Several times on this website I have come across the importance of our beliefs in terms of manifestation. As I understand it you can feel really really good most of the time but if you have a negative belief about something that can stop you from obtaining what you desire. An example of this is the belief that "money is at the root of all evil" stopping you from being abundantly wealthy even whilst consistently feeling good and asking for more abundance.
In Stingray's Manifesting Experiment 4 he talks about questions to ask yourself to uncover limiting beliefs. Are there any other questions we can ask ourselves to find out what our limiting beliefs are?
EDIT - 31 August 2012
Since writing this question I did a little delving around on the internet and came across a system for getting to the bottom of core beliefs and how to balance them (you shouldn't attempt to get rid of - the books explain why). I mentioned them on a previous thread but as this keeps coming back up to the top of the question list I thought I would mention it again.
All core beliefs come from a place of "I'm not good enough because ...." and usually help you to fit into your family or school setting. As a result of these negative core beliefs you can develop certain skills - maybe social skills or understanding of others - and so it isn't all bad news. However they can also hold you back - perhaps from finding a partner or making money and so the solution is to balance them with a positive core belief.
The e books available from core-beliefs-balance.com. The books contain loads of questionnaires to help you uncover the core beliefs which are often invisible to you as they are so much part of who you currently are.
EDIT: 21 September 2012
In Path to Empowerment (Barbara Marciniak channeling the Pleidians) the chapter entitled The Intimate Dance has some great advice.
Sit in centred silence. "Consider that in order to empower your life, you must first examine it. Life is rich and rippling with symbolic meaning, and designating respectful significance to all of life's encounters will help expand your mind and integrate your identity and purpose.
Throughout your life, how much attention have you paid to the power of your beliefs? Beliefs are powerful, and whether they are known or unknown, they still set the stage for your experiences to transpire. In all honesty, do you truly know what you believe? Have you self-selected and consciously planted your beliefs in your psyche as you would purposefully plant a garden? What beliefs have you inherited as treasured family heirlooms? What patterns of commonality flow through your family's genes? What specific issues do members of different generations of your family have in common? Which particular situations are forever on rerun for you and your family? How often are you the tragic star of the show? What thoughts and feelings do you have on awakening in the morning? What do you think of your dreams? How do you feel about your bedroom and what do you use it for? What feelings surface when you evacuate your bowels, and bathe your body? What is your body worth to you? What do you think about sex? Do you have a benign or detrimental influence on your body? What do you use your body for? What do you think about food and the role it plays in your life? What does "home" mean to you? What influence does your family have in determining your behaviour? What are your feelings concerning laughter and fun? What do you think is possible for you to achieve in this lifetime? What do you believe you deserve from life?
With these thoughts in your mind, jot down the next few days at least a dozen personal beliefs encompassing a variety of subjects. Write the beliefs as statements, a personal litany of your so-called facts about reality. Be certain to include your beliefs about health, wealth and happiness. Allow one week to pass and then take a good look at these proclamations. How do you feel about what your wrote? Is your life a reflection of this script? Do your beliefs serve your life and enhance your well-being? How many of your beliefs are you happy with? How many would you like to change? How do they demonstrate the way you use the vital energy of existence to create your life? The next step is to examine and evaluate the appropriateness of these ideas you hold about yourself and the world at large, for it is through this filter of beliefs that you create your version of the world you meet."
Personally, I would probably add a few more about money to get to your beliefs about that but you can add the ones in that come to you. These questions in Barbara's book could be your starting point.
Hopefully, that is enough questions to uncover a few beliefs! By the way, this book is an excellent read. Barbara doesn't have such a high profile as some other channels - most of the material on her website is still in CD format rather than MP3 so it doesn't feel quite so accessible. Her books are excellent - some of the best I have read - particularly recommended for those who like to work their way through a book rather than listen to broadcasts.
Actually you don't need to ask any questions in order to find your limiting believes. They will become clear and visible when a contradiction is created between them and the positive beliefs.
Take whatever topic you want to focus on. Then use your mind to consciously see it in every possible positive way (I suggest you note all the positive thoughts down). If you actually hold any negative beliefs towards that topic, they will appear when you imagine contradicting (positive) belief. You will feel right away something's "wrong". That's how you find them. Use your light to recognize the darkness within you.
For example. You might believe that staying on the Sun is bad for you. So when you saying that staying on the Sun is the best thing that you could do, you will feel it just isn't right.
This way you do several things at once. 1. You are finding the root cause of why your desire might not be getting manifested. 2. You are not only fighting the negativity but at the same time finding the positivity. Which provides a sense of direction. Because it's being positive about the things, that make them come into your life in a positive way.
And when you find them. Understand that every belief is a product of your definition of the thing. So in the example with the Sun, it might be that you have once burned your skin so much, or read an article about cancer, that you might define the Sun as a source of disease, or some sort of a bad thing. But it's often just your own ignorance and unwillingness to educate yourself fully about something, that create these biased definitions.
Open up your mind and learn. And as you learn, you redefine your definitions. And as you do so, your negative believes will dissipate.
One thing should be noted though, regardless of whether your beliefs are positive or negative, they are always limiting. Every single belief, sets limits. Unless your only belief is not to believe anything.
Personally, I don't think it's good to look for things you don't want, because you will always find what you are looking for and what you look at you magnify. So my suggestion is to find the beliefs you want to have and magnify them. But if you find the belief you want that will support what you want and make that a belief, then it will eliminate any limiting beliefs that oppose that. You could take out several limiting beliefs by establishing one supportive belief.
When you find a belief that you want, but don't believe, you work on that belief. I have read that it takes 1,000 times of hearing something to learn it. So you can repeat your desired belief over and over until it sticks, or you can use Two Hands Touching with the affirmation to settle it into your subconscious faster.
Press your hands together and do THT, then state your affirmation/desired belief, then do THT again making sure that you switch fully from the affirmation to the THT. Do this with several affirmations in a row. Do the same affirmations every day until you don't feel you need to a particular one, then find a new one. I get mine from the link I posted above. I just read one of Ms. Shinn's that I adjust to fit me. I start there every day.
For example if you want to attract more money, you ask yourself, "What must I believe to attract more money?" Then you start listing the beliefs that you think you need to attract more money. If it doesn't feel good to say it, then you don't believe it. At that time, whatever arguments you come up with are your limiting beliefs. Change the limiting beliefs into supporting beliefs. Then use the affirming beliefs with the THT. Here are some examples for beliefs that you need to attract money.
It is easy to attract lots of money.
I deserve lots of money.
I find money all over.
People like to give me money.
People just give me money.
Notice that as you clear these, you can potentially knock out several limiting beliefs with just one positive/affirming belief. Of course they sound ridiculous now, you don't believe them. That is the point, to change your beliefs to ones that support what you want. We do create our own reality and only we can set the limits.
Like the mother who thought she was being supportive to her child when she said, "The sky is the limit!" She meant that there is no limit, but to the child who wanted to be an astronaut and walk on mars, they were crushed by this limit.
So the process would be: Press your hands together and do THT, then say your affirmation, then do THT again, then say another affirmation, then do THT again, etc... until you are done. Do the same ones every day. You can drop them as you feel good about them, and replace them with new ones.
Some alternate ways of stating your affirmations use questions. You could insert, "What if I believed that" in front of the above statements. Example: What if I believed that it is easy to attract lots of money? Or you can just frame the affirmation as a "What if" question. What if it is easy to attract lots of money?
I think a good idea is to ask yourself why you don't have your desire yet. Whatever that answer is, is probably going to be a limiting belief for you to clear up.
So, in your example, Why don't I have the money I want? Could be answered:
Because I didn't get a good education (bull)
Because only really really lucky people have money (bull)
Because I'm just not good enough (bull)
Because I screwed up and I deserve to be poor (bull)
...You get the idea. Those are all bull, because who you really are is deserving of and capable of having or experiencing absolutely anything you desire.
Once you see the bull, and remember who you really are, I believe you'll be on your way:)
I've been digging around and came across some suggested questions from Bashar. I thought I would share them with the group:
What would I have to believe about myself and my relationship to this situation in order to be experiencing the emotions that I am?
What's the alternative to the current situation I am in? What would I rather choose to happen than what is happening?
Now if I actually did choose what I say I would prefer to choose, what's the worst possible thing I'm afraid might happen?
Where do these beliefs come from? Do these beliefs serve me?
Often just examining a belief that doesn't serve you is enough to clear it - according to Bashar you are holding it up to the light.
I thought these sounded familiar - they are the questions in ME4. I won't erase them entirely as it might help to have them in another bit of the website.
My hidden negative beliefs are always found when I find myself upset or angry.
That makes it pretty easy to find out what those beliefs are- for me.
Say someone says something about me, and it gets back to me. I get hurt. I get mad. Why? because the hidden belief is there that I am not entitled to my own opinion, that the opinions of others are more important than mine, and so on.
Watch what pisses you off- be honest now- and you will find those beliefs.
answered 13 Jul '12, 23:57
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