Be a rebel and question everything because knowing is better than believing. But how are you supposed to distinguish the difference between knowing something and believing it? This is where practicality comes into play - test out your beliefs and see if they work for you.
When I began my journey of living a conscious lifestyle it was difficult for me to apply what I’d learned because I was unsure whether these new ideas were true. So I started testing them out - I began with changing myself and seeing whether or not that change was reflected in my external environment.
I saw that when I changed my own behaviours - the way others behaved towards me changed significantly. This is just one example of testing out beliefs - but it led me to realise that challenging my beliefs is a vital part of growth. How do you know something doesn’t work if you’ve never tried it?
This was a question that stuck with me throughout the early stages of my personal development journey. Every time I encountered a new belief that I thought would be able to serve me I sought out opportunities to apply them in my life and see for myself whether or not they worked.
Blind faith isn’t good enough for me anymore - I need proof! But the proof is to be found in actions. If you pray to God for strength - does it give you strength or present you with opportunities to be strong?
It is up to us to identify opportunities to grow - these can present themselves to us when our current beliefs are challenged. The next time something you believe in is challenged, ask yourself - what opportunity am I being presented with here? And seek to learn & grow from it.
Knowing is better than believing - knowledge is gained from experience.