Beliefs Old and New (Part One)


Two weeks ago I had a great one-on-one phone session with Ariela from Avatar about my beliefs. I realized that without changing your old not working beliefs you will never get what you want. “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting”. The objective of the session was to explore and understand the relationship between my beliefs and my experiences. First, I read more about beliefs:

“The mission of Avatar in the world is to catalyze the integration of belief systems. When we perceive that the only difference between us is our beliefs and that beliefs can be created or discreated with ease, the right and wrong game will wind down, a co-create game will unfold, and world peace will ensue.

Beliefs can be very powerful. Beliefs have a greater effect on a person’s success, or failure, than any technique or opportunity. Beliefs determine how one will experience life. They can be assistive or they can be impeding. Beliefs, which can be self-examined and self -determinedly modified, can be useful tools for healing, achievement, motivation and discovery. But invisible or indoctrinated beliefs, which dominate consciousness and stand as unquestionably true, are the root causes of individual suffering. They can be severely limiting or even self-sabotaging.

Can people learn to manage their beliefs? And will managing their beliefs have any effect on their reality? The answer to both questions is a profound yes! The next question is how difficult is it to manage beliefs? Now you must take into account the person’s self-awareness, their sanity, their willingness or motivation to change, as well as the methodology they employ. Not everyone is capable of self-examination. Not everyone is sane. Also, some doctrines of belief are recursively designed to protect themselves from inspection, or to punish anyone who questions or changes them.

The difficulty for some is in distinguishing between what they believe and what they pretend to believe. They are not always the same.

Perspective: Are you saying that we don’t always know what we believe or experience what we say we believe?

Harry: That’s right. And that is the flaw in positive thinking. You can stick signs on every mirror in the house saying, “I’m happy to be me,” and chant it for a half hour before every meal and still not experience it. The reason it won’t take you across the I-don’t-know-abyss into a real experience is because you are already across experiencing something else. Maybe you came on the ticket, “Nothing really makes me happy.” That is the real belief that is underlying and motivating all of the positive assertions”.

Ariela asked me to write down my beliefs.

EXERCISE 1: YOUR BELIEF INVENTORY

Objective: To determine if the beliefs you hold are helpful or harmful.

Expected Results: Insights, deliberate restructuring of personal reality.

Instructions:

List three things you believe about yourself

1. _______________________________

2. _______________________________

3. _______________________________

List three things you believe about relationships

1. _______________________________

2. _______________________________

3. _______________________________

List three things you believe about money

1. _______________________________

2. _______________________________

3. _______________________________

This is what I wrote about myself:

  1. I can really make a lot of things possible (H)
  2. I have hard time with motivation for getting back in shape (I)
  3. I can’t eat only healthy foods (I)

It was indeed what Harry said, my beliefs were conflicting, as if I didn’t know what to believe and changed my beliefs based on circumstances.

Next, Ariela asked me to do Doubt/Know exercise.

EXERCISE 2: DO YOU KNOW OR DO YOU ONLY BELIEVE?

How much a belief affects the reality that you experience is determined by the measure of certainty with which it is held. Knowing implies that doubts have been overcome.

Objective: To demonstrate the variable power of a belief.

Expected Result: A palpable experience of changing certainty.

Instruction One: Shift your certainty in stages from believing to knowing as you speak the following phrases:

God is real.

Man should be free.

I am attractive.

I can improve.

I decide.

Instruction Two: Shift your certainty in stages from knowing to believing as you speak the following phrases:

God is real.

Man should be free.

I am attractive.

I can improve.

I decide.

Instruction Three: Review the statements you wrote down in Exercise 1 and decide on a scale of certainty from 1 (doubt) to 10 (know) where they fall.

As I read the same statements over and over but with different certainty in my voice, I realized that our beliefs can change as quickly and as much as we change certainty with which we have them. Convince yourself first and the Universe will be convinced too.

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