How Beliefs Bewitch the Mind
I love how in the first Harry Potter movie, in the introductory potions class, Professor Severus Snape storms into the dungeon classroom and proclaims “I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and snare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory and even how to put a stopper in death.” Our beliefs can bewitch our minds too – especially limiting ones.
The Oxford Dictionary defines belief as “an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof”. How then would we define a so-called limiting belief? We would still accept it as true even though it stands in the way of truthfully expressing ourselves realizing our true potential.
Examples might be: “If I ask for what I want, I will be rejected”, or “I can’t say how I feel as I will offend someone”, or even “I don’t have the capabilities to apply for that higher level position”. In early life, we may have been chastised for asking for something, been told that you will hurt someone’s feelings if you speak up or that you didn’t perform up to par when you tried your best. Unfortunately, we tend to adopt and buy into these concepts and then go about acting as if those ideas were still true.
Here is a simple test you can do to uncover some of your limiting beliefs. You might say out loud “it’s okay to ask for what I want”. Notice if you feel light or heavy. If you feel heavy, you don’t belief that statement. If you are confident with muscle testing, test a few statements and see if you test strong or weak. Another one you might try is “I can earn all the money I want”. If you body sinks down or you feel tension in your body, you likely hold a belief “I cannot earn the money I want”.
When our subconscious minds hold limiting beliefs, we restrict ourselves by making unconscious choices that are in alignment with the belief. Thus you may not even apply for a job that you don’t believe you are fully qualified for. Fortunately, we can uncover and clear away those thoughts that get in the way of success, health and happiness – all made readily doable with EFT!