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Believing is seeing

india Updated: May 01, 2011 23:52 IST
Ajay Kapur
Ajay Kapur
Hindustan Times
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Contrary to the popular belief, ‘Seeing is believing’, I have full faith that believing in seeing. We are set and designed to see only what we believe.

Belief, as described by Oxford dictionary, means ‘an acceptance that something exists or is true, without proof’. It is so true to oneself, whereas actually it may or may not be true. We keep collecting clues to confirm our beliefs and look through those word or actions which are contrary to our belief.

Does it not always happen that even if we are going to meet someone for the first time, we have already established an image of him in our mind, and more often than not we will find him just like that? How it can be possible that he fits our vision. He does not, but we only see and match things that our mind-set has already created.

Suppose we are going to meet somebody and have a negative opinion about him. He may say a lot of good things, we will hear them all but as soon as he will say one negative thing, it registers immediately. It will immediately reconfirm our belief and make it stronger.

So, what do we do? Our brain is faster and stronger than we think, and also to a large extent beyond our control. It will make opinions and beliefs before any event and then reconfirm these opinions. We cannot stop forming them as that is the job of the brain, till the time we achieve the highest form of salvation, where there is no opinion, no choice and everything just happens to exist.

But we can do one thing: Create positive thoughts and beliefs about everybody and everything. And then see suddenly we will find everything positive around us and the entire nature working in our favor. We will start seeing only the positive side of people as that is our belief and we do not have to confirm it.