Limiting Beliefs and Missing Questions

by Mike Sententia on June 8, 2015

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Your beliefs determine your experience and your results.

That’s a meme among magick writers, anyway. At a psychological level, it’s clearly true: Confidence creates success, despair creates failure, and your beliefs create both confidence and despair.

But I get the impression that many writers mean something larger. That doubting your energy healing is will cause it to fail, or that believing your energy healing is safe will prevent side effects.

I wouldn’t call that entirely wrong. But it’s far from right.

Every new healing technique I try, I expect to fail, simply because energy healing is complex. But they often succeed. (This is a “let’s see what happens” sort of doubt, not a despairing doubt.)

And I used to do energy healing by building energy in my own body. That will create side-effects because, well, that’s what happens when you build energy in yourself. It happens whether I believe it will or not, like gravity.

But here’s what I will say: Believing that energy healing cannot be done without harming yourself will keep you from creating the techniques to do it. The question won’t occur to you, the technique won’t seem worth exploring.

The belief doesn’t create the limitation, but the belief prevents us from solving it.

Can energy healing, combined with Western medicine, cure disease? Extend the human lifespan? Maybe one day end death?

How are your beliefs limiting the questions you explore?

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George June 11, 2015 at 12:51 AM

Right. Belief itself doesn’t cause anything, but it filters the possibilities that you might intentionally cause.

Belief affects your commitment to a course of action. Without that commitment, that bold-stepping-forward, you are not truly intending the outcome.

More subtly, belief affects the observations you are prepared to make. Given a flexible situation (one whose outcome is not fully determined), you will via choices implicitly select those observations that match your belief.

It’s the second one that leads people to mistakenly assume that “beliefs cause reality”. It might seem that way sometimes, but actually beliefs are more like a map that only shows certain roads. If you are following the map closely when making your decisions, your experiences will correspond to the map the map will in effect be “correct”. But it is not actually the map (beliefs) which is controlling reality, it is your decision (via filtered actions, choices, observations) to follow only those roads…

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Mike Sententia June 13, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Well said. And I like the tie to confirmation bias, that makes a lot of sense.

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