by Eliot Estep
Our beliefs are so powerful that they literally create our reality. Our perceptions translate into our experiences. When we become aware of what we believe at our most basic and primal levels, we can understand with much greater clarity why our life experience is the way it is. Beliefs are nothing more than agreements about reality and they can be changed. They are the thoughts that we hold in our imagination and perceive to be real: consciously, subconsciously, and unconsciously. If we choose to create an empowered, loving, and expansive way of living, then our beliefs must match those frequencies. By refusing to acknowledge and integrate new information, we effectively hinder our growth and our chances for survival as a species. Therefore, it is vital that we take an honest look at our innermost beliefs about life and ourselves to determine if these really match up with our highest dreams and aspirations.
“Everyone has a bushel basketful of beliefs collected from many sources. Genetic inheritance, family proclivities, childhood experiences, social and cultural influences, and numerous impressions from other lifetimes are among some of the contributors to the invisible bundle of beliefs that define your experience in 3-D reality. Beliefs are the thoughts that you hold most often without question, about yourself and the world at large.
These unnoticed thought-forms are birthed in your imagination and stored in your subconscious memory bank, qualifying your experiences in both the inner and outer worlds. Your beliefs set you up for success or failure. If your worldview is optimistic, you will generally be self-motivated with a positive attitude and engage life with joy and enthusiasm; however, if your worldview tends to lean toward pessimism and negative interpretations of reality, then a sense of hopelessness and despair will overshadow your every encounter.”
– Barbara Marciniak, from Path of Empowerment: New Pleiadian Wisdom for a World in Chaos
Essentially, all beliefs are either constructive or destructive in nature, based in love or in fear. Loving beliefs expand, unify, and bring forth more life, peace, and higher understandings. Fear-based beliefs contract, separate, and divide, seeking to define and categorize everything so that we are more “protected” and “secure”. While fear-based beliefs have played a role in ensuring our survival, they only serve us up to a certain point. When the majority of our individual and collective beliefs are rooted in fear, the world takes on a nightmare appeal where crisis, competition, scarcity, killing, famine, and inequality become the norm. Our ego-identities feed on fear and they do their best to run the show, and it is easy to see this promoted throughout world culture and affairs everywhere. However, this does not have to be the case! It is important to realize that we are responsible for the thoughts and beliefs we hold, and that we can choose to change them at any time. It is not always easy, for fear is stubborn, but it can be done with loving persistence, especially if progress and a better way of life for all is truly our goal.
How can we tell the difference between loving and fear-based beliefs? Our feelings serve as our own internal guidance system that let us know if something is truly serving us or not. Feelings are the language of the soul. Learn to trust them! No matter what anyone else says, your feelings are your own. Do not deny or repress them, for they are a great gift! When examining a thought, idea, or belief, notice how it makes you feel. Does it make you feel good or bad, empowered or restricted? For example, the belief that “we live in an unlimited multiverse where all things are possible” makes me feel empowered and confident that life has meaning and purpose. On the flipside, the belief that “there is not enough to go around, so we must compete to acquire our resources to survive” makes me feel bad — that something is not quite right and that things don’t have to be this way. There are distinct differences between loving and fearful feelings and as we practice emotional awareness, we can consciously release limiting beliefs and choose more empowering ones. Our emotional state serves as our magnetic point of attraction — we will attract circumstances, people, and situations that match our predominant feelings.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that we are always free to choose our own thoughts and beliefs! We each have our own subjective interpretations of reality and NONE of these are wrong or right from an absolute perspective. Always remember that you are a sovereign and powerful being and that you deserve to feel and experience love on all levels. Love, joy, appreciation, and a zest for life is our natural state of being!
There is no such thing as Right and Wrong. There is only What Works and What Does Not Work, depending upon what it is that you seek to be, do or have.
— from The New Revelations: A Conversation with God by Neale Donald Walsch
Our beliefs are so powerful that they actually provide the instructions for how well our bodies operate and function. If we believe that we are naturally healthy and vital beings, we will be. If we believe ourselves to be powerful, creative, and capable, we will be. If we believe something to be easy or hard, it almost always turns out that way. When we believe ourselves to be victims of circumstance (no matter what the source), we will remain as victims. Possible or impossible, the decision is always up to us. This is the brilliance of it all – we get to choose who and what we wish to become, no matter what anyone else says or thinks! Our attitudes and self-perceptions are vitally important, as we are literally defining and creating who we are in each moment. Reclaiming our authentic power is one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects we are facing at this time in our lives.
“Humankind is being tested to become much more consciously aware of how to use the power of thought. You are born with a multitude of abilities, yet your cultivated beliefs insist you are powerless; therefore, these abilities are blocked out or eradicated from neural pathways at an early age. The key to solving the great planetary crisis you face lies in the compassionate recognition that humanity has essentially developed a collective fear of the power to create. These times call for you to know your mind and your beliefs and to become an extraordinary creator of your reality.”
– Barbara Marciniak, from Path of Empowerment: Pleiadian Wisdom for a World in Chaos
Ask yourself today if your core beliefs are supporting what you really want out of life. By taking your own personal inventory, you can begin to see yourself with greater clarity and perspective. Remember to be compassionate during this process and not be overly judgmental and critical. Let us always accept ourselves fully for who we are in this moment.
- Have you consciously selected the beliefs you currently hold?
- What beliefs have you inherited from your family, teachers, and upbringing?
- What is in the way of you experiencing the freedom and joy that you truly desire?
- What makes you most angry and is it possible to forgive and let go of judgment in this area?
- What kind of thoughts and feelings do you have when you wake up in the morning?
- What is your body worth to you? Do you treat it well?
- What do you think about sex?
- What do you believe about money and possessing great wealth?
- What influence does your family have in determining your behavior?
- What kind of world do you really want to live in?
- What do you think is possible for you to achieve in this lifetime?
- Do you believe you are truly free?
- What do you believe you deserve from life?
Asking yourself questions like these regularly and writing down your responses can be most illuminating. It takes courage to do so, but will reveal to you what you really value regarding life, happiness, health, and wealth. If a belief doesn’t truly serve you, consider discarding it or expanding upon it in some way. In certain cases, it is necessary to let a belief go entirely and replace it with a new perspective. Staying flexible and avoiding fanaticism is key! We must transcend our limited beliefs if we are to survive and thrive as a species. Practice positive affirmations and believe in your ability to transform yourself. For more tips on how to change or release limiting beliefs, please see this article.
No matter what, always believe in yourself and in your own worth. You are perfect exactly as you are in this moment, beyond any and all definitions. We all have our own truth. Recognize your magnificence and your brilliance! Don’t be afraid to shine brightly, for this gives others the courage to do the same. If you have any more insightful questions to add to this list, please feel free to make up your own or share them in the comments below. As we continue to expand our beliefs and understandings, our lives become more meaningful and synchronistic. The sincere desire to know ourselves and to seek truth will bring about profound changes in our lives. Our entire perspective of reality continues to shift and is fully supported during these accelerated times. This creates a ripple effect on the world around us and those we are connected to, anchoring in the frequencies for a new way of empowered living.
Progress is progress, no matter how seemingly small! Continue to lead by example, for the betterment of all!