Why we Need to Examine our Unconscious Belief Systems

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I can’t stop thinking about unconscious belief systems lately...We all have them and they dictate the way we live our lives. We just don’t know it’s happening...until we do. 

Many of them are rooted in fear, and they’re so intertwined with how we move, and breathe, and live that we don’t even realize they exist. We just feel, assume, or take for granted that they’re an inherent part of us. Inevitable. A limitation or an insecurity we simply must carry with us throughout our lives.

But it’s not true. None of these thoughts or beliefs are inevitable. Or, at least, they don’t have to be. We just have to be willing to work to release them. This can be painful, which is probably why it seems like we’ll do anything to avoid having to deal with them.

We can, of course, try to push them so far down that we can’t feel them. And, we might even be able to create what feels like positive change by doing this. We might even feel like we’re progressing or overcoming something.

But those limiting belief systems still exist. They’re still calculating, operating, and maneuvering—awaiting the opportunity to reassert themselves. They haven’t disappeared; they’re just lying dormant. Because we haven’t addressed them.

And so, we might make a change—something that feels outwardly positive—but, in truth, we’re just recreating the same experiences...in new situations. Different places, different people, different circumstances...same old underlying story.

This happens, because we haven’t addressed the deeper issue. We’re still unknowingly being influenced by the same beliefs, because we’re unable, or unwilling, to acknowledge that they exist.

But, if we self-inquire, if we reflect, if we really take the time to look into our belief systems, we’ll discover the fears that reverberate beneath them. And then, by looking deeper into those fears—and seeking to understand how we acquired them in the first place—we can release them.

We can notice them, soften into the understanding of them, and then finally, gently, let them go. 

We’ll no longer have to hold onto them, because we’ll understand we don’t need them anymore.