The Virus of Belief

You know it as the virus, digging into the cell wall of your being with spikes. And just like those that appear on the corona, the virus of belief also pokes holes in our interior wall of being and initiates control. The intention to invade the cell, and replicate, ensures a hostile takeover of belief. Invading the cell that is you, with a mind thought, that triggers a download of feeling, that urges behavior, supported by a system of beliefs, the virus of the mind takes over. It takes over the entire organism that is you, your life, your hopes, your dreams, your entire life experience, by invading, initiating control, and replicating. As it does so, normal cell function breaks down. Busy attending to the damage incurred, your system becomes hostile. Each cell fends off potential threat by issuing reactivity to shame, guilt, and self-loathing in you and in others. Just like a real virus, the virus of the mind is in the air we breathe. Expressed in an exhalation of thought, the inflection of a news article, a media meme, or an angry confrontation, the virus of belief is extreme and contagious. The greater the viral load the greater the infection, making it impossible to examine.  For as the virus of the mind invades, the desire for the belief to be true overwhelms. Yet as we are overwhelmed, we must examine our beliefs. We must examine the power they have over our lives, because beliefs can be irrelevant. Beliefs can be untrue. And most importantly, some beliefs can put you in harms way.

So, now, when the virus is infecting those most powerful, look for its markers. Watch for the waning vibrancy of your dreams, and the despotic urgency of blame shifting, smoke-screening, shaming, gas lighting and the use of ad hominem attacks. Now when you use, or experience blame shifting, smoke-screening, shaming, gas lighting, or ad hominem attacks, know you are in the presence of the virus of the mind. Know that these are the invasive tools of the virus of belief, evident in the most powerful and the less privileged, too. These are the tools the virus of belief uses to cause the system to attack itself and others. Beginning with just one belief unexamined, one blame shift, smoke screen, shaming, gas lighting, or ad hominem attack issued, just one corona spike of unexamined belief can dig in, invade, initiate control, and replicate until your system begins to attack itself and you surrender.  That is when you know you need vital support. That is when you know you need tools for life. Don’t succumb to the virus of the mind. Don’t let the virus of belief blind you to the truth, or put you in harm’s way. Remember the desire for the belief to be true, obscures imperfection.  So be vigilant. Be kind. Examine your beliefs. Be courageous. Be honest. Most of all, be loving to yourself and others. The life you save may be your own.

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