What exactly are core beliefs and how do they impact us? And maybe most important, what can we do about them, if needed? Here’s Seth with one of the best examples and advice ever offered on this subject:
“Now let me give you a brief example of a core belief. It is a blanket belief: human nature is inherently evil. This is a core belief. About it will spring events that only serve to reinforce it. Experiences—both personal and global—will come into the perception of a person who holds this belief, that will only serve to deepen it further.
“From all the available physical data of newspapers, television, letters and private communication, he or she will concentrate only upon those issues that ‘prove’ that point. Suspicion of others will grow, to say nothing about the individual’s personal distrust. The belief will reach into the most intimate areas of his or her life, and finally no evidence will SEEM to be available to disprove it. …
“Another more personal core belief: ‘My life is worthless. What I do is meaningless.’ Now a person who holds such an idea will ordinarily not recognize it as an invisible belief. Instead he or she may emotionally feel that life has no meaning, that individual action is meaningless, that death is annihilation; and connected to this will be a conglomeration of subsidiary beliefs that deeply affect the family involved, and all those with whom such a person comes in contact.
“In writing down your list of personal beliefs, therefore, leave nothing out. Examine the list as though it belonged to someone else. I did not want to imply that you make a list of specifically negative ideas, however. It is of supreme importance that you recognize the existence of joyful beliefs, and take into consideration those elements of your own experience with which you have had success.
“I want you to capture that feeling of accomplishment, and to translate it, or transfer it, to areas in which you have had difficulty. But you must remember that the ideas exist first and the experience physically follows.
“You make your own reality. I cannot say this too often.”
The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 617