So I’ve just finished reading Bruce Lipton’s revised book “The Biology of Belief”, and in general his ideas are supported by others such as discussed in Michael Talbot’s book “Holographic Universe” etc.
The take home message is simple – the universe and everything is interconnected at the subtle subconscious level but “disconnected” in our 3D existence where individual objects exist as autonomous entities, yet remain ‘connected’ in a loose sort of way.
Lipton identifies two levels of consciousness – the substrate that we are practically ignorant of, and the more familiar, egocentric, thought world we have constructed around ourselves by the habituation of the brain process called thinking.
So if someone you know says to you “I have done so and so and you can rely on this having been actually done”, you end up believing, or not believing, him/her. You only believe when you don’t know.
So belief is a pattern of thought that is based on ignorance, and when repeated often enough becomes subconsciously habitual to from religious dogma. It also seems to be driven by fear of the unknown, ideas that the Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti discusses, among others.
So do overt beliefs fabricated in the here and now occasionally sink downwards into our subconscious to become thought habits we are unaware of? This was Velikovsky’s principal idea behind his Worlds in Collision text, a message mainstream science ignored and continues to ignore. In the Velikovsky scenario the overt fear and physical terror instilled by the past global catastrophes were collectively submerged into our human common memory or subconscious that periodically manifests itself overtly as war and violence to the present day.
So when one human tribe asserts it was chosen because it alone survived some past catastrophe. then that is simply a fabricated belief to assuage the still dominant physical fear of that past which is emphaticalluy denied. This denial also manifests itself as a belief system of an afterlife, either horrible and hellish, or wonderful and heavenly. But these are all beliefs the ego fabricates around itself to ensure its continued existence.
Lipton concludes with his belief in a spiritual afterlife, and here a problem comes into being, is the belief real or unreal? If our subconscious is the dominant ‘engine’ which animates our being, then maybe freeing ourselves of the habits involved in maintaining our egocentric world might be worth following up; but then I’m merely repeating J Krishnamurti’s words.