You are right beliefs are important. But if exchanging of one set of beliefs for another is not predicated on some evidence, people can exchange one set of bad beliefs for another.
Say for example you hate dogma of being told what is right either by the Bible, or by a Bible thumping preacher hurling hell at everyone (not advocating, just saying), so you engage a guru to help arrive at self awareness. Is there in reality any difference between being told what to do by the Bible, or by a hell hurling preacher, or being told what to do by some sophisticated esoteric, mind bending guru whose body looks so waxed and lithe it evinces a good imitation of description of Jesus Christ in Book of Revelation?
We need to get back to reading for development of our minds, opinions, beliefs, and sets of corresponding actions.
When we pick up a book to read, we form our own opinions, form our own responses, we own both our opinions of what we read and our responses. This is why books are such a force for good and the reason doing what the Bible advocates can be evidence of self awareness, formation of reasoned opinion, and ownership of resulting actions.
I know there are people who obey the Bible blindly. Blind obedience to the Bible, however, a book whose trustworthiness has been established for thousands of years in the sense of seeking the well being of the reader, is less of a jump of faith than blind obedience to any currently living human being. Preachers may not always mean well or may only care about their pockets, the Bible always seeks out the good welfare of its reader.
We need to get back to using our minds, and to application of ourselves to consideration of evidence for arrival at beliefs and sets of corresponding choices or actions. This is the only path to true freedom.
Freedom that does not begin in the mind, yet seems real is nothing but prosperity. But then there is no contradiction; prosperity need not be accompanied by true freedom. This dichotomy between true freedom and prosperity in reality is increasingly the conundrum of our common history and existence.
The dichotomy between true freedom and prosperity increasingly is the conundrum of our common history and existence.