While affirmations (and similar techniques) can bounce our mood higher in the moment, they don't often take us very far towards achieving our aims. "Something" keeps pulling us back to where we started from.
What we are toldWe are often told it's the unconscious beliefs that we hold, buried deep in our minds, that keeps thwarting our efforts.
But is it?
The experts who tell us it is, rarely tell us much about how to fix the problem. That pisses me off. If those beliefs are there, I want them to come out to face me and have a proper fight. No hiding away.
So I've been on a mission to find them.
What I foundNothing. Well, not beliefs.
I'll admit it often seems "as if" my actions may be driven by unconscious beliefs - I do some strange things at times - but "as if" does not prove "it is". Rather, it begs the question, What if it's something else?
And what exactly is an unconscious belief? What would it look like.
To me, a belief is what I stand for, something I'd fight for, something I'd die for.
We are often told the most common unconscious belief is some form of, "I'm not good enough." Well, if someone told me that I am good enough, I certainly would not fight to the death to prove them wrong.
It's plain dumbSomething else dawned on me. A belief takes logic to construct it and justify it. The logic is not always sound, but it can be quite complex and requires figuring out. So how can the subconscious mind hold beliefs?
There is a clear consensus that the subconscious mind is somewhat "dumb" in that respect. Reasoning and logic are faculties of the conscious mind only.
So, after a thorough search, and despite what we are often told, I have to conclude that there are no beliefs held in our subconscious minds.
But I did find something else.
Something much more simple.
More simple to deal with, too.
I'll spill the beans in my next post, coming in just a few days time.