Are Unconscious Beliefs Holding You Back?
Before the age of five, pretty much everything we hear and experience is sucked up like a vacuum cleaner. Our brains, at that age, operate mainly in what scientists call theta waves. It’s similar to REM sleep or hypnosis and works beautifully for picking up language, family nuances, and other things useful for making our way in the physical world.
As I explain in my new book, E-Cubed
, this mental, emotional and physical framework is the programming that runs our lives. It’s very useful when driving a car (imagine trying to relearn from scratch every time you get behind a steering wheel) or brushing our teeth but it wreaks havoc on our connection to the higher realms. By relying on these “memes” or cataloged lessons from your family, your culture and your past, you miss the teeming energy available in the atomic now.
There is great substance within each present moment, just waiting to explode with goodness, magic and blessings.
But by reapplying old, often inappropriate “cultural paradigms,” you miss the magic—you completely overlook all the life-empowering data that’s trying to stream to you from your inner, nonphysical self. This traps you in a web of defensive, limiting perceptions. In fact, anytime we’re not in the present moment, that tape loop kicks in and old constrictions and perceptual habits take over, infecting our thinking, our actions, and our beliefs. They’re also a son of a bitch when attempting to be happy or manifest our dreams.
None of these habits of thought are true but because they stay buried for the most part, living in our subconscious like rats in the cellar, they subtly play out in our life experience anytime we’re not “in the now.”
My friend Jay calls them BS—belief systems full of that other kind of BS. Unfortunately, these are the programs we use to explain, identify and cope with our lives. They run most of the time even when we’re affirming and intending other things.
Here are 5 of the most popular memes from Worldview 1.0, memes that you might as well as long as you’re armed and actively fighting, take Beyoncé’s advice and “put a ring” on them. Since you’re already in a committed relationship with them anyway. Each meme is followed by a Truth from Worldview 2.0, a Truth guaranteed to take the Mickey right out of your old beliefs.
1. Meme: The world is a menacing place. Our job is to put on our armor and work like hell to stay one step ahead of the terrorists, the supergerms, the dysfunctional stepmoms and of course, the zombies.
Worldview 2.0: There is nothing to fear. As A Course in Miracles repeatedly tells us, “We lay a heavy load upon ourselves with our insane beliefs that pain and sin are real. Pain is purposeless, without a cause and with no power to accomplish anything.”
2. Meme: Life happens to me. “I’m an innocent bystander, a pitiful victim of circumstance, of weather, of disease, and, worse, of my own dysfunction. External events (those things from meme #1) constantly get in my face. The best I can do is learn to cope with these external events.”
Worldview 2.0: Life emanates from me. “I create the world with my thoughts, my beliefs and my energetic frequency.”
3. Meme: Events happen; therefore, I feel bad. Most of our thoughts and feelings are programmed by the culture in which we are raised. We are trained at a very early age what makes us happy, which feelings go with which events, and how our moods should play out. We are trained to experience unhappy emotions, to blame these feeling on outside events, and to cry and moan about the unfairness of it all. We are trained not to expect good things.
In fact, all responsible people know that “shit happens.” We are trained to worry about letting people down, being disliked, getting sick, being poor. We’re trained to worry about pathogens, carcinogens, microwaves, plastic containers, preservatives, using mobile phones, and on and on.
Worldview 2.0: Without this training, joy is my natural state. As Esther Hicks, author and inspirational speaker, once asked, “How come we only erect statues to war heroes? Where’re the statues of surfer dudes?”
4. Meme: God is an entity outside of me. “Lowly ‘little ole me’ must appeal to His Majesty’s benevolence, with fingers crossed that He’ll somehow find time for me, a doubtful proposition, being as He’s tied up fighting world hunger.”
Worldview 2.0: God is a state of being, a loving energy that flows through me, sustains me, and surrounds me with light. Although it’s impossible to define or put into words, this “Radiant X,” as poet Stephen Mitchell calls it, is the unnameable reality that causes everything to exist.
5. Meme: I have to do everything myself. Work, strive, keep on keeping on.
Worldview 2.0: The only thing I have to do is follow my joy. The universe will take care of everything else. Limitation and lack is a story we made up, no more real than the Easter Bunny. Trying to force and manipulate reality is counterproductive in the new paradigm. Although the universal field is invisible (making it a lot harder to trust for some folks), it’s actually far more tangible and powerful than forcing and grunting and groaning will ever be. By stepping back and connecting with the power of the universe, everything unfolds with ease and grace.