I titled this blog post after a discussion for my Philosophy class. Belief vs Knowledge.
I believe that both can be the two entirely different things or the same depending on your own personal teachings and experiences. For example, my belief is that there are other planes of existence that house various deities living together to help and guide humanity.
However, I do not have physical proof of this being possible. Spiritually, during my deep meditations and practice of astral projection, I believe I have traveled there in my astral form to converse with my personal gods. This shows that my knowledge and belief comes from what I see, feel, and experience during my meditations.
There is no physical proof that such a plane exists, so this “knowledge” is something that others might not believe or think of as “knowledge.”
However, another way of showing my own belief versus knowledge is my belief in reincarnation. I believe that my soul enjoys being reincarnated. Because of that, I have had many past lives. I do not feel as if the past lives are separate from my soul but more of an extension.
The earliest Life I believe could have been on another plane or “planet” separate from Earth. This is not “known.” I have special memories, but it is still so fuzzy that there is no way to know it was real or just a figment of my imagination.
There is no personal proof other than shared memories from my current significant other. Past life memories can be tough to prove when there is no actual proof that it could be true. When memories spark from fantasy movies or video games, it makes you believe it could have been true, but it is so over the top that there is no proof that it is.
Just because I believe in these things as an Eclectic Pagan, does not mean that I think all the other religions do not exist. It is difficult to determine what is known to be true and what is believed to be accurate. I don’t believe any religion is right or wrong.
We all believe in something even if it is science. I think belief and knowledge are personal with things like philosophy, religion, and faith.