By now, everyone has heard the favorite quotes from the “Law of Attraction” movement. You know the ones I mean, like…
Whatever your mind can conceive and can believe, it can achieve. ~Napoleon Hill
Whatever we think about and thank about we bring about. ~John Demartini
Whether you think you can or can’t either way you are right. ~Henry Ford
Those are great quotes for sure, but have you ever wondered how your beliefs actually create your reality? Do you think there is a logical explanation for this phenomenon, or is it some kind of secret cosmic mystery?
If you cherish your cosmic mysteries then this might be a good place to stop reading. Why? Because I like logical explanations, and that’s where we are headed.
Editors note: This is the first in a four part series of articles about
How Your Beliefs Create Your Reality.
Here is a list of the subjects we will examine:
Part 1: What We Believe to Be True
Part 2: Your Internal Map of Reality
Part 3: Defending Your Beliefs
Part 4: Upgrading Your Beliefs
It all starts with…
Part 1: What We Believe to Be True
Our personal beliefs play a huge role in how we view our own life. Your estimation of your successes and failures will depend entirely on the framework of your personal beliefs. Our beliefs provide a structured process through which we evaluate everything in our lives.
We develop our personal beliefs about reality based on how we interpret the world around us according to our observations and experiences. There are two major components or aspects that contribute to your personal beliefs, an emotional component and a logical component.
The blending of logic and emotions
In some cases, a belief starts out much like a theory. Assumptions are made based on logical observations and deductions. In other cases, a new belief grows out of an emotional viewpoint that seems to be supported by logic.
It’s the blending of these two major components that form the basic structure of our personal beliefs. Through the window of these beliefs, we try to make sense out of the things going on around us. We also use them to form assumptions about probable future results.
Accepted as facts
Once established, beliefs are accepted as fact and are rarely subject to scrutiny. They become our “personal operating system.” Much like the operating system on your computer, our beliefs control how we sort and file every bit of input data.
Everything we see, experience, think and feel is adjusted to fit with our beliefs. In other words, our version of reality is a creation of our beliefs. Our personal operating system disassembles and reassembles all input data to conform to what we believe.
This is not a conscious process
Many of our beliefs were established in childhood and have outlived their usefulness. Others are leftovers from situations and circumstances that are no longer relevant. Why is this important?
Well, imagine trying to run your current software on an ancient version of windows, or some other obsolete operating system. The results would not be very satisfying. The same could be said of obsolete belief systems that are still influencing how we evaluate everything in our lives.
Beliefs need to be upgraded
As we learn and grow, many of our former beliefs will no longer serve us. They have outlived their usefulness. In the final article in this series, we will look at some effective techniques for Upgrading Your Beliefs.
Before we get to that, it’s important to understand how our beliefs impact our current perspective. That’s what we will look at in the next article as we discuss: Your Internal Map of Reality.
What role do you feel beliefs play in your reality?
How interested are you in this subject?
The lines are wide open!
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