Empowering Beliefs

Thoughts Matter As They Become Matter
With our thoughts and feelings we create our own realities. Thoughts create emotions with vibrations that attract likeness to us. For example, if I perceive the world as a fearful place, I am likely to attract circumstances to me that create more fear. If I believe that people
can’t be trusted, I am likely to attract to me people who can’t be trusted. And so, I prove myself right. It is the simple law of cause and effect. The belief attracts and creates the reality. We attract to us according to how we are. The inner creates the outer. All experiences are on the inside. Through our perceptions, experiences only appear to be external. This is why we continuously endeavour to bring our often subtle unconscious
beliefs, perceptions and feelings into conscious awareness. Mere awareness activates change.

So, this first shift demands that we take responsibility for our perceptions, beliefs and experiences. Taking 100 percent responsibility is 100 percent empowering. It offers us choice and the ability to make change. We can’t change others. We can only change ourselves; and when we do, everything begins to change for the better. Let’s take a closer look at what it means to take full responsibility and adopt empowering beliefs.

Taking Full Responsibility
1 . Cause and effect
Cause and effect is a universal and natural law that states that everything that happens has a cause. We can also look at cause and effect from a perspective of empowerment. Cause and effect are two very different realities in which we can find ourselves. Where you find yourself is a matter of consciousness.

Those ‘at effect’ feel affected by people and circumstances and often end up making excuses and blaming others for the situations they find themselves in. These excuses could sound anything like this:
• I would be successful if it weren’t for . . .
• It’s not my fault.
• Things always go wrong for me.
• Why does it always happen to me?
• I’m being punished.
• I’m unlucky.

Such perceptions can seem very real but are not very useful. They effectively leave you feeling powerless to do anything about your situation.

The single most empowering mental shift we can make is a shift in consciousness from effect to cause.

Being ‘at cause’ is empowering. It means taking full responsibility, adopting an approach that says to the world:
• I am able to respond.
• I am in the driver’s seat of my own life.
• I create my own reality.
• I accept that I am where I am because of decisions I made, either consciously or unconsciously. If I like where I am that’s good. If I don’t, I know I can change it.
• I have choices.
• I am in control of my mind and my thoughts and therefore my outcomes and results.

2 . Results versus reasons
When we are ‘at cause’ we are in charge of the results. When ‘at effect’, we tend to come up with reasons and excuses for not achieving the results we wanted. Being ‘at cause’ means doing away with the reasons and excuses, and when you do, you begin to experience results.

3 . Responsibility for results
It bears repeating: taking 100 percent responsibility for everything in your life is 100 percent empowerment. ‘For everything?’ you may ask. Yes, for everything that is happening in your universe. This doesn’t mean you need to blame yourself. No, it means taking charge of your thoughts and experiences, and being prepared to do some introspection: ‘If the external world is a reflection of my internal world, what do I need to work on in myself or adjust in my own approach to make my world a better place?’ When you take charge
of your mind, thoughts and perceptions, you create your desired results every time.

4 . Beliefs are self-fulfilling prophecies
This is the law of attraction. We don’t believe things because they are true – beliefs become our truths because we believe them! We can achieve only what we believe we can. Any limitation is self-imposed. We can challenge our limiting beliefs because the truth is that we have infinite potential and ability.

Your nervous system is designed to give you what you focus on. For some reason we more often focus on what we don’t want. How often do we say or think, ‘I don’t want to be ill’ or ‘I don’t want to be late’ or ‘I don’t want to fail’? These thoughts put us in a state of fear and anxiety.

So, you know what you don’t want, but do you know what you do want? State your desires in the positive and in the present tense. For example, ‘My timing is perfect’, ‘I can do this’, ‘I am naturally healthy’. Such thoughts put your mind – which creates your outcomes – in
a positive and empowered state. Focus energizes and expands the probability of your thought. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want.

‘If you believe you can or if you believe you can’t… you’re right’. – HENRY FORD

5 . Our view of reality is a perception
We perceive the world through the filters of our own attitudes, values and beliefs. Therefore, we perceive the world not as it is but as we are. We create our own reality through our subjective perceptions. Then we project these perceptions out into the world and onto others. Everything that we perceive outside of us is a projection from inside
of us. Carl Jung said that our unconscious issues can be too deep-seated for us to uncover. We still have to learn from them, and in order to do so, we project them onto people around us. We then think these people are the problem, because we couldn’t see the problems in ourselves. And so the learning begins.

We see ourselves in others, like a reflection in a mirror. What you see in others (what you like and don’t like) is who you are yourself. Taking responsibility for our perceptions takes personal empowerment and transformation to a whole new level. When we take charge of our perceptions, we can change them any time. They’re just perceptions, not truths! It’s good practice to regularly question the way we perceive people and situations. When we change our perceptions, everything and everyone around us changes.

This first shift is a conscious decision; a deliberate mental shift from effect to cause; from victim to creator. After the initial decision, we may have to keep ourselves in check. When you find yourself in a challenging situation, watch your thoughts and reaction. Ask yourself: ‘Am I now at effect or am I at cause? If I were at cause, how would I react differently?’

Extracts from the book Lifting the Veils of Illusion by Narina Riskowitz