The Bible, especially Genesis, has a multitude of begets. This man begat that son, who begat another son. And so on, and so on, and so on. As used in the Bible, the term undoubtedly means to sire, or procreate as the father. However, we’re going to apply the second definition from Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary: to produce, especially as an effect or outgrowth. The begetting that’s serves as the subject of this article has nothing to do with fathering, but everything to do with believing; which–as we already realize–leads to the effects that we experience in our lives. Two examples in which we examine how like begets like may help us learn more about our own beliefs and the Law of Attraction. Imagine:
Nathan is an only child, born to wealthy parents who live in New York City. He frequently travels with them to their other residence in California. He knows nothing of want or lack, for everything is handed to him on the proverbial silver platter. He wears the latest style of clothes, attends the best schools; vacations at the finest holiday destinations. On his seventeenth birthday, he’s given a Mercedes Coupe, which was his first choice on a long list. He knew his parents would buy it for him; he just knew. In the fall, he’ll begin his first year at Harvard. What beliefs is Nathan inheriting from his parents? And what beliefs will he beget to his children? That to be so entitled is only normal? On the other hand:
Ebele is the last child born to impoverished parents who live in Ethiopia. She and her five siblings live in a small hut. Her bed consists of a framework of branches filled with straw. What meager food her family has is cooked on a small stove in the center of the hut. The village in which she lives has no electricity. There’s no running water, either; she and her two sisters have to make daily trips to a river two miles away. Clothes are always hand-me-downs, stitched and stitched yet again for maximum wear. Education, at least for Ebele, is out of the question; for only boys of the village are allowed to attend school. A female’s fate is to become a mother. What beliefs is Ebele inheriting from her parents? And what beliefs will she beget to her children? That to be so impoverished is only normal?
On a personal level, we may ask what beliefs we have inherited. And what beliefs will we beget to our children. Beliefs that we have blindly accepted as gospel truth. Beliefs which scream this is the way the world is–accept, accept, accept! Beliefs, which–unless questioned and challenged for their validity–will perpetuate themselves through generation after generation! Beliefs–about anything and everything–which took root within us and are now bearing their fruit. If we wish to expose our own beliefs, we have only to question our actions and examine the results in our life.
And what truly is a belief? Nothing more than a collection of thoughts. We think this way about this matter; we think that way about that subject. And how we think–whether good or bad, or positive or negative–begets corresponding results. That which seems impossible will remain so–as long as possible is neither entertained nor dared. If our beliefs serve and empower us–without harming anyone–we have nothing to do but continue what we’re doing. If our beliefs limit the quality of our life, however, what then? Nothing short of becoming more aware–of who we are and the beliefs we hold–may offer a solution. The good news? We can change; that change is up to us; and that it begins with the nature of our thoughts. Isn’t it time to beget the best days of our life?
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell
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2 thoughts on “The Begetting of Belief”
Nice, Art. What can be more freeing than setting aside past conditioning?! Not only the ways we were raised (we can’t be too hard on families, can we, since they are passing on what they learned) but society’s conditioning of wanting more, wanting better, more beautiful, etc. Byron Katie (and her process called The Work) calls attention to not what happens to us but what we think about what happens to us. We author our own stories, and you are sooo right that we need to question everything so only truth, light, and love direct our thoughts, words, and actions. Keep up the good work!
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Thank you so much, Linda. I agree fully–with all of your comments, about family, culture, and the importance of knowing that it’s how we “think and feel” about what happens to us, not the situations themselves. We “do” author our own stories through the labels we use to describe. Thanks for taking the time to comment. More articles (thanks to Source) are on the way.