From one of my favorite cartoons of all time, “Top Cat.”
This is exactly what a belief is. You may think that you are a “dog” until someone else tells you that you are a “cat” and then you believe in that as “the truth.” That “truth” may come out of an interpreted experience, an intellectual reason, an opinion from someone up in the hierarchy, etc.
The amazing part is that we usually thrive in telling ourselves stories to believe about ourselves. Usually those stories have a negative connotation: “I am not good,” “I can’t do it,” etc. However, even if those stories have a “good” message to subliminally believe in; the fact is that those are beliefs.
Avyakt7 is not saying that those beliefs are “bad or good;” but just is pointing out the need to realize that those ideas are beliefs.
To be a cat means to close the opportunity of being a dog. Someone who is not caught up with labels and mental duality, will be a dog when there is a need to be one. The same one, will be a cat, when time and circumstances require that, just as “Top Cat” showed us in the cartoon.
When we go beyond that labeling, which many times is needed to deal with the world and the “normal” people accustomed to label each other, then there is a chance to know who we are without labels.
In that knowing there is no need to believe but just to be.
“To the ordinary person, the body of humanity seems vast. In truth, it is neither bigger nor smaller than anything else. To the ordinary person, there are others whose awareness needs raising. In truth, there is no self, and no other. To the ordinary person, the temple is sacred and the field is not. This, too, is a dualism which runs counter to the truth. Those who are highly evolved maintain an undiscriminating perception. Seeing everything, labeling nothing, they maintain their awareness of the Great Oneness. Thus they are supported by it.”
Hua Hu Ching, Ch 19.