Friday, August 12, 2005

I've made a discovery!

Eureka I’ve found it!
And what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t share it with you. I’ve made an amazing discovery; I’ve discovered something more powerful than my immune system which is good because as mine currently stands it’s not doing me a lot of good. But that’s not the only good news; I think that my discovery will probably work for you as well; in fact I know it will.

So what have I discovered? Have I found a way to banish mr lupus for good? have I found a cure for the common cold? No nothing so scientific, but definitely something more powerful and I don’t know why doctors haven’t discovered this. In fact they should be writing prescriptions for it.

So what is it and why am I playing it so close to my chest. I guess I’m just excited and that is an emotion that I haven’t experienced for a very long time.

Last week I felt that the world was a horrible place, (which actually isn’t wrong because it really is) mr lupus was giving me grief and I found it difficult to extricate myself from the comfort of my settee and the company of the ‘Hallmark’ channel. In fact the whole value of life and my life in particular was in question, but this week I have read a book, gone for walks and had lunch out with friends. Has anything changed since last week? Not really, the world is still a horrible place and mr lupus is still up to his old antics but something changed in me…

I’m not sure what happened or when it happened but….

I did begin to see things a little differently. I began to believe that there was more to my life than simply lying around on the settee, that I was more than the object of mr lupus’ desire and that nothing was going to change nor was the television going to turn itself off. It was down to me I had to do something.

I even found myself asking the question “if this was going to be my last day on this mortal coil would I want to spend it lying on the settee watching ‘Diagnosis Murder’ (DM) (the memory of my friends funeral is still with me and my addiction to DM is still going strong) the answer was a resounding NO although it did take an episode and a half to get me to turn off the television (this is still a work in progress) and do something completely different.

That is when I made my discovery.

That is when I realized that what I believe has a more powerful affect on the way I feel (or at the very least how I deal with my feelings) and that this belief is more potent than anything prednisolone, chemo or the attacks from mr lupus can throw at me.

So what our belief system, where is it located and more importantly how do we tap into it?
Our Belief System is the inner force that governs the way we live our lives. And what makes them all the more powerful is that we have been shaping them since early childhood. And what’s more it works both for us and against us. Henry Ford once said "Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're probably right"

Here is a story to illustrate that point a man cleaning a walk-in-fridge, closed the door behind him, and couldn't get out again. He couldn't open the door from the inside. Next morning when somebody found him,
- - - - - - he was dead - frozen dead!
What is the point of this story? The point is, the fridge was not switched on, it was still cold, but not freezing and it had enough oxygen for him to have survived.


His belief system killed him. He believed he would freeze to death and so he did.
His belief system proved him RIGHT. The mind is unable to tell the difference between something real (a fact), and something unreal, (imagined)

How many beliefs have you got that are working against you? For me my belief has been that mr lupus is holding all the winning cards and as a result of that belief my actions – lying on the settee and watching lots of brain numbing TV – support that belief.

So how do we tap into it?
Handled effectively, beliefs can be the most powerful tool for creating a powerful life. Recognising, knowing and believing that we can change or create our own belief system is the step to a new life and a new way of being. We can simply chuck out beliefs which are stopping us and replace them with beliefs which support us. That’s what I’m doing write now so I invite you to join me.
Easier said than done, is that what you believe? Well now would be a good time to change that, don’t you think? Try this.

Write down the beliefs that are limiting you right now

Change those beliefs to ones that will help to move you forward.

Visualize yourself operating from your new belief system; experience it
through all of your senses. What does it taste, feel, smell, sound and look

Write a list of 10 affirmations to support your new belief system and put
them in places where you will be reminded of them on a daily basis.

Thought for the day

Changing your belief system is a work in progress but you owe it to yourself to keep going after all if you really believe it then you can achieve it.


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