One of the challenges I face as a Life Coach and Hypnotherapist is unraveling, or even digging up, what fundamental beliefs a client has. Usually, it's a belief that is sabotaging a successful life; very often, they don't even realize they have this belief until I ask the right questions that they are able to uncover it in the answers.
Let's talk a little bit about beliefs. I had an ah-ha moment the other day. I was feeling rough--really rough. I lay there in bed after cancelling all my appointments. My fever was 101 and rising. I lay there in misery thinking, "I believe I have the flu." Then it dawned on me what I just thought. "I BELIEVED I had the flu." Oh my, I believed it. My thoughts stopped as realization dawned on me.
A Course in Miracles teaches that only illness is capable of growing in a split mind--one that thinks it's separate from God and from one another. Perfect health is our birthright, our God-given birthright as Sons or Daughters of God. So, if that's the case, I am whole, I am healthy and the flu doesn't belong in my belief system, or my experience, because it doesn't serve me as a Son of God.
As soon as I realized the truth of my 'wholeness,' my fever broke. I could actually feel my fever break and my body cooling. I also felt my sinuses drain and I could breathe through my nose, something I was unable to do just a few minutes earlier. I got out of bed. As the realization of the power of belief came over me, I got so jazzed, it's all I could think about. How powerful we are! How amazing our thoughts and our creative abilities! I was so excited, I did not sleep that night as the power, the magnificent power, played through my thoughts on what I could do to change this world for the better. What we all could do if we truly put our minds, and BELIEVED, we could.
I take this another step further now, in my practice. I often work with patients who believe they are chronically ill. By introducing this belief pattern into their life, I've witnessed what some would term miracles. The man who, for 30 years, suffered from a debilitating case of Crohns. He decided to not believe he had it. He literally told himself that Crohns was not in his life experience, he chose not to have it there and no longer believed he had the disease. Guess what? He just celebrated 6 months of painfree existence, enjoying food and drinks that would have previously landed him in the hospital.
This all takes faith, lots of faith. It involves not believing what you see on the X-rays or in tests that show you different results in the near-term. My client who had breast cancer who realized how much her beliefs have affected her health decided she didn't have tumors growing anymore that were resistant to treatment. The X-rays said she did until last week. The biggest one is now gone. No special treatment--just reflexology performed every two weeks and a visit to a chiropractor. Otherwise, it was picturing herself the way she wanted to be. The way she believed she should be. She's changed her belief system and cancer is no longer part of her experience. As her body catches up to her new belief system, I know I will hear about the X-rays coming up tumor-free!
The interesting thing about all of this is that we all have it--the power to change our life by changing our belief about something. Imagine our lives, our world, if we actively chose to believe what served us and disbelieve what didn't. Now, we would see a lot of changes. All the professions that made money off our fear, off our disease, would be looking for a new line of work. Is that so bad?
What do you believe? Does it serve a Son/Daughter of God? Does it serve you and who you want to become? We do have the power of choice. Exercise it and BELIEVE you can!