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 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.

asked 12 Jul '12, 06:12

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edited 21 Sep '12, 05:35


@Nikulas - thanks for this - I had noted your question. I'm not deliberately asking the same questions - believe me. I had interpreted your question and the answers you got to be more about what to do about limiting beliefs. My question is more about how you identify what the limiting beliefs are.

(12 Jul '12, 14:18) Catherine

@Catherine - I have been reading Barbara M.'s book since 2001. She is very informative, glad you found her :)

(23 Sep '12, 05:48) figure8shape

@Catherine - Love your edit. That is quite a list! I just ran through it quickly and caught myself thinking that I have no idea how I feel about that one, or that one... bound to turn up some interesting things, helpful to define and I suspect rethink. Thank you for sharing. :)

(23 Sep '12, 09:27) Grace

@Grace You're welcome! Actually I nearly emailed you to tell you about this book because I think it would really appeal to you. There is a whole chapter on beliefs and emotions - very illuminating and ties in with Wendy Kennedy's NDPC teachings.

(24 Sep '12, 04:08) Catherine

@Catherine - Thanks! I've just put it in my Amazon cart. I knew when I read those questions that the book must be something else, because they made me very uncomfortable! Sure sign I'm trying to hide from something. :) Perfect. And don't be shy to email if ever you feel like it - sincere Inward Questers are so welcome! Just let me know who you are in the subject line, so you don't accidentally get chucked.

(24 Sep '12, 08:58) Grace
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Very simple.

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.


answered 13 Jul '12, 04:47

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edited 13 Jul '12, 04:50

I agree. That's like an extended explanation of what I was saying.

(13 Jul '12, 08:11) Fairy Princess

@CalonLan - I think Eddie said something similar in an answer to a question about finding out subconscious limiting beliefs - watching your thoughts. I needed the reminder so thanks for posting.

Calonlan - I am completely mortified - it was a typo I hadn't noticed - I apologise.

(13 Jul '12, 09:35) Catherine

@Catherine, you're welcome. not only I post for others but for myself too. I better sort out my thoughts when writing it down.

One silly thing though, could you please correct my name there in you post, it's not that it wouldn't get mistyped many times already, it's just that first part of the word, the way it's written now, has a powerfully negative impact on me. I had a surgery related to it and I thought I ran away from it's mind-darkening effects. This reminded me, I didn't completely.

(13 Jul '12, 09:40) CalonLan

@Catherine, no worries, you couldn't know what would possibly trigger my demons. And many thanks :-D

(13 Jul '12, 10:22) CalonLan

@CalonLan, I like your answer. Pointing out that beliefs come from how you've defined things for yourself just makes it all the more obvious that you can change your beliefs; just have another look at your definitions. The word "belief" is somehow just so much more loaded than "definitions". That is helpful. Thanks! :)

(13 Jul '12, 19:11) Grace
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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?


answered 12 Jul '12, 09:12

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Fairy Princess

edited 15 Jul '12, 10:05

Thanks FP - I keep forgetting to do the THT but I like it so will try to remember.

(12 Jul '12, 12:45) Catherine

@Catherine I am glad you like it. You can do so many different things with it.

(12 Jul '12, 16:07) Fairy Princess

"I don't think it's good to look for things you don't want..." - Your (dominant) vibration on any subject stays where you last left it so even if you stick your head in the sand, you are still attracting from that place into your reality. During the times when you are Vortex-aligned, the belief is irrelevant because its attractive power is insignificant compared to the Vortex's attractive power. But it's during those times when you are not that a limiting belief will likely drag you down

(12 Jul '12, 17:56) Stingray

@Stingray What is the point of finding the limiting belief, but to turn it around anyway? Wouldn't it be easier and gentler to skip to the turned around belief that supports what we want?

(12 Jul '12, 18:11) Fairy Princess

@Fairy Princess - For a permanent change, the original vibration needs to be reactivated (even if slightly) so you can "lock into" it and then incrementally move it up the vibrational scale. Patching a "happy sticker" over the underlying issue only leads to temporary changes that you need to keep reapplying. If somone wishes to keep spouting "happy sticker" affirmations repeatedly for the rest of their life, that's fine, but I'm lazy and I just prefer to fix it once, and forever :)

(12 Jul '12, 20:21) Stingray

@Stingray What makes you think applying THT to the beliefs you want is applying a happy sticker that you keep having to reapply?

(12 Jul '12, 22:56) Fairy Princess

By finding what you want to believe and molding your belief to the new belief, you are countering the belief that was opposing it.

(12 Jul '12, 22:58) Fairy Princess

@Fairy Princess - No idea what you are talking about. I answered the question you asked. I haven't looked at your THT process so I can't comment on it.

(13 Jul '12, 03:07) Stingray

@Stingray sorry, then I don't know what you are talking about. You said that my suggestion wouldn't work because you must address the limiting belief. What would you do with that limiting belief once you found it?

(13 Jul '12, 08:07) Fairy Princess

@Fairy Princess - I've already explained that you need to move it up the vibrational scale. Regarding your THT process, I'm not making any connection with your process with anything I've said. I haven't studied your process because I just don't feel inspired in that direction. But it obviously works very well for you and that's great :) My original comment was just a comment on your first paragraph in your answer which I don't think tells the whole story

(13 Jul '12, 09:21) Stingray

@Stingray - your first comment could explain why I attract what I want and then it slips away - as I move out of the Vortex the limiting belief comes more into play. Have I understood that correctly?

(13 Jul '12, 09:37) Catherine

@Catherine - You got it :) If you could stay in the Vortex forever, limiting beliefs would be irrelevant but no-one can because we are eternally expanding. So it's when you are out of the Vortex that they matter. What I've found works consistently is to clean up the limiting belief a bit (while out of the Vortex) and use the relief from cleaning it up to spring back into the Vortex again. It also makes it less likely that anything you observe from the results of it will kick you out again

(13 Jul '12, 09:45) Stingray

@Catherine - Here's an excellent snippet of Abraham, who probably express these ideas far more eloquently than I do: Focus Wheels vs Meditation

(13 Jul '12, 09:55) Stingray

@Fairy Princess, I know you asked Stingray, but I must go home now, and I feel like I can predict the way the conversation of you two might be going. I just want to answer it from my point of view, as I feel inspired to - When a limiting belief serves the purpose I'm after, I keep it, otherwise get rid of it. - and my apologies for jumping in :)

(13 Jul '12, 10:15) CalonLan

@CalonLan I had a very specific reason for asking that question of Stingray. I am not sure where your comment comes into this. Are you agreeing with me? I really can't tell what your point is.

(15 Jul '12, 08:03) Fairy Princess

@Stingray what do you do with the limiting belief once you find it? Thanks

(15 Jul '12, 08:09) Fairy Princess

@Fairy Princess - Count 7 comments up. Read the first sentence.

(15 Jul '12, 08:15) Stingray

@Stingray thanks, but that doesn't answer my question. I don't understand how my method would not "Move it up the vibrational scale." It would move it up the vibrational scale because you would now have a belief that supports what you want. So my very specific question to you is: What do you do with the limiting belief once you have found it? Thanks

(15 Jul '12, 09:24) Fairy Princess

@Fairy Princess - You are trying to "analyze" your way into the wishy-world of metaphysics. It's never going to work because your connection to the Infinite is Emotion-based, not Mind-based. So no answer I ever give you is going to satisfy you from that Mind-based point of view :) If you use your analytical skills to give yourself a framework from within which your emotional center can then take over and perceive, you'll see that I've spent 2+ years on this site answering your question :)

(15 Jul '12, 09:46) Stingray

@Stingray I don't understand what your point is I guess. I don't think you understand what I am saying either, or we wouldn't be having this conversation Now. So if your answer to my question that you are evading is, "I would ultimately create a positive statement to support what I want..." Obviously using different words. Then I would say, "Why not skip all that work and create the positive affirmations first, eliminating the limiting beliefs in the process?"

(15 Jul '12, 09:56) Fairy Princess

@Fairy Princess - Yes, I'm a masterful evader of questions on IQ :) I'm not going to answer any more of your questions because it's not helping you. It's just locking you further and further into the realm of Mind and confusing you even more. I'm sure there will be someone else on IQ who's more on your wavelength and can get the point across more clearly than me. Good luck :)

(15 Jul '12, 10:03) Stingray

@Stingray I am addressing your comment that you made.

(15 Jul '12, 10:07) Fairy Princess

@Fairy Princess-Try this short QE guided audio for bringing negative emotion/limiting beliefs to neutral.Its great.I have used it successfully.I think cause its a guided audio it intensifies the effectiveness a lot.Just swap THT for QE :)

(15 Jul '12, 10:08) Satori

You made comments arguing against my answer, but you won't back it up?

(15 Jul '12, 10:08) Fairy Princess

@Stingray I am not confused, except by what is your point?

(15 Jul '12, 10:09) Fairy Princess

Is my answer more clear now?

(15 Jul '12, 10:11) Fairy Princess

@Satori Thanks I'll check it out.

(15 Jul '12, 10:23) Fairy Princess

@Stingray I have only been here 1+ years. Sorry to be such a burden that it seems as though you have been answering my question for 2+ years. LOL

(15 Jul '12, 10:36) Fairy Princess

@Satori I listened to that audio. It talked about bringing up the feeling to clear it and not ignore it. I did do some editing of my answer. I hope it is more clear now what I am saying. I am not saying to ignore the negative stuff as it comes up. I am saying not to go looking for it, it will find you.

(16 Jul '12, 09:05) Fairy Princess

Then by whatever mean, eliminate it.

(16 Jul '12, 09:06) Fairy Princess

@Fairy Princess - thank you.

(16 Jul '12, 09:25) Catherine

@Catherine Your'e welcome. I hope the edits helped clarify things.

(16 Jul '12, 09:51) Fairy Princess

@Fairy Princess-I like your answer.Dear FP.I am not questioning your beliefs or methods:)

I just thought you might find the the guided audio useful to use with THT for clearing negative emotion/limiting beliefs as I find it increases the effectiveness of clearing when im using it as opposed doing it without.Thank you:)

(16 Jul '12, 10:07) Satori

@Satori How I handle negative emotions, is to do the THT while I am feeling them already. I don't go looking for them. The THT works so fast I don't need to do any lengthy stuff. Also, while I am feeling it already, I don't have to work it up either. If I am feeling positive, I just do the THT with positive affirmations. If I feel negative, I do the THT by itself and/or with an affirmation.

(16 Jul '12, 10:31) Fairy Princess

For example if someone does something that hurts me, I do THT with the one, "Salute the Divinity in the woman and send her love." Changing it to fit my situation.

(16 Jul '12, 10:32) Fairy Princess

@Fairy Princess-That sounds like a great way to use your method, well done:)

(16 Jul '12, 11:29) Satori

@Fairy Princess- Your welcome:)

(30 Aug '12, 10:53) Satori

@Satori, I sincerely salute the divinity in you, and I send you my love.

(30 Aug '12, 18:44) Grace
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Here's an easy way to identify limiting beliefs. They are usually found after you say the word because as in the phrase, "I can't because........

Here are some examples:

I'd like to write a book but I can't because I don't have a university degree.

I'd like to start my own my own business but I can't because i'm too old.

I'd like to have a more slender body but it's so hard because everybody in my family is overweight.

I'd like to have an ideal mate but I can't because i'm too fat, too old ot too shy, etc..

Law of attraction by Michael Losier


answered 30 Aug '12, 10:35

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edited 30 Aug '12, 15:46

Hi Catherine,

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:) ;)


answered 12 Jul '12, 14:43

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edited 12 Jul '12, 14:50


Along the lines of the Why Don't I Have What I Want Yet? question - which is my favorite :) - there's an interesting discussion between myself and @Sourabh regarding even slicker methods for uncovering those limiting beliefs, one of which involved simply asking the question Why? repeatedly. Check out the comments to A new perspective to identifying limiting beliefs?

(12 Jul '12, 17:44) Stingray

@Stingray - Thanks! How did I miss that question? What is Abraham's Pivoting Process?

(12 Jul '12, 19:17) Grace

@ Grace - "Why" - that's the Daddy of all questions isn't it. Thanks for that. The weird thing about the You Tube clip is that just this morning I have been reading "Being our own companion" (available as a download on the Presence Portal) and in it Michael Brown talks about "mirror work" - talking to yourself positively in the mirror. It is so easy just to be critical when faced with the mirror - especially first thing in the morning!

(13 Jul '12, 09:16) Catherine

@Grace - another thing MB talks about in the book is the time thing you mentioned in another thread about comforting yourself in times of need - your future self comforting your past self because everything is all now. It is a bit spooky how I keep coming across the same information which about six weeks ago I'd never heard of!

(13 Jul '12, 12:10) Catherine

@Satori - Thanks! I really appreciate the link. I can't seem to get enough Abraham. :)

(13 Jul '12, 13:24) Grace

@Catherine - Don't you just love the "spooky" stuff? LOL!. It all about vibrational matches, I suppose, and very boring to the pros here, but it just rocks my world. :)

(13 Jul '12, 13:26) Grace
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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.


answered 15 Jul '12, 04:47

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edited 16 Jul '12, 07:29

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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Thank you Jaianniah - I'll be on the look out for those beliefs next time I get upset or angry.

(15 Jul '12, 04:45) Catherine
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