1.an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.
“his belief in the value of hard work”
2. trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something.
“a belief in party politics”
A belief is something that I think is true. Among other things, beliefs are held as true about a person, a place, a thing or about myself. Beliefs may be personal and specific, or widely accepted by many people.
Beliefs are formed during events in our life. For example;
- Events that may involve authority figures (mom or dad, a surrogate).
- Peer group situations (siblings, people we hang around with).
- Situations with high emotions (birthdays, teasing, taunting, holidays, funerals, tragic events).
- Repetitious events (frequently being picked last for sports in grade school, “always the bridesmaid, never the bride”).
- When we are in an Altered State (TV watching, and sitting in front of a computer are altered states).
Consider for a moment a person that was repeatedly told by siblings that they are stupid. There are (3) sensitizing situations here; Peer Interaction, High Emotion and Repetition.
This child may very well end up believing that they can’t learn, or have a hard time in more formal learning environments. If they accept the belief that they are stupid—in whatever way they interpret that—they will consciously see and experience evidence of this in their life to reinforce the belief of that which they think is true (about themselves).
17th Century Philosopher Rene Decartes said, “I think therefore I am”. What we believe is true must show up in our physical world for validation. This is stated beautifully in the Truth That Is Within You by Eckhart Tolle in his reference to the egoic self. Beliefs illicit an emotional feeling that drives a physical behavior, or a mental interpretation which in turn creates a result that shows up in our life that matches our belief, that thing that we think is true.
Beliefs are stored in the subconscious mind. They often go un-examined. Getting past our critical reasoning conscious mind into our subconscious storehouse of knowledge is the work of hypnotherapy. Once we arrive in this expansive space of timeless creativity we can freely examine how and why we accepted our beliefs and update the ones that are out of date and no longer effectively serve us. Book a free consultation with me to learn how. To change my world, I change my beliefs.
All the best,
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