Concept. Beliefs develop over time via our experiences, as we entertain thoughts and representations, and then, at a meta-level, say "Yes," to them. Once thoughts have transformed into beliefs, they function as our perceptions about things. These "grown-up" ideas then become habit and drop out of our awareness. Beliefs, as grown-up understandings, become durable maps by which we code meanings. Then, as perceptual filters, we "see" our beliefs everywhere. This describes how we endow beliefs with a self-fulfilling quality so that "as we believe, so wre experience." Thus beliefs function as a central part of our psychological organization. Richard Bandler (1982) wrote,
Beluwiors are organized around some very durable things called beließ. A belief tends to be much more universal and categorical than an understanding. Existing beliefs can even prevent a person from considering new ezndence or a new belief.
Structurally, beliefs operate as a meta-level phenomenon about ideas, representations, and states. This means that while we may try on various "ideas" and "thoughts" about ourselves, a "belief" does not arise until we affirm, validate and say "Yes" to those ideas. We "believe" in information at a higher logical level than we represent information. To create a belief, we bring a stale and conviction about some learning or conceptual understanding. You have to go meta in order to experience the phenomenon of belief.
By contrast, a state of doubt refers to a state of disconfirmation, a state of saying "No!" to the primary level of thoughts. This also indicates, structurally, a meta-state composition. Indecision, by contrast, generally operates at a primär)* level. Can we change our beliefs? You bet! Bandler (1985) noted,
The process of changing a belief is relatively easy, as long as you haw the person's consent. (I-mphasis added.)
The technology within the belief change patterns offers us a way to change the very structure of a "belief." By using these processes, we can transform, update, and clarify beliefs about our "self" that no longer serve us well. Use this excellent pattern whenever someone wants to change a belief, and especially a "self" belief.
1. identify a limiting belief that you would like to change. Use the following sentence stems to evoke beliefs and to get your limiting beliefs. "What I believe about myself is..." "What I believe about X (e.g., people, work, relationships, God, health, responsibility) is..."
2. Identify your meta-limiting beließ. What do you believe about that belief? Step back from your belief and ask about the meaning you give to it.
3. Note your belief representations. How do you represent your belief? What representational system? What submodalities drive the belief? What languaging do you use?
4. Identify your doubt representations. I hink of something you feel in doubt about. IIow do you represent "doubt" in RS, submodalities, and language?
5. Contrast your doubt and belief representations. How do these two sets of representations differ in structure? Identify the submodalities that distinguish them.
6. Test tin' submodalities. Do so one at a time to discover which submodalities most powerfully affect or alter the belief or doubt: location, brightness, clarity, voice, tone, breathing, etc.
7. Create a new positive enhancing belief that you zvould like to beliei'e. What would you like to believe instead of the limiting belief? State it in positive terms as a process or an ability. "I can learn to heindle criticism effectively." "I can learn quickly and thoroughly."
8. Check the ecolog}/ of this new belief. Does any part of you object to having it?
Transforming The Belief
1. Turn your limiting belief into doubt. Access your limiting belief and slowly change it into the submodality codings you have for doubt.
2. Begin to switch the old limiting belief back and forth from belief to doubt. Continue to do so...repeatedly. Once you get the hang of turning it back and forth, begin to do this faster and faster and faster. Do this until you feel disoriented, dizzy, confused.
3. Put in the new enhancing belief in the place of the old. Turn all of the RS and submodalities down so that you can't see, hear, feel the limiting content. Replace with the new enhancing belief— turn up all of the RS and submodalities. Switch this to belief, then doubt, back and forth several times.
4. Stop with the new enhancing belief coded as belief. Turn up all of your driving submodalities. Amplify as needed to make a compelling representation. Stop, absorb, consider what this looks like, sounds like, feels like. Future pace into tomorrow
5. Test. Break state. Think about the subject of the old belief. What happens?
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HYPNOTISM is by no means a new art. True, it has been developed into a science in comparatively recent years. But the principles of thought control have been used for thousands of years in India, ancient Egypt, among the Persians, Chinese and in many other ancient lands. Learn more within this guide.