"If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain"
You take your beliefs for granted.
They filter your experiences and you're not even aware of it. The only way to notice them is to make a huge shift in your beliefs. It's not easy and it takes some serious brain hacking skills. Only then would you see the contrast between your old belief and the new ones.
Most beliefs are subconscious. They run on autopilot. We don’t even notice them.
"Sticking to a 30 day plan to change a habit can feel like forever. Unless you decide to just make the change a temporary one."
The 30-day trial is powerful concept.
Borrowed from the shareware industry, the concept is you can download a trial version of a piece of software and try it out risk-free for 30 days before you have to buy the full version. This concept caused the shareware industry to explode in a short time bringing new ideas to people a lot faster.
As a way to develop new habits, it's perfect format to use and brain-dead simple.
"You live with too many incompatibilities — people, places, objects, circumstances, and activities that just don’t mesh with the person you are on the inside."
When your external reality is out of sync with your inner self, your inner self will resist it.
This creates the feeling of wanting to escape your circumstances. You may feel powerless to make big changes, but deep down you’ll still sense a strong desire to “get out” and leave parts of your reality behind. You’ll fantasize about quitting your job, moving out, or ending a relationship.
"Religion is the opiate of the masses."
"Religion never did anything good for the people who died resisting its takeover."
Seriously. Stop carrying around outdated ideas. Make some room in that brain for more useful ideas.
Since Christianity is currently one of the world’s most popular religions, I’ll slant this blog post towards Christianity’s ubiquitous failings. However, you’ll find that most of these points apply equally well to other major religions (yes, even Buddhism).