I have been battling with a negative belief that is really blocking all my efforts to feel better. The belief is that nothing I do is good enough, nothing will make a difference, nothing ever changes and it doesn't matter how hard I try, it is just not good enough and it will just not make a difference. Now, I know where this comes from, it is from when I was very young, but I only recently really became aware of the way this thought-form runs around in my head constantly.

It feels to me that this thought-form is blocking everything else because everything I do is undermined. And it feeds off the fact that things in my physical reality are not changing (yet), so it gets stronger and stronger.

I have been doing EFT and Faster EFT and stream of consciousness writing and talking to the 'part' to give it a voice and trying all sorts of methods, but I am just not getting this to shift. It particularly gets me when I can't sleep. I wake up at 4 in the morning and it runs and runs through my head. Or when I am up and getting ready for work in the morning, it just keeps running around and around my head.

I would really appreciate any thoughts on this. Should I be breaking it down more? Are there set-up statements in EFT I could use that would work better? What else can I try?

asked 11 Feb '15, 11:07

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edited 11 Feb '15, 12:01

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Let me give you a couple of suggestions that have worked for me in similar situations.

  • In terms of FasterEFT which is what I use, try tapping on body sensations, on any type of image, on sounds, ANYTHING at all that you perceived when thinking of the issue.
  • Check out this answer about Paraliminals. Particularly the Self-Esteem Supercharger. @Stingray recommended it on another answer and I have been using it when I wake up and before going to bed, it's made a difference.
  • Have you tried applying ME-4 to your issue? I've been using it for a little while and it's been great. A lot of improvements in how I feel and what I think. It will help you break down the issues and get to the core of it. In case you haven't here's a brief summary of the "streamlined" process (Read the entire process before starting and if possible other questions related to it):
  • List all symptoms of your issue (How do you know you have a problem?).
  • List any other instances where you felt or experienced something similar (could be totally disconnected but to your subconscious it's not).
  • List any other aspects of your life that feels similar to the issue
  • List any memory or statement that pops up during this time, even if it seems unrelated
  • List accompanying body sensations/feelings to the previous statements as well as beliefs associated with them (What would I have to belief to be experiencing this)
  • Clean it all up! In a single session if you can.
  • If nothing is budging try doing a couple of sessions of MC^2. It will help with the emotions as well as getting used to removing labels to the feelings.
  • Try to avoid being hard on yourself for having the issue or not being able to get rid of it. If you have strong self-judgements try clearing that first. Accepting where you are and the issues you have will put you in a better place to move forward.
  • Identify what you would consider "big" statements to your issue, and try doing The Work. At the very least it will help you to gain some space inside the issue, break it loose for other methods to work and gain some perspective around it. The gist of it are 5 questions regarding each statement:
  • Is it true?
  • Can you absolutely know for sure it is true?
  • How do you react/feel when you think the thought?
  • Who would you be or how would you feel if you were incapable of having that thought?
  • Turn it around. (That means reversing the statement, I recommend reading the small booklet if you're going to try it)
  • Meditate
  • If all else fails, try distracting yourself as best as you can from the issue. And clear some other things that you thing are less entrenched. Even though it could be unrelated it could help in loosening other issues, and also the feeling of relief will raise your vibration for better feelings thoughts, appropriate actions, etc to come by regarding the big one.

Hope it helps! Keep us posted.


answered 11 Feb '15, 17:17

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"Is it true" so powerful!

(12 Feb '15, 00:25) ursixx

Yes @ursixx. I've been applying it for the last couple of months and I discovered so many things that I took as truth and lived (and suffered) because of it. Incredible. As Eckhart Tolle says: "Don't take your thoughts so seriously" hehe.

(12 Feb '15, 00:42) Kriegerd

@Kriegerd, thank you so much. I am doing many of the things you suggest, like meditation and the self-esteem paraliminal (just started that one) so I am sure something will shake loose eventually. I will try to break down the issue further and further to smaller parts and see if that works any better. I find that I don't get much relief from the EFT sessions and the next day it is just back again, so maybe tapping on all the smaller issues will help more. But then there isn't much emotion...

(12 Feb '15, 05:02) Antheia

@Kriegerd ...with the smaller issues, so I don't know if the EFT will work at all. In terms of 'is it true', well no, it isn't. Knowing that isn't helping to shift it though. I am also aware that there is suppressed anger, but I can't get that to release, it is too suppressed and just won't budge. So I keep being pulled down into depression and I can't seem to move up the scale. All very frustrating!

(12 Feb '15, 05:06) Antheia

@Antheia, you're more than welcome. I've found the Paraliminal to be really good.

Do you do regular EFT or FasterEFT?

The same thing happened to me before in terms of effectiveness, I actually stopped doing EFT/FasterEFT because of that. I picked it up about half a year ago again and it's been amazing. I have a couple of links and suggestions for that:

(12 Feb '15, 10:52) Kriegerd

It's important that you get in touch with what you're feeling and how you know you have a problem (in Robert's words). I noticed for myself that before I wasn't aiming well. I was feeling bad and tapping like crazy but not aiming properly.

For example, you're feeling frustrated. How do you know you feel frustrated? Is it a physical sensation, an image, etc. Imagine you're a sniper and you isolate that symptom, if it's physical then your sight would be on the body part, if mental then on the..

(12 Feb '15, 10:57) Kriegerd

image or sound or how you represent that in your mind. Once you have that, start your tapping and don't focus on it anymore. Focus on the tapping itself, the sensation on your fingers, face, etc.

If you feel really stuck do try MC2. The link above is for the audios and it was free with the code on the link (don't know if that changed). But you can listen to one exercise here (although I'd still recommend the audios): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufVBN0kIgf0#t=53

(12 Feb '15, 11:02) Kriegerd

Also on FasterEFT, I had the opportunity of watching 2 complete seminars of FasterEFT and it made a huge difference. Little tips here and there, changing the mindset while tapping, etc. It's A LOT of videos but definitely worth it. If you can find them I highly recommend them.

Finally (sorry it's so long): Don't give up! Robert Smith says: "Persistence is your most powerful tool". I was really depressed for a long time with thoughts of wanting to die for the majority of last year and I was..

(12 Feb '15, 11:08) Kriegerd

able to get out of that. Little by little. Looking for relief, no matter how little. You don't have to change the whole thing in a minute just gradually feel a little better.

Sorry I forgot to address a point on your comments. Try reading The Work booklet (the formatting of my answer is not as I typed it), the process are the 5 questions, not just the "is it true?". The effect comes from doing the 5 questions as a unit. Her book "Loving What Is" is even better.

You can do it! All the best!

(12 Feb '15, 11:17) Kriegerd

@Kriegerd, thank you so much again! I am going to watch all these clips and I will keep going with it. I am not sure if I am aiming correctly. I am finding it quite difficult to connect with Faster EFT so I keep going back to EFT, but I am not really seeing results from that either - And I have been working with a practitioner and on my own.

Thank you so much for your help with this!

(12 Feb '15, 11:42) Antheia

@Antheia, The aiming thing was big for me. If you want we can try to arrange a session (free of course). I would like to get more practice tapping and maybe could help your situation.

If you feel like it I can create a private google group that way we don't have to share emails here. Let me know.

(12 Feb '15, 12:29) Kriegerd

Would love to!

(12 Feb '15, 13:55) Antheia

Here's the group. You have to login and apply for membership. That way we don't post our emails here. We can communicate through there and arrange the session: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/clearingsession. All the best!

(12 Feb '15, 16:11) Kriegerd

@Antheia: I already posted on the group. If I understand correctly you are not being notified by mail If I post things, If you wish to receive notifications you can go to your settings for the group and change them. If not you have to go check the group yourself.

(13 Feb '15, 16:13) Kriegerd
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4 in the morning is a
good time for reflections

statements of reasonable
expectations can be there
if prepared earlier, then
read in silents words

thinking possibilities,
sifting for gold nuggets


answered 11 Feb '15, 16:45

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Stop trying. When you try to remove a negative, you must focus on it more and, unless your attachment to it (: and it really is your attachment to it :) is small, you will end up digging yourself deeper into the hole. The best way to remove a negative is to focus more and more attention - gently, gradually - on the positive. Practice more appreciation and meditation than EFT, use EFT to tap into gratitude and appreciation and self-acceptance rather than attempt to remove blocks. Blocks are actually states you occupy mentally - you can never remove them because all things exist simultaneously, but you can occupy a different state. Gear your EFT more towards the desired state. "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. "


answered 12 Feb '15, 07:28

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edited 12 Feb '15, 07:32

Thank you for the comment @harsha, the thing is that I cannot live like this any more. I honestly don't want to sound dramatic, but I have to make changes to where I am in my life and this belief is blocking everything. Believe me, if I could just ignore it and focus on positives I would. Bottom line is I can't. So I have to try whatever I can or give up.

(12 Feb '15, 08:16) Antheia

I have the same issue with "not good enough", even though by worldly standards of success many would think I've done well. It is a very pervasive feeling/thought and I think especially made worse by the fact that I live in an environment with very intelligent and high functioning people. My internal dialogue is often "you shouldn't have said this", "you shouldn't have done that", "He/she thinks you're stupid". In fact in the last few days I've been really focussed on trying to get to the bottom of this too. I've started reading "What others think of me is none of my business" by Terry Cole-Whittaker. I hope that gives me some hints as to why I'm always comparing myself with others and feeling that I fall short.


answered 11 Feb '15, 17:50

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Inner Beauty

re-reading your question, I see yours is more about not being good enough to change things, but I think some of the underlying issues might be the same.

(11 Feb '15, 17:51) Inner Beauty

Thank you. I think the issues are related, but the specific issue I am dealing with here is that nothing will change no matter what I do. That means that all the stuff I try to make things better gets undermined because it 'will never get better'. I do hope the book helps you! 'Not good enough' is not an easy one to shift.

(12 Feb '15, 05:08) Antheia

Got this in the mail thought I would share hope it helps

Forget the ideal, and be aware of what you are
Like most people, you have ideals, have you not? And the ideal is not real, not factual; it is what should be, it is something in the future. Now, what I say is this: forget the ideal, and be aware of what you are. Do not pursue what should be, but understand what is. The understanding of what you actually are is far more important than the pursuit of what you should be. Why? Because, in understanding what you are, there begins a spontaneous process of transformation; whereas, in becoming what you think you should be, there is no change at all, but only a continuation of the same old thing in a different form. If the mind, seeing that it is stupid, tries to change its stupidity into intelligence, which is what should be, that is silly, it has no meaning, no reality; it is only the pursuit of a self-projection, a postponement of the understanding of what is. As long as the mind tries to change its stupidity into something else, it remains stupid. But if the mind says, 'I realize that I am stupid and I want to understand what stupidity is, therefore I shall go into it, I shall observe how it comes into being,' then that very process of inquiry brings about a fundamental transformation. - Krishnamurti, Think on These Things,182,Choiceless Awareness


Hi ursixx ,

You ever catch yourself thinking about something that happened, or worrying about something that might happen in the future?

Most of us do that at some point during the day. It's easy, the mind just drifts. But then you may get stuck and you don't realize you're re-hashing the past or worrying about the future. And this prevents your power from bringing you what you want.

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The only thing that exists is the very present moment that you live in and from this present moment you can draw tremendous power.

The kind of power that can change your life and allow you to achieve your goals.

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You have to leave the past in the past.

You have to stop worrying about the future. You have to live in the present moment and direct your power.

When you appreciate and live in the present moment you send a powerful message to your inner powers and your subconscious mind. You tell them that you are here now and ready to get to work to improve your life. That you're ready to move forward and enjoy life, achieve your goals, and get what you desire.You're saying your ready to embrace a bright new life.

Your powers and your subconscious mind then begin working for you because they only understand the present moment. Your subconscious and inner powers don't the future or the past. Your subconscious and inner powers only exist and work in the now, in the present moment.

To get these powers to work for you have to simply focus on what needs to be done right now.

No more comparing or hoping for things to get better.

Just deal with what is and what has to be done.

When you do this you start moving forward and you allow your subconscious and inner powers to guide you and help you achieve your goals because you are here now working with them to create the situations you want. They help you, they make your life easier and your inner powers and your subconscious create what you desire So live in the present, and get your inner powers and subconscious mind working for you today

The Present is All That Exists

The past is over and done with. You can't go back and change things.

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Focus on the present moment. Allow your subconscious mind and inner powers to work for you everyday by working with directing them and by appreciating the present moment. Start working with your powers and your subconscious today

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Wishing you tremendous success....

Karim Hajee Creating Power PS: Remember if you don't do anything - if you don't direct your inner powers and your subconscious mind to create the life you want - everything stays the same - nothing changes. This is your life - make the most of it - begin directing your inner powers and your subconscious mind to create the life you want today



answered 13 Feb '15, 02:20

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edited 14 Feb '15, 03:17

@ursixx, thanks for this. I understand about being present, but in the above there is a direct contradiction in terms. He says to be in the present and not worry about the future and then says "Simply direct your power to bring you the kind of job you want. Then do what you can to improve your current situation." Improving your current situation implies not being happy with it, which is exactly what he earlier says not to do. And directing your power to BRING you the job you want...

(13 Feb '15, 04:54) Antheia

@ursixx ... which you don't currently have, is working to make your future better than your now, which is still moving away from just accepting that the now is all there is.

I get what they are trying to say, but the truth is that, when you are in a terrible situation, you will try to get yourself to a better situation. That is part of being human.

(13 Feb '15, 04:56) Antheia

@Antheia improving your current situation I would think along the lines of that there is always room for improvement. Each moment is like a diamond, are you going to focus on the imperfections of the diamond, or focus on the beauty of the light passing through it? It is your choice. Do you know how much power you are giving these situations by calling and identifying them as terrible? Just that act of putting the label "terrible" on something gives it so much. ...

(14 Feb '15, 02:36) ursixx

....your applying your power to terrible... same with the statement you made to @Innerbeauty "nothing will change no matter what I do." and it won't as long as that is what you give power to. Abraham-Hicks says look for the better feeling. You know when you feel this way you don't like the feeling right? There are things that work,things that make you feel good in your life , simple things . A diamond has many facets focus on the facets that are "better feeling"

(14 Feb '15, 03:17) ursixx

..Look for that better feeling,give power to that. http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en This video has so many gems in it worth watching a few times. Take back your power @Antheia you can! Don't give it to terrible and "no matter what I do "

(14 Feb '15, 03:24) ursixx

@ursixx, that video is truly incredible and frankly life-changing. Thank you so much for sharing that. I am going to watch it again!

(16 Feb '15, 16:17) Antheia
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While this question has been on I.Q. for quite some time now, I couldn't resist giving an answer from my own personal experience, as I've undergone this ''trying'' to shift a negative belief quite some time ago, and maybe this will help those that are still struggling with negative beliefs/momentum. When a negative belief is not shifting, it just means that it still has some momentum behind it, and much patience is required as ''trying'' to shift the negative belief will only create more resistance around it. In the case of a stubborn negative belief there may be many layers to dissolve, and this means to cease trying to ''fix'' the issue and allow the negative beliefs to surface without judgment [resistance] so they can dissipate on their own. The methods and techniques can help, but only temporarily because when using these methods you are focused on ''fixing'' a ''problem'' and even worse being ''aware'' of the issue, you are not allowing or owning the negative beliefs, you are avoiding them which is the same as resisting them. A lot of times we put in too much effort to ''get rid'' of a negative belief when we could just ''allow'' it to dissolve on it's own by being in a state of relaxed awareness every time it surfaces. I believe in some cases there's the issue of patience when it comes to releasing/dissolving negative beliefs, we tend to want to ''get them out of the way'' so we can manifest our desired reality faster without realizing that it actually delays the wanted reality. Practicing letting go and allowing is crucial when it comes to negative beliefs, there are no shortcuts, the time it takes depends on the individual and as mentioned above there may be many layers to peel away with the negative beliefs, along with the momentum behind them. When allowing them [negative beliefs] to dissolve while being in a state of relaxed awareness [non judgment] they will begin to lose their hold and eventually fall away, allowing the shift to occur more naturally as it's supposed to, then the full focus can be on the wanted reality [intention] instead of ''trying'' to shift a negative belief.


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