The Eclectic Way is a map of The Magic Of Beliefs. “Beliefs are basically the guiding principles in life that provide direction and meaning in life. Beliefs are the preset, organized filters to our perceptions of the world (external and internal). Beliefs are like ‘Internal commands’ to the brain as to how to represent what is happening, when we congruently believe something to be true. In the absence of beliefs or the inability to tap into them, people feel disempowered. Beliefs originate from what we hear – and keep on hearing from others, ever since we were children (and even before that!). The sources of beliefs include environment, events, knowledge, past experiences, visualization, etc. One of the biggest misconceptions people often harbor is that belief is a static, intellectual concept. Nothing can be farther from the truth! Beliefs are a choice. We have the power to choose our beliefs. Our beliefs become our reality.” (NIH)
“The magic of beliefs refers to the power that our beliefs have to shape our reality. Our beliefs guide our behavior and shape our thoughts and emotions. They are the lens through which we view the world and make sense of our experiences. Beliefs are not static; they can change over time in response to new information and experiences. This flexibility is what allows us to grow and learn throughout our lives. It also allows us to shift our beliefs in response to changes in our environment or circumstances. Eclecticism is the philosophical and methodological approach that integrates elements from multiple sources and perspectives. It is a method of thought that allows for the consideration of multiple perspectives while also critically evaluating each one. The use of eclecticism in belief formation can help us to more accurately understand the world and our place in it. By considering multiple perspectives, we can develop a more nuanced and comprehensive view of reality. Additionally, eclecticism can help us to avoid confirmation bias and the trap of dogmatic thinking. When used effectively, eclecticism can be a powerful tool for personal and spiritual growth. It can help us to develop a more open–minded and tolerant attitude towards others and the world around us.” (TEWAI)
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