The power of belief is underestimated generally in society. Many people attribute the effectiveness of a variety of treatments and products as ‘just down to belief’. So what? If our belief alone can effectively heal our body, isn’t that a miraculous thing?
Bruce Lipton in new film The Living Matrix says that approximately 1/3 of all healing is due to the placebo effect. This speaks volumes of how powerful our mind really is when it comes to a belief.
Even in psychical research, participants have been found to score better if they believed that the experiment was possible (i.e. telepathy) than if they completely disbelieved in the research.
I’m sure you can think of times when your belief allowed a certain situation to be true. Your belief that you were good enough for the job enabled you to obtain it, your belief that you could carry on running just that bit longer, your belief that you would sleep well because you’re in a comfy bed- our beliefs effectively condition our mind and therefore we act as if our belief was already true.
Our beliefs are much more powerful than we think. If we believe, with every cell in our body, that we won’t live past 40, it’s surprising how many people actually fulfil that expectation.
Beliefs are like computer programs. They effectively ‘run’ the computer. If our mind is like a harddrive, beliefs are the installed software programs.
Maybe that sounds a little mechanistic, but what it means is:
You have the ability to write and rewrite these ‘programs’ consciously.
Most of our beliefs were pre-programmed before we were even consciously aware. As a child, your unconscious mind is like a new computer, filling up its hard drive with lots of ‘data’ from the external world.
So many of our ‘core’ beliefs are completely unconscious- we may not even recognise we hold them, and fall into making the same mistakes over and over again until we realise it’s our belief within ourselves we have to change, not the external situation.
What could be some ‘core’ beliefs? Well, for example ‘I’m not worthy or good enough’ ‘Making lots of money means I am greedy’or ‘I’m not clever’.
Remember, you’re often not consciously aware that you hold these beliefs; but your experience seems to affirm them.
How can we change our beliefs? Beliefs can be easily changed, even if they are unconscious. Identify a situation or experience that you’d like to change or see improved. Now examine your beliefs about that situation.
For example, someone who feels ‘it’s difficult to find the right partner’, or ‘every man I choose treats me badly’, examine your own beliefs about love. Do you feel worthy of love? Do you have love for yourself? Do you treat yourself badly?’
Beliefs are like the foundations that we live our lives upon. They can be strong and steady, but if we have a belief that isn’t so strong (like believing we are a worthy and valuable person), then you can guarantee your experience will be different from someone who does cultivate that belief, by reaffirming it to themselves daily.
Begin to believe in the possibility of the positive outcome, and cultivate the belief that you are worthy of experiencing it.