The pros and cons of being a skeptic have arisen in my mind lately as I was thinking about the Law of Attraction, with its “Conceive, Believe, Achieve”, and my own use of skepticism throughout my life to keep myself honest as I have walked my path and sought answers. It may be that I have written of this before, I’m not sure. For whatever reason, it seems important to write about it again. Please bear with me.
The dictionary defines a “skeptic” as 1. One who doubts, disbelieves, or disagrees with generally accepted conclusions in science, philosophy, etc. 2. One who by nature doubts or questions what he hears, reads, etc. 3. One who questions the fundamental doctrines of a religion, especially the Christian religion. It then goes on to give synonyms for the word as being freethinker, atheist, unbeliever and agnostic saying that it denotes one who denies or doubts some prevailing religious or philosophical doctrine.
Wow! They should use my picture in this definition. It has always been my policy to question, to dig deeper for that ‘ultimate’ Truth. It’s often gotten me in deep do-do with people who would much rather others didn’t disturb the status quo. If some doctrine or philosophy has left me with questions, I have asked them. If the answers weren’t forthcoming, I went in search for them. If no one ever questioned anything, we would still believe the Earth is flat and that we are the center of the Universe. I know I’m in good company in my quest to find answers and believing there is always more to be discovered.
As the decades have passed and my journey has continued, I’ve used skepticism to keep me honest by believing there is no one answer that is the truth for everyone. My beliefs, my truths, may not be your truths. You know what? That’s okay.
Is there an Ultimate Truth? Perhaps, but until we are ready to recognize our individual truths are valid, we will never be able to come together, put all the pieces together and discover what is actually revealed. Even then, that may not be the Ultimate Truth.
But I digress. The subject is being a skeptic. To me, the dictionary definition only tells us that there are those of us who will always be “Doubting Thomases”; who will take the position, “I’m from Missouri” (that’s the ‘Show Me’ state) or just plain believe there is more to it than we are being told. I don’t see a problem with this. It would seem that, as a species, this is how we learn and grow. We need to quench the thirst of our curiosity.
But when does being a skeptic become a hindrance for us? The above definition seems to imply “Hope”. There seems to be an unstated belief that there exists something more; an anticipation of discovery. When we lose that anticipation, that ‘hope’, we cease to believe in change.
If ‘like attracts like’ and this is the basis for the Law of Attraction, to lose hope means to attract more of the same. If your life experience, thus far, hasn’t had any examples of something that you truly desire to manifest or happen, and has only been filled with less than desirous things and people, how do you keep from being skeptical?
Skepticism of this sort comes from a lack of self-worth. You’re saying to yourself, on some level, “That’s how it’s always been and I guess it will always be this way.” In other words, you doubt anything will ever change. That doubt, that disbelief, is a vibration that, when kept in your mind and aura, will just keep attracting more of the same. Time to change that recording and the accompanying vibration!
But how? Perhaps it’s time to journey into the past. It could be the near past or the distant past, but somewhere back there is at least one incident, one moment, when you felt hope, joy, love. It may have been as a child – making a new friend, having an ice cream cone, being hugged by someone, etc. It may have been as an adult – finding your first love, getting your first pay check, buying new clothes, etc. Take as much time as it requires to find a good memory that puts a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. Feel the feelings of that moment. You’ve just created a touchstone.
You may doubt the future and have no trust in what it may bring you, but you can trust the past. Obviously. That’s where you’re doubt came from – the past. You’ve been focused on all the wrong that’s happened and it’s created doubt and mistrust within you. It’s made you a skeptic to your own future. Now it’s time to shift your focus. To remember that there were good things that happened, no matter how many or how few they were, and you’ve created that touchstone to use when doubt comes creeping around again. Take a breath, let go of the doubt and fill your mind and heart with that good, warm memory. When you do that, you change your vibration and you are making changes in the very aura that surrounds you. ‘Like attracts like’ and now YOU are attracting more of those good, warm happenings into your life!
You see, like with most things in this reality, there really is a good side and a not-so-good side to being a skeptic. Being like Fox Muldar from the X-Files and believing “The Truth is out there.” is one thing. Taking on the persona of Ebeneezer Scrooge about your life, is disastrous and a real bummer! So, keep questioning, keep searching, but don’t forget to smile and remember all the good things that have happened in your journey through this lifetime.