A core belief about the friendliness of the earth may limit goal achievement and be an obstacle to success.

Is the universe a friendly or hostile place? A person’s core beliefs about the universe can contribute to success or failure in reaching life goals.

An observer of news reports of natural disasters and the daily turmoil of humans abusing other humans might logically believe the universe is hostile.

Yet Albert Einstein — a remarkable scientist as well as spiritualist — is reported to have said, “The most fundamental question we can ever ask ourselves is whether or not the universe we live in is friendly or hostile.” He hypothesized that your answer to that question would determine your destiny. Why is that?

As so many of the world’s great philosophers have observed, one’s thoughts about something determine behavior with respect to that thing.

Greek philosopher Epictetus summarized this concept as, “The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.” Author and lecturer Raymond Charles Barker stated this as, “The principle of life is that life responds by corresponding; your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be.”

For example, believing that dogs are friendly, attention-seeking animals, a person will welcome an approaching dog openly.

Believing, on the other hand, that an animal’s behavior is unpredictable, one will take steps to protect oneself from an approaching dog by blocking the animal’s advances. Neither belief is one-hundred percent true or false, yet one’s belief will govern behavior in response to an approaching dog.

Whether the core belief is about dogs, children, politicians, or life in general, the beliefs one holds about a topic will govern an automatic behavior in response to that thing. Core beliefs may be the answer to successfully achieving goals.

What Are Core Beliefs?

Core beliefs are the beliefs one holds deep in the subconscious mind. These beliefs form early in life as parents, teachers, influential adults, and local culture all provide input to the growing mind suggesting what is important, good, bad, right, and wrong.

These beliefs are integrated into the subconscious mind where they trigger automatic reactions in response to events and circumstances.

The Law of Attraction

Though Einstein didn’t directly refer to what is now known as the law of attraction, his beliefs as evidenced by the aforementioned quote are consistent with the law of attraction.

That is, believing in a friendly universe will cause a person to be open, trusting, optimistic, hopeful, accepting, allowing, and expecting good things to happen.

Proponents of the law of attraction indicate that feelings and behaviors exemplified by the above characteristics will attract even more situations and events about which a person can be open, trusting, and optimistic, i.e. good things will happen.

Christian author John C. Maxwell offered a practical summary of the law of attraction in this way: “Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do. Some people don’t want to believe that. But if you’re over age twenty-one, your life is what you’re making of it. To change your life, you need to change your priorities.”

Conversely, believing the universe is hostile will cause behaviors that are suspicious, untrusting, pessimistic, protective, and expecting bad things to happen. The law of attraction states that these things will, indeed, occur.

Become Successful with Core Beliefs

Though this may shock some, core beliefs are not ultimate truths, they are simply an individual’s truths.

It can be difficult to question the truths that one has held dear for many years — doing so may even seem disloyal to parents, society, religion, and local culture. Core beliefs may be the obstacle preventing a person from achieving the life he desires.

Any belief unsupported by scientifically validated facts — which probably account for more beliefs than one suspects — should be examined as a potential source for attracting obstacles to success.

If the Universe is Friendly

What if the universe were friendly, waiting to hear a person’s dreams and beliefs in order to provide the life experience desired by both the conscious and subconscious of each person.

A friendly universe would provide just what each person believes and desires. For some this might be wealth, health, supportive relationships, unconditional love, and a meaningful life.

For others, the sum total of subconscious and conscious desires might be poverty, ill-health, conflict, abusive relationships, manipulative love, and life without meaning.

Might a person actually desire the latter? One might think not, believing a person of sound mind would always desire the former out of life.

However, if a person’s core beliefs were fashioned around ideas that the universe is harsh, dog-eat-dog, and conspiring to bring difficult lives, ironically a friendly, responsive universe would provide the circumstances held by the subconscious.

Even a friendly universe would provide a harsh life to those whose core beliefs center around harsh living.

This is the crux of the law of attraction, and the answer to those who believe a harsh life could only result from a harsh universe. Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius said, “The universe is transformation; our life is what our thoughts make it.”

The concept of a friendly universe, one that conspires to bring forth the life naturally deriving from each person’s set of core beliefs and conscious desires, is consistent with the law of attraction and the beliefs of many of the world’s great thinkers.

Carefully examining core beliefs may uncover obstacles that are preventing successful goal achievement.

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