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What's the difference between a

  1. Aug 21, 2007 #1
    .... (major, eg. a religious) conviction accompanied by a happy feeling, and a conviction accompanied by a sad/heavy feeling?

    I mean. When you believe something strongly, you are happy with your conviction, and it drives you forward and it gives you life. But when you don't, your life can be a struggle and you just feel you might loosing it, and you don't know where yo go perhaps. What is the consequesens of this difference? Sometimes the conviction doesn't fit maybe. What doesn't make it so? Why does it make so good with some? What can make you give a good conviction the responding good feeling? That you practice your convition more? Does that goes for all? Or is it more about understanding your conviction more? Eg. Being a christian, you believe in certain lifeset of rules, but when you doubt, your live on the edge, you don't live out maybe your convitions. But also, where can one drive the line when the conviction accompany a good feeling? But mostly what effect does it have on you when your conviction is accompanied with a bad feeling instead of a good, or via verca? How more difficult eg is it to then live out those good convitions? And how can one make it good perhaps? Thats more of a practical question of course.
    I guess it involves much.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2007
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  3. Aug 22, 2007 #2
    For me, feelings, thoughts, and convictions are all the same thing. It is our feelings in particular that separate us from the computers we use. We are the belief makers, we make it all as meaningful or meaningless as we choose. However, I use the term "choose" loosely. Sometimes our feelings are determined by biology as much as by will.

    What makes for the happiest feelings accompanying our convictions is when we live our convictions without thinking about them too much. Among Taoists this is called Wu Wei Wu or "do without doing". A musician is a good example, after having mastered all the moves a musician can forget about the details and just loose themselves in the act of playing. Like a child playing with a toy their creativity is unleashed.
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