Remember, even false beliefs will seem to be justified in terms of physical data, since your experience in the outside world is the materialization of those beliefs. So you must work with the raw material of your ideas, even while your sense data may tell you that a given belief is obviously a truth. To change your experience or any portion of it, then, you must change your ideas. Since you have been forming your own reality all along, the results will follow naturally.
—The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 615
If we really seek change in our life, we must become aware of our beliefs. It takes study and thought, and maybe persistence, but it’s possible to learn to not only see our own beliefs, but those of others as well. What we sometimes find as we start building our awareness of beliefs is that the search seems overwhelming
But, take heart. Seth says, “As you examine the contents of your conscious mind, it may seem to you that you hold so many different beliefs at different times that you cannot correlate them. They will, however, form into clear patterns. You will find a grouping of core beliefs about which others gather…. They are consciously available.”
Since everything we experience is a reflection of our thoughts and beliefs, they’re behind which emotions we feel, what actions we take, the condition of our bodies, the possessions we own, our thoughts of the future, the guilts we harbor. Our lives unfold based on our beliefs about ourselves, our upbringing, our supposed past, the condition of the world, our prejudices, our views of religion, health, illness, safety, vulnerability, love, money. They can be seen in living color in the kind of friends we choose, our fears, our home and work environments, our reactions, our selection of career, the associations we join, our political positions. What we believe, we experience.
Let’s take a look at some limiting beliefs that are held by many in today’s world, and as you read them, try to gauge your reaction to each.
- Sickness cannot be escaped.
- Viruses attack randomly.
- I am helpless to heal myself.
- No pain, no gain.
- It’s a dog-eat-dog world.
- I was so little and they hurt me so.
- I must work hard for the money I earn.
- To want money is not spiritual.
- Suffering is to be expected in life.
- I am powerless to significantly change my life.
- I have nothing to offer the world.
- I am vulnerable to crime and accidents.
- No one understands me.
- I’m not attractive enough to find a mate.
- Love comes and goes.
Now, let’s take a look at some positive, supportive beliefs, and once again as you read them, try to gauge your reaction.
- I am a good money manager.
- It’s okay to be rich.
- The universe is with meaning and purpose.
- The world is a safe place to live.
- I believe in myself completely.
- I am competent and successful.
- I am at ease with my body.
- I can handle whatever comes my way.
- I am a decision maker.
- I am worthy of love.
- I take responsibility for my whole life.
- I am filled with energy and enthusiasm.
- I control my health through my beliefs.
- There is no illness I cannot heal.
- I will die peacefully and comfortably.
We program ourselves into situations through our thoughts and beliefs. We really must become aware of what we’re thinking in order to change repetitive life experiences that make us uncomfortable. In Beyond the Winning Streak I discuss several processes I’ve used over the years to find beliefs, notably one I call the “Belief Root Diagram.” It can help you recognize beliefs by following your emotions back to their source—which is always a belief.
Just for the fun of it, during a cozy evening alone query yourself for answers to these questions on abundance and then ask why you answered as you did. You’ll find yourself looking your beliefs right smack in the eye.
- Are you anxious about money? Do you feel that no matter how much you make it’s never enough?
- Does money come easily to you?
- Is your self-worth tied to money?
- Do you envy rich people? Do you feel contempt for them? Do you think they look down on you?
- Do you hesitate to enter ultra-exclusive boutiques? How do you feel the clerks will treat you?
- Do you think you won’t have enough money until you are older… degreed… married… promoted… or whatever?
- When you see someone driving an expensive car, what do you feel about them? About the car?
- What is your definition of a greedy person?
- Do you feel that outside financial forces (such as taxes or fate) control you?
Now try it with these questions on self-worth, or better said, what you really think of yourself—and don’t forget to ask yourself why you answer as you do.
- When you’re in a group, do you sometimes feel unsure of yourself? Worried that your opinions won’t be accepted, listened to or taken seriously?
- Do you have difficulty making decisions?
- Do you tend to let people think you agree with them when you don’t?
- Do you ever make yourself do something you would rather not?
- Do you freeze when called on to talk in front of a group?
- Are family and friends always judging you?
- Do you have fun most of the time, or are you burdened with problems?
- Do people look down on you?
Listed in Beyond the Winning Streak are many pages of beliefs, both positive and limiting, broken down into these categories: money; spiritual/religious/life; self-worth; job/career; relationships; health. Either study these lists, find other ones or make up your own, but do something about familiarizing yourself with beliefs in general and your personal ones in particular. There are few gifts in life we can offer yourself that will bring greater rewards than to recognize instantly when a thought has become a belief.
Excerpted from Ten Thousand Whispers: A Guide to Conscious Creation, by Lynda Madden Dahl. Lynda is the award-winning author of eight Seth/Jane Roberts-based books, including her latest release SETH AND PSYCHIC HEALTH. She is co-founder of Seth Network International, the global meeting place for Seth readers; published a quarterly magazine, Reality Change: The Global Seth Journal for seven years; has produced numerous Seth conferences and been a speaker at many others. You are invited to become her friend on Facebook and Twitter at Seth Network Intl and Lynda Madden Dahl.