Imagine a scale of mind states with two extremes. At one extremity there is a state of mind full of certainties, at the other one a state full of doubts. And between these two extremities there are another three states of mind: the first one in which predominant are certainties but doubts are present too, the second one in which predominant are doubts but certainties are present too and finally the third in which certainties and doubts are in a relative equilibrium.
The two extremities exist only in theory, in real world is very hard if not impossible to find an individual whose mind is full only of certainties and no doubt at all or vice versa. Even an individual with a mind at an absolute equilibrium, between certainties and doubts, is hard to find. The majority of us fall in one of the other two categories: the first one in which predominant are certainties and the second one in which predominant are doubts.
The question is which one is the most beneficial to our lives? Which one is the path to follow? Before we can give an answer to these questions let’s see what each category is all about.
1. When your mind is in a state in which predominant are certainties you believe that you know for sure where you come from, who you are, what you know and feel, what you have to do and what you can do.
Pros: This state of mind is favorable to ACTION; if you love action then this is the path to follow. You have to believe you know for sure what you want and what you can do if you want to be an achiever. This state not only helps you achieve what you want but, at the same time, it makes you feel confident and happy.
Cons: In this state of mind is very probable that you aren’t receptive to others and their ideas; you think you are the only holder of the truth, even if the most of your certainties may be false. This state increases the probability to acquire and keep false certainties, and to act in the name of false beliefs, values, attitudes, practices and ideas.
2. When your mind is in a state in which predominant are doubts you believe that you don’t know for sure many essential things for your life.
Pros: This state of mind is the path that leads to TRUTH. You have to believe that you don’t hold the absolute knowledge in order to access truth. This state helps you get closer and closer to truth, making you a thinker, and most important to get rid of useless and time, energy consuming beliefs, values, attitudes, practices and ideas. Now, you are receptive to others and their ideas and so you can enrich your knowledge.
Cons: This state undermines determinant actions, because in this state you may doubt what you have to do and what you can do. In this state of mind you don’t feel too confident because you may doubt your knowledge and your power to act.
Now is up to you what path to choose consciously, because unconsciously you already are in one of them!