Changing Beliefs and Feelings
This is not about changing religious or political beliefs, but subconscious beliefs that guide your attitudes and actions. For example you may believe that marriage is for life, as I once did. This belief may lead you to disapprove of those leaving a marriage and to act in a critical manner. You may believe that children should be seen and not heard as many forefathers before us have done. In this case you may punish and bully children to make them act as you deem fit.
Many therapies focus on changing these beliefs so that attitudes and behaviour is also changed. I was involved in teaching one of these therapies for four years and it quickly became apparent to me that there were deeper levels to access than beliefs. A belief involves thought – for example, this is right or wrong. Thoughts come from the logical thinking brain i.e. the primate brain. The heart or Limbic brain communicates in images and sensations. The R-Complex in the gut communicates emotions like fear and desire. You can find out more about these different brains from Paul MacLean’s Triune Brain research and books. The Limbic and R-Complex together make up the subconscious mind or, as some like to call it, the body mind.
‘The Living Matrix’, DVD shows how the limbic brain receives information before any other part of the body and sends messages to the brain to help it to understand it. It follows that our feelings guide our logic and thoughts. When a child is born, the neurons in the brain are unconnected and therefore there is no thought. It has been proven however that even in the womb a baby has feelings as the mother’s bio chemicals flow through the whole of her body.
When you feel happy and confident you see the world quite differently to when you feel shy and unacceptable. The baby’s perceptions are guided by innate feelings. Some of these feelings are what the baby is used to feeling in the womb, others are inherited from past lives. It would be very inefficient to consider every new experience according to our feelings, so we build up a system of beliefs based on our perceptions and feelings. When we change a belief, the feeling is still there so the belief can easily recreate.
How do we change a feeling? Some may say that affirmations are enough. However if this feeling has been inherited from a long line of ancestors who found that this feeling (and the behaviour that followed it) was essential for survival, covering it over with an affirmation will not work. Imagine an ancestor who is too weak to fight an aggressor. He has to give in and be bullied in order to survive. He feels like a victim but it is his survival mechanism. Another person in the same situation may learn to be manipulative which is another survival mechanism. If an ancestor was pilloried for his original beliefs, there may be a strategy of hiding yourself or your originality to keep safe.
Some therapies will change feelings without acknowledging what they are or how they have affected your life. All our therapies show you how and why this feeling has affected you through your life in order to empower and enlighten you.
I propose that:
- A symptom is a sign or indication of dis-ease of body or mind and symptoms is created by the chemical messengers of emotions.
- Emotions are expressions of strong feelings, combined with discouraging thoughts.
- Emotions are created using trauma.
- Drama/trauma is psychological injury or conflict - traumas are created because of expectations or judgements.
- Expectations are anticipation, hope, judgements, right or wrong, good or bad - expectations are created from beliefs.
- Beliefs consist of learned information, opinion, conviction, faith, trust - beliefs are created from perceptions.
- Perception is intuitive recognition from a stimulus - perceptions are created from feelings.
- Feelings are an awareness of or a sensation - feelings are created from vibrations.
- Vibration/tone is a characteristic, a disturbance, a wave of energy.
When a hypnotist works with a client to find the root cause, we understand that a symptom is just the result of underlying stress caused by conflict or trauma. The stress may be aggravated by beliefs and expectations but underlying it all will be feelings that started as a vibration. This is the deep level we must work from in order to find a permanent resolution of the issues.
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Elaine Marsh C DIP,EH, CP,NLP,ABH, CHYP, MPMH CPDFebruary 1st, 2017