Trans4mind Home Page
~ Making the Human Heart Visible ~
Inspiring Quotes of the Week + Bonuses!

The Amazing Power of Belief

By Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler

Just last week one of the entrepreneurs I'm working with on a personal basis asked me why he could "never seem to get ahead financially."

"I've done everything all the self-help books tell me to do," Edward explained. "I've set goals, I've visualized, I've gone to one seminar after another ... but I still can't seem to get any more money in my life."

"Tell me," I asked, "Why do you have such a problem with money?" "Don't know," he replied. "OK," I continued. "Tell me what you BELIEVE to be true about having more money in your life." Here's his list of beliefs about having more money in his life:

  • I just can't seem to make any more money
  • I've hit my peak financially
  • It's hard to make money
  • The rich get richer...and the poor get poorer
  • I really CAN get along OK without more money
  • The IRS will just take it anyway
  • I don't want to sell my soul

Many people will agree with his list. So what's wrong here? Edward (not his real name) says he wants more money in his life. He keeps on taking actions intended to create more money. But each attempt just falls flat -- one after the other.

This has gone on for years. In fact, Edward has spent more money "trying to make money" that he has earned. So where has he gone wrong?

Here's the BASIC PROBLEM: Edward's internal *beliefs* about money are "running the show." And his beliefs do NOT support his desire for more money in his life. In fact, his beliefs actually negate his desires.

How Beliefs Run Our Lives
You have a set of beliefs and assumptions for every area of your life: From money to success, relationships, body image, you name it. And most of these beliefs go way back into your childhood.

"So what?" you ask. The very nature of our beliefs is that we do truly BELIEVE them to be true. In fact, we automatically assume they're true without even thinking about it. That's the nature of a "belief."

Edward revealed that he BELIEVES he would have to "sell his soul" to get more money in his life, and the "IRS would just take it anyway." And he also believes he has "hit his peak financially" ... and "really CAN get along without more money."

Does that sound like a set of beliefs that would support a desire to have more money in one's life? Have you examined your subconscious beliefs about what you "say" YOU want to create in YOUR life?

The Power of Our Beliefs
It's a funny thing about beliefs. Most of us are willing to scrutinize all aspects of ourselves -- but we usually get super defensive if someone (even our self) questions our beliefs. Why? Because we assume our beliefs are "beyond question." So they remain unquestioned, and usually just run right over any goal that goes against them.

Edward's financial goals definitely fly in the face of his beliefs. And in fact, he had unwittingly used his beliefs against himself for years. Once we pulled Edward's beliefs out into the daylight of his rational conscious mind, they lost a good deal of their power. And now a whole new thing is happening.

He began to seriously use visualization and subliminal programming to FIRST renovate his beliefs about money. And guess what -- he is now making previously "impossible" financial progress!

Neuroscience in Action
I discovered the science behind how a thought can overcome a belief when I first began to use biofeedback in a clinical environment. I especially recall the wife of a prominent local surgeon. She came to me hoping biofeedback would provide some relief from her crippling back pain.

Mrs. Robins (not her real name) had been in an especially nasty high speed car crash three years earlier. She had wrenched her back, but miraculously not broken any bones. But her back pain had never healed. She hobbled into the clinic leaningly heavily on a cane. Her husband was recommending surgery, and she was only "trying" biofeedback on a whim.

In the first session we discovered her "belief" that she would never heal from the trauma (her best friend had died in the crash.) I attached sensors to her back, and we both observed the muscle-related emg spikes when she painfully attempted to move her legs.

So I then hooked up sensors to her arm, and had her first tense and then relax, her muscles. She clearly saw and understood the difference between relaxed and tensed on the computer screen.

Then I suggested that her back pain "might" be muscle bracing that had become a chronic habit -- and proposed an experiment in which she would just *think* about allowing her back to relax.

We placed sensors on her back again and I turned the screen away from her as she began to "think" about allowing her back to relax. Sure enough, the spikes reduced dramatically. When I rotated the screen so she could see it, her jaw dropped. The power of her thoughts HAD immediately reduced the muscle spasms in her back.

I asked her how her back felt. She was even more amazed. It had begun to warm as her circulation was beginning to be restored. After only three biofeedback sessions, she was able to release her muscle spasms with a single thought. And a few weeks later the cane was gone. She considered herself totally "cured."

Actually -- what had happened is that she cured herself from a crippling belief ("I don't think I'll ever heal") with a single powerful THOUGHT ("It's OK to relax the muscle spasms in my back.") Old beliefs CAN be replaced with success-affirming positive thoughts.

Putting This to Work
But replacing those old beliefs will require dealing with the ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) that are attached to those beliefs. If you do have limiting beliefs, those ANTs will constantly reinforce that belief. The only way to stomp ANTs is to create new positive beliefs to replace the old negatives!

It does NOT matter if you believe these new positive beliefs at first.

Go ahead and read that sentence again! Your mind is a creature of habit. The more often you consciously focus on your new positive beliefs, the faster they will be taken into your subconscious mind and replace your old limiting beliefs!

Do a mental house-cleaning and get rid of those ANTs! All you have to lose are your old limitations!

Dr Jill has created a great little 19-page PDF book especially for Trans4mind subscribers, containing inspiring and motivating short stories. The title is: "You Make a Difference! 7 stories to lift your spirits and feed your motivation" Download it here.

More personal development articles at the Counterpoint Article Library

From our extensive site, you'll find good info on many topics using this search:

Looking for a better life?

Trans4mind Training - our series of online, interactive video workshops - presents the most effective methods of personal development, combined with support from expert life coaches. The human heart made visible.

A great way to support your Trans4mind Training is to use these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

  • Public Speaking Fear ~ Banish speaking anxiety and nerves with hypnosis.
  • Motivate Yourself to Exercise ~ Build a powerful exercise habit that you can't break.
  • Get Rid of Fear & Anxiety ~ Stop worry and apprehension wrecking your life.
  • Self Esteem ~ Break the negative trance of low self esteem and give yourself a chance in life.
  • Create Your Own Reality ~ Use the power of your unconscious mind to transform your life.
  • Deeper Self Respect ~ Use hypnosis to connect with your true inner worth.
  • Detach From Fear ~ Tune out nervousness and anxiety with hypnosis.
  • Improving Concentration and Focus ~ Learn how to discipline, direct and command your mind to improve your performance.
  • Exercise Motivation ~ Give you powerful keys to getting back on track with your exercise - and staying there.
  • Overcoming Shyness ~ Provides an invisible security blanket allowing you to develop social ease and overcome shyness.
  • Quick Confidence Booster ~ An audio hypnosis session that's specifically designed to get you (quickly!) back on track.
  • Stop Negative Thoughts ~ Learn powerful hypnotic techniques to stop negative thoughts before they start.
  • Overcoming Procrastination ~ Let hypnosis help you get on with what you need to do, when you need to do it. Let nothing hold you back.
  • Think Thin ~ Use hypnosis to re-train your brain and lose weight naturally... that's how to get and stay slim.
  • Fall Asleep Fast ~ Relearn how to fall asleep fast and enjoy a good night's sleep.
  • The Next Level ~ Designed to radically boost your performance in any field. It's based on a technique used by top athletes and other successful people to help them make a big stride forward.
This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...
Get a free Hypnosis Download at Facebook

Welcome to the New Wave in Meditation Technology

Click here to learn more about the iAwake Profound Meditation Program
The iAwake Profound Meditation Program is a way of enhancing your meditation practice, making meditation not only easier and more enjoyable, but also more efficient and effective.
Profound Meditation provides the smoothest, deepest, richest, most profound meditation experience available anywhere...
Here is a link to a free 20-minute track from iAwake Technologies - a sample of the type of tools that will deepen your meditation immediately and help you quickly become a successful meditator. It's the opening track of iAwake's flagship product, the Profound Meditation Program, called the iAwake Experience...
Learn More and Download the iAwake Experience
I think you'll find this technology a tremendous aid on your transformative journey of becoming your best and most creative self - and you can get started today!
Copyright © 1997-2016 Trans4mind Ltd