…. are these kinds of beliefs which lead us to live our lives in unhappiness, unfulfillment and self-hatred, and demand from us to remain in our self-imposed limitations. Usually we regard them as true, maybe even as absolutely true. It might be sentences like:
I am not lovable.
I will never be successful.
I am unworthy of happiness.
Life is pain and struggle and not worth committing to it.
There are plenty of them. I claim that they are neither true nor untrue. I say it’s us who make them true or real. There is a Vedic aphorism which says:
atmavan manyate jagat
“The self (the spiritual soul) is projecting his consciousness in the universe.” This means that we always search outside of us what we carry inside of us. If we for example strongly believe that people in general are ungrateful and unreliable, it is very likely, that we will find many people in our lives who confirm this belief of ours by their actions. We expect to find that what we believe in. Like a machine that is programed to detect minerals will find them, so a mind programed to find disappointment will find the object of its focus. This principle works independent from the nature of our beliefs, might they be positive or negative. The point is that just by us putting our faith in a belief it becomes powerful to manifest in our lives.
The questions we ought to ask is: “How do our beliefs form our lives? What do we create with them?” and most importantly, “What life do we really want to create for ourselves?” At this point we arrive at what we call ‘self-affirming truths’. These are beliefs that have a message of development and growth. They focus on what we can achieve, what we deserve and what we are capable of. Like for example:
I am fully equipped to master my life.
I am capable in achieving success in my endeavors.
I love my self for who I am.
It’s our beliefs that create our reality.