The Hierarchy of Belief


When it comes to all things mystical, magical religious and so on, I’m pretty open-minded. I align myself more with the Buddhist philosophies yet don’t follow any religion. I do have an enormous respect for other people’s beliefs however and it doesn’t stop with religion.

I have friends who are religious, some who are not, some who use tarot cards, others who enjoy psychic phone readings. I personally have never visited or called a psychic or used tarot cards. That’s not to say that I think psychic phone readings are wrong.

I had a conversation about psychics and mediums with a friend recently. We discussed the negativity that sometimes surrounds these types of readings. What really struck me was that if you listen to a naysayer they will tell you that it’s all a fraud, untrue, made up stories and nonsense. Why do so many people say this? They believe this because you can’t see “it”. There’s no corporeal proof attached to psychic readings.

I’m going to let you think a second about that….

You can’t see it.

You can’t see God yet countless people have shaped their lives and their behaviours on something yet can’t hold in their hands or see with their eyes.

When my eldest son asked me “Is God real?”, I was ready for him. My husband and I aren’t religious however we have a respect for the comfort that religion brings to many and their right to their beliefs. Our stance on this was “You can’t see God, so you need to learn about religions and different philosophies and decide what matters to you, what you believe in and what is right for you”. The decision is and always will be his. The same conversation would have taken place if he had asked me if what a psychic offers is real.

Personally, I know quite a few people who have been amazed by what they refer to as the true gifts of the psychic they’ve visited or they’ve called.  It’s all about belief and I don’t think that beliefs have a scoring system. You don’t get a ten if you decide to follow a “mainstream” religion, i.e. those better-known ones, a six and a half for Buddhism, but a mere three for believing in the power of a psychic. Belief is belief and recent conversations I’ve had and podcasts I’ve listened to, articles I’ve read and more, all seem to subscribe to a subtle hierarchy in terms of belief systems.

This is something to think about. Is something real if you can’t see it or touch it? Is one religion or belief system more valid than another?

I can’t see my DNA however I know it is there.

What do you think?