Techniques for Overcoming Limiting Beliefs - Part 2/2
By Tania Kotsos
Article continued from: Techniques for Overcoming Limiting Beliefs - Part 1/2
Technique 3 - Creative Visualization: Creative visualization is one of the most effective methods for programming and re-programming your subconscious mind when overcoming limiting beliefs. It is really a method of self-hypnosis or alpha level meditation, as used in the world-famous Silva Method. Its power lies in directly accessing the subconscious mind by deliberately slowing down your brain waves through relaxation techniques. Creative visualization is essentially the process where by in a relaxed state of mind and with you eyes closed, you imagine your intended outcome with feeling while believing that you already have that which you want in the present moment, and then finally letting it go by detaching from the outcome.
In the case of overcoming limiting beliefs, you can imagine yourself acting as if you have the equivalent positive belief of the belief you intend to overcome. Visualize how you would think, talk, act and feel if you had a specific positive belief about yourself. When combined with the first two techniques of positive affirmations and acting "as if" in your waking world, you will quickly experience beneficial, life-changing results. For a full explanation read: Creative Visualization Explained and the associated articles.
A Warning About Your Negative Beliefs and the Laws of Polarity & Attraction: If you use creative visualisation to visualize an intended outcome without transforming the underlying negative belief first, then you may find that your subconscious mind fights and sabotages your attempts. Most people attempt to simply focus on what they want while ignoring any underlying contradictory negative belief. These unchecked negative beliefs, by the Laws of Attraction and Polarity, inadvertently attract more of what they do not want. You can use a simple technique to by-pass such limiting beliefs called the Mental Focus By-Product Method. The aim is to place your mental focus on something that is a by-product of what you want but not specifically what you want. In other words, mentally focus on something that you do not have a specific negative belief about but, that in order to experience it you must also have that which you actually want. For a full explanation read: Effective Mental Focus - When Not to Focus on What You Want.
Technique 4 - Change Your Perception of Past Experiences: The fourth technique for overcoming limiting beliefs is to change your perception of a past negative experience. This is most effective when you can trace the limiting belief back to the time it was created i.e. to a specific past negative experience. In this instance you can use a powerful meditation technique to go back to a time when that a negative belief did not exist. Mind Your Reality's Mental Time Travel Meditation is summarised here.
Mental Time Travel Meditation: In a relaxed state and with your eyes closed, mentally create a horizontal time line of your life where the furthest point to your right is your present moment. Include a point for your negative experience somewhere on the left of the current moment as well as a length of time before that experience. Imagine yourself traveling backwards in time along your time-line until you come to that experience, then mentally freeze the experience in its place and continue to travel back in time to a point when the associated negative belief(s) did not exist. This could be just before the experience or all the way back into your childhood.
Feel how confident, strong and carefree you felt at that point of time when you did not have that negative belief. Now step into and internalise those positive feelings before returning to the present moment back along your imaginary time line, giving no notice to that negative experience, other than to see how it is frozen in time. This is a very powerful meditation exercise that will enable you to release yourself from the grip of the perceived negativity of your experiences and their associated negative beliefs. For a full explanation read: Mental Time Travel to Change the Past.
The 21-Day Rule to Create a New Habit: It is widely suggested that overcoming limiting beliefs or creating a new habit, takes on average 21 consecutive days of repetition. This may sound like a little (and really it is) but most people struggle to get past day 3 because we live in a world of instant gratification in which we expect and demand instantaneous results. In contrast, however, the conscious creation process, whereby energy in its potential form is transmuted into matter in its material form through the power of thought, requires time in the physical world. Understanding the necessity of time will grant you the patience and persistence you require for overcoming limiting beliefs. Having said this, there is one more technique that does not require any time for its manifestation because it is based on an eternal truth - the truth about your true nature.
Technique 5 - Know Thyself: The final, and by far the most effective technique for overcoming limiting beliefs, is also one of the maxims inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: "know thyself". To know yourself is not just about knowing what your beliefs are or knowing your strengths and weaknesses. These aspects of your character are the tip of the iceberg and in fact have little to do with the real you. To know yourself is to know your true nature. Your true nature goes beyond the confines of the physical world, your physical body and your five physical senses. Your true nature belongs to the spiritual realm.
Your True Nature is Divine: The real you is your Higher Self, the eternal observer. The real you has no limiting beliefs for it knows that your consciousness is one with the One Universal Mind, All Powerful, All Present and All Knowing; the only difference being one of degree. No limiting belief, no matter how deeply ingrained or how powerful, stands any chance in the face of Omnipotence, of which you are a part. Any need to compare yourself, compete with or depend on the opinion of others as a measure of your worthiness, becomes redundant when your self worth and self esteem have there basis in knowing your true nature. Knowing who you really are is the only authentic source of inner strength when overcoming limiting beliefs because it can never be disturbed by outside appearances. When you know yourself, you can rip up your list of both positive and negative "I am" beliefs and replace it with these words alone: "I am". No qualifications, nothing more, nothing less. "I am".
A Warning Against Arrogance: Knowing your true nature is not about feeling that you are now above or better than others because you have "figured it all out" and they haven’t. It is not about arrogantly believing or proclaiming that you are God or thinking that you are invincible and that nothing can touch you or get in your way. This attitude is an extreme that is best to be avoided and can in fact be more self-destructive than not knowing your true nature at all. In contrast, knowing yourself is accompanied by a deep sense of inner peace and balance with reverence for the One Universal Mind, of which everyone, everything and you yourself, are a part. There is no place for conceit, self-righteousness or arrogance in knowing yourself.
In a nutshell, developing an overall positive mind set is fundamental to overcoming limiting beliefs and creating the life you intend for yourself. There are several techniques that you can use for overcoming limiting beliefs and replacing them with positive equivalents that serve you and your success. Most of these techniques are aimed at re-programming the mind at the subconscious level. These include positive affirmations, acting as if, creative visualization and mental time travel. All these techniques are effective whether used individually or together but the superior of all is a fifth technique, which is to know your true nature. When you know yourself, then your self worth and self esteem are built on the unshakeable foundation of Omnipotence, of which you are a part. Know yourself with a reverence for the majesty of God, of which you are a part, and you will find all your limiting beliefs disappearing as if by magic.