If we want to change our lives in any way, all we need to do is to change our words, thoughts and beliefs. When we change words, we change world.
Over course of this handbook, you may discover a number of beliefs that no longer support you. By following this simple, three-step process, you can change your beliefs. By consciously creating beliefs that support us, we can change our reality and enhance our lives.
AWARENESS The first and most important step towards changing our beliefs and improving our lives is to become consciously aware of our beliefs. We must identify each thought that shapes our experiences. We have to name our thoughts. We must become conscious of exact words that we have been using to create our realities. This is first step towards mastering our minds.
So much of our life is governed by our unconscious thoughts, beliefs and patterns. We have lived with so many of these thoughts for so long that we believe that they're actually real. We tell ourselves "that's just way things are." Many of these thoughts are beliefs about who we are and what we're entitled to--and almost all of these beliefs deny truth of who we are, limit our potential and cut us off from source of our happiness and prosperity.
We must become aware of our thoughts and beliefs. This handbook is designed to support our awareness.
OWNERSHIP Once we've become aware of a belief, second step is to own it. We must accept it. We must take personal responsibility for it. We must recognize that belief belongs to us, and that it is a part of who we are. Most importantly, we must accept that we created belief.
This process is simple, but not always easy. We have to accept and acknowledge that we are responsible for creating beliefs that are often negative, painful, and limiting. On a conscious level we tell ourselves that we would never do this. Why on earth would we choose to believe that we are unworthy, damaged, unlovable, unskilled, unlucky, or any of millions of other possibilities? Strange as it seems, even our most negative, painful beliefs were created to serve and support us. Every single one of our beliefs exists because ego is trying to protect us from pain. As painful as belief itself may be, ego believes that pain that belief shields us from is infinitely greater. Just because these beliefs no longer serve us, doesn't mean that they are bad or wrong.
It's often easier to own a belief when we are able to identify origins of that belief. If we understand that we created a belief to help us cope with a particular experience, we can accept how that belief served us at time. This process can also help us to uncover beliefs we created because of things we were told as children.
While it's often helpful to explore where and when we first created a belief, we have to be careful. Our egos will encourage us to deflect responsibility for beliefs to protect us. It's one thing to recognize that we believe that we're not worthy of being loved (for example) because our parents didn't spend enough time with us. It's quite another to blame our parents for creating this belief and ruining our lives. Our parents didn't create belief--we did. We interpreted an experience, created assumptions around it, developed expectations and created belief. And until we accept this, we can't change that belief.
Our egos can also interfere with ownership process by encouraging us to identify with limiting belief. The ego can trick us into reinforcing our negative beliefs, by turning those beliefs back on us. Essentially, we tell ourselves that we're unworthy because we created a belief that we're unworthy. We beat ourselves up for beating ourselves up. Without awareness, ego has us coming and going.