Knowledge vs Belief
A key distinction to move forward
Knowledge constitutes a complete or partial understanding of a phenomenon or a thing. It is based on observations and facts. More subtly, it is sometimes based on a deep emotional certainty (intuition) transcending culture (cultural conditioning). To arrive at a certain knowledge of the mechanisms explaining the phenomena which concern us here, it is essential to cross-reference the various testimonies while remaining open to the various avenues that could explain a phenomenon.
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Belief is very well defined by Anthony Robins saying that it is "... a powerful emotional state of certainty." Beliefs are directly related to our values and various aspects of our inner world. They can be positive or negative depending on the emotions they make us experience. Thus, positive beliefs generate positive emotions while negative beliefs generate negative emotions. It's simplistic but it is so! Buddhists define negative emotions by saying that they cause suffering. The negative emotions are therefore: jealousy, fear, hatred, anger.
In summary, belief is made up of interpreting our past experiences and what our mind is focusing on. An individual who has experienced a premonitory dream about a major disaster may believe that their gift is evil. On the other hand, to have a real knowledge of it, it is necessary to take his testimony and crosscheck it with many others to bring out a knowledge of the phenomenon (complete or partial).