Mastering your Existence

Mastering your Existence was the theme of a workshop that my sister, Jodie Thomas, and I held with the theme of ‘Beliefs’ and how they are formed from both the psychological aspect and the spiritual side of life (left and right brain perspective).  The first in a series of workshops that will continue throughout 2013.  

Mastering your Existence creates the ideal space to delve into the core beliefs that are holding you back and highlight the positive beliefs that move you forward.  Working with both the shadow and the light, the integration process creates light bulb moments that you leave you wanting more.

Step up and reach for your goals with a view to achieving out of the ordinary experiences!

The following was written by Jodie Thomas as part of the workshop:

Beliefs are derived from seemingly the simplest of human interactions, however can create the most complex human existence. As a process lets consider a conversation between two people. When one talks, the other’s brain is processing information through their auditory system at a phenomenal rate. That person’s beliefs act as filters for the myriad of sensory information and guide the brain’s response.

Our beliefs are fundamental to our personality though we are not always aware of them. Yet every part of our life is dictated by these beliefs and rules. But how do they exist? Beliefs are typically formed at an early age by networks of neurons firing when stimulated by an event both positive and negative. They are derived from all our senses – something we have heard, smelt, seen, tasted or felt.

In general, beliefs which were established in our early years are after referred to as our core beliefs. Essentially, core beliefs are at the very heart (or core) of our sense of being, they are the way we understand ourself and all the things around us. They have enormous influence on our thoughts, feelings and the way we behave. These core beliefs largely dictate what you can and cannot do (rules) and how you interpret and respond (and react) to events in our world.

During our formative years our subconscious, young creative minds are dominant. This is a time we are focused on developing ourselves (0 to 10-12 years of age), and ability to discern is barely developed at this stage. As a result, our minds absorb and create through associations and literal translation generating many fragmented beliefs about ourselves. Some of these prove to support us while other inhibit. Because they are tucked away in the subconscious they often operate without realising it.

Beliefs adopted in early life tend to be very tenacious and difficult to shift. Even if you know that you hold an unhelpful belief about yourself such as “I’m ugly”, “I’m unlovable” or “I’m weak”, refraining from thinking and acting according to that damaging self-belief can be very difficult. Identifying and understanding the ways in which your past experiences have influenced the beliefs that you still hold is a useful first step to overcoming negative core beliefs.

Your core beliefs fall into three main camps.

Beliefs about yourself inform the way you understand your own self-worth. If you experienced harsh criticism, neglect or abuse as a child, you may have learned to think of yourself as weak or inadequate.

Your beliefs about other people also frequently have their roots in early life. Again, if you suffered traumas or very negative treatment from others you may adopt the belief that people are dangerous or untrustworthy.

Your beliefs about life in general and how the world operates help determine your general attitudes. If you grow up in a deprived or unpredictable environment you may develop negative beliefs about the world and life. Beliefs that the world/life is dangerous, cruel, or unfair are examples of the kinds of beliefs negative life conditions may give rise to.

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