“I’m scared to death,” she said. “I’m worried” “I can’t do that.” I don’t know how to…” You get the picture. Our belief system dictates our outcome because it dictates our choices. If we believe we can’t do something, chances are we don’t even try. If we believe our work is not important, we may not be as productive or put it out in as much volume as we might.
Beliefs can be insidious
“Insidious” means subtle but in a hurtful way. The subtle part is tricky because sometimes we don’t even know we have the beliefs. In a recent shamanic journey, I found I had a limiting belief that my work didn’t matter very much.
I love doing it. I thought I did a good job. But I didn’t have the feeling that it made much difference in the overall scheme of things.
The outcome of that belief was that I have a hard time completing things, putting covers on completed books and actually putting them on Amazon.
It’s much safer, easier and more fun, just to sit here and explore with my mind. It was not the actual doing of the work it takes to put it out the door that was limiting me, it was the belief that what I had to offer didn’t matter.
Subtle. Insidious. Hurtful.
How do you identify your limiting beliefs?
To find and release my limiting beliefs, I take a shamanic journey. I go within my imagination and ask my helping spirits to show me these limiting beliefs. I usually get an answer. Then it’s up to me to figure out how to yank that limiting belief out of my inner garden, the place where I grow my hope and crops and yes, also the weeds of limiting beliefs.
Sometimes, in my imagination, I bury that limiting belief. Sometimes I wash it away or let the wind carry it off. Use your imagination to release the limiting beliefs you identify.
Some limiting beliefs are given to you by others
“You can’t do that.” “You’ll never make that happen.” “The chances of doing that are slim.”
Who knows why people say these things to each other! Perhaps because it looks hard to them. Perhaps because they have no vision or no passion. Perhaps because of their own limiting beliefs.
We’re given body suits in order to express certain aspects of ourselves and we’ve been given the gifts to make that happen. Open your gift box and see what’s there. It may be a talent, a skill, a way with people, a passion for something. We all have gifts. But not all of us use them.
Believe you have important gifts. Look for them. Then add them to your life in a way that shares your gift with others.
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