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 About beliefs

     Whether or not you believe that my approach can really help you, you will know without thinking too much about it - and you are certainly right.

You definitely feel it and intuitively trust your feelings! Because beliefs are much more than intellectually induced philosophical or religious concepts. Whether religious or laic, beliefs are the core of your most ingrained emotional feelings to which you entrust your life!

Like any other emotion, beliefs always have a somatic component that you feel and a cognitive component that your brain recognizes and associates with clear cognitive meaning. As a cognitive meaning, beliefs are the assumptions you make about the world, about yourself, about the meaning and purpose of life. You are never mistaken about your beliefs because you intuitively feel them and know that they define you.

Your deeply held beliefs distort your worldview and cause you to see things not the way they are but the way you are. You do not believe what you see, but rather, you see what you already believe. What you believe in from the bottom of your heart defines your identity and gives your actions their moral force and predictability. Thus, your belief system becomes your personal existential reference that you are not ready to negotiate.

Your belief system is a set of precepts that guide your daily life, a set of fundamental beliefs that modulate and condition your perceptions, your emotions, your thoughts, your words and your actions. The belief system is the foundation, the primary factor that makes up your behavioural pattern and your identity. Whether laic or religious, a belief system is pervasive and governs your life. Your belief system is both the foundation and the main ingredient of your identity: your beliefs are linked to your most deeply rooted truths, those that you cherish the most.

You actually inherit  a significant portion of your deeply ingrained attitudes, behaviour patterns and most of your patterns of beliefs. Thus, your own belief system results from an interplay of your inherited epigenetic factors and the environmental and cultural conditioning factors. From the day you were born, your epigenetic heritage has been shaped by your environment, affecting the image you’ve built up of the world. By the time you reach an age to look at things more critically, your beliefs have become so engraved that you no longer recognize them as beliefs. They have become your non-negotiable, fundamental truths.

The models regarding "how" and mostly "why," the world exists are diverse and very controversial. Also controversial are the few different available models of who you are. Most likely, in the beginning you will "adopt" rather than really "understand" the most important assumptions about the world and about yourself. Then, everything else is built on top of these fundamental assumptions as a cognitive and logical process of "understanding."

Actually, understanding an assumption means that it "makes sense" to you, but not necessarily that the assumption "is true." The process of understanding is nothing but the intellectual process of fitting and integrating newly-acquired information or knowledge into an already pre-existing and validated model. By "understanding" you validate the logic and the consistency rather than the truthfulness of a given model. Therefore, humankind is guided by a huge diversity of contradictory laic (secular) beliefs.

Your view of yourself, of others and of the world is the core of your belief system. And this personal view is not about science or scientific proofs, it is a personal choice. This view is a major choice that will not directly impact your career, achievements, wealth or social status, but it will impact the purpose and the core meaning of all these. This choice will have an incredibly important impact on your health and on the quality of your life.

You are fortunate to be gifted with a powerful mind that permits you to intently redesign your world. This beautiful gift comes with a catch. The “catch” is that you'll have no choice but to inhabit your self-designed world and to live inside your self-elaborated and limiting beliefs. For example, if you are experiencing a painful and debilitating condition, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, then depending on your beliefs, you have the choice of several therapeutic options:

  • If you believe your pain is the result of your cells malfunctioning, you can try to address your pain issue with an allopathic approach, by taking some pills or undergoing a standard surgery.

  • If you really believe that pain has nothing to do with cell physiology, and your knee pain is merely an overreaction that you can rationally understand and control, then you can try a psychotherapeutic  approach. So, if you believe that somehow you “think” the pain of your knees, then this approach would address your pain by teaching you the skills required to rationally deal with pain.

  • If you are a rather open-minded individual, and you have absolutely no preconceived ideas about your pain, or if you believe that your knee pain is an unpleasant sensation with a significant emotional component conditioned by your subconscious mind, then a “sham surgery” or the somatic hypnotherapy are your best choices.

Surprisingly, whatever your perception about pain, and whatever your therapy option might be, you’ll probably always notice an improvement in your pain. “The patient gets better because, on some level, he expects to.”  "Our shamans wear white coats instead of feathers. You might have to wait three months for an appointment to see them and they might charge you a lot of money—all of that creates a lot of expectation," said Dr. Amir Raz, professor of psychiatry at McGill University, whose research focuses on understanding consciousness, expectation, the placebo effect and the power of suggestion.

Somehow, the force that is empowering your chosen therapy and that stands behind your improvement is nothing but your mind. Since you always draw your power from the deepest reality you are aware of, the best results always comes from the therapeutic approach that you trust the most, and no therapy can push you beyond the limits of your beliefs.

Although you are the creator of your reality, your life-reality does not necessarily emerge from your desires. For, although no one wants to be unhappy or sick, there are unhappy and sick people everywhere. Your reality springs from the behavioural programs deeply rooted in your subconscious mind and governed by your beliefs. Your mind tends to create coherence between what you really believe and the life-reality you experience.

To keep it simple, it's time to understand that you can think whatever you want! Your life reality always springs from within you. It is true that, as long as you do not experience any feelings, your life is governed by your intentional, rational thoughts. Yet, as soon as strong feelings arise, most likely your feelings will take over your thoughts, your decisions, and ultimately your life. Because, whether you like it or not, your life is governed by your emotional reflexes and your behavior patterns anchored in your subconscious and governed by your beliefs.

Your choice of therapy depends only on your main objective: do you want to just understand why you are not doing well, or would you rather experience a change towards a better, healthier life? Throughout your lifetime, your subconscious mind stores everything perceived by all your senses. This is how your subconscious undoubtedly knows the precise reason for each of your problems and is able to implement sustainable change solutions adapted to your own resources.

What has the potential to fulfill or to haunt your life is the emotional reading of your memories, not the memories themselves. Therefore, somatic hypnotherapy is not intended to overwrite your memories, but will permit you to regain your most natural blueprint of your personality, cleansed of pains or unpleasant feelings, freed of fears or performance limitations you have developed over time. This process is possible by changing the emotional reading your subconscious currently has about your past traumatic experiences, and not by changing your memories.

Since your beliefs create your reality, most of the limitations you face in life are self-imposed. What you believe about yourself can keep you locked behind your fears, or open you to love, leading you forward into living your dreams. Assuming the responsibility for your beliefs can help you to gain control over your own life.

Fighting someone’s beliefs is useless. When talking against someone’s beliefs, you are not perceived as a dialogue partner; you are perceived as a threat. This will foster even more threat in response and will forge stagnation in your life.

Like it or not, your beliefs will always have a huge impact on your life. That is why, whether you believe that somatic hypnotherapy can or cannot help you, you are certainly right.

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Contact me and book your appointment today! Let this be the most exciting experience of your life, and I will be happy to help you on your journey.

Disclaimer: The above article may contain statements that reflect the opinion of the author. It is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute psychological or medical professional advice. I don't diagnose conditions, nor do I interfere with any treatments given by your medical professional.

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*The results may vary from person to person.

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