We live forwards but we understand backwards
Soren Kierkegaard, born in 1813, was a Danish philosopher who certainly understood something about truth and beliefs.
William James explains it this way:
The true is only the expedient in the way of our thinking, just as the right is only expedient in the way of our behaving. For what meets expediently in all the experiences in sight won’t necessarily meet all farther equally satisfactorily.
So what I believe to be true now may not be true tomorrow. What I believe about the past is what I tend to believe about the future. I think truth and beliefs extend into tomorrow and stretch into my past, so my foundation for now is a deep rooted belief system. But all my beliefs do have flexibility and expansion built into them if I’m willing to emotionally open my self to now, not yesterday or tomorrow, but now. By focusing on how I use my emotions to communicate, I can alter my beliefs and other truths appear.
Ptolemaic astronomy, Euclidean space, Aristotelian logic, scholastic metaphysics were expedient for centuries, but human experience has boiled over those limits and we now call these things only relatively true or true within those borders of experience.
Experiences and awareness create truths. That means I create truth by my beliefs. That process has been going on since spirits chose to be human. Experiences show me that a truth is relative to the believer of that truth, so all physical truth is valid to the perceiver within a chosen personal reality. Physical truths, like beliefs, are in a constant state of mutation and expansion. It’s my choice to believe backwards and carry it forward; my consciousness continues to expand in its own awareness, so each experience is the emotional expression of a truth created by my beliefs.
What does all of that mean to me? It means that everything is true to the believer and that those beliefs will continue to mutate as the consciousness of each believer continues to express and experience the essence of being physical. In that process, beliefs continue to be flexible and expedient to the believer. When I accept all experiences as true, even the experiences that I call wrong or invalid, which is my voice of preference expressing an association, I find an assortment of beliefs that influence my reality hidden behind other beliefs.
Basic beliefs like religion, science, perception, the senses, duplicity, physical creation, truth and relationships create my reality; there are like a birdcage that holds birds or influences, which can be called sub-beliefs. The birds or influences within the birdcage are expressed as beliefs about ethics, politics, wars, drama, marriage, drug use, laws, taxes etc, and they create other truths that I consider my reality. When I focus on these birds or influences, I discover there are other birds hiding behind the birds I recognize. They also play a part in creating what I experience. These hidden birds, or influences, also create my physical truth and then I live my created personal reality.
Each human experience is based on personal beliefs and those beliefs are intertwined with other beliefs, so each individual experiences reality in their own awareness. If I begin to focus on the birdcage, as well as the birds, I can change my reality and can experience awareness in other ways. The task, if there is one, is to accept my current beliefs and then expand them as I become aware of how they influence my reality. Most of us forget about the birds and the birdcage, but their songs are never silent in our collective reality.