What Do You Believe In?

Jose Rodriguez
6 min readAug 23, 2022
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An Apology
Before starting, I’d like to apologize for not having published for awhile. I became involved with another writing project that has taken up a lot of my attention. However, during the time away, I saw that there were ideas that were a better fit here.

I hope that my next stage here is better and stronger from where I left off. Most importantly, I hope to regain the privilege of your reading.

Two Questions
Now, let’s start by asking two questions:

  1. What do you believe?
  2. Where do your beliefs come from?

It’s Probably BS
To be clear, these questions don’t refer to any specific formal faith nor religious tradition. I recognize that “different things work for different people.” Specifically, I want to examine what we believe and how these beliefs direct our actions.

A long time ago, I used to think that belief, faith and manifestation were all BS. Setting goals? It didn’t seem like a lot of fun and too much work. Believing in goals makes them real? C’mon, now. At that time, ideas like these made no sense.

Faith, Belief and Manifestation
Before continuing, I want to say that I don’t mean manifestation in a metaphysical, “woo-woo” way. I’m only referring to turning thoughts into real things.

It’s interesting how getting additional life experience helps clarify what you already knew. Read this again. This was my case with belief, faith and manifestation. For me, I read various self-improvement/self-improvement books and delved further into my religious faith. Then, a lot made more sense. Quickly, I started to see how ideas repeated across different contexts. These ideas were nearly identical. If they repeated, then, maybe there are good reasons that they were valid across separate contexts (ex. different religious traditions, various philosophies)?

More Than Faith
Something I feel is a “dark” flaw
that can be present in faith, belief and manifestation is excessive individualism.

Something that I’ve noticed in self-help/self-improvement literature are the overly simplified ideas that you just need to believe. If your desired…

Jose Rodriguez

Content Creator. Everyday is a blessing, so we need to make the best of each one. To improve things, we should start with ourselves. www.thejoserodriguez.com