The next level just below our conscious thoughts and opinions is a level we can refer to as our basic philosophies about life. We all have hundreds and hundreds of philosophies about life. We have
philosophies about: What the purpose of life is What the purpose of our life is What living a “good life” means What living a “bad life” means What our thoughts mean What our feelings mean What makes human beings different from other animals What science is (and what it can do for us) What truth is Whether a divine creator exists or not What the value of religion is in our life How to succeed in life How to succeed in relationships How to be happy How to deal with adverse events in life Etc. Our Underlying Level 2 Philosophies Give Rise To Most Of Our Level 1Beliefs For the most part, we will not embrace beliefs that conflict with our basic philosophies about life. Either our existing beliefs and opinions, along with the underlying philosophies that are bolstering them,
will stay intact, or our underlying philosophy will have to change before we can radically alter any of our Level 1 conscious opinions or beliefs. Now I can’t say this is always going to be the case, but in
my experience, it appears to be extremely common. We Are Not Used To Thinking Of Ourselves As Philosophical Beings I remember
that during high school and college, I had a very strong aversion to the subject of philosophy as an academic area of study. While it may have been intellectually stimulating to debate what a
bunch of dead people once said, I really couldn’t see where this had much relevance to me and my immediate concerns. However, once I graduated from medical school and started taking care of patients, I began to realize that most of my patients had very deep philosophies about health and well-being that they were not
consciously aware of. As I interacted with them about decisions they would need to make or about actions they might need to take, they would generally have very specific beliefs(Level 1) that they would
freely share with me (sometimes not), but they had little awareness of deeper philosophies (Level 2) that were giving rise to these beliefs. This was especially problematic when people had what I considered to be very poor beliefs about their health. I could talk to them endlessly about why they should consider modifying their erroneous
beliefs. But their underlying philosophies were so strong that they couldn’t consider any alternative points of view. Stress Is A Philosophical Disorder Later on, when I began counseling people about Stress Relief Tips, I similarly realized that most people’s common stressful problems were arising from a
host of false beliefs that were also connected to a much deeper level of erroneous philosophies about life. It was only when I started uncovering these deeper philosophic beliefs (Level 2) and was able to
help people recognize how they were giving rise to their more conscious thoughts and opinions (Level 1), that people started having major breakthroughs in their ability to understand what was really
going on to cause them lots of stress in their lives. And once they saw these connections more clearly, they we able to modify some of their deeper philosophies along with the more surface level beliefs
that were connected to them.
So we now have identified two of the three key levels in my proposed model for how to think about the nature of our beliefs: Level 1 = Conscious Thoughts And Opinions Level 2 = Underlying Philosophies About Life Level 3 = ????? I wonder what Level 3 might be. Got any thoughts about this final…and deepest level? What is it that’s even deeper than your underlying philosophies about life and tells methods of stress Relief?
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