I am honestly crazy interested in how our beliefs shape our reality. I listened to a podcast recently where the author suggested that perhaps our reality is ONLY a product of our belief systems. That what we believe about ourselves and the world around us, is what becomes our reality.
We are full of beliefs….about ourselves, our world, others. Our beliefs are formed based on events and experiences starting in infancy (or before as some authors suggest) and up to around age 7. They are a product of what happens to us and around us that shape what we believe to be true about our world and ourselves. Traumatic events create radical shifts in our belief systems, which is why therapy is beneficial to re-shape our knowledge and understanding of a situation.
For most of us, it’s often not until we encounter repeated stumbling blocks that we recognize that something is amiss in our belief system. These ‘limiting beliefs’, created from experience, exist in our subconscious and run basically the same way as breathing: In a pre-programmed, unconscious sub-routine. These little tidbits from our subconscious pop up at the most inopportune times, shifting and possibly de-railing our best of intentions. (BTW, Coaching uncovers these blocks and beliefs…you just might wanna give it a try.)
But what if our minds are more powerful than even that?
Think about the ‘Placebo Effect‘: The phenomenon whereby in controlled experiments, some participants receive the treatment, while others do not. This effect is defined by the participants who report improvement or healing even though they did not receive the treatment. The premise of the Placebo Effect is that these participants are only believing that they are healed, but it is only the power of the suggestion that they have received treatment. But what accounts for their belief that they are better? That they feel better? ARE they actually better?
What if it is NOT the suggestion of treatment that creates just a belief, but what if the belief is more powerful than that…what if our brains actually have the ability to heal disease simply based on that belief?
Clearly, we know very little about what our brains are capable of. When we look at specific examples of young children who are faced with unspeakable injustices and the basic brain must simply survive, we observe coping mechanisms such as dissociation, where the mind creates an alternate identity(s) to escape the trauma. While this coping method shows amazing resiliency on the part of the mind, it presents obvious issues moving forward.
So, if the mind creates beliefs based on experience and similarly can adopt coping methods of dissociation it seems plausible that our brains control more of our reality than we realize. What if the reality that we know to be true, and quite possible agonize over, is simply formed by what we believe?
So is it possible that our reality is ONLY a product of what we believe to be true? Our understanding of the world and our role in it…just a product of what we believe? If so, what are the possibilities? If this is true, are there any real boundaries?