|Winged Ones of Paradise
Watercolor by Beverly Blanchard
If your thoughts are the building materials in creating your reality, your beliefs are the blueprint. When most people hear the word belief, they automatically associate it with religion, culture or politics. Yet, your beliefs are more than that. They are thoughts that you keep thinking about yourself, your community and your world. They are the foundational basis of your life.
It is said that we come into this world as a blank slate, and as we grow up our parents, teachers, friends, and society all tell us who we are; what we should think; and how we should behave. Although these people may have had good intentions, many of the beliefs we have picked up along our life journey are not working for us. Instead they keep us stuck in behaviours in which we live our lives trying to live up to the expectations of others while we move further away from our authentic self.
Few of us ever take the time to think about whether what we have been told is true or bogus. We have accepted these beliefs and allowed them to unconsciously shape our reality. How many of us have been told the following: You are worthless. You can’t do anything right. You will never be able to do it. You are too old/too fat/too useless/too stupid. You don’t have what it takes. You will never be successful. You aren’t qualified. You aren’t good enough.
So how do you start identifying what beliefs are no longer serving you? You begin by looking at areas of your life that don’t seem to be working for you. Look for areas in your life where you feel fear or where your buttons are easily pushed. Start listening to the habitual words and phrases you are using to describe your life. When you come across something that is not positive, stop and ask yourself: what would I have to believe for this to be true? Is this really who I am?
Examining your beliefs it is somewhat like peeling an onion. The more layers you peel, the more variations of the belief you uncover. As we move through this blog, I will show you other ways to identify and change limiting beliefs. Next post I will show you how your emotions fit into the picture.
In the meantime, here is a short video about Janine Shepherd. Janine was training for the Olympics when a tragic accident shattered her dream. Faced with a doctor’s prognosis of never walking again, she chose to create a new reality for herself based on her belief in her abilities. Her story shows how important it is to never let someone else’s beliefs direct your life.