The power of belief is huge. People will do the damndest things for belief. In
fact, they will do anything at all. They will even abandon their own basic
humanity for belief ... and torture, kill and commit suicide, sometimes all
three things at once - for some belief or other. The crusades, the Spanish
Inquisition, suicide bombers, terrorists, religious dictators ... the list goes
on and on.
A Martian freshly arrived on Earth and looking at what we will
do for belief would think us absolutely mad.
So why is belief so madly
important to us? Here's why: because we create our own,
This is why those of us interested in spirituality, self
improvement and personal development can use a working knowledge of beliefs as a
very powerful personal development tool. In fact,
of your beliefs is
one of the most powerful personal development techniques known to man.
This corresponds to the fact that manipulating other people's beliefs is one of
the most efficient manipulation tools ever invented.
Interested yet? I
thought you might be.
So let's look into the power of beliefs - and into
the power of no beliefs. And let's define belief, too. In fact, let's start with
that, a belief definition. It is a good springboard for the deep and powerful
secrets about the power of belief that I am about to share with you.
What Is Belief? - A Brief Definition of Belief
is a set of thoughts about yourself and the world, locked or frozen
into place. A belief is a choice, a decision, a deeply felt and
steadfastly held opinion about reality. In fact, a belief is a way
of creating your own, personal reality. A belief also has a level of
depth, ranging from superficial, easily changed beliefs to deep
seated core beliefs that are quite resistant to change.
What Is Belief? - A Slightly Longer Definition of Belief
A belief is like
a lens you see yourself and the world through.
Think of a pair of sunglasses:
You put them on and everything you see becomes colored by the lenses you are
looking through. If your sunglasses have a brown tint, everything you see has a
brown tint. If your sunglasses have a green tint, then your world becomes
greenish. If they have a red tint, you see red.
What you see through a
pair of sunglasses isn't the world as it is, it's ... well, the world as seen
through lenses. That is exactly what beliefs are like. And you know what? You
hold more than one belief, so you're looking through more than one pair of
A belief is an opinion. What you believe may seem completely
true or correct to you, but completely untrue or incorrect to someone else.
This, in fact, is how we know that beliefs are relative, not absolute.
Some things can be absolute, or very close to it: Love, for instance, can be
unconditional and thus absolute. It is the same with truth. Or reality. However,
no belief is absolute - ever. If it were, it would not be a belief, it would be
But here's the funny thing: If something is reality,
you don't need to believe in it.
For instance, answer me this: Do you
believe in your own belly button? One of your most probable answers to that is:
"Hey, Mr. Personal Development Guy, you are being ridiculous - asking me if
I believe in my belly button - of course I don't BELIEVE in it; I KNOW it is
there. All I have to do is pull up my shirt and look down. I don't even have to
look at it, I can simply move my hand to my belly, and feel it."
exactly my point: If something is reality, you don't need to believe in it.
Think about that. Just think about that, please. It is important.
do not need to believe in reality. Reality does not require belief. Reality IS.
It just is, that's all there is to it. IF you need to BELIEVE in something THEN
IT IS NOT REALITY, but just something you CHOOSE believe.
Please ... I am
not being derogatory of your beliefs, whatever they are. You are most welcome to
have them. I am simply pointing out that your beliefs are not reality. That's
all. But then I AM pointing that out to you.
What. You. Believe. Is. Not.
That said, beliefs are very, very powerful things.
The Power of Belief: the Creation of Personal Reality
Here is the most important and powerful attribute of beliefs: they
are tools of reality creation. If you can get someone to believe
something, then this belief becomes a part of their personal
That means they will use the belief as a basis for
thoughts, words, emotions, actions and more.
This is why
beliefs are so powerful. This is why manipulating people's beliefs
is a favorite tool of power mongers everywhere - and always has
If you can control what someone thinks, feels, says and
does, you have almost complete power over them. And they don't even
realize it. They think that what they believe is the truth -
In fact, odds are, in fact, that they will pass
their beliefs on to their children.
Not because they want to
be mean to their children, but because they love them and want to
Now, THAT is true power!
Having people pass
on their beliefs (ways of thinking, feeling, acting, etc.) as if
they were true in the best interest of those they pass them on to
... it just doesn't get much more powerful than that!
A Belief Is Like a Virus
heard of 'memes'? Memes are patterns of thought passed on from
person to person, very much like a virus. You may have noticed the
coming and going of different types of fads. A fad is a kind of
For instance, suddenly there's a fad amongst teenagers to
wear trousers that hang so low that they would actually show the
wearers butt crack if it weren't for underwear. Never mind that it
is uncomfortable, making it hard to walk and even harder to run (and
some would say it looks silly, too, particularly when they bend
over), never mind that - if you're a teen belonging to that
particular segment of teenagers you suddenly believe that you MUST
dress like this.
If these teens don't dress like this they
will be 'out' or 'not' (the opposite of 'hot') or whatever the
current lingo calls that undesirable status where you are not
exactly like the rest of the herd.
That's a meme in action.
It is also a belief. And it is spreading from person to person, just
like a virus.
Okay, so the particular meme or virus or belief
I just mentioned mostly affects teenagers, but that's actually
normal for memes, beliefs and viruses: some people are more prone to
being infected than others.
You may have had your doorbell
rung by some people who wanted to 'discuss' some particular belief
with you - you know, people on a mission, doing so-called missionary
work. Well, what they are doing is spreading the mental virus ...
sorry, the belief.
Childhood Beliefs Are Often Core
Many of the beliefs you currently hold are childhood
beliefs. You took those beliefs on when you were just a kid. In some
cases you chose to believe things even before you had the ability to
think what we adults would call coherent thought.
How I know
this? Two reasons.
One, I know it because my intense personal
development journey has shown me that it is true for me. A couple of
my most deeply seated core beliefs stem from the time I was between
0 and 2 years old.
And two, my work as a
has shown me that the same is true for my clients.
fact that you (and I) took on beliefs even before we were able to
describe them to ourselves in words makes those particular childhood
beliefs all the more deep seated, powerful and challenging to work
with. Because how do you work with something for which there are no
words? (It is possible, though).
Final words, for now, on
childhood beliefs ... just one of those questions that make you
think:Consider, if you will, your current age and the fact
that you STILL believe things that you decided when you were just
two years old. Would you let a two year old kid decide for you how
to live your life today?
No? Well, that's exactly what you
are doing. You, me and everybody else: In many important areas of
our lives we're stuck at the level of a two year old. Thanks to
Beliefs Are Frozen Patterns of Thought (and
If you have ever talked with someone who is a die
hard believer in something (no matter what) you will have noticed
this: They're stuck. Their minds are locked into some kind of
pattern and they cannot and will not break out of it. Have you
That's why many people refrain from getting into a
discussion with a 'true believer' - at least in the area(s) of that
person's beliefs - it is futile. The true believer is stuck in a
particular mind set and so no discussion can take place.
discussion, in its true form, is going over different possibilities
and options together and evaluating them - thus ensuring that both
parties emerge from the discussion wiser and with more or better
Discussing the subject of die-hard believer's belief
with is the opposite of that. So people who don't want to waste
their time avoid talking with true believers about the subjects of
the believer's belief.
I would rather have a mind opened by
wonder than one closed by belief.
~ Gerry Spence
enough in something and your mind will go rigid in that area. Your
mind will freeze into position and become inflexible. You will be
unable to see - or even consider - anything other than your belief,
whatever that may be.
Yes, that's you I am talking about
here. Not some fanatical nutcase. You. If you believe in something
(and it really doesn't matter what it is) then your mind is stuck in
some kind of pattern. Believe enough and you will go mentally blind.
Such is the power of belief.
Is It Bad to Believe?
So, is belief 'bad'?
should it be? It is what it is. Like anything else it can be let go
or used - for 'good' or for 'bad'.
If you put a bottle of
water into the freezer for a couple of hours the water inside the
bottle becomes frozen and inflexible, not bad. Okay, so you can't
drink the water, but on the other hand you don't need to worry about
spilling it, either. You know where the water is and there it stays
(at least until it melts). This can be useful. Just like taking on
an empowering belief can be useful.
Empowering beliefs are
those that give you more and better options than you would otherwise
have had. Give you a sense of empowerment (more about empowerment
If you want to achieve something,
and you take on the belief that you can do it, whatever it is, run a
marathon, maybe, or write a wonderful novel, then you lock your mind
into an empowering position. Useful.
On the other hand, if
you want a good life and you have locked your mind into a self
defeating position with a negative belief that you are 'not good
enough' (low self esteem
) then you are using the power of belief for
something that's hardly useful at all.
But ... do you need
beliefs at all?
The short answer is: no.
Need No Beliefs
You do not need a single belief.
live your life just fine without beliefs. In fact, odds are that
your life will be better the fewer beliefs you hold.
Well, for one thing, your mind will be more flexible. As long as you
don't use that flexibility to fill your mind with fear you will be
able to make a much better life for yourself than someone with a
belief-locked and inflexible mind. This is common sense.
there's an even better reason to let go of beliefs.
the most powerful, convincing and compelling reason why you would
want to tap into the power of no beliefs is this
You will be able
to see and experience reality. Not just any old personal reality,
but absolute reality.
Why is experiencing absolute reality so
great? I can answer that with a single word: Happiness.
No Beliefs = Absolute Reality = One Form of Spiritual
Absolute reality is where you find
Making absolute reality
your home is one form of spiritual enlightenment [LINK upcoming].
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go
~ Philip K. Dick
~ (American Writer, 1928-1982)
A lot of
people are spending a lot of time, energy and money trying to find
happiness, inner peace and spiritual enlightenment. Well, I am here
to tell you that all of those things are readily available. You just
need ... not the power of belief, but the power of no belief.
The Power of No Belief
In brief how that works is
like this: When you hold a belief you see the world through the lens
of that belief (just like colored sunglasses). When you let that
belief go (like taking a pair of sunglasses off), what you see is
closer to what is actually there.
In fact, without a belief in a
particular area, what you see in that area is absolute reality, or
as close to it as your OTHER beliefs
(the many other pairs of
sunglasses that you are wearing) will let you get.
And so ...
the more beliefs you rid yourself of, the more free and flexible
your mind will become and the more clearly you will see.
you're wearing multiple pairs of sunglasses, the more of them you
take off, the more clearly you will see the world).And what
will you discover when you see the world without your beliefs?
You will discover that everything is okay.
In fact, that
everything is more than okay, everything is wonderful, a miracle,
full of wonder and unconditional love.
In short, you find
inner peace and you become happy.
Yes, that's right. I used
the BIG words that everybody wants so much: Happiness and inner
peace. They're yours if you want them. For the small 'price' of
working on and liberating yourself from your beliefs.
do this in one small area of your life at a time, in several areas
at a time or in all areas of you life all at once.
The Difference Between No Beliefs and Disbelief
No beliefs is
NOT the same thing as disbelief.
Why? Because disbelief is just
Choose to believe or choose to disbelieve ...
it is the same thing.
(Somewhat like the difference between a
die-hard atheist and a die-hard religious believer: There isn't
really any difference. They both believe firmly. The believer
believes in their religion and the atheist believes in their refusal
of the basis of religion. Both are believers).
is just another form of belief is most clearly demonstrated if we
look at an extreme case, that of a chronic disbeliever - a born and
bred, die-hard skeptic.
When you chronically disbelieve all
sorts of things then you firmly believe that all those things are
untrue. In other words, you are a believer ... in disbelief.
Or, look at it in terms of being open or not being open - or stuck
If you are a chronic disbeliever all you will see
are a lot of things you do not believe, do not like, do not trust -
and therefore reject. This happens automatically, just like it does
with a 'true believer'. In effect, as a chronic disbeliever you are
just as closed off as any die-hard believer. You will not recognize
the truth even if it bites you. Your mind is not free, it is frozen
in a pattern, and you are not free, you are stuck.
belief' is completely different. When you do not hold any beliefs in
a particular then your mind and you yourself and are open and free.
Anything is possible. You do not accept things off-hand, nor do you
reject things off-hand. You are unguarded and flexible. You are able
to see what is really going on. You are able to go with the flow -
or go against it if you so desire. You do not react automatically;
you are free to choose any reaction you want, including no reaction.
In short, your eyes are open, and you are completely free.
The Power of Belief vs. the Power of No Belief
The power of belief is strong. The power of no belief is strong.
I bet there are a few folks out there who will challenge me with a
question of: 'Which is stronger - the power of belief, or the power
of no belief?'
Well, the thing is, there is no real
competition. The power of belief does not rule out the power of no
belief. You can use either one as you please, in any area of your
life that you desire ... provided of course that your beliefs do not
stop you from doing so.
Furthermore, one of the easiest and
fastest roads that lead to 'no belief' is through letting go of a
belief [LINK upcoming]. You use the presence of a belief in yourself
as a means to let that particular belief (and maybe some associated
beliefs) go. Or, to use a bit of potent imagery: You use the very
chains that bind to break free.
The Litmus Test of
This is very good news, because it allows you to
test out if the weird things I am saying are true. By investigating
your beliefs in one particular area of your life, and then
proceeding to either change them for the better (empowering beliefs)
or letting them go completely (recommended) you can experience for
yourself the effects that come from changing or ridding yourself of
a belief (or a set of beliefs).
You can even do this belief work
on a provisionary basis - performing an emotional and mental dry
run, as it were.
All you have to do to perform a 'belief
change dry run' is:
a) uncover your current beliefs [LINK
upcoming] in an area of your life (just pick an area where you want
personal development [LINK upcoming], most likely one that pains you
somehow, and describe (preferably in writing) how things are in that
area for you, i.e. what your reality looks (what you hold to be
true), and then - again and again - ask yourself: 'What must I
believe in order to believe that this is how things are?')
put yourself in the right mood (a relaxed, open one; which you can
achieve via relaxation exercises, meditation, mental exercises or
light inner journeys, for example) and then
c) IMAGINE what
it would be like to be you if you changed or did not even have this
belief that you have uncovered. How would you feel? Would you be
more or less free? More or less empowered? What would you be able to
be, do and have that you not currently able to?
That's all you need to do a dry run to test the power of belief.
You CAN do a), b) and c) all by yourself, but it is easier if
you enlist the help of a good and trusted friend and easier still if
you enlist a professional facilitator, coach, counselor or therapist
to help you.
So, then, why don't more people investigate and
change or let go completely of their beliefs (i.e. take off their
many sunglasses one by one)?
One reason: It's seems scary.
Working with Beliefs Means Facing Your Fears
Remember how I said that we all create our personal reality (as
opposed to absolute reality) using beliefs? Well, that's what makes
working with your beliefs so scary.
Self improvement and personal
development involving beliefs on more than a superficial level can
be really scary, because when you work with beliefs you ARE in fact
changing your personal reality.
Now, there is nothing
dangerous about changing your personal reality, we all do it all the
time - but on a fairly superficial level most of the time.
Examples of How You Change Your Personal Reality by Changing
For example, when you hold a belief that some
person you see in the movies is a really good actor and you see this
person acting really badly in a couple of movies in a row, you
probably revise your belief.
The same thing happens when you
discover that something you've been doing or eating because you
thought it was good for you is actually really bad for you and makes
you sick: You change your belief and stop doing or eating it.
Just like that you change your personal reality. What you were
sure was true before you now no longer believe. Instead you believe
something new - or you don't believe anything in particular and live
with the flexibility of no belief.
Things like that actually
happen a lot when you're into personal development and raise your
level of awareness.
Back to Facing Your Fears
If you thought the world was a dark place that was tinted a
greenish, grey brown color because green was the color of the first
pair of sunglasses you put on, grey was the color of the second
pair, and brown was the color of the third pair of sunglasses you
put on (on top of the two other pairs) ... and you suddenly take off
all three pairs of sunglasses, what happens?
The world seems to
explode in light and color.
To people who have not been
wearing sunglasses all the time that light and all those colors is a
perfectly natural phenomenon. To you, however, it is likely to be a
shock. Everything seems to have changed. You KNOW that it is the
same world, of course, you can even SEE that it's the same world,
but nevertheless it sure doesn't SEEM that way to you.
at some subconscious level you knew that something like that would
happen if you took your three pairs of sunglasses off. You knew it,
and you were afraid of it. That, in fact, is the primary reason why
people are afraid to change or let go of their beliefs.
Fear no. 1
When you work with
beliefs, at a subconscious level you know that your world (not the
world per se, just your own, personal perception of the world) is
going to change. And that is scary.
Fear no. 2
Furthermore, change is scary in and of
itself. You know what you have got, you don't know what you're going
to get. It might be worse than what you got (of course, it might
just as well be better, and when raising your consciousness it WILL
be better - every time).
Fear no. 3
Finally, what may just scare you the most is this: You
think you know who you are, but if your personal reality changes,
then perhaps YOU yourself will change, too, and then who will you
be? Will you still be you, or will you be some stranger? Perhaps
someone you don't want to be?
Setting the Record Straight
Concerning Your Fear of the Power of Belief
Just to set the
record straight here: personal development the way it is described
here at thepersonaldevelopmentguy.com will change
your self concept,
but it will ALWAYS result in you feeling MORE LIKE YOURSELF. It will
always reveal to you more about
your authentic identity
). It may be
scary as heck when you do it, but it will give you a better life
When You Let Go Completely of a Belief:
What to Replace It With?
So. Here I have been recommending
that you not only examine and replace limiting beliefs with more
empowering beliefs, but that you actually let go completely of your
limiting beliefs. But if you let go completely of a limiting belief,
won't that leave an empty space in your mind where the limitation
used to be?
Yes, it might. The more basic your belief is (i.e.
the closer it is to being a core belief) the greater the potential
empty space. Here's what to fill that empty space with:
(as unconditional as you can muster), awareness, presence, and trust
in life. Of these LOVE and TRUST are probably the most important
How do you do that? Simply decide it, intend it and
visualize it. It works. Keep at it for as long as you feel a need
If you need more help that that, think of someone you
admire who has the gifts of unconditional love and trust in life and
imagine that you borrow some of their love and trust to carry you
The Power of Belief: Summary and Final
The power of belief is so big that it warrants the
extra long and in-depth treatment that I have given it here. And
yet, I have only scratched the surface.
Since this is all so very,
very important, let me just give you a brief summary and some final
A belief is a thought you have repeated to yourself (or:
that someone in authority has repeated to you) so many times in so
many ways that it has become a set pattern in your mind. Something
you think is the truth. Something you no longer question. Something
you think is reality. A belief is a set of frozen thoughts inside
your mind.But what you believe is not reality, because
reality is not something you need to believe in. Reality IS.
Absolute reality just is, and you KNOW this. Absolute reality is
beyond words (none are necessary).
Belief, on the other hand,
typically uses a LOT of words, precisely because belief can only
exist in the apparent absence of reality. (Absolute reality is never
absent, though, you merely can't see it - typically because of your
limiting beliefs). Hence, a belief is not and can never be absolute
reality, a belief is merely something you CHOOSE to believe.
Limiting beliefs are those that hold you back. Stop you from
and realizing your full potential.
Empowering beliefs are those that give you a sense of empowerment
because they give you more and better options than you would
otherwise have had.
Examining, changing or letting go
completely of beliefs is one of the most powerful self improvement
techniques known to man. Treat with caution! Consider getting help
from a professional counselor or personal development coach.
Though it is quite scary, completely letting go of a belief is the
most empowering thing you can do.
When you let go completely
of a more deep seated belief, please make sure you fill the gap with
unconditional love, consciousness, awareness, presence and trust in
If you need two words only for this, let them be LOVE and
(Consider, as well, enlisting the help of a
professional - such as a counselor or therapist or a personal
development coach - when you're dealing with your core beliefs).
The more beliefs you improve or rid yourself of, the more free
and flexible your mind will become, the more clearly you will see,
and the more free, at peace and happy you will be, because you will
discover the absolute truth that everything is in fact as it should
be, totally okay. No matter how much other people claim it is
terrible (or whatever they believe).
This is the true power
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