I’ve been on a quest to change some long-standing belief systems…you know…those beliefs we pick up as kids (often not very useful ones) which become the glasses through which we see the world. A belief many people share is, “There is only so much to go around and I have to fight, scrape and struggle to get my share.” But some folks look at things entirely differently, “I’ve always had more than I need, and it comes to me easily.” Those are two very different views.
Why would one person have one view, and someone else view things entirely differently? An even bigger mystery is how we can be so convinced our belief is the right one. Our beliefs can be to us like the water is to a fish. We’re so IN them we don’t notice we are not them. A little observation distance is needed.
I’ve spent a lot of time reading and listening to the views of others. It’s hugely insightful. One of my new favorite resources are YouTube videos by Gregg Braden. As a scientist and a seeker he’s traveled all over the world and spent endless hours researching both the scientific basis of, and the spiritual history behind, the Law of Attraction—among other things. His data feeds my brain, either confirming things I’ve surmised for a long time or just allowing me to think differently. Many of his spiritual ideas ring true to my heart. You may enjoy this short little clip on beliefs and Law of Attraction with relationships.
Changing Deeply Held Beliefs
It was shortly after I started listening to him and others like him that I starting practicing their suggestions leading me to the desire to change some of my deeply held (and not very useful) beliefs. I don’t think it was by coincidence (!) that just when I started uprooting old beliefs I ended up tackling the weeds in a forgotten and desolate part of my yard. Some of those weeds were deeply rooted. I was delighted when the ground itself began teaching me through metaphor the process of uprooting old unusable beliefs.
Here are a few things I recognized:
- Little roots are like passing thoughts. They come up easily and are easily removed.
- Some roots have grown been undisturbed for so long they’ve become dug in, at home. These equal our habits, ways of being.. The only way to remove them is with a pick and shovel!
- The tops of some plants may seem benign, sometimes even pretty, but underneath they are connected to a gigantic invasive root system. These are the beliefs we’ve had our whole lives, perhaps even from past generations. They become our world views.
- Some roots are so invasive you have to pick out every little speck or the forgotten piece will return with a vengeance.
- Even though I dug most of the weeds that day I must continually pull those that (try to) grow back over and over.
- If I leave even a tiny peace of a really invasive root, it will rehydrate in the next rain and start growing again.
Changing beliefs is a lengthy task. It takes watchfulness, attentiveness, diligence, sometimes ruthlessness…just like ridding my ground of these mega weeds.
The photo is of the plant I was extracting. Mega roots! It taught me a lot. I’m still watching to make sure I’ve gotten it all out of that garden bed. I’m still working on my belief systems. Since thoughts are internal and intangible, and since I am the gardener of my own mind, it’s harder, but I intend to keep pulling until my inner garden produces the flowers and fruit I want.