Even while we developed in the womb, we were processing information from our surrounding environment. We continually learn new information throughout our entire lives from pre-birth birth until death, being influenced by emotions, words, actions, and reactions of others - especially by those closest to us. Every piece of this gathered information is stored in the brain, and contributes in a huge number of ways with what we believe and subsequently, how we behave. Learning in our pre-conscious formative years from 0 to 2 years is based purely on emotional feelings (non-linguistic) and from our immediate home environment. Nature of course provides us with many essential instinctive primary survival mechanisms for us to follow. For example ‘I must breathe air, I must find food and water’ are basic commands for survival. We absolutely believe these to be true, and are unquestionably valid. These primary templates are so strong that a newly born baby knows how to swim in water and will find its way to the surface to breathe air in order to survive. Let’s be honest though, most parents don’t believe this and will protect their babies from going anywhere near deep water, because of a strong fear the parent themselves already have about the risks of drowning, and subsequently passing that very same fear onto baby. A small toddler or child then has to learn to believe it can swim all over again. There are many adults who still believe they do not have the ability to swim. We humans constantly refer back to all of our own learned information that we’ve been taught, and our current behaviour is subconsciously influenced by what we have previously learned. As babies and children, we continually learn primary differences between the things that are comfortable and safe, and those which threaten our safety. Long before we have learnt communication through language, we also learn and apply many other beliefs too. As we develop our linguistic cognitive skills, we absorb even more detailed information to add to our beliefs both good and bad, being increasingly influenced from what we hear at home, our peers in the nursery and at school. Let’s face it, we are taught to believe in some pretty big concepts, from an early age, but not necessarily based on much in the way of hard evidence. (Page 1/2)
Based on much of what we are taught and what we subsequently believe is true, we really begin to gravitate towards the things we like, what we don’t like, how we define ourselves in life, who we mix with, what their beliefs are compared to our own, what we believe can and cannot be achieved, what we engage with, who and what we prefer to avoid etc, etc. When we practise positive behaviours skills and are encouraged to do so by our parents and peers and siblings, we don’t only survive, we allow ourselves thrive. However, if we are taught to react in negative ways (e.g screaming when we see a tiny mouse by our Mother), as far as a very young child is concerned, the mouse is perceived as a big danger because why else would Mum have screamed and jumped on the chair!. Repeated events such as this may then develop into a phobias because when we see a mouse the next time we refer back to the ‘screaming’ template in our memory bank and we then struggle with that belief as we grow. The power of the belief system of the mind is vast and infinitely varied. The knowledge contained within it doesn’t just keep us alive, it can either help us grow or it can severely limit us. Therefore, it is imperative that we do something to change any self limiting beliefs and engage with the positive thinking cycle to embrace a productive belief system that allows us to reach our full potential. When we truly believe that something is possible we engage with this process, and even though they may still be challenges to overcome along the way to embed those beliefs, we can do it knowing we are doing the very best we can. If however, we strongly believe that the very same thing is impossible to achieve, we probably won’t even attempt to make it happen. Ask yourself… Which of your current beliefs are based on evidence and which are based on false expectations appearing real (f.e.a.r.)? So If you have some restricting beliefs or perceptions about yourself that you know you need to change, and you know for sure is holding you back in some way, the first thing to do is recognise that’s the case, the second thing to do is to do something about it. Hypnotherapy can help get rid of many of life’s fear based ‘false’ beliefs and to help you realise that beliefs can change. With the right belief system firmly instilled there is a very good chance that you may well turn your life around (Page 2/2)
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