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Changing Your Beliefs

One simple principle exists behind all successful belief change tactics. That one guiding principle behind all successful belief change is this: "Decide to change a belief, replace that belief with a better belief, and above all practice that new belief over and over in real life and imaginally until it feels natural and becomes a habit."

 

It is this over and over practice of the better belief that makes or breaks belief change. There are dozens of so-called magical methods out there using all kinds of unrequired tactics from anchors to acupressure points. If these methods work it is because of the very non magical principle: "Decide to change a belief, replace that belief with a better belief, and above all practice that new belief over and over in real life and imaginally until it feels natural and becomes a habit." Unless a belief approach contains practicing the new belief over and over it will not pass the test of time. The old belief will likely return.

 

Those are the cold hard facts of belief change. The cognitive behaviorists like Beck and Ellis got this principle early on. That principle is a guiding force in Emoclear's approach to challenging and changing both distorted thinking and self-defeating beliefs. When the Creator is employed on beliefs it calls on it's user to practice the visions/beliefs over and over until they feel natural and become habits of thought.

 

At Emoclear we also use belief weakening methods like integrating a belief's undergirding emotional support with either an integrator or the Belief Repeater. Further we include a set of evidence gathering questions for our Distorted Thoughts List. These denude the credibility of a belief if it's distorted or self-defeating. Yet in the end it's the practice of deciding to change a belief, replacing that belief with a better belief, and above all practicing that new belief over and over in real life and imaginally until it feels natural and becomes habitual. This core approach seals belief change.

At Emoclear we also employ rational tests for beliefs such as the Distorted Thinking List and the Self-defeating Beliefs Test. This keeps the user from misapplying belief change
to beliefs that can be reasonable and useful.

Belief Making

 

Belief Making is a method for creating useful beliefs. It utilizes a feeling/describing/sensation technique coupled with processing counter beliefs, counter intentions, and doubts to create a strong and vivid belief. Belief Making also contains:

1. Questions to check the belief's potential for self-defeat. These questions will assist you in determining whether this belief is the correct one for you.

2. Future orientation in time questions to assist your unconscious in installing the belief at the feeling level. These methods can be used for imaginal practice and to eradicate cognitive dissonance.

Warning: Folks with a history of mental illness, PTSD, or panic are urged not to use these techniques without a therapist. If you decide to do these processes you will agree to absolve the webmaster, the webhost, Emoclear.com, and Steve Mensing of any responsibility for the application or misapplication of these processes. There is always in any process the possibility that someone could experience some discomfort.

 

Steps to Belief Making

 

1. Choose a Belief: Choose a belief you would strongly prefer to have. In finding a preferable belief use whatever method works best for you to allow desirable beliefs into awareness. You might create your own "fill in the blank" questions to assist in uncovering possible beliefs. Make your beliefs in the present tense. Allow your beliefs to be phrased in the positive rather than in the negative. Examples: Positive: I want ____________. Rather than the negative: I don't want _____________.

I believe ____________.

I have ______________.

I do ______________.

I have the following qualities ______________.


Create your own beliefs or allow your unconscious to send you some. You may wish to do some left nasal dominance breathwork to assist in discovering valuable beliefs.[Left nasal dominance breathwork is done by pinching the right nostril shut and breathing through the left nostril only for 12 full and moderate inhalations/exhalations.] Look over your goals and interests. Jot them down. Are there beliefs you would prefer to believe and install?

2. Test your beliefs for how they might fit into your life and to see if they might be self-defeating:

Test your beliefs with these questions:


Will this belief fit with my deepest values and yearnings?
Will this belief interfere with my personal relationships and family life?
Will this belief provide the emotions I prefer?
Will this belief support my short-term & long-term goals, my enlightened self-interest?
Will this belief give me something I don't want?
Will I be required to balance elements in my life owing to having this belief?
Does it improve my life or my ability to perform?
Does it keep me out of significant conflict with others? (unless the conflict is something I prefer).
Does it affect either my physical or mental health?
Could another belief work better for me?
Will this belief affect my behavior adversely?
Is the belief right for the context where it's employed?
Are there future consequences for holding this belief?
What might make it difficult to believe this in some instances?


If you feel comfortable with this belief after testing it, then move to step 3.

3. Whisper the belief and feel it in your body. Whisper the belief and feel it in your body. Go to step 4.

4. Rapidly write out without censor the steps to and the outcome of your belief becoming true: Rapidly write out, without censor, the steps to and the outcome of your belief becoming true. Do this a number of times until the steps and the outcome begin to feel real.

*Write it out swiftly and in as much detail as possible how you would make this belief to come true. Write it out quickly and in detail what the outcome of your belief coming true would appear like. Repeat your description over and over adding in as much detail as possible about how this belief would come true and what the outcome would appear like. Do the following:

*Write out swiftly and exactly what you would SEE in all the steps leading up to your belief becoming true and how the outcome would appear. Use as many visual details as possible. No censoring.

*Write out swiftly and exactly what you would HEAR in all the steps leading up to your belief becoming true and how the outcome would appear. Use as many auditory details as possible. No censoring.

*Write out swiftly and exactly what you would viscerally FEEL in all the steps leading up to your belief becoming true and how the outcome would feel. Be aware of all the feelings and sensations. No censoring.

*Write out swiftly and exactly what you would SMELL in all the steps leading up to your belief becoming true and how the outcome would smell. No censoring. Be aware of all of your olfactory sensations. (An optional description).

*Write out swiftly and exactly what you would TASTE in all the steps leading up to your belief becoming true and how the outcome will taste. No censoring. Be aware of all your taste sensations. (An optional description).

*Combine all your sensations while you rapidly and without censor describe all the steps leading up to your belief becoming true and how your outcome will be.

*Keep rapidly writing out the steps to completion and the outcome until this experience begins to feel like a reality.

5. Whisper your belief aloud and integrate any blocks, doubts, counter beliefs, and counter intentions that arise: State your belief aloud and notice any feelings that arise in your body. Do you feel any blocks or doubts coming up before, during, or after you make your statement? Pay attention for feelings, to your inner voice, and to what you visually imagine. Some persons may actually smell trouble or have a bad taste about their belief. Jot these blocks, counter beliefs, and doubts down as soon as you sense them. You may notice "Yeah, but" that old pseudo agreement. Or "No you can't" "You don't have what it takes." "You screwed up before." "They'll laugh at you." Basically you'll be experiencing negative incoming flack in one of your sense modalities. This is to be expected at first. Use your favorite Emoclear integrating or exposure process. You will integrate anxieties, blocks, and doubts. At the end of this process you will sweep around again for any other anxieties, blocks, and doubts that may pop up. This integrating procedure helps make your belief even more compelling.

Some folks may find writing down their beliefs and asking themselves if there are any blocks or conflicts with this belief. This will bring up blocks and objections if they are present. Tuning into your body Integrator style can assist here. Just get an overall felt sense of your body and allow felt sense to notice any blocks or objections. You can integrate these blocks or objections at the feeling level. If any of the objections seem to point that the belief may be self-defeating, then reevaluate it. Make changes in your belief if required; otherwise integrate the block or objection.

Another simple tactic is to imagine another person with the same belief. Imagine how they might feel or think about this belief. This can bring up other possibilities for integrating.

When you have completed integrating all the blocks, counter beliefs, counter intentions, doubts, then move to step 6.

6. Future orientation in time question practice: Here you will use future orientation in time questions to allow your unconscious to further install your belief and allow it feel natural. Here are the questions:


Two years from now when you fully believe your belief: __________________________, how will you feel about it? What will you being doing? What will friends say about how you are feeling and acting?

Three years in the future after you have installed your belief:
___________________________________, what will you be seeing? Where will you be? Will you tell anyone about the wonderful changes in your life? Or will you be content to keep that to yourself?

Next month when you completely believe your belief: __________________________________, how might food taste to you? What will your relationships be like? What parts of your life will feel on the upswing to you?

Two years from now after you fully believe your belief: _____________________________, where will you be living? What will life feel like? When you look back from that moment what good things did you experience over that 2 year span?

Weeks from this moment when you thoroughly believe: ________________________, how will your interests and work appear to you? What will be your facial expression? What will exercise and eating feel like?

After your belief: ____________________ has become a part of how you view life a few weeks from now, will you want to share how you adopted the belief or will you just enjoy that you have it and leave it at that?

If any blocks, counter beliefs, counter intentions, or doubts surfaced during these questions, then jot them down and integrate them. Repeat step (5) until the belief feels natural and completely believable.

To further juice up your belief probability of making it into "come true" column, support it with a strong commitment. Make a commitment to your belief coming true. State it aloud and with conviction. Integrate any blocks, counter beliefs, counter intentions, and doubts to your commitment.

Remember to make your beliefs come true you have to take physical action or your belief creating will sink back into the realm of magical thinking. See
"A Call to Action".

See the
VOC scale (Validity of Cognition) to measure the believability of a belief.  To utilize the scale properly, do an intuitive read on the belief.


Have fun, Steve

 

 

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