re: “ I would bet you have all sorts of beliefs that came about for some reason or another right?”
That is correct. However, as I said, I did not obtain any of these beliefs by consciously CHOOSING to have them.
re: “People CAN and DO choose to believe all sorts of things all the time...”
And that is what I would like to learn. How do you consciously CHOOSE to do that - consciously CHOOSE to believe? What do you do that allows you to say, “OK, at this moment I have a lack of belief that ‘x’ exists or is true, but I CHOOSE to believe that ‘x’ exists or is true and now instantly at this new moment I do believe that ‘x’ exists or is true? Perhaps you could use something like leprechauns to demonstrate your technique. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a leprechaun is “a fairy peculiar to Ireland, who appeared in the form of an old man of minute stature, wearing a cocked hat and a leather apron.” So, assuming that you don’t already have a belief in them, how about right now, while you are reading this, CHOOSE to believe - be convinced without a doubt - that they exist. Now that you believe in leprechauns, my question is, how did you do it? How did you make the instantaneous transition from lack of belief to belief?