I've mentioned elsewhere that not all beliefs are bad, but the wrong ones can be. There is a faction that says we should have no beliefs, that they are all irrelevant and the whole notion of having any beliefs at all is just wrongheaded. I've said this attitude is also wrong--in fact it is a belief--you should look at the results you are getting and then change your beliefs till you start liking your results. What is a void of beliefs good for? Nature abhors a vaccum, so if you have no beliefs, you are a blank slate, fair game for the first belief-monger who comes along with something to fill your hole with. You won't be without beliefs for long. Wouldn't you rather choose your own, from among those that will do you no harm?
But it is true that everything is equally unreal. This is one of those things you will realize when you spend enough time thinking about what infinity is and how it would have to work if it is, in fact, infinite. I can't do that for you, but I can present a new overarching "law of unreality" to help you when you get overloaded by the onslaught of infinity, and that law is this: everything is equally unreal. This notion can take the heat off, but at some point it becomes a belief in itself. That's OK, you can do what you want with it. No one forces you to believe anything, hopefully. Like I said, look at what results you get, and make adjustments accordingly.
Take for example the belief that reincarnation is a trap imposed by evil "lords of karma," to enslave you, blah, blah, blah. This sounds like fun, what everyone needs to pump up their self-importance is a real imaginary enemy. One that malevolently messes with your immortal soul when you die! Heck, if you're gonna believe in reincarnation, you might as well believe it's a conspiracy while you're at it, eh? Why not!
For me, personally, I would prefer to keep in mind what Frank Kepple learned after spending his first five years of "astral travel" fighting bad guys out there. He suddenly realized that the bad guys were created spontaneously by his belief in them, and he was able to walk away from them and focus on much more interesting and less repetitively predictable notions instead of robotically self-fulfilling fantasies of being the noble warrior fighting the evil overlords of sin at the cosmic level.
If you believe in reincarnation, there's nothing to prevent you from experiencing reincarnation. "Paying off karma?"--same story. Pay off as much karma as you want, they're your lives if you, as pure awareness, decide to experience them, all in a row, obligatorily. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks. And hey, why don't I decide, why'll I'm at it, that these nasty lives as a prisoner are foisted on me by the lying, deceiving lords of karma? All these interpretations are open to us, but to me the best place to start is to reject the interpretation of reincarnation to begin with, and hope, when that fateful day arrives, to enter the expanded reality after physical death with the belief that I am free to explore infinity forever and free of any restrictions at all. What might happen to me if I enter infinity as a freelancer, not at the effect of duality, but instead using duality as a properly balanced tool? That is, the ability to tell things apart, period. People who preach duality religions, no matter how much sense they make or how appealing they are, have gotten stuck in the very first chakra--duality--and you might consider not following their example.
That's why you don't want to walk around without your own belief system, in my opinion. Sure you want some flexibility, but that's part of it. That's balance. On the other hand, there's nothing worse than an overzealous lust for moderation. I can't stand it when I can't or won't make up my mind. We really must remind ourselves from time to time that everything is equally unreal.
When I was ready to begin trying to learn the art of unworlding--not that I called it that yet--I framed the preliminary and prerequisite period of my self-training as a project to record my baseline belief system in detail. The belief system which I had developed over a period of 59 years on earth. I finished this record before I allowed myself to start the practice, and this was motivating in itself. By the time I'd written a whole book of drivel about what I already knew I believed, I was chomping at the bit to learn unworlding. Whatever it was that I did happen to believe at the time, I was relatively quickly able to have some impressive experiences of expanded awareness, and after a year I found that unworlding as a methodless method was going to be my new interest, vs. searching far and wide for a guru even better than Frank Kepple.
As for my duly recorded belief system, it had not been shattered, as I thought it might be, by my first several-to-many unordinary experiences, including an aborted dip into religious waters. In many ways, my belief system was reinforced by having many small and large experiences of the unknown during my first year. But isn't this what happens to everyone? We attract what we resonate with, end of story. Remember the masterful Frank Kepple fought demons and goblins for his first five years, because he had no one to guide him, no internet forums to ask questions on, so he didn't realize he was just manifesting his fears, emotions, and beliefs (twoness or the first chakra). When he did realize this, everything changed quickly. He was too smart to keep warring with his own shadow indefinitely.
When you set out to learn how to experience expanded states of awareness wherein you, and you alone, manifest your own reality environment, it is your beliefs, emotions, thoughts, fears, etc. that will manifest instantly and effortlessly in that environment. Do you really want to start out with no beliefs? I don't think so. I would take a close look at what your existing beliefs are, maybe make some adjustments, but for the most part, do acknowledge that as sentient beings on earth, we do have beliefs. Go into it knowing sort of what to expect, and what that is, is more of you than what you ever saw in any other mirror before.
When the blank canvas upon which we create our environments, experiences, and circumstances happens to be infinite, then every possible and impossible thing will be found there. Why fight this? Beliefs are just beliefs, just filters, like sunglasses, to keep infinity from all blasting you at once. Someone else has his own beliefs. You and he might barely intersect on your respective rampaging romps through reality. You should expect to always be misunderstood and disagreed with once you become responsible for the knowledge that everything is equally untrue. It could drive you crazy to try and deny the basic flexibility of reality when the fundamental element of our existence is infinity, that is, awareness that can't be limited or defined. No one is going to believe anything you say, and if they do, it will be for reasons of their own. No one ever gets it. You have to stop caring to a certain extent and detach from any and all opportunities to get emotional about other people's experience of you.
If somebody who has taken Robert Monroe's books too literally believes they can go into Astral Environment 23547 and save trapped souls from astral hells, heavens and other belief systems, and brag about it in public and make their accounts unassailable and uncritiquable by claiming that they are possessed by pure unconditional love, OK. Let them have their beliefs. They are working out their karma, right? Or so they think. More power to them! The two-dimensional reflections that they are saving from hell are not harmed by their busybody manipulations, and neither are you. There is an element of reality to everything, due to the law of unreality: Everything is equally unreal. The complement of that statement is pretty easy to figure out.
That doesn't mean you have to drink the kool-aid every time someone offers it to you. What's to stop you from making your own decisions about what to believe? Then you can have experiences of expanded awareness that resonate with you strongly instead of you just wimpily wandering around infinity waiting for someone else's take on the ineffable to sneak up and bite you on the ass.
What about the great disbeliever Carlos Castaneda, who caved in to his Catholic upbringing in the end and developed a teaching that our identity gets eaten by "the Eagle" if we aren't good and proper warriors with no hang-ups, blah, blah, blah. It's a great fairy story, and his books are worth reading too many times, same as Monroe's. But in the final analysis, it's the results they got that inform us of their intent. And what they got was money, fame, a beautiful compound to live on with their doting admirers and true believers, and expensive products to sell that made them rich. Not that Monroe wasn't rich already, but Castaneda certainly did well for himself, with nothing particularly non-physical to show for himself but a rich tapestry of multi-level, barely questioned deception.
My personality is opposite to Castaneda: I cannot tell a lie. But my belief system isn't that far off from his. He never mentioned reincarnation, for which I admire and respect him. I waste considerably too many words on it myself. But it is--along with its evil conjugal twin Karma--a core belief of the ancient Hindu religion which gave birth to Buddhism, Sikhism, Sufism and Goofism. People need a reason to keep on waking up in this overgrown mess hall called earth every day; they could, if they wanted to badly enough, just die in their sleep. Why even keep waking up in this earthly dream? Isn't it obvious that the earth is a prison or a mental institution for those who haven't yet figured out the secret password to escape it?
Castaneda did a good thing by extracting a lot of good useful philosophies from a variety of sources, leaving the moralism out of it, and trying to get people interested in approaching unworlding as a skill instead of a religion. Where he messed up was to present it as a nearly impossible skill to learn, in expensive mass-produced hardcover books that made him a millionaire. Which effectively made him another preacher getting rich off the beliefs, fears, thoughts, and emotions of human beings wandering like ghosts on the surface of an imaginary planet. And once he was as rich as snot, he was just another ghost like the others, passing fake money around and waiting to die.
There is nothing about your nature that you need to overcome. Simply unworld. Do it the easy way. The gurus all preach the same religion: effort and more effort, complication and danger, buy my brand, get yours today, before it's too late!
No. It's easy. Unworld or don't, I don't care.