People are made by their beliefs.
As they believe, so they are.

the Bhagavad Gita

Do continue to believe that with your feeling and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate in yourself this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.

Rainer Maria Rilke

One of the hardest expressions of self-assertiveness is challenging your limiting beliefs.

Nathaniel Branden
Self-Esteem Every Day
Whenever you are confused about why you did something, look for a belief.  Beliefs compel you to do what you might otherwise think is stupid.  The belief isn't stupid.  It's just a belief.  Change the belief and you change the behavior.  Most people will have no clue that their behavior comes from their own beliefs.  They will want to blame others--the president, the economy, their family, friends, childhood, and so on.  Blame is easy.  It avoids responsibility.  Recognizing that all behavior is caused by a belief will help you select better beliefs for yourself.  It will also help you understand others.

Joe Vitale
Life's Missing Instruction Manual
Your basic energy signature is the sum of all your thoughts and beliefs.  You define your personality, physical attributes, and behavior.  You are the only one who can create or change your thoughts and your beliefs.  And your beliefs create what you experience as life.

Bruce I. Doyle III
Think Your Way to the Life You Want

People may be heretics to the truth if they believe things only
because their pastor says so, or the assembly so determines,
without knowing other reason; though their beliefs be true,
yet the very truth they hold become their heresies.

John Milton


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Our beliefs about what we are and what we can
be, precisely determine what we will be.

Anthony Robbins


Limiting beliefs are like a cage locked tight with no opening in sight.
But when you realize that you are the one who holds the key in
releasing these beliefs, only then can you find freedom.  Freedom
comes from within.  It comes from getting to know who you really
are, releasing all limiting beliefs.  And as you release your limiting
beliefs and stand in your truth, your example shines a light for the
whole world to see.  Freedom will be yours when you give yourself
permission to live authentically.

Terri Amos


She realized how many of her beliefs were either unrealistic or belonged to
her deceased parents and her ex-husband.  She also realized that her expectations
for herself and others were sometimes too rigid.  She was trying to live up to
what everyone else said was best for her, which made her depressed and hard
to be around at times.  Once she changed her beliefs about herself and others,
she began to smile more and enjoy life.

Salle Merrill Redfield
Creating a Life of Joy



Be sure to choose what you believe and why you believe it, because
if you don’t choose your beliefs, you may be certain that
some belief, and probably not a very credible one, will choose you.

Robertson Davies

Belief in God is not always beneficial to human life.  Falsely used, it
may become an escape from reality or a justification for a dogmatic
arrogance that destroys the very fibre of the human community.

Edward LeRoy Long, Jr.


An extremely important part of our work toward emotional growth and change
will come from examining our belief systems regarding all areas of life.  To
gain the courage to be yourself, you need to address the beliefs that are
keeping you stuck where you are.  What beliefs, assumptions, and attitudes
are you holding onto even though they no longer enhance your life?  It is possible
to free yourself from worn-out beliefs and acquire ones that bring happiness,
strength, and self-esteem.  What we believe we may become.

Sue Patton Thoele
The Courage to Be Yourself



One of my patients who survived three major surgeries in five weeks
described himself as "born again."  When I asked him about this, he
told me that his experience had challenged all of his ideas about life.
Everything he had thought true had turned out to be merely belief and
had not withstood the terrible events of recent weeks.  He was stripped
of all he knew and left only with the unshakable conviction that life
itself was holy.  This insight in its singularity and simplicity had
sustained him better than the multiple, complex system of beliefs and
values that had been the foundation of his life up until this time.  It
upheld him like stone and upholds him still because it has been tested
by fire.  At the depths of the most unimaginable vulnerability he has
discovered that we live not by choice but by grace.
And that life itself is a blessing.

Rachel Naomi Remen
My Grandfather's Blessings


Become aware of your beliefs and automatic default settings.  Bring them into
the light of your present, adult knowledge.  Gently acknowledge that they
are what they are.  Then accept that they constitute what you've believed until
now, and that you can transform them into beliefs that allow you to fully express
who you really are.  Without judgment, patiently begin working to change
subconscious and limiting beliefs into true expressions of your authentic self.

Sue Patton Thoele
The Courage to Be Yourself


Many a time I have wanted to stop talking
and find out what I really believed.

Walter Lippman



One thing is certain.  That is that the power of belief, the
power of thought, will move reality in the direction of what
we believe and conceive of it.  If you really believe you can
do something, you can.  That is a fact.

Daisaku Ikeda
Buddhism Day by Day

You become what you believe--not what you wish or want,
but what you truly believe.

Oprah Winfrey


Believe nothing, O monks, merely because you have been told it. . .
or because it is traditional, or because you yourself have imagined it.
Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect
for the teacher.  But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis,
you find to be conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all
beings--that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.

The Buddha


What we call rational grounds for our beliefs are often
extremely irrational attempts to justify our instincts.

Thomas Henry Huxley

They were so strong in their beliefs that there came
a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those
beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness.

Louise Erdrich


All belief that does not make us more happy,
more free, more loving, more active, more calm, is,
I fear, a mistaken and superstitious belief.

John K. Lavater


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Some things have to be believed to be seen.

Ralph Hodgson

Most philosophies wrap their seekers in a strict belief system.
By virtue of what they include, they exclude everything else,
especially some vital realizations.  Periodically revising our philosophy
of life as we live it is, therefore, a critically valuable exercise.

Charles Bates


People in general are quick to believe that which they desire to be true.

Julius Caesar

In 2006, Doctors Travis Proulx and Steven Heine reviewed research across various disciplines to describe exactly what happens when a belief is threatened.  What they concluded was that when this occurs, humans turn to other beliefs and increase their intensity.  As they put it, “When committed beliefs are violated, people experience an arousal state that prompts them to affirm other beliefs to which they are committed.”  The authors reported that study after study had the same finding.  When the reality of one pattern is challenged, subjects would increase their belief in some other pattern to compensate.  That is, when the belief in the safety and security of the self was challenged, another form of self-identity increases.

Chris Niebauer
No Self, No Problem
Our beliefs inevitably solidify to be the only truth and reality that
we know, which puts a greater distance between us and anyone
whose beliefs are different. This distance not only
segregates us, it feeds our pride.

Timber Hawkeye
Buddhist Boot Camp
To believe in God for me is to feel that there is a God, not a dead one,
or a stuffed one, who with irresistible force urges us towards more loving.

Vincent van Gogh

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.

Jiddu Krishnamurti


You can change your beliefs so they empower your dreams and
desires.  Create a strong belief in yourself and what you want.

Marcia Wieder

I realized a long time ago that a belief which does not spring
from a conviction in the emotions is no belief at all.

Evelyn Scott

Is there any truth in theories, in ideals, in beliefs?  Why do you have beliefs?
Obviously, because beliefs give you security, comfort, safety, a guide.  In
yourself you are frightened, you want to be protected, you want to lean on
somebody, and therefore, you create the ideal, which prevents you from
understanding that which is.  Therefore, an ideal becomes a hindrance to action.

Jiddu Krishnamurti
The Book of Life:  Daily Meditations


On your life’s journey you have faced and overcome many limiting
beliefs.  Yet there is one fundamental principle that can change your
entire life when you understand and master it.  You may still be
burdened by the belief that your life must be difficult and you must
struggle for your good.  You might even believe, “If it’s not hard I
must not be doing it right.  I must be cheating or missing something.”
Such debilitating ideas are so deeply ingrained in so many people
that hardly anyone questions them and only a handful
have chosen a lighter path instead.

Alan Cohen
The Tao Made Easy



Yes, life can be mysterious and confusing--but there's much of life that's actually rather dependable and reliable.  Some principles apply to life in so many different contexts that they can truly be called universal--and learning what they are and how to approach them and use them can teach us some of the most important lessons that we've ever learned.
My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
Universal Principles of Living Life Fully.  Awareness of these principles can explain a lot and take much of the frustration out of the lives we lead.



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