How important is it to know what your subconscious limiting beliefs are?
I have written about belief systems before. Your conscious beliefs, and your subconscious beliefs. We all have them engrained within our minds.
I would like to start by explaining in very simple terms the four main states of consciousness.
What are the States of Consciousness?
Beta. When you are in the beta state you are alert and wide awake. You can concentrate. Your brain makes connections quickly and can do work that requires attention. Neurons fire quickly, and it is easier to come up with ideas and solutions to problems. (Beta training biofeedback is sometimes used to treat ADD).
Alpha. In alpha state, you are relaxed, can visualize and is the best state for creativity. Alpha is much more relaxed than Beta. Brain activity is more like waves than rapid fire. In this state you can expand your awareness and you may experience feelings of peace. You are less fearful, and much more relaxed, your heart rate and breathing will slow down. This is a good place for visualizing what you want to create in your life. Going into the alpha state ‘on purpose’ will help to alleviate stress.
Theta. The theta state is the state you are in when you mediate. It creates memories and it is where intuition comes from.
In theta you are very relaxed. Your brain activity is almost like that of sleep, but not quite. Theta can bring up old memories that you had forgotten, it makes you more receptive, you are able to get more inspiration and inner images in your mind’s eye. In theta state you may feel like you are floating, or like your mind is expanding outside of your body. The deepest levels of meditation get you in a theta state, as does self hypnosis.
Theta is the best state for re-programming your mind, recalling dreams and learning things quickly.
Delta. In delta, you are in a state of detached awareness. This is where healing can occur and is also where sleep is.
Delta is the slowest of all the brain wave frequencies. It is associated with deep sleep. Some frequencies in delta release HGH (Human Growth Hormone), so it assists with regeneration and healing. That is why our bodies need to rest when ill.
Our subconscious resides in delta. Intuition also rises from the delta state.
Where do most of our belief systems come from?
Children are in theta state for the most part until they are around 7-8 years old. Theta is the place in which our minds are programmed. For most of us, the beliefs we hold, (even if subconsciously), were created in a time that we do not even remember.
Your beliefs around personal safety and security, money, health, aging, work, and how the world operates in general were mostly programmed into you before you were 10 years old. They are often subconscious and you may not even know you are thinking them. These come from your parents, your family, your tribe, your city, your surroundings and your experiences.
You can also pick up belief systems as you go through life based on your experiences. If you allow yourself to be bombarded with TV or Radio programs that instill an idea into your mind, you are being programmed. Think of magazines and television that shows girls unrealistic expectations of what it is ‘normal’ to look like; or of “reality” TV (Survivor, Big Brother) that shows people pitted against one another, or shows that have humans fighting over resources when the ‘modern world’ ceases to be (The Hundred, The Walking Dead etc.). Or the news that shows how uncontrolled things are and propagates war and distrust against other countries.
You can pick up belief systems from someone in your life that introduces you to a new concept. They tell you about it and you have no other experience with it. They essentially tell you their truth, you accept it as your truth, and the Law of Attraction brings it to you. This can be a positive or negative experience depending on their truth. Be discerning; are they happy? Are they miserable? If they are miserable, do your own research on the subject before their beliefs become your beliefs.
You may have had a relationship where you were not valued, or worse yet were physically or psychologically abused. You may have been told things over and over that eroded your self-confidence. This can also shape beliefs of worthiness moving into the future.
All these things help to shape your belief systems. I do have some good news though.
What is more important; “Working” at Clearing Limiting Beliefs OR Practicing Awareness
Most of you worry about which of your belief systems are ‘holding you back’ in your life. You practice the Law of Attraction; you have at least a basic knowledge of how energy works; you logically believe that we create your own reality, but you still feel like you are held back.
You may do some energy work to figure out what these belief systems are. You may work on clearing subconscious negative beliefs with Psych-K, or theta healing, or one of a hundred other healing modalities.
Now for the coolest thing ever.
What if you just practiced awareness instead?
What if you know that thoughts are energy, intention is everything, and energy creates. What if you wake up one day and realize that by focusing on your upbringing or your life up to this point, and on trying to ‘figure out’ what your subconscious beliefs are you are actually thinking and vibrating your limiting beliefs? The more you focus your attention on your limiting subconscious beliefs, the more they show up for you.
What if you simply allowed yourself to be aware of what thoughts you are having? If you are aware of your thoughts, you will know what your beliefs are. You will know if your beliefs are “limiting” beliefs or beliefs that help you based on how you are feeling when you are ‘talking to yourself’. If you find yourself feeling a certain way that is uncomfortable (anger, discouragement, ‘I can’t’ etc.), then pay attention to that. Why is it uncomfortable? It is a given, 100%, that it is a thought you are having that is causing the discomfort.
Now you need to look at that thought and ask yourself if it is true for you now.
You too often go through your day on auto pilot. You don’t know what your subconscious beliefs are because you let your subconscious rule your life while you are focusing on a different moment in time.
There is NOTHING more liberating that being in your moment and being AWARE of what thoughts are running through your head. When you are aware of them, you can challenge them by asking if it is true in this moment. That will lead you to become aware of what you have been vibrating and attracting more of, and it will also lead you be able to think different thoughts.
Your feelings are your guide. Your feelings will tell you if your belief is true for you or not. You can be programmed a certain way, but you can just as easily de-program yourself by being aware of what you are thinking and feeling. You were programmed because you were told something at some point, you believed it, so it showed up for you that way. The more it showed up, the more you believed it. Now it is an ingrained belief.
All you need to do is practice awareness of what you are thinking and change what is not serving you. Even you that are reading this that are logical thinkers can do this. You understand the ‘concept’ of energy and the Law of Attraction. So if you take the next step, this will work for you.
How do I challenge a belief/reoccurring thought/creation pattern
You were raised to parents that had very limiting beliefs around money. You constantly heard:
- the little guy never gets ahead
- the ‘people at the top’/government are all corrupt and will just screw you over, take your money, you will never get anywhere because the world is just like that. The people who have lots of money are evil and do harm to others.
- you may as well spend all your money and run up your credit and have some fun, because you will never get ahead anyway, life won’t be worth living if you don’t
- just get a union job in the mine (or at the manufacturing plant, or wherever) and work there your whole life, it is the only security you will ever have
Because you have these ‘subconscious’ thoughts in your head, they pop up at the most inopportune moments. When you are thinking of saving up for something, your beliefs keep you from doing it, you spend instead. You were never exposed to the concept of having money work for you.
When you are thinking of doing work that is ‘outside the box’ your subconscious tells you that you shouldn’t do that, its not safe unless you have a ‘good job’ that will provide money for you.
Even if you manage to get a job outside the box or start your own business, if you have been programmed with negative beliefs you will sabotage yourself. If you have a belief that successful people with money at the top of their field are evil, you will constantly do things subconsciously that hold you back from success.
At every turn your subconscious is running your life. But if you were to practice being aware of these thoughts, you could challenge them, and make them disappear. Essentially, clearing them out.
So you think of following your heart and intuition and getting a job you love. Your subconscious plays all these programs for you, its not safe, if you do well you are evil, you will never get ahead etc. What if you were to say to yourself “is this true?” Then what if you could look online and find dozens (or thousands or millions) of examples that prove to you that its not true. Then what if you could practice having different thoughts?
Now that you know what they are they do not need to have power over you anymore. If thinking differently causes you anxiety, you could do some EFT Tapping to relieve the anxiety so you can forge ahead with your plans.
Remember you have had years, or a lifetime of proof that your beliefs are true ~ simply because the Law of Attraction works and you have attracted examples for yourself that support your beliefs.
The trick is to replace the beliefs with new ones, NOT to keep looking for more limiting beliefs, and NOT fighting the ones you have. Its all about creating new belief systems for yourself.
Give it a try and see just how easily it can work once you go with it.
If you are very confused about where you are vibrating, or would like some additional help with clearing your energy, or figuring things out, please feel free to contact me for a psychic reading, or life/energy coaching.