The concept of conviction has recently been a popular topic among the circle of beings who orbit around Fred Davis. After a recent Satsang, the following sentence came to mind and is one I will explore in this post.

“Liberation (or enlightenment) involves having the conviction of knowing who you are not as well as the conviction of not knowing who you are.”

What does this mean? What does it mean to have the conviction of knowing who you are not? What does it mean to have the conviction of not know who you are?

Well, first, we need to define how conviction is being used in this context.

According to several online dictionaries, conviction (in addition to referring to a formal declaration of guilt for having committed a criminal offense) refers to a firmly or strongly held belief or opinion.

A belief or opinion, however, is nothing more than an acceptance that a statement or idea is true. I like this definition even better: a belief is just a thought you keep thinking. Beliefs develop from interaction with others. Beliefs are learned.

Thus, conviction, as defined colloquially, refers to a deeply held belief, one that does not require validation of truth, only the belief that it is true. And the source of beliefs is the social environment in which individuals operate.