A convenient belief is something you believe to be true, whether it actually is or not. It is a belief that is convenient for you because it serves a purpose in your life. A good example is distance healing. Sending your thoughts, prayers, positive vibes, or “healing energy” long distance to help someone heal may sound a bit ludicrous to some people. But for those who practice it, and can cite amazing results from doing it, they have no doubt it works.
So the question is: If the results are positive, does it matter if you can’t scientifically prove the process?
Convenient beliefs can benefit those who have nothing else. Being broke, sick, or near death, with no beliefs, is pretty miserable. But having a belief that by praying every day your prayers will be heard, may actually help turn your life around. The first person that comes along to give you a helping hand could be seen as an answer to a prayer. And when you believe your prayer has been answered, you start becoming more optimistic, and more faithful to the process of praying. Soon, more events will happen that seem to go right along with what you prayed for. And as a result, you gain a belief system that creates a strong foundation for your growth and happiness.
Of course, there’s the other side of the coin. The parents who pray for their child to heal, but the child only becomes more ill. They refuse to take her to the hospital, because they believe their prayers are the only way to heal their daughter. And it seems no matter how hard they pray, their child suffers more and more. They seek no outside help, and refuse all that is offered.
It’s not just praying that I’m referring to either. It could be your belief that knocking on wood keeps you from harm, or opening an umbrella inside the house brings you bad luck. If you are able to recall all the times your belief worked for you, that belief becomes reality – and it doesn’t matter if it can be proven by science or not, because you know it to be true. If every time you opened an umbrella in the house, you knocked a plant over, you have reinforced that belief. And believing that ‘opening an umbrella in the house is bad luck’ is convenient, because by not doing it, you are making yourself feel better.
And that’s where convenient beliefs are the most powerful. A belief that makes you feel better is one that you want to continue having. If you went to a psychic, and your life changed for the better, your belief that the psychic guided you to a happier, more fulfilling life will be convenient for you to have. It makes you feel good to hold this belief.
The problem with convenient beliefs is sometimes they are the only beliefs we choose to have. If a child needs medical assistance, and all she gets is prayer, then belief becomes an excuse. If the mom and dad refuse any outside help except for what prayer will bring, they are limiting the countless other ways to help their daughter. In this example, the parents don’t even consider that their prayers may actually be being answered in the form of their friends, family, doctors, police, etc.
When we have a belief strong enough to take over our thoughts and eliminate all other information to the contrary, then it’s time to re-examine what we know versus what we believe.
Excluding possibilities outside what you believe is the fastest way to perish in any situation.
I believe the sun rises.
I also believe the earth rotates, to make it appear that the sun rises.
I also believe that when I’m driving downhill towards the sun, it appears the sun is rising then too.
If you only believe the sun rises, and vehemently defend that belief, then you will never know all that is possible.