The Danger of Dogmatic Thinking
By David Davies
Over the course of my lifetime I’ve done a lot of thinking. I’ve never been willing to accept dogma for dogma’s sake. I’ve been a staunch individualist never blindly accepting answers from authority figures whether they come from the preachers at church, the leaders of government, the teachers at school or from my parents. For some reason that I’m not privy to I’ve always felt the answers lie within, not in someone else’s grand ideology.
So, before we get started on this mind-blowing investigation into the elements of Spiritual Power allow me to give you a word of advice. First of all, keep in mind that I am not a guru. Please, don’t be tempted to turn the information in this book into “cult truth”. Take the information that is presented as food for thought. Then, seek further enlightenment by going within yourself. All the answers lie within you.
Let me go a step further. You may be the type of person who “locks-into” a belief system based on faith, scientific methodology, or based on nothing more substantial than “that’s the way you were brought up”. You may have a “closed belief system” that is intolerant of exceptions that contradict your internal dogma. Here is what I’ve come to believe:
Intolerant and dogmatic thinking is perhaps the greatest threat facing mankind today.
Whether it was the ruthless fanaticism of early Communists like Joseph Stalin or the intolerance of fundamentalist, Bible toting Christians or the doctrine of hatred of the infidel espoused by militant Muslim extremists the results have been devastating to millions of people.
The results can be seen in the actions of suicide bombers and acts of terrorism including attacks on abortion clinics and the on-going strife between Arabs and Jews just to name a few examples.
You may question why this is a problem. If a belief is right isn’t everyone else simply wrong? When one believes in an absolute truth than is it not required to change everyone who doesn’t “believe” and force them to accept your truth?
I would have to say “NO” based on our evolving knowledge of the Universe. The answer lies in new revelations about how the Universe functions that makes dogmatic, uncompromising thinking and beliefs obsolete. Here’s why:
- What you believe “is”.
- What you think “is”.
- Or, as Henry Ford once said “Whatever you think you can or can’t do, you’re right”.
Research in quantum physics that determines the behavior of the smallest units of energy imaginable has discovered that the very act of observation alters the nature of that being observed. Even the expectation of what you’ll observe can influence what you see and how you perceive it.
Are you beginning to see the fallacy of locked-in dogmatic thinking? Your beliefs alter your perceived reality. You are the creator of your reality. Just as your enemy holds different beliefs his reality differs from yours. The Field responds by creating his reality to match his beliefs. You are both right. Whatever you choose to believe will manifest. If you are a Hitler and believe an ideology of hatred towards the Jews that belief can corrupt an entire society. If you are Jewish and subscribe to the belief that the Jews are the chosen ones of God and that they are somehow different and special this attitude will manifest in all who so believe. The Field accommodates both perspectives without bias.
Scientists are just as vulnerable to the illusion of “Ultimate Truth”. In the 1600′s Sir Isaac Newton was a scientist on a par with Einstein of the 21st century. Newton declared that there were basic laws of nature. He then enumerated those laws that he formulated. His word was accepted as gospel truth.
Another scientist and mathematician, Christiaan Huygens, was the first to develop a mathematical description of light way back in the 1600′s. He devised the wave theory of light that states that light emanates out from its source in a 360 degree wave pattern. You can compare it to the result of dropping a pebble in a still pond. The primary difference being that light radiates out in all directions, not just in a single plane.
Huygen’s theory and mathematical equations in support of his theory were accepted at the time because they correlated so well with observations in nature. But, along came Sir Isaac Newton whose later experiments showed that light was not like a wave at all. He “proved” that light was particulate in nature. His theory was called the “corpuscular theory of light”. Because of his stature as the predominant scientist of his day Newton’s particulate theory of light was universally accepted and Huygen’s theory was discarded.
Yet, today, we find that light is unique and has properties that defy our parochial understanding of reality. Light behaves like a particle when the observer expects it to behave like a particle. Light behaves like an energy wave when the observer expects it to behave like a wave. Both scientists were right and both were wrong.
With that said please keep an open mind. Suspend judgment and always remember dogmatic belief is the enemy of Knowledge. The two cannot coexist.
One further piece of unsolicited advice is offered for you to consider:
Skeptics and critics are a dime a dozen. When you threaten someone else’s entrenched belief system you can get some very nasty reactions. Some people that you thought were your friend may suddenly disavow any relationship with you until you “come to your senses”. Family members may ridicule and scoff at your “newfangled” notions of reality. Some people will quote bizarre passages of the Bible to prove that your thoughts are the work of the devil.
Consider this; Never in the history of the world has a skeptic, critic or a doomsayer invented anything worthwhile, discovered a new continent or taken any chances that are the definition of fully living. IGNORE THEM!
Consider this information and act on it. It will take focus and practice but in the end you will find your life transformed to the exact height that you dared to allow your imagination to soar. Good luck!
About the Author
Mr. Davies is a Life Coach specializing in manifestation training for anyone seeking to reinvent their life. He is the author of nine books including his latest (soon to be published) book, Spiritual Power. For more information visit his web site at www.SpiritualPowerBlog.com or call 866-375-6941.