Whenever I’m asked what methods I personally use to clear myself of limiting beliefs, I always say three things —
1. Ho’oponopono. This simple prayer, described in the books At Zero and Zero Limits, is what I do daily (even right now, as I’m writing this).
2. Tapping. Whether you call it EFT or TFT or something else, I use the “tapping” method almost daily, for anything that feels “off” in my life.
3. Questioning. I question beliefs much like Sherlock Holmes investigated a crime or Socrates guided his students into clarity.
I’ve touched on this last method in various programs and books, but never really explained it here, on this blog. Today’s the day to do so.
I first learned the power of questions from Barry Neil Kaufman, author of To Love Is To Be Happy With.
“Bears,” as he likes to be called, teaches that you can explore any limits in your life with the right questions and the right attitude. I studied with Bears in 1985 and still reflect back on what I learned from him.
Later, I gained deeper insight into this questioning method from Mandy Evans, who wrote Traveling Free and Emotional Options.
I’ve often called Mandy the original Miracles Coach. She’s helped me off and on for almost thirty years. I owe much of my clarity to her, which led to much of my success.
At one point, decades ago, I was so fascinated with the power of questions that I made business cards calling myself a Socratic Dialogue Consultant.
I thought I might help people by coaching them through the right questions and the right attitude. Life redirected me into writing books and coaching people through words.
But those business cards foreshadowed what I later became: a coach through my work.
So what are the right questions and the right attitude to clear beliefs?
My approach to getting clear through questions goes like this:
First, an attitude of unconditional love is essential.
Any sense of judgment will shut down your willingness to explore. You really need the attitude of detachment, curiosity, and pure accepting love behind every question.
Second, I explore beliefs with the curiosity of a benevolent angel.
When I sense or hear a limiting belief, I want to get curious about it.
Remember, beliefs are not facts. Beliefs can be explored.
They may feel like facts, but beliefs are mental judgments we made up at some point for a variety of reasons. They can be explored and released.
“There isn’t enough money for me” or “I’ll never find the perfect love” or “Sex is bad” are all beliefs.
None are real.
None can be proven by science.
None are universally agreed as true.
Those beliefs can be examined.
Many people can’t find their operating beliefs because they are living them as truths.
To explore a belief, you need to know the belief.
That’s why having an objective person help you can be priceless.
But one way to locate a belief is to ask yourself what a situation means.
In other words, I often say, “The meaning you give an event is the belief that attracted it.”
Think about that —
“The meaning you give an event is the belief that attracted it.”
When you feel stuck or have a problem, how do you describe it?
“I’ve always been this way.”
“This always happens to me.”
Your explanation of the event is most likely the belief that helped create it.
If you really feel you can’t locate the core belief, then just guess at it.
If you knew the belief behind the troubling circumstance, what might it be?
Take a guess.
Accept whatever comes as your starting point.
Now that you have the belief, or at least a belief to begin this process, you are ready to clear it.
My first question of any belief might be, “Do I believe it?”
After all, upon questioning, I might see that I really don’t believe it.
If I don’t, we can stop there.
But if I feel I do believe it, then the next question might be, “Why do I believe it?”
That question is searching for the evidence of the belief. That of course can be anything, from what I heard to what I saw.
I then want to go deeper and ask, “Do I believe the evidence?”
Again, I may answer no, I don’t, and I’m done.
But if I do believe it, I want to ask, “Why do I believe it?”
Again, we are digging deeper, looking for more reasons or stories for the belief.
At some point I might ask, “What would happen if I didn’t believe it?”
The result of all this questioning is freedom.
I’m the first to admit that doing this “Socratic Clearing” on your own is tough.
You can do it, but you’re stuck in the world of your own beliefs, questioning your own beliefs.
It’s like being in a hypnotic trance and trying to talk yourself out of your own trance.
It’s possible, but not easy.
Results will be faster if you actually work with a coach trained to help you get clear of your beliefs.
Of course, I created Miracles Coaching almost a decade ago to help you do just that.
You can learn more at Miracles Coaching.
PS – My approach to questioning beliefs is different from what Barry Neil Kaufman, Mandy Evans, and others in their field practice. If you want to know more, please look for their books. If you want to go really deep, learn from the man credited with coming up with the process both Bears and Mandy use today: Bruce Di Marsico. There’s a three volume set of books based on his work that you might enjoy at http://www.dialoguesinselfdiscovery.com/?p=stores&cat_id=1&product_id=10 There is also a warm book about Bruce Di Marsico called The Guru Next Door. See http://thegurunextdoor.com/ Of course, there are many other belief clearing methods around. One of my favorites is from Morty Lefkoe. See http://www.mortylefkoe.com/ And, for the record, the “person” who got me interested in beliefs at all, many decades ago, was Jane Roberts’ Seth. Jerry and Ether Hicks, of Abraham fame, took up the ball that Seth started, but (for me and many others) it all goes back to Seth.
PPS – This free new e-book can help you, too: http://www.theabundanceproject.com/book.php?linkid=428600
The thing I will use from this post is Do you believe this?
Thanks for a way to adjust my beliefs for my highest good. I love how you offer so many valuable ways to change paradigms. I feel really lucky as an amateur that I’m coming into alignment pretty well, and I do use subliminals and hypnosis to help me with shifting. Getting good advice is helpful also, and I know your coaches are amazing, one of them helped me last year!
Wow! This reminds me of an article I posted on my blog over a year ago (click on my name above to see the post).
I find that this questioning of beliefs can be very rewarding but, as you say, also quite difficult. Discovering the beliefs we hold is not an easy task, simply because those very beliefs are what we base our view of reality on. It’s like Baron von Münchausen pulling himself out of the bog by tugging on his bootstraps; it takes a lot of practice.
hi Joe I like all this things you written, can you send me more, sorry my english is no good yet, I would like to know more about attraction law
Thanks for the mention, Joe, and for your tireless generosity in opening the channels to Perfect Happiness.
The “Miracle Coaching” links are not working. Just wanted to let you know.
Thank you, Clinton. I didn’t know. We are working on it.
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Thank you. I really like your work.
Hi Penny. The link is working now: http://www.attractmoneynowbook.com
Well thanks can you me more on going deep I am awaking n facing my brief but I want to know how to deep clear n to know I’m doing it right.
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Joe, I just started with Miracles Coaching a few days ago. I am trying to clear some limiting beliefs with some difficulty. I think I am close and then it rears it’s ugly head again. I am hoping my coach will help with this. Thank you for your relentless pursuit of good for so many.
Hi ! Joe,
This is great insight. I usually ask for belief i feel 1) the opposite may true. So there is new possibilities.
2) what cost i am paying if i am still with this belief. 3) is it really true? 4) what will it really be if it wasn’t?
I didn’t get tapping method pleasd clear.
With love and gratitude,
Would you recommend Byron Katie’s books?
Yes, I love her books.
Thank you Joe, for this enlightening explanation. For me , I appreciate your whole explanation. But one is extremely helpful,
” The meaning you give an event is the Believe that attracted it.,”
I just want to thank you for all that you do. I bought “Attract a new car” and 2 months later, after taking inspired action, we now have a 2015 Lexus RX350 that we enjoy.
Thank you for being in this world!!! You are clear and perfect! I just really want to attract a meeting with the best author You!