In trying to understand and explain my unexplainable behavior or to be more precise the behavior of my subconscious mind, I have come up with this new word “belief-emotion”
It is the way I see my mind working for me and if it differs from your experience let me know as this is a learning experience for me as well.
Not all beliefs are emotions and not all emotions are beliefs.
Some beliefs can become emotions – although emotion is a very poor word to express the complexity of what a belief-emotion is.
Let me give you an example of what I mean by that:
If you are a Christian then Allah would be a belief – you believe Allah is the God of Islam. So that concept of God for you is just information.
Same for Muslims, Jehovah would be just a concept, just information.
Now if you had an epiphany and found yourself in the presence of God your belief would change into a belief-emotion.
When you go through that transformation God is not a concept any longer and when faced with a concept of God – like we did in “Concepts of God” post series, you would realize “That is not the God I know!” because indeed, God is not a concept.
Belief-emotions are alive. They are for the mind what cells are for our body.
Belief-emotions are the language of our subconscious mind they are the decision makers in our life.
Once I knew a very good looking young woman with a very devastating illness; she was anorexic bulimic.
She had this belief-emotion that she was too fat, and no matter how much weight she lost she would still think of herself as fat.
Untreated this “obsessive compulsive” behavior can kill a person.
Thus is the power of a belief-emotion.
Note: Psychology treats this as a behavioral problem or disorder, but to me behavior is a symptom not a problem. Behavior just doesn’t happen.
Of course not all belief-emotions are negative. As I mention earlier God can be a belief-emotion and when people use it can be a life changing experience.
All twelve step programs work on the basis of the God belief-emotion.
We are talking about people with addiction problems.
The way to psychologically address the addiction problem is to surrender your problem to a higher authority “God”
This might sound to a non believer as a lot of bologna but there are practically millions of people that had their life changed because of that belief. It doesn’t matter that God is a belief-emotion in your mind – or as non believers say “it is not real” so it is “anorexia nervosa” but that wouldn’t stop it from killing you!