By Steve Mutua
The first five or so years of life are referred to as the formative years because thats when the foundations of life are laid down or formed. Thats when our minds absorb information and ideas the way sponge absorbs water. At this time, the beliefs that define how we see ourselves, other people and the world, are formed.
The whole idea behind psychospiritual growth and maturity is nothing but a constant battle of challenging those beliefs that no longer serve us in adulthood, although they served us in those earlier years. Beliefs solidify into images in our minds and an image doesnt change with time, while life is a constant flux. Thats why whenever there is a clash with reality, its a clash between the image we have in our minds about how a particular situation should be and the way IT IS NOW!
Our beliefs keep us with fixed ideas about life and this stagnates our inner growth. Learning about which beliefs we hold about any particular situation is probably the most worthwhile adventure in life.