A core belief is something we accept as true, without question, without argument. As core beliefs accumulate over the years they eventually make up a system that functions in much the same way as a computer’s operating system. Running in the background at such a discreet level, we are usually not even aware it is there.
As children our belief system developed as a result of a great many factors, including but not limited to, the way we were influenced by our parents, siblings and other significant people in our lives. By the time we reach adulthood we have some pretty fixed opinions of ourselves and the world around us. And once installed, these beliefs are rarely updated unless the whole system crashes!
If our core beliefs are for the most part positive and empowering it is reflected in our attitudes, behavior and performance.
Of course the reverse is also true. If we run predominantly negative beliefs our attitudes and behaviors are severely compromised, crippling our potential for success and happiness.
So, how can we change ideas and beliefs we are most likely not even aware of?
If there is a repeating problem in some area of your life, it is usually a good indication that you are entertaining a false or limiting belief.
Before a belief system can be changed or improved, however, it is important to first understand a little about how a belief system works.
Belief systems are nothing more than repetitive thoughts that have come to be so automatic; you don’t even notice them anymore.
The subconscious mind tends to use a fixed, automatic pattern put in place at a very early age. Once in place, our belief system will unconsciously attract the people and circumstances that validate it. As negative beliefs accumulate over the years and become part of the system, it gets easier to collect ‘evidence’ that appears to support those beliefs and harder to see any evidence to the contrary!
With an unbalanced negative belief system in place, our sense of reality can get so tied up, polarized and distorted it is almost impossible to see which beliefs are working and which are holding us back.
False beliefs can also set up conditions for a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ where the expected result or prediction is more likely to happen because of the things done to prepare for it. Keep in mind that we are always on the lookout for reasons to validate our beliefs.
Before trying to change an unwanted belief it is helpful to acknowledge the positive intention behind it when it was first installed. After all, most negative beliefs were originally installed to protect us and were relevant to what was going on at the time.
The problem arises when we hold onto these beliefs even though they may not hold true for the same situations today.
If you are serious about updating your belief system, avoid getting sidetracked by the temptation to blame someone else for inserting false beliefs into your system. It’s not important where the beliefs come from, what is important is that we get rid of or transform these beliefs into something useful today.
Remember, the goal here is to build a belief system that will create and send out the right vibrations. Vibrations that will attract the people and circumstances necessary to create the experiences we desire.