Six Limiting Beliefs (Fantasies) on Being a Human Being


So let’s begin by casting our imaginations into a popular fantasy that’s a lot like spectacular science-fiction – namely that we’re not simply human beings fashioned from muscle, nerves, bone, and blood; but in a larger reality, we really are beings of pure effervescent energy, simultaneously wired into these clunky chemical [human] robots, yet profoundly and instantaneously connected to the limitless intelligence of the Cosmos.

Then we’d be able to detach and observe human time itself as an assemblage of discrete moments in ‘eternity,’ and witness the greater forces at work on humanity that, down here on the ground, usually go completely unnoticed.

In the hypothetical above, we see that humans could be confined to a set of powerful beliefs, suggested by the perceivable ‘evidence’ of our material surroundings and events. People who knew more about manipulating these beliefs–formed by human perceptual limitations–could be called wizards, or witches, or “movers and shakers”. They would have the power to mold human illusions to suit their own purposes. In ‘Fairy Tale’ terms, we may say “a darkness had fallen over the land”, caused by a spell cast from the wizard’s castle – the source of all confusion…the source of all evil. Pretty doggone Tolkien, right?

In the ancient Vedas of Hindu philosophy, this world of illusions (or delusions) created by limited human senses is called Maya – the veil of illusion. These limitations are universal in human experience, so their effects can either be realized through personal exploration and awareness, or manipulated collectively through the energies of larger groups into even deeper systems of delusional thought and action. In short, into different “realities.”

In Fairy Tales (or The Bible) when this happens, there are droughts, famine, and pestilence; crazy weather, tsunamis, and volcanoes erupt. Waves of fearful insanity seize the leaders and sweep through the masses, leading to the accelerating destruction of Nature, and the rise of destructive unconscious selfishness…sound familiar?

“We cannot solve our problems by using the same consciousness that created them.”

Albert Einstein

Now that we’ve got our cosmic thinking caps on and are objectively looking down on humanity, let’s look at six of the delusional beliefs being propagated by our culture, and its wizards, movers, shakers, and magnates of the media elite:

  1. We are separate from one another, and from Nature.

Because of the insular experience of our human form, our independence is probably the easiest, most persistent delusion to maintain. Our sense of our disconnected self is so powerful that we can’t see ourselves as a school of fish, or flock of birds…but we are. Even in a huge crowd, I still tend to think “what on Earth are all of these people doing here?” Naturally, they’re doing the same thing as I AM on Earth.

Ask any astronaut you know and they’ll tell you that the arm’s-length view they had of the Earth completely destroyed that delusion of separateness. We’re all one life, here on this planet. Why, even the nature of our material composition insists that the very atoms that make up our physical selves were part of something before they were part of you – rocks, plants, animals…dust. Even though you feel separate and special, you’re not. You are everything you see – and a lot of what you can’t see.

The truth is that we are absolutely, inexorably bound and connected by our collective thoughts, energies, and actions.

  1. What is “real” is observable – only what you can see, you can believe.

The old expression, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” got turned inside out years ago when Quantum Physics essentially redefined it in reverse. The fact is, we really can’t see the elemental forces that create our observable world. What we do witness is the evidence of all of those mysterious processes like gravity or electricity (or human ignorance). It’s a scientific fact that even the apparent material reality around us–the places and things in our lives–are less tangible, less real than they appear to be.

Quantum Physics informs us that the subatomic particles that coalesce into what we see around us look a lot less like little billiard balls, and much more like tiny, fuzzy clouds that don’t actually become solid until they’re observed – and so their transformation into ‘reality’ occurs only by observing them. It seems to be our single global mind; it’s focus and engagement in a great, intangible reservoir of consciousness that actually constructs the “reality” of our reality.

As a result, it’s closer to the truth to say: “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

  1. All material life has forward momentum, and all arising problems are reversible.

Recent discoveries about Mars tell us something amazing – that there is, and has always been water there, and that at one time Mars probably looked quite a bit like Earth. Before it got too hot and started drying up, and the sun’s radiation soaked up its atmosphere and it got too cold, the folks up there probably thought they were on a carousel of never-ending abundance too. The idea that we can harvest the bounty of a planet’s resources indefinitely, ignoring the imbalances we cause holds about as little water as logging the Sahara Forest once did. We are quantifiably in the midst of one of the great mass extinctions known to humankind – and extinctions aren’t reversible.

We’re not going to terraform Mars anytime soon – not while we’re so busy transforming the Earth to look like Mars.

  1. Darwin’s Theory of Evolution demands “survival of the fittest”.

While natural selection efficiently promotes characteristics that ensure survival, our cultural misunderstanding of Darwin’s theories (encouraged by the “haves” of industry and media) has to do with what characteristics actually constitute “the fittest”, and what evolutionary direction those traits take us in. In biology, and in the natural world, it’s not leading with a penchant for power that drives evolutionary ascendence, it’s the characteristics that enhance the endurance and viability of the entire species, and that sustain those conditions that support the success of the whole community – “haves” and “have nots” alike.

It’s quite democratic, really – there isn’t one strong leader or small group that determines the most beneficial direction for a community to move in. In fact, it’s usually a sudden shift (about 51%) of the colony that ‘breaks’ in the direction of collective progress.

The real lesson of Darwin isn’t dog eat dog – it’s that dogs move in a pack. Not “survival of the fittest”, but instead, “survival of the most cooperatively adaptable”.

  1. New advances are always superior, and technology provides all the answers.

From the unimaginable aberration of an island of plastic refuse the size of Texas floating out in the Pacific Ocean; to the warped lunacy of “fracking” toxins into bedrock beneath the water table to release more hydrocarbons; to the nefarious insanity of using GPS and the internet to track every person on the planet, the benefits of technological advances clearly depend on to what purposes they are employed. Those technologies dedicated to exploitation, destruction, and personal power are harmful to the human species and to our non-human fellow Earthlings.

Indigenous cultures have created advanced technologies too – often to a higher level than ‘establishment’ anthropologists are willing to acknowledge, but here’s the difference: theirs have often been organic technologies of respectful sustenance, in accord with the energies of the Earth.

The answers don’t come from technological expansion, but in what motivates it. The answers actually lay in a spiritual approach to all of life; what are real “technologies of the heart” – like free energy, transpersonal communication, and inter-species collaboration – most of which are labeled “crazy” by the guardians of cultural dogma who have the most to lose materially.

  1. The “miraculous”, and “paranormal” are automatically considered to be foolish and impossible.

In an earlier article called Paranormality is the New Reality I discussed the simple fact that most of what we take for granted in modern science was at one time considered “paranormal”. Unfortunately, this is still and always the case, but as those cultural blinders are swept away by rapidly spreading consciousness –the great field of intelligence at work beneath and beyond our human forms– it becomes ever clearer that our cultural delusions are kept alive; manipulated in fact, by a fairly small group of people, ignorantly attached to their identification as the human egoic self that’s dedicated to self-enhancement and gratification. That is the veil of their own delusion, that prevents them from experiencing “the miraculous”.

“Our present world is conditioned by our present mode of consciousness; only when that consciousness passes from its present dualistic mode…will the new creation appear, which is the external reality of which our world is a mirror.”

Bede Griffiths

Let’s go back to our beginning sci-fi scenario and imaginatively re-enter our human bodies with this expanded knowledge, perspective, and purpose. Now we ought to be able to consciously recognize, and lovingly acknowledge, the limitations of our present human form; and freeing ourselves of those veils of human delusion, see that our answers lie in the “unimaginable” spiritual potential that we are all heir to – beyond simply being a human being.


Robert Kopecky

Robert Kopecky is the author of How to Survive Life (and Death). He blogs at Art, Faith, and the Koko Lion or on BeliefNet, The Mindful Word, Soul Life Times, and other places around the web. His book, How to Survive Life (and Death), can be found on Amazon, and at all major bookstores – but remember to support your local bookstores, too!
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