Beliefs Old and New (Part Two)

There are four types of belief systems:

Type one contains mostly dogma, indoctrination, and controlling beliefs. The intention is to be right, I’m right and they are wrong. This is the intention behind war and strife. You will be pursued based on emotions making you right or wrong.

Type two contains common sense beliefs. You already know without looking, more certainty instead of remembering. How many times you need to repeat an action before you know. No effort is involved in believing in them, you just know. Intention is to conform and act rationally. You appeal to their sense of conformity.

Type three-scientific fact supported beliefs. If you want to experience a complicated belief system, prove it. Intention is to dispute facts that don’t support your theory. Realm of physical science, fact, theories, and measuring devices. The mantra – what evidence do you have for believing that? Arguing over evidence, to settle it with measuring devices.

Type four- intentionally created beliefs, or what you know as primaries. You can create an experience by simply believing in it. The process of believing comes before the process of experiencing.

Perspective: So how do I discover what I really believe? What ticket did I purchase at the belief bazaar?

Harry: The easiest way is to work backward from what you’re experiencing. If you are experiencing unhappiness, you can be pretty certain that your leap of faith across the abyss was on a belief that you were going to be unhappy.

Transparent beliefs: The first impression you have of a transparent belief is that it is unquestionably true. That’s just the way life is. That’s the way I am. Here’s the proof! But then something funny happens. You discover that the proof for holding the belief is actually produced by the belief itself. A pattern begins to unfold. Personal reality reflects what you really believe. This may not always be the same as what you think you believe.

When a belief is transparent, you are operating through it without noticing it. Transparent beliefs are seldom helpful and, in fact, can be fatally debilitating. Most were adopted in a moment when you were something less than rational, and they are self-sabotaging. Transparent beliefs are discovered by tricking yourself into expressing them, and then stepping back and looking at what you just said. Transparent beliefs are often hidden by a desire to be right, so finding them requires a degree of vulnerability.


Objective: To discover transparent beliefs.

Expected Results: Insights, personal transformation.


Discovering transparent beliefs is done with a companion or as a team effort. The exercise may be repeated many times.

Step 1: The guide or group leader asks, “What would you like to change?” until a situation is revealed.

Step 2: Once the situation has been pinpointed, the guide or group leader goes after:

• the beliefs that are creating the situation

• the experiences that are reinforcing the beliefs, i.e., creating certainty in the beliefs by asking:

(a) What belief might someone have in order to experience (situation)?

(b) How do you prove that belief is true?

(c) What other belief might someone have in order to experience (situation)?

(d) How do you prove that belief is true?

(c) and (d) are alternately addressed until the student has a realization

Ariela asked me to pick one thing that I want to change in my life. We did the Transparent Beliefs exercise. To my amazement, by answering her questions I came to some unexpected answers/insights about my belief. I was believing in something because people around told me so and because I learned that from my experience. I believed in what I was told that I’m picky and I have to compromise because it is just impossible to do what I wanted to do. I started to believe that I had to sacrifice to get what I want or I could only get one thing or another but not both together. I used to switch back and forth from negative to positive – believing and not believing. All I need is more certainty in my belief: I’m not convincing myself, but deciding to be it/believe in it. If I haven’t experienced it yet, it doesn’t mean I can never get it. When Avatar is asked, “Do you have reason or evidence to support your beliefs?” He says: “Not yet”.

The most important step is to change my belief that it is not a lottery (I may get or may not get what I want), it is not luck, but I have to be committed to my intention. I attract what I want through my intentions and actions.

Who does my mind belong to? What decides what to believe? Make up your mind or someone will make it up for you. Discovering that most difficulties are the result of your own comforting beliefs and you can do something about them is a huge step that requires courage to confront. You have to do the training. The difficulty for some is in distinguishing between what they believe and what they pretend to believe. They are not always the same. What does it mean to believe? To be comfortable with or satisfied with.

At the end of the session, Ariela did the debriefing which is an alignment technique. It is an oral or written response to three questions: 1) What did you start out to do? 2) What did you actually do? 3) What actually happened?

I was discouraged by many to pursue what I want to pursue, and I started to believe that my goal is impossible, but now I change my intention to truly believing in it and it will happen, I know 🙂

Beliefs are the colored lenses that filter out from all-that-is what we wish to experience.

Watch Harry Palmer’s video. Check out his new book The Avatar Path. You can find these exercises in Pillar to belief Avatar workbook.

To schedule your personal session on beliefs and learn more about Avatar approach, email Ariela at


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