“As children, we invest our faith in almost everything that we learn, and this is how we lose power over our own lives. By the time we grow up, our faith is already invested in so many lies that we hardly have any power left to create the dream that we want to create. The belief system has all the power of our faith, and by the end of the equation we remain with almost zero faith, zero power.
And it’s easy to see how we invest our faith in a symbol like Santa Claus, but it’s not easy to see how we do the very same thing with every symbol, every story, and every opinion that we learn about ourselves, about everything…When we find out that Santa Claus isn’t the truth, we no longer believe in Santa Claus, and the power we invested in that symbol returns to us. This is when we become aware that we are the one who agreed to believe in Santa Claus. When we recover our awareness, we can see that we are the one who agreed to believe in the entire symbology. And if we are the one who put the power of our faith in every symbol, then we are the only one who can take that power back.”
Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz, in “The Fifth Agreement”
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