This Law of Attraction Pearl of Wisdom explores the critical role that your beliefs play in steering your manifestations. Anything that effects your thinking effects your life. And nothing else effects your thinking more than your beliefs. The problem is that they are largely unconscious and often sabotaging your success. Here’s how to master your beliefs and hence the results showing up in your life.
What Are Beliefs?
Beliefs are your thoughts about how life is, or should be, or could be, codified into rules — rules that filter and shape your thinking about what is possible. The main problem is that over time they turn into automatic rules that operate sub-consciously. Which means you become completely unaware of them, yet they still guide your thoughts and actions — much like being on auto-pilot.
The Origin of Your Beliefs
So how do we get our beliefs? Where do they come from?
Some of them you created yourself based on your experiences and observations of the world. They started out just as working assumptions about how parts of the world are, but over time they became hardened expectations which act like a lens and filter thru which you view and interpret the world. The initial experiences that birth a belief I call “seed experiences” and I’ll talk more about them and their role in the self-reinforcing nature of beliefs later in this article.
Although we do create SOME of our beliefs ourselves, many we simply adopt from others or are impressed upon us, by society. We all absorb our culture’s norms, but we often forget to question whether these are serving us — or limiting us. The truth is, many of the beliefs that we adopt are disempowering and counterproductive, and we don’t even know it.
Vishen Lakhiani, the founder of Mindvalley and author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind , calls these limiting beliefs “brules,” which is short for “bullshit rules.” In the short video below, which echoes much of the ideas expressed in this article, Vishen explains why these “brules” are so counterproductive, and how to begin questioning the unconscious, insidious limiting beliefs you may be holding and following blindly.
How and Why Do We Adopt the Beliefs of Others?
We take on beliefs from others by imitation and conditioning. During childhood, we become indoctrinated via authority figures such as parents, teachers, priests, experts, etc. One of the psychological factors that encourages our adoption of beliefs offered by others is our deep-seated need to fit in and be accepted. Because of this, there is a very strong bias to conform to both the beliefs and behaviors of our society.