....but what interests me about belief is the risk of TOE-heads slipping into judgemental arrogance regarding those who don't espouse the model, which feels to me like another flavour of fundamentalism.
This risk alone is enough to merit insistence on the idea that:
As soon as you say to yourself "X is TRUE!" you have re-deployed X, whatever it may be, from a model to a belief system.
Duuuuuhhhhhhhsn't matter if X really IS true or not ..... specifically... even if X IS true, doesn't mean you can't cling to it in the same moronic fashion that all the more questionable belief systems get promulgated with. I sure wouldn't attempt to ague that it is not the case that several of the boardies in fact DO cling to MBT just like a belief system, and more, substitute their idea of 'Tom' for their own ego (ascribed ego), and get just as panicky about defending that ego as they would any other.
Regarding ALL models as potential belief systems which are either activated or made to stand down as mere models seems to be by far the safer route.... that way, one is never imprisoned (here we have the theme of imprisonment again ... now running also on another thread) ... one simply accepts a set of limits by choice for reasons of material expediency of the moment. Switching out among belief systems might be thought of as a little brother to the idea of Juan Matus' perceived value in having a variety of 'assemblage points' (for those unfamiliar with that .... an AP is a particular perspective that 'assembles the world' ... switching APs is to materially switch the world you inhabit.).
This way, there is MORE FREEDOM for the consciousness piloting its craft, so to speak. And that was what Tom was about when dissing belief systems... being stuck in one is extremely limiting and very often doesn't feel all that good either.
Few processes, moving right along here, release more psychic energy that the throwing off of an old and limiting belief system: There is the initial OMG of revelation ... a big shrieking Eureka .... and then as it is pursued all sorts of old debris cuts loose ... and with that extra energy all sorts of other possibilities become available... hunches, lucid dreams, strokes of luck, spontaneous healings, OBEs, etc etc.
By the way... just as the magic words for dialing a modeling system up to a belief system are "This is really TRUE!" , the magic words for dialing it back down are ..."Erm.... maybe this thing isn't quite as true as I thought it was~~~" ... and then moving along to finding all sorts of holes in the thing.
ALL Models are maps, and no map is as rich as the territory it means to indicate.... so there are always shortcomings to any map... and there is your key. Find the holes and deflate the thing at your convenience.
a side note... it is better to keep an attitude of reverence rather than let one's view slip into an attitude of disregard, disdain, or contempt just because one is not employing it oneself at just this moment. (The reasoning why is too long a digression to put in this already longish post, and there is more yet to say elsewise).
The Christian model / beleif system seems to be a particularly pernicious problem for a number of board viewers that come through ... and this is something that should be addressed ... and I am not quite picking out how to do that .... when I look back, I know I dumped it a long long time ago... almost certainly in another life. ... and I don't remember the distinct event of choosing to dump it. ... probably a combination of direct observation and reason long pent up and let loose by some intense emotional precipitating factor (The world is rife with injustice... and when it gets close and personal, it gets real easy to give god the finger saying "Sorry dickhead. I'd rather die and go to hell than buy into your half assed operation. Either don't be so damned stingy with the lightning bolts and fry my ass now or else just piss off, but you're no good to me!" ... and sure enough, you could be adjusting your TV antenna during a Tampa thunderstorm and yet no bolt comes. That is how, or like, it was for me personally, a long long time ago .... but the cause for vitriol is long forgotten, and I don't get bothered by the stuff (Christianity) unless someone tries to dump it on me.... and there are SO many holes that it is easy as can be to kazoink the aggressor.
But none of that is of much use to others trying to break free of all that now. One of the things that is blocking me here is that I don't want to offend people that still subscribe to the thing and WANT to! More, shattering the belief systems of others entails the responsibility of supporting them and giving them fresh models to work with... meaning, inviting them to join your club/world/psyche.
So I am thinking that's where to leave it for now at least... if you want to break the choke hold of christianity (or any other belief system) look at the holes!