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Belief vs. Proof

Updated: Feb 4, 2020

Why do we need to have proof in order to believe?

Can we prove that God exists? This is an age-old question, that the answer to remains no. Science cannot prove the existence of God. But we still believe (well, most of us anyway) Why? Why do we believe something that this material world cannot prove? There must be something greater than proof telling us that it is true. Right? So in the case of God and religion in general it’s socially acceptable to have blind faith and believe, but in the world of science…umm…no. Not in the least. Quite the duality…and we all just accept it.

Let’s remember what science is: the study of the material world.

It’s a study. That means a constant learning process, ever growing and changing, learning new things every day. Yet we put science on this pedestal like it has it all figured out. I’ve studied science my whole life. I understand how it feels to want to know how it all works. It is interesting, but what science knows today is different than what science will know tomorrow. Remember when everyone thought the earth was flat, and anyone who thought otherwise was a fool? Well, it took science quite some time to catch up on that one. So why is it exactly, we place so much emphasis on something for which we will never have all the answers and is ever-changing?

Some of the greatest thinkers of our time, Socrates, Aristotle, Lao Tzu, Voltaire, and even Einstein have all been quoted saying, “the more we learn the more we will realize just how much we don’t know.” We need to understand that we will never fully understand. We will never find all the answers or know everything. Everything is a big word in an infinite universe. I think we need to gain a little humility here and open our minds. Let’s think outside the box of science. We live in an infinite universe, a holographic universe. Where there is no beginning and no end, where everything is possible. Each time we look deeper there is more to be found, and so will be at infinitum…down the rabbit hole.

“Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.” ~ Voltaire

I’m not saying that science isn’t valuable; I am saying that we shouldn’t put all of our eggs in one basket. One of the most important scientific discoveries of today is in the field of quantum physics. The infamous study of wave/particle duality. The basic idea is this: if the experiment is being observed, it changes the outcome. That means, that if no one were watching, the outcome would be different. Is it a wave or is it a particle? That depends, is someone looking? This has so many implications it’s ridiculous. For one, it takes almost all scientific experiments and throws them out the window. And two, it means that our consciousness is truly creating the outcome.

Max Planck, considered the father of modern quantum physics, upon receiving the Noble prize for physics said...

"As a man, who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of all my research about atoms this much...that there is no matter as such. That all matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force, which brings the particles of an atom to vibration and holds this minute solar system of the atom together. We must as scientists all assume that behind this force is the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter."

I find myself asking, “who do we think we are?” We are placing so much emphasis on this physical reality and trying to figure it out in order for us to then be able to believe the mysteries of the universe. Are we just perpetually re-creating the Adam and Eve story? Picking from the Tree of Knowledge wanting to know what God knows when it is just not for us in this life to know? This story is a metaphor in more ways than one and me thinks there is a reason the Bible starts with it.

“I have not eaten enough of the tree of knowledge, though in my profession I am obligated to feed on it regularly.” ~ Einstein

What happens then when we try to prove the existence of other worldly things, God, esoteric, and metaphysical things? What does that then do to our belief system when we need the proof in order to believe? Does the quest for proof invalidate the belief? And if so, does that then dim the light of true knowing?

When information or truth is given without the corresponding proof, the motivation to seek can then come from within each individual. In this way we can all grow and evolve. To be offered proof and forced to accept it, has minimal effect on a soul’s evolutionary process. When proof is not given, information can then be accepted or rejected, based on subjective knowing. Does it resonate within you or feel true? We all have the innate ability to recognize this; we just don’t always trust it.

“But instinct is something which transcends knowledge. We have, undoubtedly, certain finer fibers that enable us to perceive truths when logical deduction, or any other willful effort of the brain, is futile.” ~ Nikola Tesla

Think for a moment about the things that are true to you that no one can prove. Maybe it’s your love for someone like a child or spouse, maybe you lost a loved one and you know they send you signs, maybe you see synchronicities throughout your days and just know the universe is talking to you. Can you prove any of these things? You don’t have to because you just know, and that is good enough. Subjective knowing is very powerful and in these instances you can see a few examples of how powerful it can be.

I have come to rely on my own truth, not by requiring proof, but by being open to all the possibilities and allowing the universe to provide all the validation I need to strengthen that belief. Not worldly proof but the proof of subjective knowing. The resonance within that says, yes…this is true. It may not be true to anyone but me, but if my inner being says so then I’m going to listen to it. The minute it doesn’t feel true anymore, is the moment it isn’t.

“What is truth? A difficult question; but I have solved it for myself by saying that it is what the voice within tells you.” ~ Gandhi

Sure proof can often help to solidify or give additional confirmation to a belief, but it is the belief, the thought, the energy that runs the show. In more recent years, there has been a ton of science out there on belief showing that our thoughts really are creating our reality. Ask yourself: What am I creating with my thoughts? What are my truths?

And remember… everything is energy, everything. All matter is just materialized energy…all begins with light…and love.

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