Since beliefs shape our reality and every instant we shift to is a new reality; we are constantly choosing the same beliefs at every new reality. This means beliefs have self-perpetuating mechanisms that influence us to keep choosing them at every instant. The continuous flow of realities projected by our Higher Selves are then perceived by the ego as a progression. When we have fewer beliefs shaping our reality, we shift at a higher frequency from one reality to another.
This is why it’s possible for us to let go of beliefs at any given instant. Once we let go of a belief, we are deciding to no longer choose it; which reshapes every new reality that we shift to. The only reason this wouldn’t work for someone is if they have a belief that says that they can’t let go of a belief at any given moment.
Replacing negative beliefs with positive beliefs: 2 schools of thought.
The spiritual teachers who speak of beliefs have differing opinions on whether to replace negative beliefs with new positive beliefs. When you get to the root of it, you realize that there is almost no difference between one and the other, so I’ll describe them both here and I’ll leave you the choice to decide which you resonate with the most.
The spiritual teachers, who speak of simply letting go of beliefs without replacing it, say that to return back to our original state of source; unconditional love, we simply need to let go of barriers that are putting these conditions in place. Consciousness is without definition, and attempting to define it by replacing old beliefs with new ones is just adding a new barrier to our ego.
The teachers also speak about universal truths that come from a place of knowingness. We cannot define these truths, not even with beliefs, because beliefs create a polarity and always deny other forms of reality by nature.
Other teachers say that negative beliefs have a polarity to positive beliefs and we can simply choose positive beliefs as a way to guide us within reality. There are methods to know if a positive belief is reflective of our true essence and we simply need to choose the positive beliefs carefully.
If a new belief ends up being restrictive, we can simply let go of that one and continue on, with practice letting go of beliefs is easier and easier.
The reason why there is almost no difference between both schools of thought is because if you do it correctly, the new positive beliefs that you would choose usually end up being the universal truths. The only question is if you think universal truths can be defined. In this article, I will continue talking in terms of positive and negative, the information is useful for people who subscribe to either schools of thought.
Understanding the mechanism of beliefs
Positive and negative beliefs don’t mean good and bad. Beliefs shape our reality and allow us to have an experience. All realities are neutral since they are all different facets of consciousness. Negative and positive beliefs just create different charges on the experience, yet all experiences are valid.
Negative beliefs create experiences of separation and limitation, whereas positive beliefs create experiences of acceptance and expansion.
Positive beliefs are expansive and inclusive of all realities. This means that they accept all beliefs as valid and allows us to choose which belief we prefer to play with. They give us the power and the freedom to define which reality we want to experience and this allows us to expand our consciousness. When we choose a positive belief we often feel inspired to create and grow.
We also get to choose whether to keep negative beliefs or not, but the beliefs actually use various tricks to keep us from letting them go. The beliefs do this to sustain the reality that we’re experience. These tricks are all fear based and key into our survival instinct.
The tricks can make us think that if we let go of these beliefs we will either suffer or die. Or that it’s impossible to change the beliefs.
And sometimes they’ll actually scare us by making us think that if we go searching for other beliefs, we’ll actually prove the negative belief. The proof is more painful than the hint of doubt we have about the negative belief.
Belief: “I don’t deserve love”
If I attempt to search for proof that I deserve love, I may find out that the belief is true and prove that I don’t deserve love. I’m better off believing that I don’t deserve love and have a little hope that I do, than to prove it without a doubt.
I’ll give a real example of a conversation I had with someone recently. I was discussing religion to someone and explaining how it’s illogical that God would punish people. He refused to believe it, so I started questioning him until we go to an impasse, here was his reasoning:
I’m the type of person that digs very deep when I decide I want to understand a specific subject. I’m worried that if I dig too deep into why god would judge us (and send us to hell), I could possibly lose faith in God and thus end up in hell. I’d rather not risk it.
(My friend has been reconsidering since the conversation we had).
Doubt is often used by beliefs to keep us from looking into the beliefs, but it’s also the opportunity that’s placed for us to take advantage of to observe the belief and see if we want to hold on to it.
These awesome diagrams that I took from Bashar’s website are amazing for figuring out if a belief is negative or positive. If you’re not sure if a belief is positive or negative, take the belief and put it in the middle of both diagrams to see where it fits.
- Justify: The beliefs will make us justify why it’s better to keep them.
- Rationalize: Similar to justify
- Reward: The beliefs will make us think of the rewards that we get from choosing them, the rewards are always based on security (IE: Money, Relationships)
- Paranoia: The beliefs will make us so distrustful of everything that we don’t give any other options a chance.
- Project: The beliefs will make us think or imagine beautiful results that could come from keeping the belief
- Reject: The beliefs will make other beliefs look silly or untrue.