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Do You Justify Things?

Posted By: Randy GageOctober 10, 2009

An interesting thing happened when I did my last “Sacred Secrets” workshop in Atlanta.  There was a big crowd, and quite a few people there came from fundamentalist religions.  So when I started talking about the ways those religions brainwash people and program them for lack, they started getting very nervous.  

Then an interesting thing happened…

I talked about the difference between religion and spirituality.  And how the true message of most religions isn’t bad, just what the organized leaders are teaching.  Then everyone relaxed.

I think it was because they all told themselves that their religion was ok, it was obvious that I was talking about the others.  They immediately found a way to justify their beliefs with the good stuff, and eliminate them from the bad stuff.   This is a very common experience.  Of course by the end of the program, most people had come to realize that their own beliefs were very detrimental to their happiness and prosperity.

So what’s the bigger lesson for you?

It’s not the religious issues, although those may apply.  I am talking about our knee-jerk reaction toward denial.  We will grasp at almost any straw to justify keeping our beliefs and not having to question them.  So how are you about that?

-RG

16 comments on “Do You Justify Things?”

  1. I believe that this is connected to the "What you resist, persists" dynamic. I look at how I live my Life and continue to resist change, when at the same time, it's change that I seek. I guess it has to do with a deep seated belief that I'm not worthy, hence the lack beliefs I hold.

    Am sure I'm not alone in this area though. I've always found it interesting that I know what's necessary but for some reason resist changing..

  2. -RG,

    We do get things screwed-up between religion and spirituality.

    I read many books that deal with prosperity and most of the time I can find a bible verse that it was gleaned from.

    “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]”

    God "gives (us) power to get wealth." (Deuteronomy 8:18)

    God desires that we prosper. (3 John 1:2)

    You get the point the list goes on and on.

    I'm OK with them being repeated in other text because they are universal truths that must be known.

    -djm

  3. To question my (your) own beliefs is to question who I am (you are) is that egotistical or powerful? Or I suggest it is rational exercise, a former business partner of mine used to say " I don't want to see the world to clearly" .....

  4. I think it's impossible not to justify, since we all have our own reasons for doing something.

    However, most of the time "justification" is used is when someone thinks what they're doing is negative, or is labeled bad by someone.

    "No one does anything wrong given their model of the world"

    For some people, NOT buying nice clothes is financially smart, and for others, that's the entire point of making money!

    Know anyone like that Randy?

  5. I can't agree with you more Jonathan. I recently figured that out for myself. I would not allow myself to accept the fact that I was worthy. You are not alone,google "fear of success" and you may get more insight.

  6. As with government when religion get to bloated with bureaucracy and forgets about the individual there will be concerns. Spirituality is a personal thing.

    Thanks for the clarification.

    Chris Kilber
    Home of 101 Traffic Generating Stategies

  7. GOD GIVES EVERYONE THE WILL OR RIGHT TO CHOOSE RIGHT FROM WRONG...IT IS ALL IN THE TEN COMMENDMENTS...IF WE WOULD ALL ABIDE OUR LIVES BY THEM, THE WORLD WOULD BE A MUCH HAPPIER AND BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN...WE ARE THE ONES WHO DECIDE WHETHER WE WANT TO LIVE HAPPY OR LIVE SAD...GOD ONLY GAVE US THE BEST...IT IS WE WHO HAVE MESSED IT ALL UP...

  8. Absolutely. I agree with you 100%. Yes my religion is the best so its ok.. ha ha. Just kidding.

    I would love to see more religious people preaching about prosperity and how it is better to be wealthy cause you can do more all round. The Science of getting rich is a brilliant book for dealing with those mental blocks and socking it right to you.

    It still amazes me how weird people can be about money and how they justify the fact that they don't try to go for more because and then all the excuses come out.. If you are going for it and are not afraid to say so they can get very nervous...

  9. You know, I actually find it a breath of fresh air when I come across someone who questions my beliefs, and not just the biggies.

    I want to surround myself with people who are able to ask me the questions that expose my beliefs.

    Question my belief system. Push my limits. Expose my programs to me.

    -Jhanna

  10. Justification is based in fear. "Well, I can't have a Saleen S7 sitting in my my driveway. What would the neighbors think?" "Well, I can't shop at Macy's and pay 10 times what I would pay at Walmart for a pair of jeans. What would my mother think if she knew I was shopping at Macy's?" The basic problem with not allowing abundance and prosperity into our life is fear. We are afraid of what people will think if we are prosperous. We are afraid we will become selfish and miserly or extravagant to the point of stupidity. Ditch the fear, get prosperous, move to a neighborhood where they are driving Saleen S7s and shopping at Macy's and stop worrying about what everyone else thinks of you.
    As for the part about religions and prosperity: I was raised in a mainstream fundamentalist religion. I can say that happily there are more and more ministers preaching the Gospel of Prosperity. But still not enough. And the basic premise of their message is that if you are wanting wealth for the "wrong" reasons (ie, to provide a better life for yourself) then you wont get it. Fear-based preaching in my opinion.

    When I switched my thinking from "religious" to "spiritual" however, I noticed a big difference in the message of prosperity. Most of the religions I have been studying the last few years have directions for handling abundance and prosperity correctly. However, many of the "evangelists" of those religions refuse to preach the message properly. The basic core value of my own faith is to do no harm. If I apply that value to my beliefs about prosperity then as long as I am not using my prosperity to fund terrorist organizations or take out my ex husband (for example) then there is nothing wrong with having abundance in my life. Even if I use that abundance to buy myself a nice wardrobe and fly first class around the world.

    I think we have to move beyond the fear of having "too much" and get to the idea that we have "more than enough."

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  • 16 comments on “Do You Justify Things?”

    1. I believe that this is connected to the "What you resist, persists" dynamic. I look at how I live my Life and continue to resist change, when at the same time, it's change that I seek. I guess it has to do with a deep seated belief that I'm not worthy, hence the lack beliefs I hold.

      Am sure I'm not alone in this area though. I've always found it interesting that I know what's necessary but for some reason resist changing..

    2. -RG,

      We do get things screwed-up between religion and spirituality.

      I read many books that deal with prosperity and most of the time I can find a bible verse that it was gleaned from.

      “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]”

      God "gives (us) power to get wealth." (Deuteronomy 8:18)

      God desires that we prosper. (3 John 1:2)

      You get the point the list goes on and on.

      I'm OK with them being repeated in other text because they are universal truths that must be known.

      -djm

    3. To question my (your) own beliefs is to question who I am (you are) is that egotistical or powerful? Or I suggest it is rational exercise, a former business partner of mine used to say " I don't want to see the world to clearly" .....

    4. I think it's impossible not to justify, since we all have our own reasons for doing something.

      However, most of the time "justification" is used is when someone thinks what they're doing is negative, or is labeled bad by someone.

      "No one does anything wrong given their model of the world"

      For some people, NOT buying nice clothes is financially smart, and for others, that's the entire point of making money!

      Know anyone like that Randy?

    5. I can't agree with you more Jonathan. I recently figured that out for myself. I would not allow myself to accept the fact that I was worthy. You are not alone,google "fear of success" and you may get more insight.

    6. As with government when religion get to bloated with bureaucracy and forgets about the individual there will be concerns. Spirituality is a personal thing.

      Thanks for the clarification.

      Chris Kilber
      Home of 101 Traffic Generating Stategies

    7. GOD GIVES EVERYONE THE WILL OR RIGHT TO CHOOSE RIGHT FROM WRONG...IT IS ALL IN THE TEN COMMENDMENTS...IF WE WOULD ALL ABIDE OUR LIVES BY THEM, THE WORLD WOULD BE A MUCH HAPPIER AND BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN...WE ARE THE ONES WHO DECIDE WHETHER WE WANT TO LIVE HAPPY OR LIVE SAD...GOD ONLY GAVE US THE BEST...IT IS WE WHO HAVE MESSED IT ALL UP...

    8. Absolutely. I agree with you 100%. Yes my religion is the best so its ok.. ha ha. Just kidding.

      I would love to see more religious people preaching about prosperity and how it is better to be wealthy cause you can do more all round. The Science of getting rich is a brilliant book for dealing with those mental blocks and socking it right to you.

      It still amazes me how weird people can be about money and how they justify the fact that they don't try to go for more because and then all the excuses come out.. If you are going for it and are not afraid to say so they can get very nervous...

    9. You know, I actually find it a breath of fresh air when I come across someone who questions my beliefs, and not just the biggies.

      I want to surround myself with people who are able to ask me the questions that expose my beliefs.

      Question my belief system. Push my limits. Expose my programs to me.

      -Jhanna

    10. Justification is based in fear. "Well, I can't have a Saleen S7 sitting in my my driveway. What would the neighbors think?" "Well, I can't shop at Macy's and pay 10 times what I would pay at Walmart for a pair of jeans. What would my mother think if she knew I was shopping at Macy's?" The basic problem with not allowing abundance and prosperity into our life is fear. We are afraid of what people will think if we are prosperous. We are afraid we will become selfish and miserly or extravagant to the point of stupidity. Ditch the fear, get prosperous, move to a neighborhood where they are driving Saleen S7s and shopping at Macy's and stop worrying about what everyone else thinks of you.
      As for the part about religions and prosperity: I was raised in a mainstream fundamentalist religion. I can say that happily there are more and more ministers preaching the Gospel of Prosperity. But still not enough. And the basic premise of their message is that if you are wanting wealth for the "wrong" reasons (ie, to provide a better life for yourself) then you wont get it. Fear-based preaching in my opinion.

      When I switched my thinking from "religious" to "spiritual" however, I noticed a big difference in the message of prosperity. Most of the religions I have been studying the last few years have directions for handling abundance and prosperity correctly. However, many of the "evangelists" of those religions refuse to preach the message properly. The basic core value of my own faith is to do no harm. If I apply that value to my beliefs about prosperity then as long as I am not using my prosperity to fund terrorist organizations or take out my ex husband (for example) then there is nothing wrong with having abundance in my life. Even if I use that abundance to buy myself a nice wardrobe and fly first class around the world.

      I think we have to move beyond the fear of having "too much" and get to the idea that we have "more than enough."

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