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On Limiting Beliefs and How to Change Them

In an article dated Summer of 1953, Neville wrote on what he called the “Fundamentals” for those who sought a true understanding of metaphysics and his philosophies.

In this article, Neville claimed there were three fundamental steps in this process of becoming a conscious creator. The first step being what he called “Self-Observation,” or an uncritical look at one’s reactions to life.

I bring this up because this is, in my opinion, one of the biggest things that gets overlooked by those who are new to manifesting.

I really cannot stress hard enough the importance of identifying your beliefs. Specifically, the importance of observing your beliefs and uprooting any that no longer serve you. This part of your transformation cannot be overlooked or dismissed.

Because you manifest everything, and I mean everything, based on your personal set of beliefs.

Your beliefs are the foundation of your current state. It’s the bedrock of your self-concept. And they will determine your thoughts, actions, outcomes, and experiences in this life.

The importance of identifying your limiting beliefs

Over the past couple of years since I began coaching/teaching the Law I’ve noticed a particularly troublesome trend from those who are new to the Law or new to manifesting in general. I know I was certainly guilty of this misstep myself.

That is that typically, people who find out about manifesting or the Law of Attraction immediately dive into the techniques, hoping to obtain something or someone.

They will jump right into scripting, visualizing, affirming, and an array of other techniques to try and manifest a certain thing, be it a person, or some kind of material object (ie money). The self-observation is usually ignored or overlooked entirely.

The issue with this is that if your desire goes against a certain belief you may carry, one of two things will happen: either you’ll have trouble manifesting your desire at all, or if you do successfully manifest the desired outcome it will be fleeting and you may lose it.

Take lottery winners, for example. Statistics show a troubling trend:  a third of lottery winners will go bankrupt and be completely broke within ten years.

This isn’t entirely surprising when you are aware of the power of beliefs. Look at the demographic of those who play the lottery. These people are typically middle class/lower middle-class, or even in the poverty level.

Many of these winners didn’t grow up with a wealth mindset, or the belief of wealth and abundance. Their beliefs around money are typically limiting and scarce, due to spending most their life in a state of poverty or lack.

Without changing the belief, this will continue to be their experience. Even when coming into a windfall of money, unless they change the scarcity mindset and limiting beliefs about money they will ultimately revert back to their dominant state: poverty.

What are limiting beliefs?

According to the Oxford dictionary, the definition of belief is an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.

Beliefs are conditioned perceptions that are built upon old memories. These memories are based on how we have interpreted and emotionalized our experiences and observations over time.

Beliefs are essentially assumptions we make about ourselves, about others, and about how we expect things to be in our world. These beliefs are often nothing more than conclusions you have drawn based on your past experiences.

Some of these beliefs are productive and beneficial. Unfortunately, there is also a number of negative or “limiting” beliefs that all of us have formed along the way. Examples of these limiting beliefs can be:

“Life is a constant struggle.”

“I am worthless unless other people love and approve of me.”

“My feelings and needs are not important.”

“I have to work hard for money.”

“I never have enough money, no matter how hard I try I’m always broke.”

“I’m not loveable.”

“I don’t have the means of reaching my goals.”

“I don’t deserve to have the things I truly want.”

“Everyone I love ultimately leaves me.”

“I can’t pursue my dreams because I’ll just fail.”

how limiting beliefs are formed

Nobody was born with a set of core beliefs. All of our beliefs, assumptions, and expectations formed over time, starting with the environment you grew up in.

Most of our deep-seated beliefs form when we’re children. It’s in our young ages that our minds are like sponges, soaking up the experiences and observations that form our core beliefs.

It’s in the ages between birth to around age seven, we operate primarily in brain wavelengths that are very, very close to a hypnotic state. This is also the state where our subconscious mind is the most accessible and impressible.

At this young age our minds are like tape recorders. We “record” the observations, reactions, and references from our parents or adults who raised us.

These references help you form ideas about things. Eventually, some of these ideas turn into opinions that are backed by more certainty and emotional intensity. Through repetition, these opinions are cemented as beliefs, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as you act on these beliefs and they become your experience.

how to eliminate your limiting beliefs

step 1: identify through self-observation

To begin the process of removing your limiting beliefs, it’s important to identify exactly what these beliefs are.

Limiting beliefs tend to live beyond our conscious awareness. However, there are key signs to look for that will provide you with clues on how to identify what these limiting beliefs are. These signs will usually show themselves when you’re confronted with obstacles in your day-to-day.

This is where the importance of self-observation comes in. 

It is always important to start with your concept of self. Throughout your day, take an objective, non-critical look at your thoughts and reactions throughout the day. Note any inner dialogue that plays out.

As you observe, ask yourself, “What is the basis of this assumption? Does this thought/reaction reflect what I want to experience?”

Take for an example, trying to manifest a specific person. You may take 30-45 minutes a day to script and visualize, but what are the thoughts that cross your mind throughout the day? Do they fall in line with:

“Why hasn’t he/she texted me back?”

“Do they really like me?”

“I bet he/she is spending time with someone else.”

“There must be something wrong with me. What did I do wrong?”

Stop yourself as soon as you note these kinds of thoughts. Ask yourself, do I really want these assumptions to become my experience? If not, where is this kind of thinking coming from?

Step 2: Get clear on your limiting beliefs

Take some time for quiet reflection. Make sure you give yourself 45 minutes to an hour where you won’t have any distractions.

Write out your observations during this time of self-reflection. It helps to list them out on paper. (Pro-Tip: I have a FREE worksheet which you can use for this helpful exercise available for download by filling out the form below.)

Take an area of your life that you’re struggling in. This can be money, love, business, etc. Write out on paper the first thoughts that pop up when you think about this challenging area in life. Don’t censor or judge what comes up, just let the pen flow freely.

Some examples of what comes up might be:

• I am powerless over X, Y, Z (outside circumstances).

• If I take a risk, I will fail. If I fail, other people will reject me.

• Life is a constant struggle.

• I am not important enough. My feelings and needs are not important.

Step 3: Flip the script with counterstatements

For this part, it’s important to remember that beliefs are not facts. These beliefs are  nothing more than conclusions you have drawn based on your childhood observation and life experiences.

It’s important to note this because at this stage you get to question those limiting beliefs you uncovered, challenge them, and release them for good.

For each belief you wrote down, flip the script and write it out as if it was a belief that supported you.

For the example above, here’s what you could write to counter those beliefs:

• I am powerless over X, Y, Z (outside circumstances).
Counter Statement: I am the operant power of my life. I control my circumstances
and I always get what I want easily & effortlessly.

• If I take a risk, I will fail. If I fail, other people will reject me.
Counter Statement: If others can take risks and succeed, there is nothing stopping me from doing the same. Success comes naturally for me.

• Life is a constant struggle.
Counter Statement: Life is pleasurable and full. Life is an adventure in which I’m
creating in every moment, and I chose to create love, abundance, and peace.

• I am not important. My feelings and needs are not important.
Counter Statement: I’m a unique and valuable individual. My needs and my feelings are important to those who love me and those that I love & care about.

Step 4: Accepting Your New Beliefs

Mull on your new beliefs and let them marinate for a moment. Close your eyes and feel what it would be like if they were true. What kind of person would you be?

With that feeling fresh in your mind, write down on paper a mental dialogue between you and a love one that if were exchanged, would capture the new belief.

For example, if your new belief is about how you are always successful in everything you do, construct a mental dialogue in which the other person is congratulating you on all of your success.

As you lay down and get ready for bed, bring up your mental conversations in imagination. Loop them until you evoke the feeling of actually having this conversation in real life. Take this feeling with you as you fall asleep.

Congratulatory scenes are a wonderful and simple way to effectively impress the subconscious mind. And as we’ve learned, whatever is accepted as true by the subconscious must play out in our 3D reality.

the power of Your Wonderful imagination

Rebirth depends on inner work on one’s self. No one can be reborn without changing this self. Any time that an entirely new set of reactions enters into a person’s life, a change of consciousness has taken place, a spiritual rebirth has occurred.

Neville Goddard

The beautiful thing about your imagination is that it doesn’t just have the power of manifesting things, it has the power of transforming anything.

Suffer from anxiety? Use your imagination. Limiting beliefs? Your imagination can fix those. Aspects of your character? You guessed it, your imagination.

We don’t have to be victim of our self-sabotaging beliefs a second longer than we chose to be. Remember that you are God manifested into human form. You are God experiencing infinite states of being. And that you can choose to dwell in any state that you desire, and you always have the power to move states and create the reality you wish to experience!

You are manifesting everything – from your beliefs and assumptions to parallel realities and infinite states to experience. You are effortlessly doing this in every moment, every second, every day.

God would never worry about manifestation techniques or whether He was “doing this right” because there is nothing “outside” of Him! God would never subject himself to limiting beliefs because God is limitless.

Never forget that you are this God, therefore your powers are limitless.

 

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Neville Goddard, Pro Tips

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10/02/2020

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