Mind Power Issue #62

Create a new and happier world for yourself...Right now!

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Issue #62 – Monday, May 22nd 2017

You may not be fully aware of the terrible things you say to yourself, or of the powerful impact those things have on your life.

Hint: You create your own life through what you believe about yourself and others. And – really great news! – you can CHANGE YOUR MIND about what you believe…

....and create happiness, success, and amazing relationships in your life instead.

In today's issue of Mind Power I share the 8th of my Nine Principles for Conscious Living: The Principle of Good and Bad Generalizations.

We will talk about your (often) unconscious beliefs and what they manifest in your life. We’ll also explore how to rewire your negative thinking in order to attract into your life what you most desire.

Please, read on...

Be well.

Bill Harris, Founder/CEO

#8 Good and Bad Generalizations

by Bill Harris

By now, most of you know that I am of the opinion that it is not necessary to live a life that contains suffering…

...and that there are definite ways to change your life from one containing suffering to one where you are happy and peaceful all the time.

Most of you also know that, in my opinion, the way to do this is to cultivate the ability to let whatever happens be okay and to not resist “what is.”

This doesn’t mean you’re okay with injustice and suffering or don’t do anything about them. It means you emotionally accept things the way they are and do not resist what is.

Resisting what is and wanting to change what is are not the same, and the difference is one of attachment to the outcome.

The person who is attached to the outcome suffers if they do not get the outcome they want, whereas the happy, peaceful person prefers the outcome they want but are not attached to it.

If the outcome they get is not what they wanted, they remain just as happy and peaceful as they were to begin with. Their happiness comes from within, and is not dependent on what goes on around them.

Many people are not only unhappy as a result of what goes on around them, but are unhappy because of what goes on inside. At the same time…

...this inside unhappiness helps create outside conditions that give them something to resist in their outer life.

This is one way in which people “create their own universe.” Unfortunately, this universe is often not a happy one. On the other hand...

...you can always create a new and happier world for yourself, at any time.

Based on our early life interactions with our primary caregivers, we all develop generalizations about who we are and what our relationship is to the rest of the world.

These generalizations (part of what I call our internal map of reality)...

...divide everything into two categories, those that we think are “good”, or acceptable, and those we think are “bad” or unacceptable.

We don’t choose these beliefs. We soak them up from our primary caregivers, our teachers, and from other influences (friends, relatives, the media, etc.), when we’re too small to know any better.

These beliefs become core components of the way we see ourselves, other people, and the world. Some of these beliefs and generalizations give us outcomes and experiences we want…

...while others create outcomes and experiences we don’t want.

This is critically important to your happiness, for two reasons:

First, the brain is a goal seeking mechanism, and a very powerful one. Your brain can make whatever you put into it come true in your life.

And second, because human beings have a powerful need for consistency between what they believe to be true and what really is true. As has been said…

...people would rather be right than be happy.

This means that regardless of how much what you believe is not representative of how things really are, or how much your beliefs result in misery for you…

...you will arrange to be right about them by creating the circumstances that seem to confirm that what you believe is true.

This is compounded by the fact that many beliefs you might have about yourself, since they involve something about you being “bad”, “defective”, “not okay”, “broken”, “unacceptable”, and so on…

...are too painful to hold in your conscious awareness.

For this reason they are repressed into your unconscious mind, where they still affect you, but are out of sight.

Because of this, they are not available for conscious examination and change.

The other thing we do with these parts of ourselves we think are unacceptable is to…

...project them onto others (this results in extreme emotional reactions to others who exhibit the characteristics we believe are “bad” or unacceptable in ourselves).

In many ways, emotional healing involves “unlearning” these old generalizations and making new, healthier ones. In reality…

...there is nothing about any of us that is innately bad.

Since whatever you deeply believe comes true in reality, you could make a conscious choice to believe whatever would create a happy and peaceful life for yourself.

Most people, however never take the reins and do this. Instead, they adopt the victim posture made so popular in the last few decades.

Meditation with Holosync® facilitates this healing by making you more aware, more conscious, of repressed beliefs about yourself…

...and it does this in a way that, in most cases, takes all or part of the emotional charge off the negative and painful belief.

If you’ll remember, another of these principles described the fact that you cannot continue to do something harmful to yourself, and do it consciously.

Only by remaining unconscious can a person continue to do something that is harmful to themselves.

Most people evaluate beliefs by whether or not they are “true or false. If it’s true it’s worth believing, if it’s false, it isn’t.

In my opinion, this true/false distinction is not useful, despite the fact that it seems so obvious. The useful way to evaluate beliefs is by whether they are resourceful or non-resourceful for you

...by whether they create happiness and peace, or something else. Since whatever you deeply believe comes true, the only resourceful beliefs are those that contain an outcome you want.

The big secret is that you can choose what you want to believe—you don’t have to believe what seems true based on past experience.

The first step is to find out what these unresourceful beliefs are. One way to begin to do this is to complete the following sentences:

  • I am _____________.
  • People are _____________.
  • The world is _____________.

What we’re looking for are the things you say to yourself when you’re really down about things, when you’re feeling the worst. We are not looking for what you learned in self help books…

...those things you think you should believe about yourself. We are not looking for “I am one with everything.” “The world is filled with abundance.” “People are basically good.”

We’re looking for what you really do believe about yourself, and say to yourself, about yourself, when things look darkest, things like:

  • I’m never going to be a success.
  • No one will ever love me.
  • There’s something wrong with me.
  • I can’t seem to do anything right.
  • People will take advantage of you if you don’t watch them very carefully.
  • Men always leave me in the end.
  • No one cares about me.
  • The world is dangerous and chaotic...
  • ...and so on.

We’re looking for those things you say to yourself when you are really down about everything. These statements are big clues to what negative core beliefs you have.

Once you identify your core beliefs (and, remember, we’re concerned with the negative beliefs here—the positive ones, those that are giving you the results you want, don’t need attention)...

...the next step is to decide what beliefs you would need in order to create the results you want.

Once you know this, you can begin to install the new way of thinking about yourself.

Read more about Principle #8 here.

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