Beautiful and powerful pointer.Ralph wrote:" The illusion is the mirror image attaching to a belief. The illusion is the ego thinking that it’s separate. It’s not ".
~ Byron Katie
The oppression of belief in the medieval West gave rise to it's opposite, a system based on the skeptical questioning and testing of each and every belief, Science.
In a perfect example of the dynamic nature of Yin and Yang, the cycle of rigorous destruction and refinement has resulted in a set of ideas which pour out of the crucible of skepticism into the mould of a new set of beliefs, and these battle-tested in an arena in which only the strongest survive.
But if that skepticism is doggedly maintained and applied even to the most sacred of cows it eventually flips and shifts into a soft acceptance that in turn gives rise to one paradox after another. Capra writes of this in the "Tao of Physics" in which he likens the experiments of particle physicists to Zen koans.
This can be a path to realization if the paradoxes are not either resisted or accepted but simply recognized as the boundaries of dualistic truth. From there the mind stops and the real fun begins.
Does anyone else have a tale of dropping their beliefs along the way?