June 8

Within you right now is the
power to do things you never
dreamed possible.  This power
becomes available to you as
soon as you can change
your beliefs.

Maxwell Maltz


Today's Meditation:

"I believe" can be two of the most dangerous words of our lives.  They're two words that can keep us from having an open mind, that can keep us from learning the truth about certain things, that can keep us from listening carefully to people who just may have very important messages to share with us.  I always used to believe, for example, that people should act in certain ways in certain situations.  As a result of that belief, I had an artificial set of expectations when certain situations arose, and I pretty much always set myself up for disappointment and frustration because of my beliefs.  Now that I've changed those beliefs, I feel much less frustration in my life.  It's nice. 

One of the main problems with beliefs is that they're so rarely authentically ours.  We borrow our beliefs from others, for the most part, and we react to many, many things based basically on what other people believe.  We also assign limitations to ourselves based on beliefs that we've learned from others about ourselves--we have this talent, we don't have that one.  We're good at this, but not at that.  I deserve these, but I certainly don't deserve those. . . .

The limits in your life are almost all self-defined.  And for the most part, your beliefs are determining those limits.  Time after time we hear of the importance of changing our beliefs in order to change our lives for the better, yet time after time we ignore the message because we really are attached emotionally to those beliefs.

Recognize that your beliefs are like the weather--constantly subject to change--and you'll find that you're able to empower yourself in such a way that you'll open up whole worlds of possibility that simply weren't there before. Your potential is almost unlimited; isn't it a shame that you believe so deeply and so fondly in limits?

Questions to consider:

What are some of your core beliefs that keep you limited?

How might we go about changing some of our most limiting beliefs? 

If you could accomplish anything in the world you wanted to, what kinds of beliefs would you have to have? 

For further thought:

Listen to your beliefs, think about how you learned them, and realize that they are not genetic, nor are they the "only way."  You are free to acquire new perspectives, to absorb new ideas, and to question everything you were taught to believe.  As your mind opens to exploration and change, you'll feel a new lightness and more joy.

Charlotte Davis Kasl


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