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I've previously mentioned one approach that I use to neutralize and shift limiting beliefs in my life.

Finding ways of doing this methodically has almost been an obsession of mine for the past few years. And as I've become more systematic and knowledgeable in my approach to removing/molding my limiting beliefs, my life has become more and more interesting. :)

But one of the biggest hurdles I have encountered over the years is how to precisely identify a limiting belief?

As strange as it sounds, often you don't know that a limiting belief is at work in your life. It's because you've just learned to gradually accept it and live with it - and thereby not even notice it is there anymore.

For example, how many people do you know who go to work everyday and spend all day doing something they don't like doing? I often hear people who are doing this say things like I have no choice, I need the money to live on, or I'm no good at anything else, or I don't have time/energy to learn/do anything else.

These are obvious limiting beliefs when expressed like that but it's hard to see them when you are trapped in that rut.

Are you doing something similar in some aspect of your life? I know I do...and until some eye-opening event occurs or someone points it out to me, I often don't realize that I am limiting myself in some way.

Anyway, back to the point of this question...

One of the most effective ways I have found to identify limiting beliefs is through the use of self-questioning.

My favorite question for uncovering limiting beliefs is:

Why Don't I Have What I Want Yet?

If you ask yourself this question about anything you want to do, be or have in life, then almost every answer you come up with is a specific limiting belief that is holding you back.

However, once you've uncovered the beliefs, you can then shift and mold them using whatever techniques you prefer.

So now my question to you is...what are your own best methods for uncovering limiting beliefs?

asked 30 Oct '09, 00:32

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One way to find out your limiting beliefs is to complete sentences like this:

I am _______

People are_________

The world is ______

Do it when you are really down about things, when you are feeling the worst. Remember that you are not looking for what you have learned in self-help books.

Another way is to look at what is happening in your life. Because what you believe manifest in reality, you can tell what your belief are by looking at the results you are getting.

Source:Thresholds of the mind


answered 30 Oct '09, 01:40

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I am who I am, people are people, the world is the world.

(07 Nov '13, 14:51) white tiger

I think trying to find all your limiting beliefs is not an easy process as there are so many beliefs that have been programmed into us since we were born. They can also be very subtle and as they are part of who you are day to day, they might be quite hard to identify if you don't change your normal surroundings.

I think instead, if you let your emotions guide you in life, you will always achieve what you want and no limiting belief can get in the way of that. As long as you remember that the universe can deliver anything you want as long as you align with that desire, then the desire will manifest.

Accept and be happy with what you are currently attracting in your life and make it a habit to take inspired actions that is actions that make you feel good. The limiting belief is then irrelevant as you will still get what you want.


answered 01 Nov '09, 09:31

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Pink Diamond

Rani, I was having some challenges with this issue today and reading your answer has helped immensely. Thank you! :):)

(09 Mar '11, 21:45) Nikki777

@Stingray 2009. I'm glad you asked this question. I suggest you look at Manifesting Experiment 4 posted by @Stingray 2011. It might be of interest to you. And if you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact @Stingray 2013.

Most methods speak to the logical mind to uncover limiting beliefs. So asking questions to find hindering beliefs (and emotional states) seems to be the primary way to uncover them.

However there is also another "intuitive" approach for kinesthetic/right-brain oriented people.

For lack of a better term, I'll call it "negative grid building". Because if you build a negative grid and focus upon it for more than 68 seconds and longer, the LOA will uncover limting beliefs for you automatically. So you don't have to go find limiting beliefs. Your intention and focus will let the LOA work for you to find hindering beliefs.

The only disadvantage of this approach is that you won't necessarily know what the problem really is. So you won't even be able to express those beliefs with words without asking further questions. But you will feel them in your body. And that's all you need to neutralize them for good. You can neutralize those bodily sensations aka limiting beliefs...

  1. ...either by simply observing them using the MC²Method...
  2. ...or by using Faster EFT or any other intuitive clearing method.

This is how it works.

  1. Feel your problem and focus on your inner body.
  2. Notice where in your body you feel your problem (head? neck? shoulders? chest? stomach?back?)
  3. Welcome and observe all bodily sensations no matter how uncomfortable they feel. Don't judge, don't worry. Just observe and really have the intention to fully to experience all sensations in every little detail. Take as much time as you need.
  4. Do this for about 5-30 minutes until you have this intuitive gut feeling of "OK, that's it. There is nothing more to this problem. That's all there is to this problem I have".
  5. At this point you can translate those intense feelings into words. You just need to ask yourself: "What would I have to believe is true about myself in my relationship to this situation to be experiencing what I am experiencing?" But I would rather suggest you either observe and appreciate those sensations until they're neutralized (without translating them), or just use clearing techniques such as Faster EFT. Because it's just faster to neutralize them quickly once they're uncovered in your inner body. Intellectually knowing what the problem is, isn't necessary to be free of limiting beliefs.

I know, it's not a very systematic method like Manifesting Experiment 4. But it's just another different option.


answered 06 Nov '13, 22:05

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@Stingray 2066 thanks you from the future :) As for yourself, I guess you are always partying like you're @releaser99... :)

(07 Nov '13, 02:12) Stingray

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(07 Nov '13, 05:27) ele

@ele - You need to move to a different country then :)

(07 Nov '13, 05:49) Stingray

I knew you were going to say that @Stingray lol Way too easy.

(07 Nov '13, 05:51) ele

@Stingray 2066 - Phew! Good to know that judgment day is further away than 2066 :). "I guess you are always partying like you're @releaser99" Actually I'm partying more like I'm @releaser2013 because I don't much like those hangovers these days :)

(07 Nov '13, 15:57) releaser99

@releaser99 - "judgment day is further away than 2066" - Not if Judge Stingray has anything to do with it... :)

(08 Nov '13, 03:28) Stingray

@Stingray I sense that you not only are a judge but also a meteorologist :) alt text

(08 Nov '13, 12:42) releaser99
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Easy. In what areas of your life are you feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, frustrated and discontentment because those are exactly the areas where you are carrying limiting beliefs and will be easy to identify.

ALSO- this site covers the Law of Attraction extensively, so please understand that your final question on looking at what you DON'T want is just attracting you more of what you don't want.

I ask/urge you today, right now in this moment, to being concentrating on what you DO want in order to attract that to you.

What you focus on expands. Start listing all the things you DO have and be grateful for them and much more will come your way!! If you can train your mind to get into a much more receptive, positive frame of mind, the universe will open their gates of abundance to you.

Just like the famous quote states: "To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders."


answered 30 Oct '09, 12:56

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I find that meditation is very good at eliminating unwanted beliefs. Generally most people are born with all kinds of beliefs imbedded in our subconscious. Those that are fortunate to be brought up without limitatons are the ones who are confident and able to go where they please and also achieve their dreams at a faster rate.

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(01 Nov '09, 22:28) Barry Allen ♦♦

Their belief are limited because they feel they are trapped there in that particular situation. I have been there and I can tell you that you know what your beliefs are. But the main thing is as these people you spoke of said they feel trapped.

Lets talk about being trapped when you go out and hunt and trap a animal in an cage he or she realizes after an while of trying that it can't get out so it gives up and don't try any more. Now later on you could have the cage door unlock, or cut the eclectricty off of the fence and so on. But the animal has been brain washed, programmed, or just have given up and it doesn't even try any more.

The same with humans those people had given up now what they need is something to make them think or believe they have an chance to be successful again. Whether it is an friend who may walk up to them and tell them hey you are not to old to change jobs, I will baby sit for you while you take up some night classes so you can retrain and get your self an better job or etc.

Their self esteem is running on zero negativity has taken over completely. They need an new dash of postive into their life. So, another human is going to have to enter in with an large dash of postivity, hope, belief of you can do it, you are important and variable, you are and can be successful and soon after an tranfusion of love, hope, postivity, happiness than they are ready to face a better day for them selves and can move on up and out of that rut of lost hope they were in.

Mine is to thank God and look around for what I do have and thank Jesus that I have that and actually see myself with the things or situations I want and desires.

I had an lot of doubt and low self esteem that got in my way. I try to surround my self with happy people an people who will lift you up and you do the same for them. I also try to do things to put smiles on people face and I try to see beyond the words people tell me and see the feelings they are saying them with and try to interject encouraging words. Also an hug doesn't hurt either.

I have an cycle of long negativity speaking and saying what was happening to me which was just starting and repetition of it all over again but I couldn't help myself for it was waves and storms of negativity hurried at me constantly so that is all I saw and felt.

Until one day I was happy and I was really happy and than I stopped and said what is fixing to happen now to me for I am happy really happy today. I had received so much negativity until the one day I was happy I thought something terriable was about to happen because I don't get to be happy. That brought tears to my eyes. I still had God and I loved him and held on to him for dear life for he loved me and keep me going.

But now I am learning how to re-create thing into my own life and how to change the way I think and what I say. No one else too often will intervene and give you an reality life saving of postive speaking words of love and encouragment so you have to do it your self.

Don't ever think that you have to be stuck down in that rut of life you are in and feeling trapped. Jesus came so that we may have life and life abundantly. So lets go get it and live it and help others to live theres as well.


answered 30 Oct '09, 01:11

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edited 02 Nov '09, 01:58

The best method I have found for uncovering limiting beliefs and getting "unstuck" is Eugene Gendlin's Focusing method.

Eugene Gendlin did a study and found that the relatively small percentage of people who were helped by psychological therapy did certain things during therapy that the other patients did not, and that those patients who were successful at therapy could be identified during their first sessions of therapy by observing their "process."

Eugene distilled the techniques used by the successful patients into a six-step process for self-therapy. I have tried it personally, and it does work.

Another thing that can be very helpful is to observe your own "self-talk," the inner dialog that you have with yourself while you are thinking. If that dialog commonly includes phrases like, "I'll never learn this," or "Why does this always happen to me," it's time to review your attitudes about things and make some changes.


answered 30 Oct '09, 04:23

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My friend, all beliefs are limiting. including to believe that all beliefs are limiting !! :-) free your mind and your heart.


answered 01 Nov '09, 15:24

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Thanks for your answer, Adel. So what is the method you are proposing for achieving this freedom?

(01 Nov '09, 18:04) Stingray

Hi Stingray. Meditation. the best way for me to do it was the way Osho explained it here thank you

(01 Nov '09, 19:05) Adel
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" Why don't I have what I want yet? " That seems about the simplest and most honest reflectors of anyones belief system. If you couldn't ask yourself that question.....then I guess you wouldn't have " any" limiting beliefs, or at least very few.


answered 07 Nov '13, 10:40

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do you have what you want yet? or let me ask something else to you: do you want something else? third question: if you want something else did you really add what you wanted in the first question? and if you say: I want nothing else to the second question: who are you trying to foul? then is the first question enough to solve your belief system? the first question should be: am I in truth? I think this is simple and honest, do you not agree?

(07 Nov '13, 14:59) white tiger

I'll be honest WT, the "why don't I have what I want yet " resonates with me. But I do see your point.

(09 Nov '13, 04:23) Monty Riviera

As a former Avatar Master, Star's Edge has a very effective method to uncover transparent (invisible, limiting) beliefs.

A belief is transparent when you are operating through the belief without noticing it. Transparent beliefs are seldom helpful and, in fact, can be fatally debilitating. Most are self-sabotaging, adopted in a moment when you were something less than rational.

The first impression you have of a transparent belief is that it is unquestionably true. That's just the way life is. That's the way I am. Here's the proof! But then something funny happens: you discover that the proof for holding the belief is actually produced by the belief itself. A pattern begins to unfold.

Transparent beliefs are discovered by tricking yourself into expressing them and then stepping back and looking at what you said. Transparent beliefs are often hidden under the desire to be right, so finding transparent beliefs requires a degree of vulnerability.

OBJECTIVE: To discover transparent beliefs.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Insights, personal transformation. INSTRUCTIONS:

Discovering transparent beliefs is done either with a companion or as a team effort. The exercise may be repeated many times.

Step 1 The guide or group leader asks, "What would you like to change?" until a situation is revealed.

Step 2 Once the situation has been pinpointed, the guide or group leader goes after:

the beliefs that are creating the situation the experiences that are reinforcing the beliefs, i.e., creating certainty in the beliefs by asking:

A. What belief might someone have in order to experience (situation)?

B. How do you prove that belief is true?

C. What other belief might someone have in order to experience (situation)?

D. How do you prove that belief is true?

(c) and (d) are alternately addressed until the student has a realization.


answered 08 Nov '13, 16:31

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edited 08 Nov '13, 16:35

I will say this a limiting belief is something that is not true, that you believe is true. a simple method to see if it is true or not ask the second question and you will know if it is true. example: here is what Monty said: Why don't I have what I want yet? " That seems about the simplest and most honest reflectors of anyone's belief system. If you couldn't ask yourself that question.....then I guess you wouldn't have " any" limiting beliefs, or at least very few.

so for Monty what is most important is to have what he wants yet, that is the most honest and important question to ask your self according to Monty.

ask the second question:

do you want something else? of course he will want something else (go to the bathroom, eat, sit, relax etc...) so you see that is question becomes irrelevant since he will always want something else. so is it really the most important question to ask your self? or are you like a dog running after is tail? always looking for what you want outside of your self in a never ending loop.

here is what Jesus said: seek you first the kingdom of God.

follow the word and the word is truth. who is the word? in the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. let there be light.

so what you need to follow first is the truth. if you are in truth you will have understanding wisdom and knowledge. if you are not in truth you are in error, lies and emptiness.

so the most important question to ask your self first is: am I in truth.

if someone tell you a lie and you accept it as the truth does it make it true or will you regret having acted according to a lie? lets make a simple example: some one say this woman is a sinner we should stone her according to the law. then you stone her and maybe many more and latter you are told that the one that told you that this or those woman are sinner and should be stoned was lying. would you regret having acted and stoned those woman to death?

be in truth, have mercy since no one is perfect in this world and many are in error.

Who is with out sin to cast the first stone?

do not judge and you will not be judge.

do not condemn and you will not be condemn.

be merciful and you will be given mercy.

the truth will set you free.

Let there be light , be the light that you can be, experience and enjoy.


answered 08 Nov '13, 20:59

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