If You are in Trouble, Check Your Belief System.
In daily life, we see many people who despite their best efforts is not able to achieve what they want in life. They feel frustrated, helpless and are in despair. To alleviate their disappointment, they usually question their fate, karma, luck, vastu, starts and debate with God. Doing this can give you temporary relief but wouldn’t help you resolve your conflicts. However, the foremost reason for our failures or success is our beliefs and thoughts. It is the invisible power of beliefs which drive our lives. The quality of life depends on the beliefs we carry. They are microchips, buried at some level of the mind, constantly sending out the message encoded into them. If you believe money is the most important thing in life, then your all actions and decisions will be guided by that belief only. If you think relations is the most important thing in life, then you will try to save relations at any cost in all your decisions.
How is your belief system created?
Your past experiences and early childhood situations can influence the way you think about yourself and others and how you make the sense of the world in your present life. These experiences tend to form your core belief system which is generally global and absolute in nature. From the very day we are born, our parents, culture, and environments heavily influence our thinking and beliefs. It is the belief system that creates perception, emotions, values, habits and our reactions to stimuli. The first 7 years of one's life are the most crucial. It is in these years the child's basic foundation of perception is laid. After 7years age subconscious mind is reprogrammed by life experiences. We gain them through things that other people say to us, things we hear on the news, things we read, or any other external influences that we are exposed to. Beliefs do not exist in isolation. These beliefs interact with one another, affecting one another, and together form a system. Belief systems get evolved as part of this development in order to ensure the survival of human beings. Belief systems have the power to dictate the direction of our lives, for good or bad, These beliefs are developed as a child and stick with you (like glue!) into adulthood.
How do these Beliefs Drive us?
Our mind is made up of two parts. The Conscious mind and the subconscious mind. It has been found that our subconscious mind is 95% responsible as to how we respond to the external environment, from which our five senses receive the stimuli. Our conscious mind which is the seat of logical control has only 5% role in processing the stimuli and deciding how to respond or react. This subconscious mind is created by our beliefs gained throughout life. These beliefs carry emotion, and emotion turns to action.
Much of the violent or crazy behaviour in the world is associated with a deeply held belief - tribalism, religious fundamentalism. The problem becomes threatening when people get trapped in their belief and don’t review them from time to time...In social and political front also we are guided by beliefs. Martin Luther King Jr.'s belief in nonviolence influenced the course of the civil rights movement, which led to the birth of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. School systems are in place because of the belief that education can expand the human mind.
Let’s take up an example that you just went through a break, probably there might be a shift in the belief system. You might hold different beliefs about yourself and the world post this painful experience. For example
I am not very lovable.
Love is temporary and fleeting.
Love can easily turn into hate.
Falling in love is a delusion, a kind of romantic insanity.
There are times when your current emotions have an impact on your belief system, however, if they fixate there is a high chance that you might not be able to have a rewarding relationship. Throughout your life, you will bleed on people who didn’t hurt you. It’s important to maintain an awareness that we do not permanently damage our perceptions for the worst. Always try to chase a balanced perception.
Contrary to this if you carry positive beliefs
I deserve unconditional love and want to give it.
Love is eternal.
Consciousness itself contains the power of love.
Human love can connect with divine love and rise to its level.
Then you will be happier and more fulfilled than someone who holds the first set.
Can we Reprogram the Beliefs?
As mentioned before your core beliefs do not remain in isolation. Rather they tend to interact and reinforce each other. A change in one belief will affect the system as a whole. If it is a core belief, a change can potentially lead to the disruption of the system. If a set of beliefs changes, other parts of the system will have to rearrange in order to rebuild the coherence of the system. It is scientifically proven that when we change our perception or beliefs, we send totally different messages to our cells and reprogram their expression. You can reprogram your pessimistic cells to be more optimistic by adopting positive thinking practices, like mindfulness and gratitude, for permanent results. So, if want to change your circumstances, improve the situation, you must alter your current perception of “reality” by changing your belief system. Our belief system has to be changed in order to change the course of our life.
Ways to Reprogram the Subconscious Mind
There are several ways to reprogram the subconscious mind. These strategies are Affirmations, Visualization, Meditation and Positive self-talk and gratitude.
Visualization: Visualization is a technique that involves focusing on positive mental images in order to achieve a particular goal. It is the ability to vividly imagine something—to “see” it in the mind’s eye—before it exists in any physical reality.
Affirmations: Affirmations are an effective way to plant positive messages into your subconscious. It is one of the most effective ways to change a limited or negative belief. Repetition of an affirmation changes the neural pathways in your brain over time to produce the new belief.
Meditation: Meditation plays a vital role in reprogramming the subconscious mind because it helps to still the mind. In this state, your brain becomes more receptive, it becomes fertile ground for whatever you want to “implant” into the mind.
Positive Self-talk: Perhaps the most powerful influence on your attitude and emotions is what you say to yourself and believe. By effectively managing your self-talk, you can begin to live your life on a higher level and create the life you truly want and deserve.
Gratitude The best thing you can do to change your own belief system and feed new information into yourself is to just sit in a lawn chair in the front yard and be grateful for all that you have. The “sense” and “feel” of gratitude is a powerful force in attracting what you desire and in eliminating what is contrary to your desire. Bathe in this as often as you can!
Ask yourself questions like these and keep reviewing your beliefs:
Which were my core beliefs that I am now starting to question? Why have I started questioning them?
Which beliefs, ideas, and habits have I been exposed to recently that I really want to ingrain deeply into my psyche?
Which beliefs do I hold that are stopping me from making progress in the direction that I am looking for?
Which environments can I expose myself to during this period of time that will help me to grow in the direction of who I want to become?
Who was I until now? Who am I right now? Whom do I want to become?
In short, if you are not happy and satisfied in life and you feel lost, confused then you are advised to check your belief system. You should examine if your belief system is creating problems. You must re-examine the way you are looking at things. You should be very honest with yourselves while analyzing. If you feel that something isn’t quite right, and if it stays that way for a long period of time, then certainly seek out professional help.