If you’ve been feeling on edge lately but can’t really put your finger on why – let me assure you: you’re not alone. A lot of us are starting to realise that something is going on. There’s some big changes happening here on planet Earth – both geologically and metaphysically – and it doesn’t always feel good.
As earthquakes literally rock our world, we humans are being rocked by an internal upheaval just as life-transforming. What is it?
You see, we’re undergoing a shift in human consciousness. And that shift has got a lot of us feeling like the very ground beneath us is rocking and swaying – not unlike the earth quakes that are getting more intense and frequent all around our planet.
This is a time when our ‘higher selves’ are asking us to make some radical changes in our beliefs, because the beliefs we once thought stable and certain are now shifting like so much sand under our feet.
But how do we go about changing beliefs? How do we stay clear and strong even as all we once knew is in flux? First, let’s have a look at what beliefs are, (or more importantly, what’ they’re not), and then look at what to do to make this transformation as smooth as possible.
1. You’re NOT your Beliefs
Here’s the dilemma: we think our beliefs define who we are. Then, when life offers us information that clearly challenges those beliefs, we tend to get angry, scared or shift into denial, feeling as if our very life is threatened. Sounds irrational, doesn’t it? But think about how many times you’ve experienced or observed hostility, resentment and even the loss of friendships (to say nothing of war and abuse) all because someone said you were wrong, or because you told someone they weren’t right.
But the thing is – you’re not your beliefs. Not at all. A belief, as Abraham-Hicks explains, is simply “a thought you keep thinking.” No matter how long you’ve held a belief, no matter how much you’ve invested your life, time and energy into a belief, you are much, much more than that. Let’s take an example to illustrate …
Let’s say you lived during the 15th century, and you grew up believing that the world was flat. Then this guy Columbus comes along and willy-nilly, the world becomes round and your beliefs are wiped aside like a silly bit of nonsense. Does this change change you? Does it reduce you, limit you or in any way diminish you? Of course not! In fact, if you lived during such an era of sweeping change (and believe me – you do!), the discoveries that demand an instantaneous change in your beliefs would have rocked your world – for the better.
2. Ask for Guidance
Whether you ascribe to a higher Self, higher power, deeper knowing, angelic forces or ultimate God/Source energy, during this time of change, calling upon that which is most sacred to you will help you find ease with this personal and planetary transition. This is because when we ask for guidance we reach beyond the ego-based personality, a structure founded on the very beliefs we may now be called to change.
Sounds simple – is mighty. Breath is Life, and bringing your attention to it during times of stress can actually assist your physiological functioning as well as calm your mind. So when changing beliefs is feeling so painful that it’s more like cutting off a limb, breath and breath and breath.
4. Face your Fears
Take some time to look with courage at the beliefs you cherish most, then ask yourself the scariest question of all: “What would happen if this belief were wrong?” Scary, eh? I understand. But the strange thing is, when you actually face your greatest fears surrounding your beliefs, you open the door to mental and emotional liberation. Don’t believe me? Try it and see.
Forgive yourself, forgive others, forgive your fears, your doubts, your disbeliefs. Forgive anyone and anything – including those who taught you any beliefs that now seem false. The more your forgive, the freer you’ll feel. Promise.
In order to really begin to feel that you are not your beliefs, you have to get some mental ‘space’ from them. And there’s no more powerful, efficient way to get some space between your self-beyond-your-beliefs and your thoughts is through meditation. Meditation creates spaciousness in the mind. Allowing you to recognize – as Eckhart Tolle would say – that your thoughts and beliefs are no more than “content in the NOW.”
7. Choose Love
I’m not just talking about romantic love. And I’m definitely not talking about conditional love of any kind. I’m talking about love as the opposite of fear. I’m talking about loving acceptance for self, for others and for the earth, no matter what changes come. I’m talking about dropping judgement, drama and fear and committing yourself to a higher, deeper presence – no matter how tumultuous life feels.
Are you feeling a tumult of changes in your life that are demanding you reevaluate your beliefs? If you are, please share your story with us in the comments section below. This way we can help to support each other during these changing times.