Beliefs Tool
We have feeling-level beliefs about what we are, which we may have absorbed in early childhood, in early school years, in other life transitions, and in various traumas. They may influence the weightings given to the various fears and desires in our decision-making process, and we may or may not be conscious of them. Our life experience may challenge them, and if we're pursuing an intentional path of self-realization, we may be interested in trying to accelerate the process in our self-inquiry practice.

Feeling-level beliefs are different from sophisticated beliefs that may have developed from reading or listening to philosophical, scientific, or spiritual authorities. They're more the beliefs of the inner child and may be much stickier in the retreat from untruth about what we are.

We've seeded the survey below with some examples that have come from self-inquiry discussions. We're asking TAT Forum readers to rate how strongly they align with your beliefs on a scale of 0 (not a belief) to 10 (very strongly believed), and to add other strong beliefs that you hold.

Your individual responses won't be reported in next month's Reader Commentary, but a Forum contributor has volunteered to compile responses, which we'll then report. Please respond by May 25th..

An individual body/mind *
Not a Belief
Very Strongly Believed
A separate awareness *
Not a Belief
Very Strongly Believed
Lacking in some way *
Not a Belief
Very Strongly Believed
Responsible for my actions *
Not a Belief
Very Strongly Believed
The source of my wants and values *
Not a Belief
Very Strongly Believed
Something that was born and is going to die *
Not a Belief
Very Strongly Believed
The thinker *
Not a Belief
Very Strongly Believed
The decider *
Not a Belief
Very Strongly Believed
Something vulnerable, affected by what I experience *
Not a Belief
Very Strongly Believed
Please write in any additional strong beliefs that you may have:
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