Last week, I wrote about "You are what you believe." I wanted to expand on it a bit, as some may have gotten the mistaken "belief" that I said all beliefs are negative. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Beliefs are just beliefs, just as thoughts are just thoughts. The same thought or belief can serve us as an asset or liability. It just depends on the context that the thought or belief comes about and how you chose to act after the thought.
We are not consciously aware of most of our beliefs. A belief is something one accepts as true. It may have no basis in truth, yet it is accepted to be true. When the belief has little or no basis in truth, it is called a limiting belief.
The problem with a limiting belief is that it does just that—it limits us. Research has shown that the job of the subconscious mind is to make what we believe come true in our lives—think about it as a self-fulfilling prophecy…
Byron Katie, author of "Loving What Is" has an useful 4-step process of personal inquiry to help identify and question thoughts and beliefs.* The four-steps are:
1. Is it true?
2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
4. Who would you be without the thought?
Then you “turn-it-around,” meaning develop three examples of opposites of your original thought/belief and see if what you were judging is really true.
"Only if you imagine that the rope is a snake does your heart start pounding. It’s your thoughts that scare you into fight-or-flight-not reality." ~ Ms. Byron Katie
More information about Byron Katie can be found at www.thework.com/ I have found her books and processes very helpful.