These unprecedented times have us all questioning our reality. And what is the foundation of our reality? It's our belief system. Our belief system is built up over years with our first seven years of life being the most formative. Every milestone, experience and challenge that we experience along the way builds our belief systems. Both 'nuture' and 'nature' affect it. We may be influenced by those around us, accepting their influence blindly. The elements of a belief system obviously are our beliefs. Beliefs are just absorbed by our senses and taken into our system.
“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” Tony Robbin
So how do your beliefs influence your behaviours and actions? Taken in by our subconcious minds, these belief systems form filters through which you view the world. They can become habitual. They help us make sense of the world. They can be hard wired to help us survive. They influence how you react, respond and handle situations. Sadly beliefs and behaviours go hand in hand.
The unpredecented times we are living in are causing distruptions of our belief systems. This however, presents an opportunity for growth. It starts forcing us to question some of the most central assumptions we have made about life so far. You may initially feel like there is something wrong with you. It will take time for you to work through and process new information, to develop a new lens, but there will come a time that it gets integrated into your belief system. It take awareness and it takes time. Eventually your existing beliefs rearrange themselves, readjust and then settle to a reframed set.
In questioning your beliefs you should start asking yourself whether a belief is enabling you or limiting you. Is the belief limiting you like a 'weed' in your garden, throttling any new blossoms or potential? Name the belief, visualise you pulling the 'weed' out of your garden, throwing it away, watching it wither and die and then planting a new seed in its place in your garden. Use the vision of the 'seed' to reframe and rename that belief. Visualise that seed growing into it's full potential with wholesomeness and bearing fruit. Embrace the pain of the process and the joy of rebirth. Be patient with yourself and relish the personal growth you will experience. This brings with it, an opportunity to become a different person than you used to be, to become a better version of yourself.
“Your beliefs can be a prison system created by your mind for yourself. But the door is not locked. If you are aware, you can always come out of that.”
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