Most people don't realize how extremely powerful their core beliefs are. Beliefs create our realities, but most of us are operating from the beliefs we formed in childhood, when our assumptions about how the world worked came from such a limited perspective.
In this article I'm going to share five examples of core beliefs that will seriously rock your world once you accept them as true for you.
Common examples of core beliefs
A core belief is a belief you hold about the way life works in some fashion. As Abraham Hicks says, a belief is simply a thought you keep thinking. You probably don't even think of it as a belief, but more of a "fact of life" type thing.
Here are some positive and negative core beliefs examples:
- I'm not good enough
- I do the best I can
- I'm different
- Money is hard to make
- I'm a successful person
- I don't have what it takes to ____________
- I can forgive myself easily
- People can't be trusted
- I'm open to learning new things
- I'm too old/young to do that
- I trust life
- Life is really hard
How do core beliefs affect us?
Core beliefs affect us by either expanding or limiting our conscious awareness. This in turn affects our behaviors, mood, perceptions, motivations and even our mental health.
Depression is brought on during those times in our lives when we have boxed ourselves into a small container of what is supposedly true about ourselves and the world. We quite literally narrow ourselves and our opportunities, or we open ourselves up to life through our underlying core beliefs.
If you don't believe something, you won't ever see proof that it exists, which will only further cement your belief. On the other hand, if you believe something is possible, you'll see all kinds of proof that it does exist. A belief is like a lens you look through–everything in life will be colored by the lens from which you view it, whether it's true or not.
I used to believe that you had to have a college degree and have a really good "job" to be successful, and I didn't see proof around me that contradicted that.
Once I learned about the law of attraction and the effect my beliefs were having on my life, I shifted into believing that it's easy to make money in fun ways, and now I see proof of that all around me. It's my actual reality.
We live in an energy based universe and your beliefs act as magnets, bringing to you whatever it is you believe and expect, whatever is in accordance with your core beliefs.
How to change your core beliefs
Changing your core beliefs is really very simple. You can look at where you're struggling in order to pretty quickly zoom into problematic core beliefs you're holding in those areas.
These are my three main ways of shifting core beliefs:
- Consuming content that promotes beneficial, positive beliefs
- Writing down the new beliefs I want to incorporate into my reality
- Using EFT tapping to rewire my mind
One of the easiest ways to challenge core beliefs is by consuming content from others with belief systems you want for yourself. You can do this through books, podcasts, Youtube videos, shows and music that uplift and push you to question what reality really is.
Secondly, writing is a powerful way to begin to reprogram your mind to adopt new beliefs. I will usually take an index card and simply write up to three new beliefs I'm wanting to instill. I'll look at this card in the morning and at night before falling asleep. You can also write these in the form of positive affirmations.
Lastly, a third way I cement new beliefs into my reality is through ETF tapping. It's a technique that helps to release energetic blockages so that the new belief can be accepted in. I like it because it quite literally takes the juice out of negative beliefs and replaces common core beliefs with beliefs that will benefit you.
Core beliefs that will rock your world
There are so many beneficial beliefs that you can take on that will open you up rather than close you in.
I chose the following five beliefs because they are powerful and broad, which in turn will affect so many areas of your life.
1. Everything is always working out for me
If you had just one core belief and this was it, your life would flow forevermore. That's what Abraham Hicks says all the time at their conferences.
What if a job loss wasn't looked at as a lost opportunity, but as a new door opening up because something better is on the way?
What if a divorce wasn't looked at as wasted time or a mistake, but as something that taught you so much and that has put you on the path to something even more aligned with all that you are?
What if a health condition wasn't looked at as something scary or shameful, but as a time of stillness and growth? An invitation to understand and come to know yourself on even deeper levels?
Start reframing anything that makes you feel bad and try to see how it could actually be bringing better things to you. Start believing that everything is always working out for you, because it is.
2. Everyone has their own inner guidance
How often do you feel the weight of someone else's emotions or life experience? If the answer is "often", then this core belief is for you.
I used to feel responsible for how the people around me felt and how their life experience went. I worried over how people took something I said or what they were going through.
I starting telling myself over and over again that everyone has their own inner guidance. If someone is having a hard time, I'm there for them but I don't try to step in and fix it.
Everyone has a direct connection to Source, just like you do. Trust that their inner guidance and soul has it under control, even if it appears chaotic on the surface. Be there, but don't take responsibility or try to "fix" things.
3. The world is a beautiful, safe place
How you view your world is how you'll experience it. If you have an underlying belief that it's full of hate and division, what do you think you'll see?
Now, just because you shift your belief, does this mean that hate or division will disappear? No, but they're not going to be glaringly obvious to you anymore because they're not going to be on your radar. It's like changing floors. You can't see what's going on down on floor 1 because you're up on floor 11.
If you had a core belief that tons of people wear yellow, you'd start seeing yellow everywhere. But since you likely don't hold that random belief, you probably can't think of when you last noticed lots of people wearing yellow.
Things show up because they're on your radar (they're in your underlying assumptions). If you believe deep down that this world is a beautiful, safe and loving place, you will no doubt begin seeing proof of it everywhere.
4. I am lovable and worthy of good things
How hard are you on yourself? Do you truly feel lovable? Do you see yourself through eyes of compassion? Do you realize that you're a soul here to have a human experience, which makes you so much more than any mistake you've ever made?
If you don't believe you're lovable, you likely struggle with low self-esteem, guilt, shame and lack of true, life-changing intimacy with others. These are common results from not believing you're worthy and lovable.
You are enough. You are perfectly imperfect. You are allowed to make mistakes–perfectionism was never expected. You deserve a lot of success, the kind that just keeps flowing. There's nothing you have to do to "earn" any of this. Because you exist, it is your birthright.
How would your life change if you deeply believed you are completely lovable and worthy of all good things?
5. I am open to new experiences, new people and new ideas
As people age, they tend to get more "settled in their ways." They have a fear of change and new ways of being and believing. But they don't have to, and neither do we.
When you open yourself up to life every day, you expand what is possible for you. The universe is always trying to send you inspiration, people and circumstances that will bring you into alignment with what you truly desire.
If you aren't open, you won't see these opportunities. There's always more opportunities, of course, but you'll continue to miss them until you open yourself up.
Feel how good it feels to believe you're open to new experiences, people and ideas. When you're open, you allow life to flow joyously through you. You radiate a certain level of pure acceptance and vulnerability, which will change your whole life in surprising new ways.
Here's the recap of everything I've shared here:
- Core beliefs affect the very reality you experience on a daily basis.
- Look at where you're struggling to find your negative core beliefs
- It's easy to begin shifting your core beliefs:
- consume content that matches the beliefs you want to embody
- for quicker and better results, write your new beliefs down
- use techniques such as EFT to rewire your mind & release energetic blockages
- Adopt new beliefs you want to implement and see your reality begin to shift
Changing our beliefs changes our everyday lives and creates near instantaneous positive change. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this article and found something to take away with you.
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Jessica Dimas is the author of Sacred Self-Care for Your Chakras.
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