Our belief system both surrounds us and is the bedrock of our lives. This is what we build our relationships on, live our lives by, and yet, we very rarely look directly at it. We may occasionally examine one or two of the most obvious beliefs. But we very rarely take a good long look at the entire system of beliefs that we are ruled by.
Many of our beliefs are hidden in the deep maze of the unconscious. They are based on pain we experienced very early on, before we were conscious of forming beliefs. And these beliefs were further solidified by every painful experience we had that seemed to reinforce them.
Examining these beliefs means feeling the pain we experienced that formed them. That’s why it is so important to be prepared to release your pain as it begins to surface, as it surely will.
Secondly, we don’t look at our beliefs because it would mean disrupting our lives. Making a change in one belief will often affect other beliefs, and pretty soon you have a cascading domino effect, with belief after belief falling down. It will feel as though the floor is literally falling out from under you, and you have nothing to hold onto. It’s a frightening experience that most of us don’t want to have. It’s much easier to stay within the comfortable bounds of a limiting belief system, than to venture forth into the great unknown.
The first thing you must do is look at the decisions you’ve made in your life. If we just take the time to look, we can see everything we believe about ourselves, our worth, our position in the universe, reflected in our lives. Each belief is founded on a feeling – fear, self-loathing, grief, pain, rage… And the pain is covered by a judgment that says something is wrong, bad, and not good enough and the judgment becomes a belief that carries into our lives.
Setting an intention to change a belief is an act of will, and is tied strongly to your soul. It is powered by emotion, in other words. It is fuelled by the desire to change, by wanting something new, something different.
The intention usually starts with a statement that looks forward: “I will change my life”
The intention becomes an affirmation: “My life is in perfect balance, spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and economically”
Affirmations make you conscious of your thoughts. To affirm means to say something positively. It means to declare firmly and assert something to be true. Affirmations will enable you to live in the present moment; they will enable you to change your life by changing your thoughts. Only you can choose new thoughts, positive thoughts; a whole new way of thinking.
Uplift and Empower Yourself: An Affirmation a Day 2014 – Now available online