Switch rapidly between belief and skepticism

dora's picture

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Switch rapidly between belief and skepticism and see what the results are.

First concentrate on your islands of skepticism. Turn your attention to the area of the upper head, be the mind. Observe without judgment or self criticism the part in you that feels a disbelief in the beyond, that believes deep down that every object is an isolated entity. Notice carefully the mental side effects that may appear.

Then turn to the part in you that believes. It is always there in the background, it may take some time to trace and connect to this part of you. Feeling your entires body as a whole or concentrating on the area of the chest helps. Connect to this part in you that feels that there is something beyond, that things are not limited to what the senses can perceive and the mind can understand, the expanding part in you that dwells in trust and stillness. Be this part that simply chooses the option of faith. Notice carefully the mental side effects that may appear this time.

Being aware now to both the domains of skepticism and belief in you, start switching mentally your being and attention between them. First, do it slowly. Switch the attention between the two physical areas in your body: the area of the head against the heart or the body and as a whole and in each area concentrate on the corresponding feeling of skepticism and belief, respectively.

Now, accelerate the speed of switching. Do the switching as fast as possible but make sure you are not just playing with the switching of awareness between the two physical areas but feels the corresponding feeling and only then switch.

After a certain period of doing this exercise regularly you will get into a certain realization. What have you noticed? What have you realized?

solo's picture

both are constantly and concurrently active

The two poles are constantly and concurrently active. We are usually identified with our mind and therefore most of the time are much more aware of the skeptic voice, actually identified with it.

This exercise sounds interesting, I haven't done it yet (I will) but I suspect that it leads to transcending both states (both are states of minds, including the belief). Anyway, I will really know it only after trying it.

solo | Sat, 01/03/2009 - 20:48
Tania's picture

sublime submergence

It will be difficult to express it in words but I will try my best:

I did it this morning for almost an hour and at some point I felt not a transcendence beyond belief and skepticism but something that still has some flavor of belief, very strong yet very sublime that feels like embracing, a purer kind of connectedness. I felt that the previous gross concepts I had of belief and skepticism have dropped temporarily and a new connectedness (I can't even call it belief or faith) was filling the space. It was like being submerged in the whole but not the way I had been conceptualizing it before. I was devoid of fears and worries and was very peaceful.

It was an extraordinary state. I will do it again tomorrow and will report.

Tania | Mon, 01/05/2009 - 00:05
avi's picture

Tips & tricks for connecting to belief and trust

Very good exercise. Thanks!

To those who find the first step of connecting to their belief hard, I would recommend to read the following posts that include good tricks and tips precisely for this purpose:


Good luck!

avi | Sun, 01/04/2009 - 07:05
kalgo's picture

the switched and the switch

Yes, first let me stabilize in trust and belief then we'll take Berlin.

kalgo | Sun, 01/04/2009 - 07:23
sisi's picture


Works like a charm. Thanks.

I have noticed a pressure at the back of the head, a bit upwards, when doing this technique.

sisi | Sat, 02/14/2009 - 09:27
happy together's picture

Non mutually exclusive

I find this very effective. Thank you.

BTW, we have this tacit conviction that belief and skepticism are mutually exclusive. The above also proves that they are not. Important to always remember.

happy together | Fri, 04/17/2009 - 16:07