Chains of Belief: What I can not do...
I recently came across a narration (author unknown) as follows- ”As I was passing by the elephants, I suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not. I saw a trainer near by and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
"Well," he said, "when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it's enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free."
I was amazed! These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn't, they were stuck right where they were.
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once or many times earlier?”
Really, let us examine ourselves and make a list of what we believe we can not do. Or find out where we are stuck in life and follow the thread to that belief of what we cannot do. “I won’t be able to deal with him/her.” “I cannot take up that challenge.” “I won’t be able to complete such a huge task.” “I cannot dream so big.” “I cannot…”
And then results are- we are stuck in some relationship. Or we keep doing routine things devoid of all adventure and excitement. Or we give up too many things without completing any one till its logical end. Or we live a mediocre, lack-luster life. All these are because of a belief, a conditioning.
How many billions of people ruin their potentials of life because of their own beliefs! And how many of them realize that the secret lies within them only? I wonder why there are no “Belief Clinics” in our society! Why people are not educated about this essential aspect of life? Imagine how much more peace, happiness and prosperity can be created if people are helped on this front. When I try to understand how much progress we still need to make, a thought suddenly strikes my mind that centuries later, people would think of our times as primitive and ignorant, as we think of 19th century today. Living in 21st century, then, is an illusion, unless we learn to break these chains of beliefs.
- Sanjiv Shah