Tuesday 9 July 2024

TEACHING MOMENT: Beliefs Become Limitations πŸ‡¬πŸ‡­πŸ‡¬πŸ‡­

All our experiences have led us to believe certain things about ourselves. Whether these beliefs are true or not really doesn't matter because if we accept them as true, then they are true for us. If we speak our word long enough, it becomes law in the universe. Pronounce your limitations vigorously enough and they're yours. Whether your beliefs are true or totally insane, if you accept them, then that's what your life will be about.

Once we have accepted an idea, it's an idea whose time has come and there is nothing that can stop it. If we have accepted an idea of lack and limitation, it is an idea whose time has come for us. There is nothing that we can do about it except to change our mind. If you plant a seed, it is going to grow. If you plant a tomato, you will have a tomato. The tomato won't change its mind and become a cucumber because it thinks a cucumber is better for you. The soil will give you tomatoes as long as you keep planting them, even if you are allergic to tomatoes.

Look at the beliefs that form the groundwork of your life. We are full of beliefs that we have collected over the years - attitudes, ideas, opinions and conditioning. And we are so full of what we know that when challenged, we dig in our heels and often think, "Don't tell me anything new.  I have my beliefs together and how dare you try to change them. This is what I've based my whole life on. Now you are telling me I could be wrong. I don't want to hear that." So we live with a set of beliefs called religion, a set of beliefs called politics, a set of beliefs about ourselves, a set of beliefs about the kind of people that we like or don't like and a set of beliefs about everything else.

Many of the things that we believe - garnered from past experience, groups of people and individuals - are not true, but they are the things that we have imagined to be true out of our need to survive. Because the will to survive and the desire for certainty are strong, we create rules about the nature of life and how it unfolds, and these rules become beliefs. Unfortunately those beliefs can also become limitations.

Break Through Mistaken Beliefs

The fact of the matter is we can only be successful to the degree that we are willing to shed our mistaken beliefs. When we experience sickness, failure, or lack, it is often because of the limitations in our own mind.

The sad thing is that, even though we know our lives aren't working in certain areas, we are still afraid to change. We are locked into our comfort zone, no matter how self-destructive it may be. Yet, the only way to get out of our comfort zone and to be free of our problems and limitations is to get uncomfortable. We can only experience freedom in direct proportion to the amount of truth that we are willing to accept without running way.

We must stop kidding ourselves, stop blaming others, and stop avoiding unpleasant decisions and start facing the truth that we may have accepted unworkable beliefs that are the direct cause of the events in our lives. It is not a question of going from negative thinking to positive thinking. It is a matter of moving toward “right thinking”, which means moving toward knowing the absolute truth about who we are and our relationship to life.

Right thinking, which is based in Truth and not illusion is the foundation that determines the solidity of all other thinking. Positive thinking and negative thinking are both filtered through our belief system. Right thinking comes from being aware of the truth or the reality of any situation.

Uncomfortable truth is better than sweet lies.

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