*When we doubt that we will succeed, we have already failed.”
Doubt is the lack of belief in The Self to succeed.
When one experiences doubt, a fear of uncertainty will be experienced.
The fear can be experienced in times when we have to make big decisions such as starting a new business.
Doubt can also be experienced when we make small decisions such as ordering food off the menu.
The state of doubt is a state of Negativity towards oneself. And that negativity can be experienced when we direct doubt towards other selves.
"Am I doing the right thing?" "Will everything be alright?" “I don't think I will make the right decision?” "I don't think I will succeed?” “I would fail if I did this?" I don't think they are right?"
These are the sort of questions that often surfaces in the mind when we are in doubt of ourselves or other Selves.
Doubt In Depth
When we experience doubt we are in the state of Suffering.
We will experience a state of fear / negativity / confusion that a Negative Outcome will result out of the decisions that we make.
That fear is experienced more intensely the more one lacks trust in oneself. See Catalyst – Trust in more details.
The fear is also exacerbated the more one desires for a “particular” outcome to result which often happens in people who set too high expectations of themselves or others.
Importance Of Addressing Doubt
Doubt is a state that darkens the mind.
Whereas Trust brings light into the mind, doubt brings in darkness. Doubt can make it blindingly difficult for one to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Doubt can make us indecisive in times of making decisions.
When we carry a lot of doubt in our abilities it can make us fear and run away from positions which require higher responsibilities.
When one is in doubt, one is no longer in the Present State. One will be convinced by the Fear to think overly about things - for instance, thinking about a future that has not happened yet. Thus the state of doubt can create the unnecessarily drain of mental energy by over-stimulating the mental senses. Doubt thus can create states of confusion and fatigue which makes it even harder for one to reach their goals in life. Thus doubt is the greatest impediment to success.
*When we doubt that we will succeed, we have already failed.”
Doubt towards the Self takes away Self-Confidence and Inner Power.
Doubt towards the Other Selves can destroy relationships as it can make one view all things in a pessimistic light rather than seeing reality as is clearly.
When we carry doubt the effect is that it makes people doubt us. Because when we speak out of doubt people will intuitively pick up our negative vibrations. Thus when we doubt ourselves we are in fact inspiring other people to doubt us. As a result we can be surrounded by people who are doubting us all the time which make it even more difficult for one to develop self-confidence and address the state of doubt.
Doubt also blocks the Knowing Of ourselves because the fear turns us away from realizing our deeper desires. It can also blocks the Knowing of Other Selves because the fear can make us dwell in negative imagination.
Doubt is one of the biggest blockages in the Path of Self-Knowing.
Path Of Creator
Doubt In Relation To The Path Of Creator
When one looks for the outward causes to address doubt, one may think that the lessons that one will have to go through to release it will concern lessons of how to make the “right” decisions and how to develop the right “skills” to succeed.
Although developing this area of knowledge is important, such a solution will only provide temporary relief. To truly address doubt at the core one has to look inwards and address the states from within.
And this is by understanding where Doubt is really coming from.
At The Idea Level
As all forms of sufferings will all recede back to Negative Ideas, there are many Negative Ideas which can promote the state of Doubt. So lets look at one of the core Negative Ideas –
“It is not ok to Fail”
The theme of the fears within the Negative Idea are often themes to do with Self-Judgement and a lack of trust. One can develop the Knowing by declaring in the mind "It Is Ok To Fail" when one has a reach state of Stillness within the Creator's Meditation and observe the cause for the Inner Resistance.
The spiritual lessons that one will usually encounter will be lessons involving the development of compassion towards The Self i.e. to develop acceptance of oneself no matter if it succeeds or fails and to develop the Trust Self-Confidence that one can succeed in life - the latter will come naturally when one is no longer in fear of failing.
The destination thus is not so much about learning how and make the "right" decisions to succeed, but rather to develop a state where we can trust ourselves when we make a decision and to accept The Self even if a negative outcome results and this will require a lot of Self-Support.
“It Is Not Ok To Be Wrong”
This is one of the Negative Ideas that can be discovered as one goes through the journey of transforming and releasing doubt.
For the mind which carries the negative declaration, the person will tend to be in a continual state of disapproval of themselves and question/criticize their decisions all the time.
It can also make the mind continually question
"What if the worst thing happens?"
“It Is Ok To Be Wrong”
The transition towards the Potentiated Idea declaration begins as one accumulates the wisdom through life experiences that the worst thing that usually happens are actually not as bad as one has imagined – thus developing the widsom to not even thinking about it. But this journey can only be reached through one pushing oneself to continually make decisions even when they experience doubt. Thus it can be difficult but it can be made much easier if one incorporates the practice of meditation into their life so that when they encounter times when they experience doubt in making decisions they can do it with a Still Mind.
To help the process of making a decision even when one is in doubt, one can simply understand that even if one makes a decision that is "wrong", one can simply make another decision later on to make it "right." Thus instead of seeing decisions as a "calling" to make the "perfect choice" rather to see decisions as a process of learning how to one.
During the transition period of transforming and releasing Doubt one may face confusing questions such as “who to trust, myself or others?” “Will I start making wrong decisions if I don’t allow myself to doubt? And so forth.
Instead of placing your focus in addressing these questions, place the focus on simply working on transforming and releasing doubt. Because as doubt is released there will be less dwelling of the mind in pessimistic / negative imagination. Thus clarity will naturally come more and more as the issues of Doubt is addressed which will allow one to gain the ability to make choices out of Wisdom of Knowing rather than out of the Fears that Doubt can create.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
A way to develop deeper Knowing of Doubt is simply to do things to bring it out Doubt from the depths of the Mind. This can be done by begin making more decisions in life. This can be done by trying new experiences in life. This can also be done by going towards one’s desires in life.
The Creator's MeditationLink here
The Creator’s Meditation is a practice that can bring out immense doubts from within. As one meditates, one can encounter all sorts of doubts brimming in the back of the mind – doubts about whether or not one can make it through the practice, doubts whether or not one is doing the right thing within the practice, doubts within one’s wandering thoughts and so forth.
The experience of doubt are often manifested as a subtle wave of suffering at the back of the mind making one want to “end the practice.”
One can transform and release the state of Doubt by simply Trusting that one is able to complete the practice with ease. And this is done by observing the body journey with a calm and Still Mind and if the mind is agitated and unstill, simply aim for Stillness will help to turn the wheel of transformation
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