Have you heard the adage, “when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me”? While I generally find this to be sage guidance, the fact is that assumptions underlie virtually every perspective we hold and every action we take. For example, I assume that my car is going to start each time I turn the ignition key. I assume that the electricity is going to run throughout the night and keep the food in the refrigerator cold. I assume that the chair on which I am sitting will continue to hold me steadily. In truth, my car may not start, the power may go out, and the chair may collapse.
What is certain, then? The only certainty I know is the source of existence itself. God, Source, the Absolute. Unchanging, eternal, infinite. It is the source of what-is. And, because I am of God, there must be a cradle of Certainty within me. It is a quality I carry around within me. It cannot be gotten outside of me. It cannot be bought, sold, or given away. Certainty lies within.
If nothing outside of us is certain, then how do we go about living life without feeling like we’re about to fall off a cliff? We make assumptions, we operate within belief systems. We assume, or believe, that the sun will rise tomorrow and that the earth will keep spinning in its orbit. We assume that the car manufacturer engineered our vehicle to operate for a good number of years. We assume that the utility company maintains its equipment to supply electricity to our home continuously. We assume that the structural integrity of the chair is sound. If we were to count the number of assumptions we make in a given day, I bet the number would astound.
Recently, I’ve been wondering about health-related assumptions. What assumptions do I hold that underlie my perceptions about health and physical well-being? In order to answer this question, I entered into a meditative state, allowing responses to come forward in an unfettered fashion. The following were revealed:
• I assume that God has got my back.
• I assume that I will be here tomorrow.
• I assume that the earth will keep spinning and that the sun will continue to shine upon the earth.
• I assume that my body knows more than my thinking self does with respect to how the body works and performs its functions.
• I assume that I cannot outsmart my body with intellect.
• I assume that my body is always doing the best for me.
• I assume that my body's default way of being is one of harmony and balance.
• I assume that if I experience what is called illness then something is out of balance.
• I assume that if I rest then this will greatly support my body in rebalancing and repairing.
• I assume that any imbalance is temporary, as the default mode of being is harmony.
• I assume that there is an innate intelligence that brings the body back into alignment.
• I assume that what we perceive as illness is an expression of the process of rebalancing, of re-harmonizing.
• I assume that my body is powered by divine intelligence, an intelligence beyond that which I can comprehend through intellection.
• I assume that the body is an expression of a broader level of consciousness, one that encompasses my intellect and thinking abilities and one that I may play within, but one that I do not control, for if it were mine to control, I would have conscious awareness of the moment I decided to be born and of the moment I will depart.
• I assume that maligned energy is always moving in the direction of righting itself, even if it appears to the naked eye as if it is not.
• I assume that there is an Absolute from which energy flows. Misalignment is gauged and felt as dissonance with that Absolute. This manifests in the body and local mind as a felt sense of "off-ness."
• I assume that the body rights itself and will let me know if it needs support.
While this list of assumptions is surely not complete, I am aware (now that I’ve made this list!) that these are some of the beliefs in relation to health and physical well-being that I hold. I do not expect that my assumptions—health-related or otherwise—line up exactly with those of anyone else. By bringing our unique assumptions into the light of conscious awareness, we have the opportunity to contemplate them, mull them over, reflect on how they are serving us, and choose to keep or update them.
Even if all of my assumptions are false beliefs, they are beliefs that affect my felt sense of peace, that is, they shape, inform, and inspire my inner experience, the interior world that represents my experience of being here in this body. And, experience cannot be false. Experience just is. So is there really such a thing as a false belief?
Beliefs shape our perspective which in turn informs our experience. I imagine that the closer our beliefs align with our God-given cradle of Certainty—the true north of our inner compass—the more we experience an inner sense of peace and wellness.
How do you feel your true north? Can you feel a spark of certainty within you? A place that feels like home, like safety, a place you can always return to and know that you are loved? We know that this place exists not in external reality, where conditions are always changing. This home of certainty lies within, right where we can always find it.
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