Can you recognize your own limiting beliefs?
We all have a story we tell ourselves; a kind of picture we have of our potential and capabilities. However, most of us do not realize that it is just a story and that we have been telling ourselves this story for so long that it has become truth.
We can sometimes make the craziest decisions or sabotage our own progress and wonder why afterwards. We can choose partners that may not always have our best interests at hand. We hardly have real freedom of choice in any situation because of our identification with the story.
Where do these stories come from? First of all, we are conditioned at an early age by our parents, our environment, society and circumstances. Perhaps it is true that no one intentionally made you a conditioned, non choosing person, but more likely, this happens as a buffer from harsh reality and pain. If we are not taught freedom of choice through development of our Will, we will more than likely create stories around who we are and what we believe.
If we have not learned proper boundaries or were violated in some way, we are imprinted that we have no control.
If we were not given the freedom to make mistakes, we weave the web of having to be perfect.
If we had had real desires and dreams that were discouraged or crushed we develop “stories” around why we can’t do what we really want.
That driving desire is still inside of us.
Believing these stories about ourselves perpetuates our conditioning and manifests those thought/feeling forms into reality. We shut down objectively seeing the way things are because our story has overridden and says otherwise. This is what we have learned to habitually believe and it is the opposite of consciousness.
They come under the guise of buffers we have developed namely, self importance, self loathing, and self justification among others.
Our perspective on any given situation becomes tainted with our own inner considering, defensiveness, paranoia, fear, and anger.
One of the first defenses from limiting beliefs is to actually acknowledge and see that we are operating from these limiting beliefs. We must learn to recognize our identification with the role or scenario. One need only look at one’s life circumstances to see if they are at play.
If you are depressed, having financial woes, in a bad relationship, feeling isolated, have no inertia or drive, keep getting into trouble, have no success from your efforts, to name a few, then you can bet that your identification with your limiting beliefs has something to do with it.
So many of us will say we are just victims of fate or bad luck, but that in itself is identification with being a victim of something that has been done to you from the outside. Only until we take responsibility for ourselves and realize our part in our own life circumstances will things change.
Questioning your own beliefs is a good start. What is your story? Do you believe you are worthy of the greatest things in life, a fulfilling job, a loving relationship, spiritual freedom, abundance in all aspects of life, things coming easily to you, deep satisfaction and inner peace? Are you able to do more than just think those good thoughts by feeling them on a vibrational level so that the Universe will meet you with a resounding yes. The Universe will meet and mirror the degree to which you are free from “your story”.
First step, notice what you are saying to yourself on a daily basis.
The only way to notice is to develop a keener sense of awareness around how you function in your thinking, your emotions and your body.
We must learn to synchronize these modes of experience and get out of our heads.
When thinking, feeling and sensation are lined up, we get different impressions outside of our habitual associations. We can take in more information about our environment and ourselves. We become a little more objective about what is happening and how our view may be tainted with limiting beliefs.
Our usual mode of operation is most basically an assessment from memories and conditioning. Our brain moves so fast with assumptions and associations, but our body and emotions move even faster. Before we even realize it, our visuals have picked up things, our body has picked up vibration, our emotions have stirred and our thinking is the last to put it all together from a formatory apparatus that says this means that and that means this, It is like a filing system that categorizes according to our initial experiences!! This is how limited our scope of impressions really is.
Nothing is coming in very objectively and we must catch ourselves doing things habitually from the filing system.
We are generally aware of what our thinking has surmised with no real cognition of the other two “brains”. If we can get ahead of that stock answer and understand other things coming in from an objective perspective, we can start to notice how the limiting beliefs have their power.
All the methods I am teaching will expand your awareness in order to notice the three brains. The goal is to take in objective information about the way you see things. You will start to get a picture of how you weave the limiting beliefs into your system of impressions. and perhaps be able to separate what you actually experience.
Practice noticing what information you are getting from each brain. Notice how your body experiences an emotion with clenching of jaw or tightness of chest. Notice how you experience emotion. Is it primarily experiencing it from a series of thoughts being fired off? Do you actually “feel” your emotions or is it a set of thought pattern reenacting the limiting belief?
These practices will lead you into understanding how your limiting beliefs kicks in well before you realize it.
Have a great week,