Our core beliefs are the absolute truths we have about ourselves, that we adopt over our lifetimes. They are what we know about the world we inhabit. Beginning through childhood all the way to the grave, they shape our lives, and their influence is unmistakable. For example, if parents are overprotective of their children, not only will the children grow up to be needlessly cautious, but also be unable to face their fears and overcome challenges. These core beliefs are more than just psychological, and resonate throughout our lives, and possibly, even to others. Core beliefs are convincing to us, they are persuasive and can also lead some to accept something as absolute truth without question. As such, they have a direct influence over our sense of belonging in this world.
However, as core beliefs are formed early on, adolescent thinking dominates these beliefs. Child-like mentality generally does not look at the consequence of that belief, and can be emotive rather than taking things on an even keel. So, being aware of this fact is essential, as we might initially lack the insight to recognize our core beliefs. Still, later on in life, when we are experienced and have a greater understanding of the world, we can even change them. A negative core belief is something like ‘People would dislike me if they knew the truth about me.’ But contrary to this, we can also think that ‘If I can seem good to these people, I can be good as well.’ This type of positive belief is central to a better life, and provide contentment and freedom even in the spiritual sense.
We define ourselves, not our experiences. In Matthews 15:11, it is written, “It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” Our actions make us into who we are rather than what happens to us. This does not take away from the fact that our experiences positively influence our actions and drive us toward negative thinking. Still, the argument here is that in such cases, we should remain steadfast and have spiritually healthy beliefs. Spiritual freedom is a state when we are free, socially, and spiritually. Religious freedom allows us to prosper in this world and in the next.
The Holy Bible has quite a few verses about reinforcing confidence within us, such as Timothy, 1:7, where it is said, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” Or in Hebrews 13:6, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” These verses present the fact that our belief in God is imperative for a spiritually healthy life, but we cannot do so if we do not maintain those beliefs as truth. Negative core beliefs lead to a negative experience and having a positive outlook on things can have a similarly positive effect.