BELIEF is the foundation of success.
From ancient magic and rituals to esoteric teachings, modern psychology, metaphysics, theosophy, philosophy, New Age movement, and Christian theology, the golden thread that runs through the quest for “making things happen” is belief.
It causes people to be cured through mental healing. It enables others to climb the ladder of success and get phenomenal results.
Somehow, the magic of believing has become a miracle worker for not only a few but for a multitude of believers as well.
Believing is not just desiring. Nor does it emanate from our fancy urges and cravings. Believing is more than our feelings and emotions.
Believing is not just thinking or rationalizing. Thinking can lead to more thinking and, therefore, to more questions. Believing is not more thinking; believing is beyond thinking.
True believing – the one that propels us to success – involves our whole being.
It is a firm, deep-seated, positive conviction that powers every fiber of our being. True believing is believing with all our mind, heart and soul. But this is easier said than done.
How can we effectively use the magical power of believing and come up with outstanding results?
Experts (“enlightened or ascended masters,” as they are referred to in the esoteric domain) recommend the practical method of thought-visualization, or for religious believers, prayer and meditation.
This thought-visualization process should follow the principles of “intensity” and “constancy” (read: repetition).
It has often been said that “all is within” –that is, nothing exists on the outside plane unless it is first conceived in the realm of consciousness.
Carl Jung once said, “One who looks outside dreams, one who looks inside awakes.”
The “law of attraction” states that “thought attracts that upon which it is directed.”
No matter what kind of thought we have, it does create after its kind – positively or negatively.
When this sinks into our consciousness, we get some inkling of our awe-inspiring power of creating, particularly our success.
Effective thought-visualization can be done by using our imagination in making and perfecting an image of the thing or situation as we would have it exist exactly in physical form or in real life.
But effective visualization would not be done or carried out without first believing (not only desiring) in what we are visualizing.
Visualizing without believing is plain daydreaming.
Curiously, for religious believers, this can be equated with praying and reflecting – in contemplative communication or in communion with God – and “not just asking or lifting up petitions but powerfully claiming God’s all-loving response and blessings.”
Finally, following the principle of constancy, thought-visualization (or prayer-meditation) should be relentlessly or unfailingly pursued. Meditation mantras among New Age believers are just as significant as devotional prayers (e.g. recitation of the Holy rosary among Catholics).
Whichever, the point is founded on constant and relentless pursuit of our prayed-for dreams and aspirations – until, even with just a mustard-sized faith, we acquire the capability to move mountains.
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20).
In sum, the power of believing requires that, first, we believe there is a genuine creative magic in the exercise of believing; second, our belief will supply the power that will enable us to succeed in everything we want to take.
Believing, as the be-all and end-all of success, impels us therefore to believe in ourselves, in our dreams – and, above all, in God who is the be-all and end-all of everything.