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What do you believe?

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We humans have some weird beliefs. I’m not talking about religion, or any type of organized superstition, as such. Can superstition even be considered “organized”? Hmm… that may be another blog post.

What I’m contemplating are those little things I feel so strongly about that I make them part of my everyday life.Β  And I know I’m not alone in this, because I’ve talked to people about this before.

For instance, when I have a feeling something bad is going to happen, I don’t tell anyone, lest it come true. On the other hand, if I feel something good is going to happen, I don’t tell anyone lest it not come true. Such a contradiction, isn’t it?

Then there are those things that I really want to do, that are possibly against the odds, (such as successfully selling a million dollars’ worth of books) but I talk about it over and over because I think that maybe the universe will make it true. Again, a contradiction.

There are so many of these little beliefs that people, not only me, hold dear.Β  What comes around, goes around can be linked to both the Golden Rule and Karma, but there are people who just simply believe it. Another common belief is that certain sequences of coincidences are a sign of something to come.

And how about our superpowers? So many people have them. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve sometimes been overcome by the feeling that I was going to get caught doing something I shouldn’t, and I’ve learned to always trust it. For instance when I was a teenager, if I had a friend from school over who wasn’t allowed in the house, I knew precisely when to get them out the door, even if my mother showed up unexpectedly early. Now I apply it more to getting caught speeding… not that I do so often, but I always manage to slow down long before I come across a speed trap. And no, they’re never in the same place. I’ve met people who know when the phone is going to ring, and people who can predict changes coming in their lives, and of those who are close to them.

All of these things require a certain amount of belief to cause them to keep coming back to us.

Do you have any odd beliefs? Superpowers? Please share!

 

Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

37 thoughts on “What do you believe?

  1. I go by my gut, and I can’t remember a time it ever led me astray. I believe in karma and what we focus on is what we bring. πŸ™‚

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  2. Indians score big on this one. I saw one blogger a few posts above getting so frustrated with people seeing auspicious times to step out of the house πŸ˜› er…that would be my family. Say I have an exam at 9 in the morning. I’m sometimes asked to leave as early as 7 because beyond 7 its not very good to leave the house to achieve a task. I dont really believe or not believe in all this..but someone (my mom, grandma) does, so why not!
    One more superstition, when we go on vacations, we can return home after 8 days or after 10 days. Not on the 9th day. BHAM! That seriously beats me in logic. Whatever ! πŸ˜›

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    • I’ve never heard any of these beliefs about coming and going! That is really inconvenient. Then again, there are a few inconvenient superstitions I’ve had to grow up with – like not picking up a knife I’ve dropped and not having thirteen for dinner. Luckily with that one, I don’t have a big family. πŸ˜›
      Thanks for sharing this!

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  3. Having an astrologer in the family , who keep saying things good and bad even when I don’t want to know about it and a very confident brother for whom his own beliefs whether he says them aloud or not, always have come true, it is very tricky to believe in beliefs. I am like the cat on the wall most of the times. So I believe that the good that is told to me will come true and be careful about the bad ones.

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    • Yep, I’m very wary of the bad signs/beliefs/superstitions as well. Dwelling on that stuff can really get a person down – always waiting for something bad to happen weighs on the mind after a while.
      Thanks for sharing KG. πŸ™‚

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  4. I believe in planning for the worst and hoping for the best.

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  5. I like to think I have a Spidey-sense – but if I do, it’s been on vacation for the last forty years! I personally suspect that many of our “superpowers” do in fact have scientific explanations – we just haven’t uncovered them yet. I saw a very interesting study not long ago in which an air traffic controller had to make a split-second decision on which way to re-route a plane with virtually no discernible information. He made the right choice without knowing why. When scientists went back and analyzed the scenario, they were able to determine that there was sufficient information in the two tiny sounds that had come through to clue his subconscious mind onto the correct course. There’s a lot we don’t know about how the mind works, but boy, I sure am eager to find out more!

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  6. I seem to have a strong connection with some select people I love that defies space and time. I cannot tell you how many times we’ve called each other just when the other person really needed some help — where the idea to call them up comes just from an intuition that all might not be right even if we haven’t communicated in months. I also think I kind of understand the Shinto ideas about spirits and places having a kind of permeable boundary. Sometimes nature can really speak and sometimes I happy-accidentally receive the message. I guess like joeyfullystated I am part hippy on the inside.

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  7. My family always talked about things coming in ‘threes’. There are days that I will only get one phone call but I can guarantee that if the phone rings a second time, then it will definitely ring again later a third time. There have been other not so pleasant things that this has applied to as well. Generally if it happens more than once, it will certainly happen a third time.
    I wonder though if that is just the power of our thoughts bringing them to pass?

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    • You really have to wonder if the anticipation is what brings them about. My family has always believed in the rule of three as well, and so do I. Some things you certainly hope don’t come in threes though!

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  8. This is someone I know:
    They believe that there are certain parts of the day which are the most “auspicious” and there are some which aren’t. So you can’t step out of the house at quarter to 10, 11…so on. Through the entire day. It’s infuriating.

    And that’s the least weird sounding of them all. I live in India and while there is a majority of the population which has moved on from these idiotic claims, some still cling on to them.

    I have always been a bit analytical and logical but sometimes, I just wonder.
    Fear of the unknown is what stops me from openly flouting these superstitions. There’s always this “what if” scenario at the back of my mind.
    So currently, I’m stuck in the middle! πŸ™‚

    But I do believe that choices we make (consciously and unconsciously) define our future.

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    • Thanks very much for sharing this. πŸ™‚ I’ve never heard of anyone not leaving the house at a certain time of day. That would be inconvenient indeed!
      I know some beliefs are harder to talk about – they can just sound crazy. The important thing is that we all have them. They’re just as diverse as we are. πŸ™‚

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  9. I call this superpower for intuition, because we need to have a good inner contact to be able to listen and use our intuition.
    I have used this since childhood and remember those times where I biked and just knew to move myself very fast, because it could be fatal, if I didn’t do that. It always showed up to be a fast car or so, who would not have been able to stop the car in time.

    The one with thinking about someone and then you get in contact in one or another way. Sometimes it works just by thinking at someone you would love to talk to and then they contact you short time after.

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  10. I believe in all kindsa hippy dippy trippy stuff, as well as fate and karma and divine intervention — but the important part? The role we play inside the universe. The choices we make. How we pay attention and treat others, and especially how we react.

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    • Agreed. If we’re all connected–if everything is connected–then everything we do has the ability to affect any number of things. It’s all about what we do, as you say. πŸ™‚

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  11. There is the one where I mention someone I havn’t heard from in awhile and don’t especially want to hear from but as soon as I mention them, they call. :/

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  12. I personally am a strong believer in Karma, my only hope is that I’m around to see it when it comes around πŸ™‚

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  13. My aunt has always been psychic. I never believed her predictions until she predicted my beat friend would snag my huaband. The day I found them in bed together was the day I vowed never to doubt her again!

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  14. Well, the rational part of me squirms at the thought of superpowers–but then again, there was that time I was locked out of the house in the freezing cold and willed someone home who could let me in. My mind seems divided by this: I’d love to believe I possess some sort of metaphysical ability, but I can’t prove it–and any ability I start to think I have fails me about as often as it succeeds.

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