12-Step Process to Identify Limiting Beliefs

Are you stuck somewhere in your life or having unexpected difficulty obtaining a goal? Chances are that subconscious limiting beliefs are sabotaging your efforts.

We are indeed powerful co-creators on this planet, and god/goddess/all that is is eager to bless and prosper us. But we often do not see the full truth of abundance and love due to our underlying belief structures. We have been granted free will, and so we will perceive what we believe. The external world will mirror back our deep held beliefs in the circumstances we attract into our lives. Often the beliefs are so ingrained, it is difficult to even imagine a different kind of reality.

Identifying and changing these restrictive beliefs can open you to new possibilities for success and a more joyful life. So how do you uncover these beliefs? In general, noticing areas of resistance in your daily activity can assist you in finding them. And once you know what they are, you can change them. I have noticed several limiting beliefs pop up simply while writing this post, for example. They each have a story: you don’t know enough to write that, you sound stupid, this won’t help anyone. I can recognize these voices as misguided beliefs and begin affirming the opposite.

I discovered this useful post that includes a 12-step process for identifying limiting beliefs. The video is super informative, and I recommend it. Maybe you will find beliefs you did not even realize you had!

How to Identify Limiting Beliefs

And once you know what you are subconsciously putting out there, you begin to see themes of where you are not living your life to the fullest or are holding yourself back.

Limits to the Law of Attraction

The law of attraction points to a spiritual principle that “like attracts like.” According to law Imageof attraction experts, positive thoughts create a positive reality and negative thoughts create a negative life experience. So, by transforming our thoughts and the underlying belief systems, we can craft a reality that is full of joy, abundance, health, and all that is good.

I first came across the law of attraction by reading the book “Ask and it is Given,” by Esther and Jerry Hicks. The authors channel a spiritual entity known as Abraham in this manual for manifesting with the law of attraction. Abraham teaches that our emotional experience indicates our alignment with that which we want to attract into our life. The book includes a ranking of various emotional set points. Supposedly, as you train yourself to think more positively, you will naturally move from emotions like resentment, depression, and anger into emotions like joy, contentment, and happiness.

This principle is also addressed in the movie “The Secret.” I have worked with the different exercises and approaches that are included in the teachings about law of attraction. There is definitely a great deal of validity to the law. I have, for example, noticed that I can change my thoughts about a person in my life and my experience with that person will change as well. I have also used the law of attraction to help find a romantic relationship, increase health, and attract money.

But does the law of attraction work completely? Or are there limits to this spiritual principle?

The Inevitability of Death

Author Jerry Hicks died of cancer, for example. Couldn’t he have used the law of attraction to hold positive thoughts about his health and prevented his



death? If you followed the law of attraction purely, you might say that yes, he could have. But the fact is that we all die. Sure, there may be some eternal saints like Babaji who has lived out in the Himalayas for centuries, and Jesus did resurrect from the dead, but most of us are souls who have elected to live on a planet where death is inescapable. So, preventing death stands out as one potential limit to using the law.

Detrimental Behaviors

Another challenge in using the law of attraction is that often times we hold limiting belief systems that prevent us from living our truth. When we begin to change our thought patterns in an attempt to improve our lives, the very situation we were trying to mend becomes disastrous. Just like a healing reaction to an herbal treatment, the universe calls on us to look at our behaviors that contributed to our life events and change them. The power of positive thought alone cannot help us. We must take responsibility and transform our behaviors to improve our life situation.

For example, I used the law of attraction to visualize more money coming into my life. I set the intention that I would have $10,000 in savings by December 2013 and that checks would roll in my mailbox regularly. Immediately after, my finances fell apart. I had high medical bills. It was getting more difficult to work. I was spending more than I was making. I had to stop and reassess my lifestyle and my money management skills. It seemed like the exact opposite of what I wanted was occurring. Ultimately, I made substantial changes to my finances, and I am now living rent free. This in itself has created the $10,000 savings that I visualized, but not in the way I expected. And I had to do things like build a budget and assess my income in order to create the structure for this to occur. In other words, I could not just think my way into more money without changing my actions.

Limiting Beliefs

And what about when the subconscious and unconscious beliefs are sabotaging our progress? In instances like this, we need deep soul retrieval, hypnosis, or other forms of healing to transform these beliefs. Again, positive thoughts are not the only answer, though perhaps simply by following the law of attraction, we are more likely to attract practitioners and teachings that can assist us in changing the underlying beliefs.  Reiki Level II includes a symbol that allows you to access and heal detrimental beliefs.

Spiritual Escape

Applying the law of attraction without using common sense might also hinder a person’s ability to leave an abusive relationship or a dangerous situation. I have not experienced this myself, but could imagine a woman trying to transform her thoughts about her partner who beats her instead of just leaving him. In a lot of ways, the law of attraction can put too much pressure on you to do everything yourself and can be misconstrued for you to expect that your mindset is most important. it might also encourage an individual to try to change everything internally without taking practical steps to create a solution that is completely in their power.

Potential Self-Criticism

The positive mindset is generally more pleasing, and it is more fun to go through even challenging situations when you have encouraging, cheerful thoughts. Still, nobody has happy thoughts all the time, and the belief that our thoughts are so powerful might have a harmful influence on somebody who experiences so-called negative thoughts. There seems to be a certain degree of chance and uncertainty in the universe. The law of attraction might create a false sense of control over the big picture.

What do you think are limits to the law of attraction from your own experience?

Spirit Guides Can Help with Effective Time Management

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In this series, Holy Fire Usui Reiki Master-Teacher Jessica Hitch discusses working with spirit guides to follow your divine purpose.  Jessica learned she was psychic after she received her Reiki attunement.  She teaches you to access your intuition in Connect with Your Guides, a Channeling How-To Series.  She also offers a monthly Channeling Circle where you can practice receiving spiritual messages and messages from your angels and guides.

We are powerful beings with so many gifts to offer that managing our time can quickly become Imageproblematic and stressful if we aren’t careful.  Fortunately, our angels and spirit guides are more than willing to assist us with our schedules.  And, the power of prayer can also help us create a balanced, yet productive life.

Two wonderful books provide detailed techniques for manifesting using spirit to assist with time management.

In Hiring the Heavens: A Practical Guide to Developing Working Relationships with the Spirits of Creation, Jean Slatter goes in depth about how to Imagecreate a team of spiritual allies to help with goals and projects.  As with managing a real-life business, you take time to decide what kind of support you need (perhaps a spiritual accountant to keep track of your income or a spiritual promoter to drive clients to you) and then send the request through prayer.  Slatter gives examples of how the exact resources she needed come in miraculous, easy, and simple ways when she works with her etheric team.  The process can be applied to anything from business goals to finding a romantic partner to organizing home repair.

Esther and Jerry Hicks provide the “Turning-it-over-to-the-Manager” process in Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires.  This process introduces us to the Universal ImageManager working continually on our behalf!  We can ask this manager to do anything for us, so long as we ask with positive expectation of the request being fulfilled.  You just provide the details of what you need (a new home, a plumber…) and when you need it by, and like any competent manager, the Universal Manager will provide it to you with divine timing!

Angels are also ready to help us with all of our needs, big or small.  In fact, it is part of the angelic path of service to provide assistance to humans, so the angels love to help!  Many of us are already aware of the power of asking for the angels to find parking spaces.  We can apply this to time management as well.  Ask the angels to field your phone calls so that you have ample personal time to replenish yourself.  Call on the angels to attract the right practitioner to you instead of looking through the phone book.  Tell the angels what you need to buy and follow their guidance to go straight to the perfect store.  Playing around with angel communication is quite fun, and the results are awesome and often astounding!

Finally, use prayer to relieve pressure.  When you feel stress coming, pray for relaxation and ease.  Ask that the limiting belief systems that created your schedule be lifted, and pray for a new mentality that allows you to be productive but also at peace.  Pray for the resources you need to more effectively manage your time and keep your eyes open to what comes.

dallas reiki master-teacherWant help channeling your Higher Self, angels, or spirit guides?  They have valuable information that can help you realize your mission on earth.  Dallas, TX Reiki master and clairvoyant medium Jessica Hitch teaches a course on channeling your spirit guides and offers a monthly channeling class where you can learn how to channel your spirit guides or Higher Self in a safe, supportive environment.  You can also learn simple techniques to communicate with angels in this blog post with video: How to Connect with Your Angels.


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