the power of intention & belief
“Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.” — Chinese proverb, author unknown
Fields of study from biology to psychology to neuroscience have explored the power of intention and belief in shaping our health and informing our experiences. In his book, The Biology of Belief, cell biologist Bruce Lipton writes that the power of intention and belief shape who we become at the cellular level by influencing cell signaling and biochemistry. But, this is not purely just a matter of positive thinking - everything is not just ‘love and light!’ Lipton writes, The beliefs that we hold subconsciously affect us deeply, impacting our choices at every level. Like a computer, our subconscious minds run on programs - some of these outdated and disempowering. Neuroscience has revealed that the programs running the subconscious mind shape 95% or more of our experiences. To truly go deep in setting intentions, it is very powerful to examine what beliefs we hold that may (or may not) support us in manifesting what we want. Once we identify what beliefs need updating, we CAN re-write the software, using techniques we’ll explore in this program including affirmations, energy psychology and neural retraining methods like Emotional Freedom Technique. Affirmations are a powerful tool for hitting the reset button on our subconscious programs. The words that we choose exert a profound impact on our health! In her research on the ‘Psychology of Possibility,’ Ellen Langer found that by using different language one could significantly increase wellbeing -even small changes can make big differences in one’s health and vitality.
This effect has been documented beautifully by the late Masuru Emoto with his microscopic photography of water crystals, which he found respond to beautiful music and loving words. Since our bodies are composed primarily of water, being mindful of our thoughts and words is a practice with the power to shift our experience profoundly. We can use our thoughts and words as a blessing on ourselves, others and the planet.
this i believe
Reflection is a helpful way to track beliefs. Start by writing the simple statement 'This I believe about...' and let yourself free-write for 15-20 minutes. What do you believe about the following: