This week I finished reading Bruce Lipton’s book, “The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles”.
It was first published in 2005 and then updated ten years later in 2015.
It was a fascinating book, written by a scientist who explains how our beliefs or perceptions are “programmed” before the age of 6 and “which control our biology for the rest of our lives … or at least until we make the effort to reprogram them.” (Lipton, p173)
Lipton states that our subconscious mind controls about 95 percent of our behaviour. This explains the disconnect we have between our conscious mind where we set goals and desires and our sub-conscious mind which will either be in alignment with our goals or not. Alignment equals achievement, non-alignment means lack of achievement or self-sabotage.
It also explains why will power alone doesn’t last.
Indeed, another great book to read to create lasting change is “Switch” by brothers Dan and Chip Heath.
In their book, they use the analogy of a rider and an elephant. The rider is our willpower, the elephant is our emotions and motivation. Unless the elephant wants to go in the direction of the rider, the rider (willpower) has little control over where the elephant goes.
The good news is that we now know that we can change our programming. We can rewire the brain. We can change our beliefs and therefore our destiny.
The question is, which reprogramming modality to choose?
The answer, according to Lipton, is “the one in which you hold the most belief.”
You would have heard of the placebo effect before, where an inert substance (e.g. sugar pill) causes a perceived beneficial outcome.
Have you heard of the term, “nocebo”? A nocebo is the opposite. It causes a perceived harmful outcome. For example, if you believe that a drug causes certain side effects, you will most likely manifest the side effects.
So what’s the point of our thought this week?
The point is, it’s a huge reminder that we need to accept that we are 100% responsible for our lives and what happens to us, even though we may be consciously unaware. We need to take responsibility and start to become aware of the limiting beliefs we have been programmed with (albeit unintentionally from our parents and caregivers) and do the work to change our lives so that we can all be, do, have and feel what we want.
If you’re not living the life you desire, then take responsibility for changing it. Start to notice your limiting beliefs. Invest in a training program or methodology that suits you to override the conditioning.
You can easily notice your limiting beliefs by listening to what you say, e.g. You can’t get good staff. There are no good men or women out there. It’s hard to make money. These beliefs (perceptions or decisions) are holding you back. The only way to change them is to rewire your brain.
Depending on what you believe, below is a very small sample of different modalities that can help:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)
- Psych-K (by Rob Williams)
- Neuro Linguistic Programming
- Silva Mind Control Method
- Various forms of energy healing
The important thing here is that it doesn’t matter which modality you choose. The one that will work is the one which holds the most belief.
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