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
In the October, 1927 issue of Nautilus magazine, prolific Law of Attraction author Brown Landone revealed a way to give yourself a “shock treatment” to attract more money.
I’m a huge fan of Landone. He wrote more than 100 books, including The Success Process, before his death in 1945. I was deeply interested in this article by him in this old magazine of New Thought ideas.
In it, Landone told the story of coaching a woman who came to him complaining that her husband had a weak heart and wasn’t successful.
She wanted him fixed.
Landone explained that he didn’t fix anybody.
He knew that once you found your own inner peace, the rest would follow.
“..I know that abundance is a result of attaining the kingdom of heaven, and that each soul’s kingdom of heaven is within himself.”
He went on to say that he might help in uncovering the source or cause for the heart palpitations and the lack of success, which would help the man discover his own inner kingdom.
In other words, if he could help the man get clear of his inner blocks, the results would follow.
So he agreed to see the husband.
After a brief discussion with the husband, Landone discovered the man had $647 in savings and made $47.50 a week. (This was 1927, remember.)
He also learned that the husband had lost much of his “gusto” for life; that he was simply going through the motions in his day to day life, without much hope or enthusiasm for anything better.
With that information, Landone did something shocking.
He told the husband to go out and spend all the money!
“I told him to buy his wife five new dresses that afternoon, to order a $90 suit of clothes for himself, to purchase a $740 auto within a week, and to buy a $6,000 or $7,000 home within a month!”
The advice stunned me.
How in the world could he tell a struggling man, just getting by, to go empty his savings and extend himself financially?!?
What logic was behind this?
I was riveted to Landone’s article, wanting to know why he gave such a controversial directive.
Landone went on to explain, “Beginning to lose hope, leads to lack of daring.”
He wanted the husband to wake up!
He wanted the husband to stretch.
He wanted him to dare again.
He wanted him to get out of his comfort zone.
He wanted him to shock his own mind and awaken it.
The man listened, and acted.
Landone said the first thing that happened is the man’s heart began to beat evenly again. 🙂
And then the man began to think of new ways to improve his position at work, which led to him getting promoted, and then getting a higher salary.
Within a few months, the man’s consciousness had changed to the degree that he left his job, started his own business, and saw his revenue leap to $90,000 a year — in 1927!
The man told Landone, “Why it’s silly to be poor, isn’t it?”
I love the story and the message.
In my book, Attract Money Now, I call Prosperous Purchasing one of the seven steps for attracting more money.
The idea is to honor and appreciate yourself by being honest: when you have the desire for a product or service, and you have the funds, then go ahead and make the purchase.
It’s an affirmation of prosperity to do so.
But Landone suggested buying and investing more than what you are comfortable with, and putting yourself into a scary place financially, as a way to “shock” or “kick start” your own mind.
Instead of playing it safe, you shake yourself by taking a risk.
You over ride your fear with an act of faith.
And then you watch your mind come alive with new ideas.
It’s not about feeling desperate, but about feeling driven.
When I interviewed Jen Sincero, author of the book, You Are A Badass, she told me that her life changed when she hired a coach.
She also said making the decision to do so rocked her world.
“I tapped out my credit card to hire the coach,” she told me. “And the first thing that happened is I threw up.”
Jen went on to tell me that she called her coach and tried to get her money back.
“But the coach told me that my vomiting was part of the process,” Jen explained. “I was beginning my transformation right then and there.”
If you find yourself in a financial lull, consider giving yourself a prosperity shock treatment.
Simply Dare Something Worthy.
Consider what you really want to buy (for yourself or someone else) but are afraid to do so, and then go buy it!
If you are reading this and feeling your heart race and your palms sweat, then you know what to do next.
To be blunt, are you going to come from fear or faith?
Said another way, the idea isn’t to get rid of fear, it’s to use it as a catalyst for new ideas, actions, and results.
Dare and grow rich.
PS — Just as Brown Landone was a coach to the husband, you’ll get faster results with your own coach, too. Check out Miracles Coaching. Remember, it’s okay to stretch. It’s time to shock yourself into awakening. Do it!
Who says you need money?
Last weekend I received a mega gift in Las Vegas – a late 60th birthday present – that was so unexpected, overwhelming, rare, loving, priceless and magnificent, that I’m still nearly speechless.
Over 50 people were involved — none were paid, all gave out of love and generosity — and the result was a gift of such magnitude and historic importance that I’m not sure how to describe it.
But here goes…
I love everyone in my Miracles Coaching program.
The coaches and staff are upbeat, positive, loving and loveable people.
Once a year the top coaches and sales people meet me in Las Vegas for a dinner, awards ceremony, sharing, meeting and more. I always look forward to the trips and the catching up.
Over dinner, they hinted early on that they had a surprise for me. I figured it’d be a cigar or a book. I didn’t think too much of it. I wasn’t there for me. I was there for them.
Little did I know that their little surprise would change my life forever.
Steve Gardner, one of the team leaders, began.
He handed me a little key.
I joked that it must be for a little car.
Turns out it was to a guitar case.
Not to any guitar, though.
What these people had done was build the world’s first Clearing Guitar.
It was hand crafted out of Kauri wood estimated to be over 50,000 years old (!), and included gems and mantras and other healing mojo to make it a truly one of a kind healing guitar.
It was crafted of other wood that I love, such as koa, flame maple, and purple heart.
It contains unique additions, such as a mammoth tooth estimated to be over 12,000 years old (!).
It also has chakra stones for fret markers, and more.
It’s tuned to the 424 Hz frequency, said to be more harmonious to our bodies than the standard 440 Hz.
And it is a baritone electric guitar.
I’m in awe of this incredible guitar, made with such precision, and care, and so personalized, and with such healing qualities.
I’ve never seen anything like it.
More than that, they built it for me.
They talked to Guitar Monk Mathew Dixon, my guitar teacher and partner on several musical albums, to determine what kind of guitar would be best for me. He told them of my love for baritones.
With the inside info from Mathew, and further insights about clearing and ho’oponopono from Suzanne Burns, my right (and left) hand partner in business, they went to work.
The whole idea was the brain child of Abi White. She went to her friend, luthier Mark Seddon of Oxbow Guitars in the U.K., and they began the process.
In the end, six months later, over 50 people gave product or service, to help create this Miracle Guitar, what they call The Clearing Guitar.
Mark named it Morrnah, after Morrnah Simeona, who gave us all ho’oponopono (as described in my books, At Zero and Zero Limits).
They presented the guitar to me in Las Vegas.
After I heard the story of its creation, I was almost speechless.
When I held the guitar, I felt the love.
When I played it, I felt the magic.
But the story gets even better.
Abi, who came up with the idea, and Mark, the luthier who crafted the guitar, flew to Vegas from London to meet me the next morning.
Mark answered my questions about the guitar, and set it up for me to play for everyone at our private meeting in Vegas. It was a joyful experience to strum such a one-of-a-kind baritone electric guitar, with the unusual but soothing 424 Hz frequency tuning, and all the esoteric specifics that went into it.
I teach that you need to “get clear” of unconscious limitations so you can attract what you want. Along the way, certain tools can help you.
This Clearing Guitar is designed to clear me as I play it, and clear you as you hear it.
So you can expect music created with it down the road. 🙂
Abi White summed up the creation of this guitar this way…
“For me this guitar inspired by Joe and manifest through myself, The team at Prosper, Mat Dixon, Mark Seddon and so so so many others whom I love and am very gratefull for is far more than just a guitar. It a a stunning beautiful completely balanced highly powerful clearing tool that I hope will assist and support Joe in the work he is doing in the world to bring healing and clearing through music or as Mat Dixon The Guitar monk puts it far more eloquently: ‘To simply call this a guitar would be an understatement, it is a Masterpiece! A one-of-a-kind piece of art, created with love by all those involved’.”
And for me…
It’s difficult to describe the love and gratitude I feel.
When I realize that 50 some people were feeling such love and gratitude to me, that they wanted to create this for me, the feeling of love is almost incomprehensible.
There is no way I can list everyone involved and thank all involved, but a good place to start is looking at the website they created for this amazing gift.
It’s right here: http://www.theclearingguitar.com
And of course, this was a gift from everyone in Miracles Coaching.
I thank you, one and all.
I am beyond grateful.