It’s time for a change–of beliefs.

Every single one of us on Earth is a powerful creator, yet most of us don’t know that we are. We spend countless hours each day fighting against unseen and unknown forces: circumstances, people, laws, economic systems that all seem to control us. The truth is, we’re not at their mercy. We’re at our own.

If you’re new to conscious creation, there’s one piece of knowledge you need to learn right away: we create our own lives. I’m not talking about directing the things you think you can control, like what to wear or what to have for dinner. We create everything in our existence, down to the smallest detail. Yes, we create our environment with others around us (our “co-creators”), too, but we’re still primarily responsible for every facet of our own personal lives. In The Nature of Personal Reality (and in all of his published work), Seth states this over and over and over. “You create your own reality through your thoughts, emotions and beliefs.” Sounds simple, huh?

The truth is, the principle is simple but the implementation appears difficult to us. That’s because we’ve grown up doing the same thing our forefathers have done, which is to react to the world instead of directing it. I can’t emphasize this concept too much as it’s key to everything we talk about in conscious creation.  I’d like to take some time looking at beliefs. But please, right now, understand that this is the crux to conscious creation and you’ll need to accept that “fact” in order to get creation to work in your favor.

Beginning belief work can seem daunting to new creationists as well as seasoned ones. One of the most illuminating exercises you can do is to start writing down your beliefs in a number of general categories: health and wellness, career, money, relationships, etc. At first, you’ll be able to come up with a fairly lengthy list of beliefs that seem to fit within each category. That’s a good start. It becomes tricky when you run into beliefs that you don’t recognize as such. You’ve allowed them to become hidden to you because their “truth” is everywhere around you manifested. You mistake them as being the way the world works, feeling that you have no power to change them. These kinds of hidden beliefs are often the most limiting to us and, therefore, are the ones we need to work on changing the most (and the quickest!).

Even though your list will, and should, take some time, you’ll probably be able to spot some limiting beliefs right off the bat. And there’s no time like the present to start working on changing negative/limiting beliefs into more positive ones. If you’ve identified a belief you’d like to change, you’ll want to work with the following process to get the ball rolling.

First, realize that the belief is a belief about reality. It is not necessarily the truth. Here’s one of my limiting beliefs: “I will never have enough money to live the life I want to lead.” Pretty limiting, isn’t it? It is the truth? Not necessarily. I may not have as much money as I’d like at this moment but I can’t know for certain that circumstances won’t change. Since I’m doing a good job of creation, I can see the belief everywhere: things are too expensive, prices keep going up, I see more and more pretty, shiny things I want to buy. You get the idea.

Make the conscious decision that you want eliminate the limiting belief and replace it with something more affirming. Develop your new belief and have it ready in your mind to counteract old thinking patterns. In the example above, I’d replace my limiting money belief with “I have the ability to materialize money easily.”

Take some quiet time to work on this belief. This can be meditation, it can be sitting quietly in a chair or sitting at your desk. Spend a few minutes in the bathtub. Go for quiet and undistracted. You’ll want to try for a mild state of disassociation to clear your head before you focus on changing the belief. You don’t need to take all day or hours on end, just strive for a 5-10 minutes a day working consciously with the belief exercise.

Now, use visual imagery that is useful and understandable that will allow you to “see” your belief work concretely. For me, I imagine my garden and see that big old nasty belief as a weed sticking several feet in the air. In my visualization, I tell the belief “You are no longer needed. You are a limiting belief and I want you out!” and with that, I yank at the weed and pull it out of the ground–roots and all. Then, I pick up a flower and plant it in the open space in the ground. I repeat the new belief aloud as I do to help give it some positive suggestion.

Again, use imagery that’s comfortable and familiar to you. Some people may see a balloon they can pop. Others may imagine the limiting belief as a building they can blow up. Yet another may see the belief written on a chalkboard. Do whatever feels right. Erase the limiting belief and state the new one.

Still in quiet contemplation, try to attach some emotion to the belief. Many people describe a belief as simply a thought you think over and over again. Yet when you add the power of emotion to repetitive thought, it really begins to solidify into a strong belief (that’s why fear creates such powerful beliefs). Try, if you can, to generate the emotion behind your new, more positive belief. For my example, I can imagine myself at an exclusive beach resort in Bora Bora, feeling overjoyed at being able to finally make my dream vacation a reality. I feel the excitement in my solar plexus as I imagine jumping into the ocean and splashing around. I try to feel the excitement in my body to help generate the proper emotion. Hold this as long as you can, luxuriating in the positive emotion.

Some beliefs feel as if they have no emotion attached to them. If that’s the case, try to generate a memory of peace and joy as you repeat your new belief statement. Remember what it’s like to pet your dog or view a stunning sunrise. Think about watching a baby. Feel the peace/joy/love in your body as fully as possible while you repeat your new belief.

Now, drop the whole thing and go on about your day. Try to remove your focus from the belief (both the old and new) and give your subconscious some time to accept and process the exercise you just performed.

The process sounds like a lot but once you practice it a few times, it can actually be done in just a few minutes. I’d suggest tackling only one or two beliefs at a time. Some beliefs, especially invisible core beliefs, are so deeply rooted they’ll need a lot of repetitive work to get them to break free. Don’t be discouraged by this. The hard truth is this: if you want to change a belief, you’ve got to start somewhere and you may as well start now. Don’t over burden yourself by thinking you have to change every negative belief at once. Start slow and once you begin to see results, you’ll feel more comfortable and excited about the process.

“But what about the rest of the day? Won’t the old belief rear its ugly head?” you ask. The quick answer is yes, it usually will. First, you must recognize when the belief or associated thought has been triggered. Once you recognize it as an old limiting belief, smile to yourself and gently move your thoughts toward the new belief or outcome.  Don’t get angry with yourself. You want smooth, positive association with the new belief. Don’t dwell on it, just re-direct your thought and turn your consciousness to something else.

Conscious creation starts within. Our thoughts, emotions, expectations and beliefs always solidify into physical reality. This is a tough concept to accept and even harder to master. Pat yourself on the back for starting this journey. As you work on your beliefs, you’ll start to Honor your Spirit by directing your life on your terms. Pretty cool, isn’t it?