When it comes to doing inner healing work, there is a lot we can talk about, but in today’s case, I am referring to 2 things.
The extraordinary power of belief
This is often referred to as the Placebo Effect, though it doesn’t actually require a placebo to work. Simply truly believing will work just as well.
The idea of the placebo effect is that in most clinical trials a placebo is given to one group and the other group is given the real medicine. The placebo effect occurs when a placebo given patient heals just as well or better than the real medicine group even though they received an inert pill. Yet they still got better because they believed they would. They believed they were receiving the real treatment and that the treatment would help, and then they got better.
This has been documented countless times over the years, and not just with pills but with all sorts of treatments and procedures.
There is actually emerging science as to why the placebo effect works, and if you are interested I encourage you to check out my book – I Can. I Am. End of Story. Or the works of Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton, or Lynne McTaggert. They delve into the quantum theory, epigenetics (how your environment, including your thoughts, control your genes) and the science behind the placebo effect, and in my book I try to take all I’ve learned from them and others and make it nice and short and clear.
Regardless of why it works, there is true power in believing something to be so. And for some of us, it really is pretty simple. For others, like me, believing isn’t so cut and dry. Because for the placebo to work, you really have to believe without a shred of doubt.
So how do we believe? Read on.
Ridding yourself of all those nasty little limiting beliefs and past traumas you are holding on to.
What it all really comes down to is that your environment controls your genes and your cellular health. You may have heard the term biohacking before. Biohacking is all about this exactly. Changing your environment in and around you so that you have control of your biology. This entire roadmap is about doing just that. About what needs to be changed in your environment and why. Your thoughts and beliefs are an environment. They are a powerful environment that can be working with and for you, or it can be working against you.
It’s more than just about optimistic thinking and happiness (which is important and part of the roadmap). It’s also more than power of belief. All too often we have all these hidden and limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs that conflict with and keep us from truly believing what we want to and need to believe.
Not only can limiting beliefs keep you from believing in healing, they can be the cause of your disease all together.
For example the all too common limiting belief – “I am not good enough” can come from anywhere, from a couple flippant remarks by your parent or teacher as a child, from getting picked on, to a couple friends not showing up to your birthday.
But once that belief settles in, it starts to limit you. It keeps you from asking cute boys out on dates for fear of rejection. “I’m not (blank) enough, why would he say yes”. It can keep you from taking risks, applying to jobs, building strong relationships, standing up for yourself, keep you stuck in a bad relationship, all sorts of things.
These limiting beliefs we all have, can also provide a lot of negative feelings and associated emotional and psychological stress that can often manifest in diseases.
You can be doing all the right things, but if you are holding onto a limiting belief especially one keeping you in a bad relationship or job or unhappy place, or you have a past trauma that is stifling you, there is a very real possibility you will not heal.
Examples of limiting beliefs:
- I’m not X enough (pretty, smart, cool, confident, strong, good, etc.)
- I can’t trust people because I’ve been betrayed before
- Money is hard to obtain
- I’m not lovable
- I can’t pursue my dreams because I don’t know what I’ll do if I fail
- I have to do everything on my own, because people aren’t helpful (or I don’t want to be needy)
- I’m not worthy
- I’m helpless
- Many fears tend to be tied to limiting beliefs, caused from them or at the root of them. Fears of judgement, rejection, failure, etc.
- I can’t change
The inner side of healing can be difficult, emotional, and a ton of work, and is something that never really ends. Though once you start doing it, you’ll see how amazing it is, and you’ll want to make it a part of your life. It gets easier. Once you really get through the most difficult stuff you’re holding onto, it get much easier. And fortunately there are some powerful tools out there for getting your inner healing and believing on.
How to Get Rid of Limiting Beliefs and Believe
The first and foremost being:
Presence and awareness:
There is an incredible power in being present to the moment. When you are in the present moment you are attuned to your current being. This builds awareness. The more aware and observant you can be of yourself in the present moment the more you will notice when your limiting beliefs pop up. Because it’s a lot easier to get rid of limiting beliefs when you are aware of them. Sometimes that’s all it takes. Noticing them, and deciding you don’t need it anymore.
Being present and building your inner awareness helps you get to know yourself.
Mindful meditation is a great way to begin practicing presence. You can download some free meditations I recorded for you HERE.
Getting and staying present gets easier and easier with practice.
Exercise for releasing limiting beliefs
Once you’ve identified a limiting belief, you can begin the work to get rid of it.
Work with one belief at a time. Start with the big ones, and by big ones I mean the ones having the most impact on your current life. For me it was very much the common – I’m not good enough belief. Write it down.
Then write down all the things you can think of that may have caused this belief to manifest. It’s a good idea to do a short meditation and really get present with yourself before starting this. Think all the way back to your childhood.
Now having acknowledged all these reason, express gratitude for them. Express gratitude for the belief. Expressing true gratitude helps release the negative emotion attached to this list, making them easier to release from your body and mind. Thank them for what they have done for you or they believe they have done for you, and then write down all the reasons these reasons the the belief is wrong.
At this point I like to destroy the paper by burning it (take all the proper safety measures if you choose to do this as well)
Finally write down your new belief that you are replacing the old limiting belief with. And practice it.
For a long time most scientist, researchers, and doctors believed that at a certain age the brain stops growing and changing. Many still do believe this. But it turns out that is pretty much BS and the truth has recently emerged. Our brains ALWAYS have the ability to change and rewire. This concept is called brain plasticity, and it’s freaking cool.
Essentially it means you can teach an old dog new tricks, so teach on. It also has a profound impact on healing as well. In this youtube clip, Dr. Norman Doidge, discusses how the concept of brain plasticity and “talking to the brain in its own language” has helped autistic kids have great improvements, and how it has helped patients with parkinsons, and many other brain health patients.
Practice and repetition is how the average person rewires their brain. That’s why you want to practice the right way. The more you fire the new/different neurons together, eventually that pathway will become dominant.
The more you practice mindfulness, the sooner it will become second nature, and you’ll be living a more present life. The more you say your affirmations and feel your affirmations the sooner you’ll start to truly believe them.
This isn’t really a new concept. But for some it can be a needed shift. This idea that you never are too old to master something new, you can get smarter, you can change things you don’t like about yourself, you can make beneficial changes to your brain.
So I invite you to practice believing. Practice the beliefs you want to replace your limiting beliefs with. Practice life as if you have no limiting beliefs. Practice the shit out of it.
Create rituals that you do daily, weekly, monthly, etc. that are about your own personal development. – Journaling, meditating, affirmations, praying, walking, power gab sessions with your bestfriend about inner healing in particular, etc.
I look at intention as the precursor to belief. This is an excerpt from my book about Lynne McTaggert’s Intention Experiment, showing the power of intention.
Dr. William A. Tiller, a material science engineer at Stanford University, had scientifically controlled experiments in which he tested intention. He tested the power of the mind through intention to change physical matter. One of his first experiments was to test whether or not intention could change the pH level of water by a full degree. Not just half a degree or less than half a degree, which could be chalked up to chance. He wanted a noticeable, at least one degree, difference in the pH of water. (1) How they did this was by imprinting devices with intention and then sending those devices to a laboratory 2,000 miles away where it was placed next to water and then turned on. When the device was turned on in the vicinity of the jar of water, the pH level decreased or increased according to the intention that was directed at it as much as one and a half full units.
Lynne McTaggart and The Intention Experiment are expanding on this. They’ve done some really, really cool things as well. They started out doing scientific controlled blind experiments across thousands of miles, some across the ocean, to see if, not only in presence but at a distance, intention can change physical activity. They took a set of leaves and had a group of people, across thousands of miles, set an intention to have one of those leaves glow. It worked. The scientists working with Lynne, who didn’t know which leaf was intended to glow, confirmed that in fact one leaf was glowing. You could see it in pictures, compared to other ones. How cool is that? It’s through intention of thousands of miles away that a leaf was made to glow. They were also able to do the same sort of experiments making plants grow faster. They had several groups of people in several different parts of the country, each working with a different set of plants thousands of miles away. The one plant that they had intended to grow faster, grew faster. (2)
What one of the really interesting, but not surprising, findings was that they did have one group, it was a group of all trained healers and experienced intenders, who were able to make their plant grow even higher, even faster, than the other groups that weren’t as trained and experienced. That is really cool because that means that you can cultivate your power, you can cultivate and improve your ability to intend and to turn that into actual physical results. (3)
How do you cultivate your capability to intend and see results? You practice. Practice setting intentions, believing they will occur, and see what happens. If it doesn’t work. Don’t get down on yourself. Just try again.
My best tip from the science behind the placebo effect is to truly believe you have to feel it. It’s not the thought that’s powerful, it’s the feeling associated with it. The feeling of belief. The feelings associated with visualizing your intention as complete. Seeing it, tasting it, smelling it, hearing it complete. Practice getting into the emotions and really feeling your intention manifesting.
One of my favorite books – E Cubed by Pam Grout, as a ton of fun intention setting experiments in it.
Talk to yourself
Seriously, you’ll be amazed by what you hear in return.
Not too too long ago I had started to develop an anxiety disorder. I experienced my first panic attack, and if you’ve ever had one you know how terrifying they are. You feel an absolute lack of control over your body, and not in a good way. They pop up out of nowhere, and can lead to you being terrified of possible triggers you associate with the panic attack.
To be honest, I thought it was a one time thing. How could I in all my new agey power and self-confidence develop a panic disorder. Was I under that much stress that I was denying?
So I began to see a therapist. I was interested in getting EMDR therapy which I had recently learned about as a way to get rid of limiting beliefs. While my therapist did do that therapy it wasn’t her primary go to. She started explaining to me Internal Family Systems.
The IFS Model, views a person as containing an ecology of relatively discrete minds, each of which has valuable qualities and each of which is designed to — and wants to — play a valuable role within. These parts are forced out of their valuable roles, however, by life experiences that can reorganize the system in unhealthy ways. A good analogy is an alcoholic family in which the children are forced into protective and stereotypic roles by the extreme dynamics of their family. While one finds similar sibling roles across alcoholic families (e.g., the scapegoat, mascot, lost child), one does not conclude that those roles represent the essence of those children. Instead, each child is unique and, once released from his or her role by intervention, can find interests and talents separate from the demands of the chaotic family. The same process seems to hold true for internal families — parts are forced into extreme roles by external circumstances and, once it seems safe, they gladly transform into valuable family members. (1)
Essentially your internal families are various and often undefined parts of your body, that your therapist can help you uncover. Then you have conversations with these parts with the idea that you can help that part return to its original healthy role or to release all together.
I highly recommend the therapy and seeing a professional to help you with it. However I think it’s also something you can explore a bit on your own. Talking to your body from individual cells, to organs, to emotional centers while in meditation. If you only come from a place of love and only give love I don’t think you will do any harm, and only good (this is obviously a non-professional point of view, see my disclosure).
Talk to your parts – we have many parts to us. We have parts that get angry, get sad, we have parts that hold in anger, we have parts that are shy, embarrassed, jealous. And they are all there for a reason. An example would be to protect you. But from what? Something you don’t need protection from anymore, most likely anyways, especially when you have stirred your soul and awakened to your truth.
Go into a meditative state, notice a part of you that’s feeling down or feels off when you think of a limiting belief or of your disease, etc. Bring it forth in meditation. Talk to it. Let it talk it back. Have a conversation with your part. Find out why it’s doing what it’s doing.
Talk to your body. You can talk to figurative parts that represent emotions and beliefs, and you can talk to actual physical parts. You’re parts are listening. Your cells are listening. And they’ll talk back, if you are in the right frame and space to hear them.
Work with them in mediation to find and eliminate limiting beliefs and fears. Ask them what they need to heal. Ask the parts that aren’t serving your highest interest to start doing so.
3 tips for the conversation. (2,3)
Real Intent – Understand that your body is made of parts and cells that have a consciousness of their own. They experience emotion. Always choose love and gratitude and compassion when it comes to your conversation.
Attunement – Go into your conversation knowing that you and your parts are one. You are working together to build a relationship and to heal. You are allys.
Spontaneity – allow for changes in the conversation. Don’t go in with an expectation of results or the conversation that will be had. Sometimes it goes well, other times – crickets. Sometimes you don’t hear what you want to hear, and sometimes the parts just don’t get what you’re trying to say. Try different words and thoughts that elicit different emotions. Just go with it, with love and respect and appreciation.
So go on, talk to yourself.
I go more into this in my book I Can. I Am. End of Story.
Take a leap of faith and trust yourself
When it comes down to it, to believe something truly you just have to choose to believe it. Sometimes you just know it, and sometimes you have to make that choice over and over again until it’s locked in.
Making this choice though often requires a taking leap of faith and trusting in yourself and, if you believe it, a higher power.
Trust in yourself and your power to create, manifest, heal, intend and make happen. Trust your awesome Jedi like powers to manifest your intentions. Trust in your knowledge that you are designed to heal. (I know I did not go into it, so if you don’t have that knowledge yet check out my book or the works of Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton, Pam Grout, and many more). Trust in what you are doing to heal, will heal you.
Because the real magic of it all, of you, is that we don’t know how we began, we don’t know the truly profound abilities we have hiding in us waiting to be discovered, science can’t explain it all, at least not yet, and it could be wrong. We are so intricately complex, and our power is limitless. How did we get that way? Who really knows, but let’s embrace it.
The more books you read on the subject the more you awaken, the more it gets ingrained, the more it’s like “well I already knew that”. And that is a good thing. Have faith in you knowledge. You know that health is the true state of your being. You know that you can heal yourself. You know that your awareness can change the body, your very cells and genes can change from your beliefs. You know life is abundant and expanding and limitless. You know you can fix distorted energy. You know you are energy, you are pure love, and your body is meant to align to that state, and can easily do so. You know you are not your ego, and that their is another way to live. You know the answers to your questions are always given.
Have faith in this knowledge. Let it sink in, let it stew for awhile. Hold it in, embrace it, claim it, because it’s your truth. And yes, you’ll go about your day and forget, but that’s ok, because you can remind yourself. And the more you remind yourself, and have faith in your knowledge, the more it sticks around, the more the subconscious mind says “ok let’s do it this way. I like it better this way” and starts to release the old programs and conditioning.
(I Can. I Am. End of Story.)
Reaffirm this trust as often as possible.
Further, consider working with a professional or coach (like myself). From professional therapist doing therapies like EMDR to energy work professionals and hypnotherapist that can help you energetically cut cords are release limitations, to EFT practitioners, there are a lot of them out there that can help with inner healing. Sometimes it takes that outside professional to help you see beliefs you aren’t finding, or really fully cut out the deep ones.
For more on this check out my book I Can. I Am. End of Story. An Amazon former #1 best-seller in it’s category.
The Energy Takeaway:
Doing some inner healing work will have a big impact on your stress levels and confidence. This will be a strong boost to your mental and emotional energy, which will reflect in your physical energy as well, because it’s all connected.
Check out my free webinar: The 5 Keys to Optimal Energy for my biggest and best tips to shortcut getting back and sustaining optimal energy.
The Short of It:
2 C. Backster, Primary Perception: Biocommunication with plants, living foods, and human cells, White Rose Millennium Press, 2003, pp. 29, 31-34, 39, 49-50. ISBN 0-966435435
2 C. Backster, Primary Perception: Biocommunication with plants, living foods, and human cells, White Rose Millennium Press, 2003, pp. 29, 31-34, 39, 49-50. ISBN 0-966435435
I am not capable of diagnosing or treating diseases. Nor is that my intention. These statements have not been FDA approved. I’m a girl that has been studying holistic wellness for over 10 years, working on my own health, and feel compelled to share the information I have learned, that I believe in, and that has changed my vitality, performance, resilience, and health for the better. I of course can not guarantee its accuracy, though most has supporting scientific studies, it is always important to note that scientific studies are fallible and some are completed much more stringently than others. Again I’m only sharing information that I believe has improved my life. Further this article contains affiliate links (TOS) and I truly appreciate your support.