“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~Albert Einstein
Learn from yesterday! Question your beliefs! Okay, Albert. But, what are our beliefs? When we are young and impressionable anything we are told by people who hold authority over us may become a belief. As toddlers and young children we hold certain people in esteem and look at them as having all the answers. What we hear from them become our core beliefs. This happens on a subconscious level and we are unaware of most of our core beliefs. Or, we accept the ones we recognize without question.
As adults it is almost impossible to look back and try to remember everything that was said to us by our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, religious leaders, coaches, and our “confident” friends who knew everything. We really can’t determine what is buried in our subconscious, determining our actions and responses to life. If our thoughts are dependent on our beliefs and we don’t know what our beliefs are, then how do we question them and change them.
We can first follow our thoughts backwards. If you respond in a negative way to something, for instance you see someone who is obviously wealthy and you have a feeling of resentment, look into that belief. It may be a small feeling and it may pass quickly before you correct your thinking, but it’s there. We only resent someone if we feel we cannot have what they have. If you resent rich people you may believe that you cannot be wealthy. If you see someone who is very attractive, do you immediately resent them? Do you believe that life is easy for them and they don’t have to exert any effort to get what they want? Is that a belief you hold about attractive people? What about different ethnic groups? We really should, as Albert suggests, never stop questioning.
As a child if we see our parents treat one of our siblings in a more loving way than they treat us we may have a feeling of resentment toward that sibling because we feel we will never receive that kind of love or approval from our parents. If you had a brother or sister that was more athletic, did better in school, was more attractive, you may believe you can never achieve success in these areas. Whenever we react in a negative way toward a person we can look at the belief behind the feeling and start to realize what our erroneous beliefs are. In realizing these false beliefs we can see how they no longer apply to our lives or concept of who we are. You deserve health, wealth, love, and happiness.
There are other ways to change our beliefs if we don’t know what is holding us back. We can use repetitive thoughts to teach ourselves new beliefs. Beliefs that we now know to be true and not just some traditonal or cultural dogma picked up as an impressionable child. You now know that you deserve to be happy, healthy, wealthy, wise, safe, strong, and loved. This is an affirmation that my younger daughter started repeating to herself years ago. I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise, safe, strong, and loved. She has it written down on a piece of paper on her dashboard so that she can see it whenever she is driving. When she begins to feel negative she repeats it to herself. If I say or do something negative she annoyingly says it to me! She sings it sometimes. I believe it is now in her DNA.
Sometimes repeating the same affirmation over and over makes it stale and we don’t even hear the words. But, if we can really think about them and say them with conviction and feeling, it makes them strong and it helps to change our beliefs. I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise, safe, strong, and loved. She chose these words because they sounded right to her. They sounded complete to her. What sounds complete to you? I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise, safe, strong, and loved. Would you add anything to your complete affirmation?
Think about this. It’s a good queston. What do I need to have and to be to lead a full life? Write out your complete affirmation and put it in your wallet. Tape it to the dashboard. Stick it on your mirror. Put it on your bedside table. Having a new affirmation everyday is also a good idea. It broadens our mind and gives us different ways to process the same ideas. A book of affirmations or a calenday for a daily affirmation can be very helpful. Look into what’s available from Louise Hay, Mike Dooley, and Paulo Coehlo, There are many more available for inspiration.
It’s a good idea to stay inspired by reading a variety of inpirational authors. Follow this blog for inspiration and check out others. I read inspirational material everyday to help keep me moving forward, to help me learn and grow. I need to feed my soul! Feed yours!
Feed your soul with these affirmations:
- I am open to the gifts from the universe!
- All good things come to me.
- I enjoy life to the fullest.
- I appreciate all that I have.
- I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise, safe, strong, and loved.
Imagine that you’ve just completed a project you have been putting off. Feel the wonderful satisfaction of a job well done.