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Beliefs are the filters through which we perceive reality. Along with instinctual beliefs, such as the belief in basic survival, and beliefs that society has conditioned into us, we hold beliefs that have developed from personal experience in meeting life. Many beliefs are irrational, limiting, and destructive. Once we become aware of them and their counterproductive nature, we may want to change them – but deliberate change is difficult.

Beliefs are maintained by suppressed feelings

Beliefs are conditioned states of mind, occurring mostly on the unconscious level. What may be a limiting belief is difficult to reprogram directly, even with the use of techniques such as affirmations, because it is held in place by suppressed energy formations; the suppressed energy supports and maintains the belief.

In our work, we do not attempt directly to uncover or change unconscious beliefs. I consider such action to be invasive and disvalidating. Instead, in accepting ourselves, we accept our beliefs as they are. Processing of feelings will release the energy that is behind the belief and maintains it. The limiting or destructive belief is outgrown naturally, instead of in a forced manner.

 
 

© 2004 John Ruskan / The Institute for Integrative Processing