Beliefs are those assumptions you make about the world, about yourself, and about how you expect things to be.
Your belief system is a set of precepts that guides your daily life, a set of those fundamental beliefs that modulates and conditions 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 it is secular or religious, a belief system is always present and governs your life. Your beliefs are your most deeply rooted truths, the ones you value most.
You actually inherit a significant part 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 genetic factors and the environmentally-cultural conditioning factors. From the day you are born your genetic heritage is shaped by your environment, and so, you build up your own image 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 already your non-negotiable fundamental truths.
The models regarding "how" and mostly "why" the world exists, are diverse and very controversial. Controversial as well 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-up 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 a 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 such a huge diversity of contradictory laic (secular) beliefs.
Your view of yourself, your view of the others and of the world is the core of your belief system. And this personal view is not about science or about scientific proofs, this is a personal choice. This is a major choice that will not directly impact your career, your achievements, your wealth or social status, but it will impact the core meaning and purpose of all of these. This choice will have the most important impact on your health and thereby 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 gift comes with the responsibility of making the good choices and with a catch. The only “catch” is that you'll have no choice but to inhabit your self-designed world and to live inside your self-elaborated limiting beliefs. For example, if you are facing a painful and debilitating condition, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, depending on your beliefs, you have the choice of several treatment options:
- If you believe your pain is the result of your cells malfunction, you can try to eventually 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 nothing but 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 eventually address your pain by teaching you the skills required to rationally deal with pain, or by somehow empowering you to take rational control over it, through psychotherapy, CBT or other psychotherapy-specific tools.
- If you are rather an open-minded individual and you have absolutely no preconceived ideas about your pain, or if you truly 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 treatments are your best choices.
Surprisingly, whatever is your perception about pain and whatever your therapy option would be, most probably you’ll 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—in other words, hypnosis.
Somehow, that force that is empowering your chosen therapy and which stands behind your improvement is nothing but your mind. As you always draw your power from the deepest reality you are aware of, the best results a therapy has to offer always comes out of 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 your behavioral programs deeply rooted in your subconscious and governed by your beliefs. Your mind tends to create coherence between what you really believe and the life reality you experience.
The choice of your therapy depends only on your main objective: would you rather try to understand why you are not doing well, or you would rather permit the change toward a better and healthier life? The subconscious mind stores everything perceived by all your senses, throughout your lifetime. This is how your subconscious knows with no doubt 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 and 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 your fears or your performance limitations you have developed over time. This change process is possible by changing the emotional reading your subconscious currently has about your past traumatic experiences, and not by changing your memories.
As 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, and so, lead 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 and 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 can not help you, you are certainly right.
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Disclaimer: The above content is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute any psychological or other medical professional advice. I don't diagnose conditions, nor do I interfere with any treatments given by your medical professional.
*The results may vary from person to person.
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