You can look at a belief as a “lens” through which you see reality. When you have a red lens on your eyes, you can only see red and when you replace it with a blue lens suddenly the reality is all blue – so what is the true color of reality? Quite simply “Nothing”, it’s you that decides the color you want to see your reality in.
Two humans, in the same locality, can have completely different experiences of their reality – one may experience lack and dissatisfaction, while the other may experience abundance and joy. If you map their thoughts and beliefs, you will always find that the one experiencing lack is holding on to “beliefs” of lack while the one experiencing abundance is holding on to beliefs of abundance. The beliefs you hold are the only determinants of the reality you experience. It’s highly important then that you be aware of any limiting beliefs that you may be holding, and through the process of “in-attention” let go of the belief.
A belief is not the truth, it’s just what you believe
People seem to make this very dysfunctional mistake of believing that their “beliefs” are the truth. A belief is just a thought you believe in, and just because you believe in it does not make it true. For example, you may believe that you cannot make money unless you work hard for it (a very common belief among many people). You just have to look around with an open mind to see that this is not true for everyone, because there are people who make huge amounts of money without any real effort/hard work. Understand that you were not born with any beliefs in you, but you ingrained beliefs by looking at the behavior of people around you and by the teachings that were given to you. In other words, you “acquired” a belief, and started believing that it’s the truth.
The belief that you hold creates the reality you experience, and this convinces you that your belief is true – this is what creates the vicious cycle of negative reality. You need to realize that it’s all the other way round – your reality is happening in a certain way for you because of the beliefs that you are holding. For example, a person who believes in lack of money, experiences a reality where he is always short of money and this convinces his mind that there is a shortage of money in life. But he needs to understand that the only reason he is experiencing a shortage of money is because of his belief in lack of money. It’s his belief that is creating his experience of the reality; it’s not the reality that is asserting an experience on him.
Take full responsibility for your beliefs
Unless you take responsibility for your beliefs, you will live in denial of the fact that you are creating your own reality. It’s so easy to blame other people, and fight against the reality, and be convinced that the problems are “out there”, without ever taking responsibility for the beliefs that you are holding.
When you realize that your beliefs are not the “truth”, but are just thoughts that you can replace at will, you realize that you have a “choice” in how you mold your reality from here on. The most crucial aspect is the realization that beliefs create the experience of your reality, and that beliefs are just thought that you believe in because of your conditioning. You have the total freedom to replace any belief you want. If you are holding beliefs of abundance, you don’t have to replace them (because these beliefs align you with the vibration of life which is joy/love/peace), but if you are holding beliefs of lack, you must look at replacing them with beliefs of abundance, so that you can claim your birth right of living a life of well-being.
Let go of beliefs through denying their truth
When you believe in a thought, you give power to it through your attention. This thought slowly but surely becomes a belief in you, as time goes by, because of your constant pre-occupation with it, and your constant attention to it. Usually it takes a few months before a new thought can become a belief, and it takes that much time also for an old belief to diminish in momentum enough to stop influencing your reality.
As soon as you realize that a belief is not serving you, and you decide to stop believing it, that belief will start crumbling in power/momentum and will soon stop influencing your reality. For example, you might hold a belief “Its very difficult to lose weight”, and as long as you believe it, this belief will stay strong and will create a reality that reflects it, but when you realize that you have the choice to stop believing it, this belief will start losing its momentum in you and in a few months you will experience a reality where this belief is not true.
Remember that it’s only your “acceptance” of a thought that gives it power. If you don’t believe a thought, then it cannot become a force in your reality. Take a moment to realize that you have the power to live any reality you want, simply by shifting your beliefs into the ones that are aligned with the desired reality, and letting go of beliefs that are against it. It’s also important to understand that it takes time for an old belief to die down in momentum (usually at-least 4-5 months), and hence the need to have patience enough to allow the change to take place.
Another challenge would be that your “present reality” would also be reflecting your old beliefs back to you, so it’s can feel tough to let go of old beliefs when there is a physical reality showing you evidence of it. This is where you need to understand the science behind creation, and use this logic/understanding to stand true to the new beliefs that you want to ingrain and stop giving credence to old beliefs that are not serving you. Within a few months, you will start seeing evidence of how your new beliefs (which are aligned with abundance) start shifting your reality effortlessly.