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  • Writer's pictureCaroline Cranshaw

The Power of Belief

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

Have you ever been haunted by a negative thought that just won’t seem to go away? Had an extreme reaction to a situation, that surprised you and anyone else involved?

Have you had a traumatic experience in the past that has made you terrified try anything similar? Not been able to heal from an illness no matter what you try?

Have you tried talking to your friends, family or therapist until you’re blue in the face and people have started screening your calls? This angst you’re experiencing is all due to your beliefs.Beliefs are what cause you to keep responding the same irrational way, in spite of your best efforts to change.So, what are beliefs and how do we form them?

Beliefs are thoughts that operate as filters for your perceptions and affect everything you experience. Whether positive or negative, beliefs not only colour how you take in and respond to the world, they influence how you see yourself, as well. Your beliefs affect every aspect of your existence, from how you look, to your health and your success in life.

Core beliefs normally develop in childhood and are deeply rooted. These beliefs are perceptions about yourself and how life works, and they are not necessarily true. The younger you are when you develop them; the harder they can be to change. Some beliefs are passed though the generations, others you develop yourself from your experiences.

Common core beliefs are:

  • I’m not good enough

  • I will always be overweight, it runs in my family.

  • I will never be rich.

  • All the good ones are taken.

  • All men will be unfaithful.

  • There is something wrong with me.

The list goes on and on. Since we hold these beliefs, we attract people and situations that will reaffirm them for us. For example, if you believe all men cheat on their wives, you will probably marry a man who will prove you right.One of the keys to changing our lives for the better, is to identify our limiting beliefs and use proven tools to change them. No matter what your core beliefs are, you can create new ones and transform your life.

The power of your beliefs and how they affect your reality and health is made evident by cases of Multiple personality disorder (MPD), or Dissociative identity disorder (DID), as it is called now. People with (DID) have several different identities, referred to as “alters”, that may display differences in many areas, including speech, mannerisms, beliefs, and associated gender. They may have different artistic abilities, foreign language fluency, and IQ.

Another unusual feature of (DID) is that each of the personalities possesses a different brain-wave pattern. Even more amazing are the biological changes that can take place in their body when they switch personalities. Commonly a medical condition exhibited by one personality will mysteriously vanish when another personality takes over. One personality may be an insulin dependant diabetic, while the other “alters” show no symptoms of the disease.

One may have a severe anaphylactic allergy that does not affect the others.Other conditions that can differ from personality to personality include scars and burn marks. Their vision can vary; some even have to carry two or three different pairs of eyeglasses to accommodate their alternating personalities. One personality can be colour-blind and another not, and even eye colour has been documented to change. There have been cases of women who have two or three menstrual periods each month because each of their sub-personalities has its own cycle.

After seeing directly what transformations can occur with multiple personalities, doctors and scientists are beginning to recognize the mind-body connection and what it means for us – our power to heal ourselves and become the person we want to be. This is teaching us how powerful the mind is, that our bodies and their issues both physical and psychological are not forever, that they can be transformed by the power of belief and the mind. If we believe something without hesitation, we can influence our bodies on a cellular level, just as those with split personalities do unconsciously.

It is possible that we could just imagine that we are healed and it would happen, we could see in our mind that the cancer has gone, and it would be. Ailments of every kind could heal within minutes. Perhaps all we need is the unwavering belief of our inner power.

‘If the mind can do this in tearing down body tissue, I think it suggests the same potential for healing,” said Dr. Braun, who directs a 10-bed psychiatric unit that uses psychotherapy, hypnosis and drugs to treat people with multiple personalities. He said he believed that the drastic physical changes seen in patients going from personality to personality could be duplicated for emotionally normal people under hypnosis’ (source, New York Times).

According to quantum physics, atoms are made up of spinning, vortexes of energy and collections of atoms make up molecules. All physical matter is made up of molecules, including humans; so in essence, we are all walking fields of energy. This would explain how people with multiples and even some animals are able to change their appearance and physiology at will, their minds transforming the very matter that they are made of.

There are ways you can utilize this power of your mind. Hypnosis is a way we can access our subconscious mind where our beliefs are held, create new beliefs using visualization and other transformational techniques. Visualization while you’re relaxed works because the subconscious mind cannot distinguish between imagined images and real ones, so if we see or feel something vividly enough, the body’s cell structure will begin to match to what is being experienced in the mind.

What would you like to change or develop? Would you like an ailment to be healed, an unshakeable confidence, your body to change shape, or maybe the removal of fears or negative beliefs that hold you back from the life you only dare to dream of?

I think Marianne Williamson said it best when she said “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
The question is: who are you not to be?”



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