22 Days Before Christmas: Belief

According to Webster, belief is defined:

1: a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing

belief in God; a belief in democracy.

I bought the table in the belief that it was an antique.

contrary to popular belief

2: something that is accepted, considered to be true, or held as an opinion : something believed

an individual’s religious or political beliefs

especially tenet or body of tenets held by a group 

the beliefs of the Catholic Church 

3: conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence

In summary, belief is two things: conviction of truth and result of trust.

When you read the above, you’ll notice the other parts of the definitions:

  • State or Habit of the Mind
  • God
  • Higher Being
  • Democracy
  • Religious Beliefs

Is it ironic that these hot topics fall inline with powerful concepts like truth and trust. I’m going to claim it’s safe to say, when an average person is asked

“Tell me what immediately comes to mind when you hear the term ‘belief’. “

The first several choices are the list above.

Now, if you examine definition #2, specifically, you’ll see opinions and accepted. That’s a personal reference, a matter of individual choice.


Belief is ours. It’s ours now. It’s ours tomorrow. It’s a privilege. It’s what a democracy gifts us. It’s personal. It’s a source of identity..

As you sit with this depth, consider the things you believe. Take a closer look at definition number three.

Why are we quick to believe somethings; and, spend priceless time doubting others?

Why do you believe what you do? Do you even know?

This Christmas season, as the belief in all the magic of Christmas is sprinkled on children, watch how freeing they live.

Nothing holding them down. Nothing keeping them back. Nothing taunting their nights and haunting their days. Nothing of their own choosing anyway…


With Love and Light,

Nova Namastè


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