To Believe Or Not To Believe... Do You Have A Choice?

Why would anyone want to purposely change their beliefs?

Belief is a necessary component of successful magick or, in other words, intentional manifestation. It's also essential to creating the kickass life of your dreams. 

"Luck is believing you're lucky." -Tennessee Williams

Think about it. Let's say that you want to lose 100 pounds. Or- maybe you want to make a million dollars, find a wonderful partner, or run a marathon without passing out or losing your bowels. If you believe that you are unworthy, life is unfair or "it" is impossible, the odds are stacked against you before you've even begun!

Beliefs can also be so subtle that you don't even realize they're there, unraveling your best laid plans. That's why it's important to have a strong spiritual connection with your body and mind. 

Listen to your body's cues, pay attention to your thoughts, and take note of any mysterious behavior that seems to contradict your hopes and dreams. See if you notice any patterns emerging...

Do you quit right when things are starting to get good? Do you take two days to return an important phone call? Do you make a lot of excuses for why you need to procrastinate on that workout... again? Maybe you had an amazing workout but then you came home and downed an entire pint of Chunky Monkey?

If that's the case, you have a subconscious belief undermining your every move and an excellent opportunity to finally identify and change it!

3 Steps To Integrating A New Belief:

1. Decide. Decide what it is that you intend to create in your life and the beliefs necessary to do so. What would you have to believe to ask your boss for a 5% raise AND more vacation time? Wake up an hour early every morning to practice yoga? Spend three hours a day, everyday for six months, chipping away at that novel until you have something excellent to submit to agents and publishers?

2. Build your case. Look for people who have faced challenges similar to yours and have found a way to succeed despite them. Read those books. Watch those movies. Study them and ask yourself, "What would this person have to have believed in order to accomplish that?" and "What would happen if I believed that, too?" Create a vision board with pictures of and inspiring quotes by people who have done whatever it is you are trying to do and scroll your new, more empowering belief in big bold letters right across the top. Post it in a place that you will see frequently, like inside your medicine cabinet or on the refrigerator door.

3. Act "as if". There is power in acting as if you already believe. It might seem strange at first, but it can also be extremely effective to ask yourself throughout the day, "What would I do, how would I behave, how would I speak, think and feel if I believed this to be true?" And then- do it, behave, speak and think that way anyway, despite the fact that you're not quite there yet. Fake it 'til you make it, and eventually you wont have to fake it any more.

"Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact."  -William James