness and accept them as true.

I don't go so far, anymore, as to make those things into my identity. I used to do that, that's how I grew up; I grew up Catholic and I though that I am Catholic. Then later on, in my late teens, I dropped that and became an Atheist, and I said to myself,"I am an Atheist." Eventually I became an Agnostic, and I said "I am an Agnostic." Then I went on to practice other belief systems, and part of me realized that it didn't make sense to say, I am those things per se; because if I was those things why would I constantly be changing? Why would I be shifting from one thing to the other? If I was Catholic, than how could I ever be anything but Catholic? If I was an Atheist, how could I ever be anything but an Atheist?

So I stopped thinking of religious and spirtual beliefs as part of my identity, even temporarily, even an identity that I move through and out of again. Instead I though, this is really software that is running in my mind, this is a belief system, that I am installing and if I want to, I can subsequently uninstall it. Well, how is this possible? That your identity is not the same as your beliefs. See, I see that our identity is really our consciousness, and any thoughts that occur within that consciousness can not really be part of your identity; they're not really the real you necessarily. They're simply thoughts, they're simply software.

You can start thinking of your computer as the dominant software you run, and if you started runnin the same software every day, day in and day out and did nothing else but use that software; you would begin to identify the machine with that particular software; forgetting for a momen that the machine was capable of more. Another thing I found interesting is that on a computer, you can run different types of software. You can run a word processor, you can run a spreadsheet, you can run a computer game; and yet your computer does not thave a problem being schizophrenic; it does not have a problem with it's identity. But yet, can human beings do that? Can you be a Buddhist, and be a Catholic, and be an Atheist at the same time?

Well, supposedly not right? How you cuold you believe in God, and not believe in God at the same time? But yet, I found that it is possible to do this, if you stop making those beliefs into your identity. Just as a computer can have various types of software installed, and not have a conflict over, am I a word processor? Am I a spreadsheet? Am I an entertainment machine? What am I?, and not have to force out anything thatdisagreed with it's identity. You can do the same thing.

As I started thinking about this model, I started saying, "Well, is it possible to have these dispert beliefs, in my consciousness, in my mind? And to accet them all, even though paradoxically it seems they disagree with each other? Could I have within myself, the belief system of Catholicism, the belief system of Atheism, the belief system of Buddhism, various new age belief systems and so on? And not need for one to be dominant over the others, not need for one to be right, and the others to be wrong.

Part of the reason I thought about this, that this model, might have some possiblitlities to it. Is that I heard, a long time ago, that one of the traits of genius is the ability to hold conflicting thought in your mind; without one having to dominate the other. I though, that's kind of an interesting idea to apply to religion, because supposedley many different religious ideas conflict. I mean, if you just take something like the belief in a higher power, and the belief that there isn't a higher power; those obviously conflict.

What would it be like to actually harbour both beliefs, and to accept both beliefs simultaniously; and not have to force one to be dominant? In a way it's almost like pushing two magnets together. Two opposing magnets, and forcing them together, or smashing sub-atomic particles and seeing what happens. When I started trying to do this something fascinating actually happened. It's been said that if you take a amn and a woman, who hate each other, and out them on a desert island alone; that eventually they'll fall in love, that the human heart will find out a way to work out their differences. I don't know if that's true from an pbjective stance, but I found a similiar mechanism at work, with my belief systems; with my beliefs that I held in my consciousness.

I found that if I held two conflicting beliefs or more, together, in my consciousness long enough; eventually they found a way to work out their differences; and they reached a new level of integration. In a way they began synergizing; and again the model thet seemed to work here for me, was the idea of software running on a computer. You can install ten or twenty or a hundred different programs on your computer, and they can all perform well. It can increase the capabilities of the machine dramatically, but the key is that at any one time, you are only using one of those functions. Yet, you don't need to have all of those programs, follow the same mind set.

For example, you don't have to have your computer be dedicated to entertainment. You don't have to have your computer be dedicated to word processing, it can be a multi-functioning machine; and similiarly, I believe you can be a multi-functioning human.

I found that with each different belief system I tried, there were strengths and weaknesses. When I was an Atheist, I found that there were certain beliefs that served me really well; such as the idea of taking absolute personal responsibility for my life. Not trusting in a higher power meant, that I was responsible for everything that happened to me; so I had the belief, if it's to be, it's up to me. That gave me a huge sense of responsibility. However, with other belief systems I found, such as a more Buddhist belief system. I found that I could tap into my intuition much better, and intuition became a huge asset of that belief system. Where I would turn in word, say through meditation, and I could sort of contact;what I might think of, as my higher self; and be able to get answers to problems that I really couldn't answer logically.

I could go on about all these different belief systems, but I think it should be fairly obvious to you; that every time you have a belief about something, it's going to make you more atuned to certain opportunities, but less atuned to others. So, if your wearing a lense that helps you tune your senses towards certain frequencies that the lense will pick up, and amplify; but meanwhile you're simultaniously tuning out something else. It's very much like computer software, in the sense that, if you're running a computer game it's tuned into entertaining you; and if you're running a spreadsheet, it's tuned into doing mathematical calculations.Now, a spreadsheet is not entertaining, and a computer game is not going to help you with your taxes

. So, I found almost that, this idea spirituality became trying to absorb many different belief systems; and noticing that different beliefs were empowering, or disempowering indifferent situations. So, I started sometimes believing like an Atheist, when I found that Atheism was a model that would produce the best results for me; where personal responsibility was very important. Fore example, interms of my health. I eat a healty diet, I excercise every day, I take all that responsibility on myself. In other areas of my life though, such as my relationships; I tend to follow a very intuitive approach. Almost lik,e trying to connect with another person's spirit, and in that sense, I don't use the belief of Atheism. Furthermore, There are situations where I'll use a combination of them. Such as in business, there are some business situations where I will adopt almost a Godless approach; and there are other situations where I'll use a highly spirtual approach.

I found that each belief system is effective in it's own way, in certain situations. See, ultimately I found that the ability to allow multiple belief systems, to co-exist, simultaniously within my consciousness without requiring one to be dominant over the other, is very practical. You can use this type of thing to enhance your relationships, use can use it to improve your health, you can use it in business.

I make money from a variety of streams of income, and each source of income I have, was created from a different philisophical mindset. Some of my income comes from sources that were created via hard logic, but some of it's manifested through the power of intention; and I've done other business deals that have come about from folllowing my intuition. Since I adopted this philisophy it's had real practical results for me. I've been having a real easy time generating income for one thing; because I know there are multiple ways to generate income, there are multiple philosophies that will lead to the creation of wealth. So, why use just one? Why not use many different ones?

Think about running a business with only one type of software. That would be a little bit silly, right? Why not use ten or twenty or a hundred dofferent programs, anything to enhance your business that you can. So why not do the same thing with your life? Why use only one type of software to run you life, why not use many different ones?

Human beings have this capacity to be multi-dimentional in a sense, we're not single celled organisms. For a lot of my life i struggled wit this idea, that I needed to adopt a single philosophy or religion, as the "one true belief"; but as long as I made that asuumption, I was never fully satisfied. Every time I would shift my beliefs, I found that I gained some new strengths, and at the same time, lost others. For example, when I shifted, say from an Atheist system, to maybe a new agey type of belief system; the accuracy of my intuition became much greater, but I also found that I lost some of my rationality and reasoning ability. I became a little less reasonable, and more emotionally intuitive. What I really like about the multi-dimensional approach, is that it makes it possible to harness the strengths of multiple philosophies, or multiple belief systems at the same time.So, you can use the tools inside any of these boxes, without outting youself inside the box too.

Another benefit, is that it makes the practice of living, extremely rich. In a given week I might do several different styles of meditation, I might go work out at the gym, I might go running. I mgiht do self-analysis in my journal, read some pages from the bible, put out some new intentions, revise my goals, listen to a podcast about a shamanistic belief sytem, maybe even read an article on hinduism. All those things, even though they may come from different philisophical mindsetes, they enhance my life tremendously.I have found this to be a very empowering and enjoyable way to live.

This is just sort of a taste of what it's like to adopt a multi-dimensional belief system. The real benefits are far beyond your ability to solve problems, because when you stop identifying yourself with a single piece of mental software; then your human capabilities will expand tremendously. You'll enjoy the benefit of running a full compliment of different types of programs; just like a computer would. For example, you'll be able to better manage your emotions; I can't even remember what depression feels like; and no I'm not on any medication or drugs, or anything like that.Why do I feel so good? It's because I have so many different pathways into a positive, emotional state.

Another thing is that your career can become this blend of realistic income generation, doing productive work, having some purpose driven contribution, and mst of all fun, lots of fun. You can relate to other people in multi-dimensional terms too, so your relationships can become deeper and more meaningful. The number of people you'll be able to form friendships with, will increase dramatically. When I was Catholic, I remember that I only had Catholic friends, and that's actually very common; but it's also very limiting. Since then I've learned to make friends, reguardless of what belief system they are; because I don't identify myself as any particlar belief system, then I'm not forced to treat their's as something alien to me.

See, many people run their whole lives, running only one piece of software; one piece of philisophical software. Maybe with a few minor upgreades along the way. Most likely it's the one they were taught as a child, if that's your choice, if that's your conscious choice; then fine, wonderful. But, if you're curious about what else is out there, don't be afraid to take a look around. There's a lot of cool software in the library of consciousness, and it's just waiting for you to install it; and most of it's free.

Now, if you happen to hold the belief that your particular religion, or philosophy, or belief system is the one true one, and that everyone else is simply wrong; try to recongnize that a mindset like that is simply a trap. It's one of the ways that you can recognize that you are, in fact, confining your consciousness into a very limited box; and you don't have to, you don't have to do that. You're always free to step outside that box, without losing what the box contains. The big problem with being in a box, is, if you've been in a box your whole life; you probably think that the box is reality itself. You probably can't imagine what lies ouside that box anymore. For example, if you have the belief that any sort of psychic experience is impossible, than you aren't likely at all to experience psychic stuff. It's outside your box, and anyone who does report experiences like that, well they're going to be crazy or gullible, or something along those lines. That's how you'll frame it to yourself.

But, if you were to step outside that box, then suddenly you would open yourself to psychic phenomena that you've never experienced before. For example, you might experience astral projection. It scared the heck out of me the first few times I did it, but it's there, it's real; in fact my wife was the one who introduced me to it. But, if you're not open to that type of thing, you'll likely never experience it.

So, you have to realize that your beliefs, are not merely perceptive, they're also creative. Think of the software on your computer, you probably have an easier tiome thinking of the software on your computer as creative rather than perceptive; you don't realize that the computer software that your using you perceving you, it's receiving your inputs, right? It's receiving it through the keyboard and he mouse and so on. You probably don't even think about that a lot of the time. But, your software is sitting there perceiving you. Howver it's obviously designed not just to perceive you, but also to be a tool of creation. So you can use your word processor to create an article, or create a book, or create an essay.You can use a computer game to create an entertainment experience. You can use programming software to create other programs that you can run. You can use an HTML editor to create a webpage. So, it's a creative experience.

Your beliefs are very similiar in that sense. Your beliefs about spirituality or religion are also creative; in the sense that, whatever philosophy you adopt becomes a tool for creation. It becomes a tool for creating your life, and if you only have one tool than your outlet for creating an intersting life is extremely limited. It's like a computer again with only one piece of software installed, there's not much you're going to be able to do with it. You're going to be limited to a very narrow channel of creation. However, if you install all these other programs, now suddenly you have a much broader creative outlet.

See, the people who are really trapped inside a rigid, philisophical framework; well first of all they're very unlikely to ever listen to a podcast like this, and if they did they would have turned it off a long before they reached this point I'm sure. So, if you've actually listened this far, then chances are you're already open minded enough, to be ready to begin seeing the edges of your own box.What are it's limitations?

Think of a computer that only has one piece of software installed, you might be able to identify the edges of it's limitations; by identifying what the hardware is capable of, technically capable of, that the software is unable to do; because it hasn't been programmed to do it. Similiarly your hardware, your physical, emotional, mental, spiritual hardware, however you want to think about it; has capabilities that you are not tapping, because the mental software you have installed is unable to tap those capabilitites.

Psychic phenomena is just one example. Let's say you want to exam the edges of your belief sytem. You want to find out, what are the cpaabilities of your hardware, that you software is not tapping? So, here's what to do, if you want to take that step. You may not want to take that step, but if you do, here's what to do: Focus on this intention right now. I intend to be shown the edges of my limiting beliefs, as well as what lies beyond them. Say it out loud. I intend to be shown, the edges of my limiting beliefs, as well as what lies beyond them. I intend to be shown, the edges of my limiting beliefs, as well as what lies beyond them. Simply release that thought as an intention into the universe, and hold the intention that it will manifest in some way. Then just wait and see what happens.

Now, I'll tell you I actually did this, as I was thinking about what I wanted to do in this podcast, and I was thinking of it's intention; I thought to myself, why don't I do that? So, I did that, I put out that intention; this was actually several weeks ago that I started thinking about this type of podcast; and I put out that intention. I intend to be shown the edges of my limiting beliefs, as well as what lies beyond them. I thought yeah, well, OK nothing much is going to happen; because I'm such an open minded guy,right? Well. I was kind of blown away by what happened.

First of all, within an hour I started seeing a series of strange sychronisities, it's a bit complicated, but I'll say that it lead me to some very unique experiences that were outside of anything I'd ever encountered before. Something called the crystal and indigo children, I'm not going to get into what that is, you can look it up online if you want to. But, I was kind of blown away by all of this, and one thing sort of led to another; that led to this sort of chain of events that got me off on to reading and researching onto this whole new path; this whole new pathway that I'd never really explored before. It really was outside my preivious experience. So, that was sort of a neat thing for me that it still works; it's like you're always in some kind of box and you can just keep pushing the edges, pushing the edges. It's just like we're doing with our computer technology, we're always, constantly creating new technology to push back the edges. If our software had all the capabilities of our hardware already, there would be no new software created. We would be done, but of course, that's not the case. New software in constantly being created.

Similiarly, we should be creating new software for our minds, consciously. The way to do that is, to, question our beliefs, and to keep pushing the edges of them back. To keep broadeneing our horizons. So, the real idea of this mulit-dimensional approach to religion, or to spiritual beliefs or philosphy; is that it makes you a more capable human being. It expands your horizons, it makes life a heck of a lot more enjoyable than having a single belief system. It's just like using a computer with one piece of software, versus using a computer with a hundred, or a thousand pieces of software. It's a much richer experience.

So, I encourage you to start thinking about this. That maybe your philisophical belief system, your religious belief system, your spritual belief system does not have to be your identity as a conscious being. That it may in fact merely be a piece of software and that by making it into your identity; you are like a computer running only one piece of software. Now, if that's how you choose to live? Great, wonderful, but it let be a choice that you make.

Until next time, live consciously.Beyond religion. In this podcast, I want to talk to you candidly about the subject of religion and spirituality.

The way I think most people go about developing their religious and spiritual beliefs is that they make it part of their identity. They say, "I am an atheist" or "I am a Roman Catholic" or "I am Jewish" or "I am Buddhist", and so on.

I want to challenge that approach to religion, and present an alternative view; a different way to think about religion and spirituality. Rather than making it part of your identity, to treat it as a piece of software running in your mind. So, for example, on your personal computer you might have a word processor installed, you might have a spreadsheet installed, you might have some computer games installed, and so on. You have a bunch of different pieces of software installed on your computer, but you don't necessarily think of those pieces of software as your computer's identity. You wouldn't say my computer is a word processor, my computer is a copy of such and such game, my computer is a spreadsheet; rather you would say that my computer has the capability to perform word processing, it can perform as a spread sheet, it can perform as an entertainment machine, because of the type of software that you have installed on it. It's not that the software is the identity of the machine, the machine has it's own identity seperate of the software. However, obviously that software gives the machine various capabitlities, it controls it's functions at certain times, and for the time that you're using those particular pieces of software; you may indeed identify your computer as a machine that is a word processor, or is a machine that is a spreadsheet or is an entertainement machine.

But it's really not those things, it's really much more than that; similarly, you can apply this concept to the idea of religion. See, the way I see religion, is not as something you would make part of your identity. In fact, if you ask me what religion I am, I would probably just give you a blank stare, becasue the question doen't really have any meaning to me. I see religion or spiritual beliefs as software, software that runs within the mainframe of your consciousness.

So, for example, I could load up the sofware of an Atheist, and I could take on the belief system of an Atheist, and think like an Atheist. I can also load upo the software of a Catholic; I was raised Catholic for all of my childhood; and I could laod that up again and remember what it was lie, to be Catholic, and go to mass and so on and so on. I can also load up teh software of Buddhism, I can load up the software of various other belief systems. At least the one's that I've experienced. Similarly I can go out and learn about other belief systems, and I can effectively install new software. To the degree that I actually accept them, to the degree that I will install them in my consciousness and accept them as true.

I don't go so far, anymore, as to make those things into my identity. I used to do that, that's how I grew up; I grew up Catholic and I though that I am Catholic. Then later on, in my late teens, I dropped that and became an Atheist, and I said to myself,"I am an Atheist." Eventually I became an Agnostic, and I said "I am an Agnostic." Then I went on to practice other belief systems, and part of me realized that it didn't make sense to say, I am those things per se; because if I was those things why would I constantly be changing? Why would I be shifting from one thing to the other? If I was Catholic, than how could I ever be anything but Catholic? If I was an Atheist, how could I ever be anything but an Atheist?

So I stopped thinking of religious and spirtual beliefs as part of my identity, even temporarily, even an identity that I move through and out of again. Instead I though, this is really software that is running in my mind, this is a belief system, that I am installing and if I want to, I can subsequently uninstall it. Well, how is this possible? That your identity is not the same as your beliefs. See, I see that our identity is really our consciousness, and any thoughts that occur within that consciousness can not really be part of your identity; they're not really the real you necessarily. They're simply thoughts, they're simply software.

You can start thinking of your computer as the dominant software you run, and if you started runnin the same software every day, day in and day out and did nothing else but use that software; you would begin to identify the machine with that particular software; forgetting for a momen that the machine was capable of more. Another thing I found interesting is that on a computer, you can run different types of software. You can run a word processor, you can run a spreadsheet, you can run a computer game; and yet your computer does not thave a problem being schizophrenic; it does not have a problem with it's identity. But yet, can human beings do that? Can you be a Buddhist, and be a Catholic, and be an Atheist at the same time?

Well, supposedly not right? How you cuold you believe in God, and not believe in God at the same time? But yet, I found that it is possible to do this, if you stop making those beliefs into your identity. Just as a computer can have various types of software installed, and not have a conflict over, am I a word processor? Am I a spreadsheet? Am I an entertainment machine? What am I?, and not have to force out anything thatdisagreed with it's identity. You can do the same thing.

As I started thinking about this model, I started saying, "Well, is it possible to have these dispert beliefs, in my consciousness, in my mind? And to accet them all, even though paradoxically it seems they disagree with each other? Could I have within myself, the belief system of Catholicism, the belief system of Atheism, the belief system of Buddhism, various new age belief systems and so on? And not need for one to be dominant over the others, not need for one to be right, and the others to be wrong.

Part of the reason I thought about this, that this model, might have some possiblitlities to it. Is that I heard, a long time ago, that one of the traits of genius is the ability to hold conflicting thought in your mind; without one having to dominate the other. I though, that's kind of an interesting idea to apply to religion, because supposedley many different religious ideas conflict. I mean, if you just take something like the belief in a higher power, and the belief that there isn't a higher power; those obviously conflict.

What would it be like to actually harbour both beliefs, and to accept both beliefs simultaniously; and not have to force one to be dominant? In a way it's almost like pushing two magnets together. Two opposing magnets, and forcing them together, or smashing sub-atomic particles and seeing what happens. When I started trying to do this something fascinating actually happened. It's been said that if you take a amn and a woman, who hate each other, and out them on a desert island alone; that eventually they'll fall in love, that the human heart will find out a way to work out their differences. I don't know if that's true from an pbjective stance, but I found a similiar mechanism at work, with my belief systems; with my beliefs that I held in my consciousness.

I found that if I held two conflicting beliefs or more, together, in my consciousness long enough; eventually they found a way to work out their differences; and they reached a new level of integration. In a way they began synergizing; and again the model thet seemed to work here for me, was the idea of software running on a computer. You can install ten or twenty or a hundred different programs on your computer, and they can all perform well. It can increase the capabilities of the machine dramatically, but the key is that at any one time, you are only using one of those functions. Yet, you don't need to have all of those programs, follow the same mind set.

For example, you don't have to have your computer be dedicated to entertainment. You don't have to have your computer be dedicated to word processing, it can be a multi-functioning machine; and similiarly, I believe you can be a multi-functioning human.

I found that with each different belief system I tried, there were strengths and weaknesses. When I was an Atheist, I found that there were certain beliefs that served me really well; such as the idea of taking absolute personal responsibility for my life. Not trusting in a higher power meant, that I was responsible for everything that happened to me; so I had the belief, if it's to be, it's up to me. That gave me a huge sense of responsibility. However, with other belief systems I found, such as a more Buddhist belief system. I found that I could tap into my intuition much better, and intuition became a huge asset of that belief system. Where I would turn in word, say through meditation, and I could sort of contact;what I might think of, as my higher self; and be able to get answers to problems that I really couldn't answer logically.

I could go on about all these different belief systems, but I think it should be fairly obvious to you; that every time you have a belief about something, it's going to make you more atuned to certain opportunities, but less atuned to others. So, if your wearing a lense that helps you tune your senses towards certain frequencies that the lense will pick up, and amplify; but meanwhile you're simultaniously tuning out something else. It's very much like computer software, in the sense that, if you're running a computer game it's tuned into entertaining you; and if you're running a spreadsheet, it's tuned into doing mathematical calculations.Now, a spreadsheet is not entertaining, and a computer game is not going to help you with your taxes

. So, I found almost that, this idea spirituality became trying to absorb many different belief systems; and noticing that different beliefs were empowering, or disempowering indifferent situations. So, I started sometimes believing like an Atheist, when I found that Atheism was a model that would produce the best results for me; where personal responsibility was very important. Fore example, interms of my health. I eat a healty diet, I excercise every day, I take all that responsibility on myself. In other areas of my life though, such as my relationships; I tend to follow a very intuitive approach. Almost lik,e trying to connect with another person's spirit, and in that sense, I don't use the belief of Atheism. Furthermore, There are situations where I'll use a combination of them. Such as in business, there are some business situations where I will adopt almost a Godless approach; and there are other situations where I'll use a highly spirtual approach.

I found that each belief system is effective in it's own way, in certain situations. See, ultimately I found that the ability to allow multiple belief systems, to co-exist, simultaniously within my consciousness without requiring one to be dominant over the other, is very practical. You can use this type of thing to enhance your relationships, use can use it to improve your health, you can use it in business.

I make money from a variety of streams of income, and each source of income I have, was created from a different philisophical mindset. Some of my income comes from sources that were created via hard logic, but some of it's manifested through the power of intention; and I've done other business deals that have come about from folllowing my intuition. Since I adopted this philisophy it's had real practical results for me. I've been having a real easy time generating income for one thing; because I know there are multiple ways to generate income, there are multiple philosophies that will lead to the creation of wealth. So, why use just one? Why not use many different ones?

Think about running a business with only one type of software. That would be a little bit silly, right? Why not use ten or twenty or a hundred dofferent programs, anything to enhance your business that you can. So why not do the same thing with your life? Why use only one type of software to run you life, why not use many different ones?

Human beings have this capacity to be multi-dimentional in a sense, we're not single celled organisms. For a lot of my life i struggled wit this idea, that I needed to adopt a single philosophy or religion, as the "one true belief"; but as long as I made that asuumption, I was never fully satisfied. Every time I would shift my beliefs, I found that I gained some new strengths, and at the same time, lost others. For example, when I shifted, say from an Atheist system, to maybe a new agey type of belief system; the accuracy of my intuition became much greater, but I also found that I lost some of my rationality and reasoning ability. I became a little less reasonable, and more emotionally intuitive. What I really like about the multi-dimensional approach, is that it makes it possible to harness the strengths of multiple philosophies, or multiple belief systems at the same time.So, you can use the tools inside any of these boxes, without outting youself inside the box too.

Another benefit, is that it makes the practice of living, extremely rich. In a given week I might do several different styles of meditation, I might go work out at the gym, I might go running. I mgiht do self-analysis in my journal, read some pages from the bible, put out some new intentions, revise my goals, listen to a podcast about a shamanistic belief sytem, maybe even read an article on hinduism. All those things, even though they may come from different philisophical mindsetes, they enhance my life tremendously.I have found this to be a very empowering and enjoyable way to live.

This is just sort of a taste of what it's like to adopt a multi-dimensional belief system. The real benefits are far beyond your ability to solve problems, because when you stop identifying yourself with a single piece of mental software; then your human capabilities will expand tremendously. You'll enjoy the benefit of running a full compliment of different types of programs; just like a computer would. For example, you'll be able to better manage your emotions; I can't even remember what depression feels like; and no I'm not on any medication or drugs, or anything like that.Why do I feel so good? It's because I have so many different pathways into a positive, emotional state.

Another thing is that your career can become this blend of realistic income generation, doing productive work, having some purpose driven contribution, and mst of all fun, lots of fun. You can relate to other people in multi-dimensional terms too, so your relationships can become deeper and more meaningful. The number of people you'll be able to form friendships with, will increase dramatically. When I was Catholic, I remember that I only had Catholic friends, and that's actually very common; but it's also very limiting. Since then I've learned to make friends, reguardless of what belief system they are; because I don't identify myself as any particlar belief system, then I'm not forced to treat their's as something alien to me.

See, many people run their whole lives, running only one piece of software; one piece of philisophical software. Maybe with a few minor upgreades along the way. Most likely it's the one they were taught as a child, if that's your choice, if that's your conscious choice; then fine, wonderful. But, if you're curious about what else is out there, don't be afraid to take a look around. There's a lot of cool software in the library of consciousness, and it's just waiting for you to install it; and most of it's free.

Now, if you happen to hold the belief that your particular religion, or philosophy, or belief system is the one true one, and that everyone else is simply wrong; try to recongnize that a mindset like that is simply a trap. It's one of the ways that you can recognize that you are, in fact, confining your consciousness into a very limited box; and you don't have to, you don't have to do that. You're always free to step outside that box, without losing what the box contains. The big problem with being in a box, is, if you've been in a box your whole life; you probably think that the box is reality itself. You probably can't imagine what lies ouside that box anymore. For example, if you have the belief that any sort of psychic experience is impossible, than you aren't likely at all to experience psychic stuff. It's outside your box, and anyone who does report experiences like that, well they're going to be crazy or gullible, or something along those lines. That's how you'll frame it to yourself.

But, if you were to step outside that box, then suddenly you would open yourself to psychic phenomena that you've never experienced before. For example, you might experience astral projection. It scared the heck out of me the first few times I did it, but it's there, it's real; in fact my wife was the one who introduced me to it. But, if you're not open to that type of thing, you'll likely never experience it.

So, you have to realize that your beliefs, are not merely perceptive, they're also creative. Think of the software on your computer, you probably have an easier tiome thinking of the software on your computer as creative rather than perceptive; you don't realize that the computer software that your using you perceving you, it's receiving your inputs, right? It's receiving it through the keyboard and he mouse and so on. You probably don't even think about that a lot of the time. But, your software is sitting there perceiving you. Howver it's obviously designed not just to perceive you, but also to be a tool of creation. So you can use your word processor to create an article, or create a book, or create an essay.You can use a computer game to create an entertainment experience. You can use programming software to create other programs that you can run. You can use an HTML editor to create a webpage. So, it's a creative experience.

Your beliefs are very similiar in that sense. Your beliefs about spirituality or religion are also creative; in the sense that, whatever philosophy you adopt becomes a tool for creation. It becomes a tool for creating your life, and if you only have one tool than your outlet for creating an intersting life is extremely limited. It's like a computer again with only one piece of software installed, there's not much you're going to be able to do with it. You're going to be limited to a very narrow channel of creation. However, if you install all these other programs, now suddenly you have a much broader creative outlet.

See, the people who are really trapped inside a rigid, philisophical framework; well first of all they're very unlikely to ever listen to a podcast like this, and if they did they would have turned it off a long before they reached this point I'm sure. So, if you've actually listened this far, then chances are you're already open minded enough, to be ready to begin seeing the edges of your own box.What are it's limitations?

Think of a computer that only has one piece of software installed, you might be able to identify the edges of it's limitations; by identifying what the hardware is capable of, technically capable of, that the software is unable to do; because it hasn't been programmed to do it. Similiarly your hardware, your physical, emotional, mental, spiritual hardware, however you want to think about it; has capabilities that you are not tapping, because the mental software you have installed is unable to tap those capabilitites.

Psychic phenomena is just one example. Let's say you want to exam the edges of your belief sytem. You want to find out, what are the cpaabilities of your hardware, that you software is not tapping? So, here's what to do, if you want to take that step. You may not want to take that step, but if you do, here's what to do: Focus on this intention right now. I intend to be shown the edges of my limiting beliefs, as well as what lies beyond them. Say it out loud. I intend to be shown, the edges of my limiting beliefs, as well as what lies beyond them. I intend to be shown, the edges of my limiting beliefs, as well as what lies beyond them. Simply release that thought as an intention into the universe, and hold the intention that it will manifest in some way. Then just wait and see what happens.

Now, I'll tell you I actually did this, as I was thinking about what I wanted to do in this podcast, and I was thinking of it's intention; I thought to myself, why don't I do that? So, I did that, I put out that intention; this was actually several weeks ago that I started thinking about this type of podcast; and I put out that intention. I intend to be shown the edges of my limiting beliefs, as well as what lies beyond them. I thought yeah, well, OK nothing much is going to happen; because I'm such an open minded guy,right? Well. I was kind of blown away by what happened.

First of all, within an hour I started seeing a series of strange sychronisities, it's a bit complicated, but I'll say that it lead me to some very unique experiences that were outside of anything I'd ever encountered before. Something called the crystal and indigo children, I'm not going to get into what that is, you can look it up online if you want to. But, I was kind of blown away by all of this, and one thing sort of led to another; that led to this sort of chain of events that got me off on to reading and researching onto this whole new path; this whole new pathway that I'd never really explored before. It really was outside my preivious experience. So, that was sort of a neat thing for me that it still works; it's like you're always in some kind of box and you can just keep pushing the edges, pushing the edges. It's just like we're doing with our computer technology, we're always, constantly creating new technology to push back the edges. If our software had all the capabilities of our hardware already, there would be no new software created. We would be done, but of course, that's not the case. New software in constantly being created.

Similiarly, we should be creating new software for our minds, consciously. The way to do that is, to, question our beliefs, and to keep pushing the edges of them back. To keep broadeneing our horizons. So, the real idea of this mulit-dimensional approach to religion, or to spiritual beliefs or philosphy; is that it makes you a more capable human being. It expands your horizons, it makes life a heck of a lot more enjoyable than having a single belief system. It's just like using a computer with one piece of software, versus using a computer with a hundred, or a thousand pieces of software. It's a much richer experience.

So, I encourage you to start thinking about this. That maybe your philisophical belief system, your religious belief system, your spritual belief system does not have to be your identity as a conscious being. That it may in fact merely be a piece of software and that by making it into your identity; you are like a computer running only one piece of software. Now, if that's how you choose to live? Great, wonderful, but it let be a choice that you make.

Until next time, live consciously.