Qi Gong and Limiting Beliefs Part 6: Replace Your Beliefs

This is Part 6 of a 6-Essay Series on using Qi Gong to more clearly see what is holding us back.  Link to all the essays from the end of this post.

Congrats!  You made it to Part 6!  We’ve been talking about how negative emotions and thoughts arising during meditation and Qi Gong sessions do not mean that you are having a bad session.  Your mind is showing you exactly what you need to address to make the greatest change in your life.  The calm, relaxed nature of meditation just makes the negativity stand out.

It looks pretty bad though doesn’t it?  Nothing like going to meditate and coming out frustrated!

“Arrrgghh! I am supposed to be calm now, darn it!!!”

All we need are a set of tools or activities to address the negativity at the point that you are aware of it.  Don’t take this for granted. Most people are not aware that they are negative and reacting to their own limiting beliefs.

Replacing Your Limiting Beliefs

Ultimately, we cannot remove a belief or stop ourselves from believing.  This is not the natural way things work.   Every belief you have ever held was maintained until it was replaced by something better or something worse.  For example, maybe you used to be trusting and then you got robbed.  Or maybe you used to be untrusting and then you married someone faithful.  This process typically happens naturally and unconsciously.  The difference going forward is that you now know how the process works.  You are going to replace your belief manually with something that moves you in the direction of your greatest potential.

Allow yourself to be honest and even negative in this exercise.  Let’s make sure we have a concrete idea of what our limiting belief is.  Ask yourself these questions:

Why do I not believe I can get what I want?


 “Why would I stay the way I am?”


“Why can I not overcome my limiting belief?


The answers to these questions are your limiting beliefs.  Here are some examples:

I’ve had it for so long so it’s not possible for me to overcome it

It’s who I am, I can’t change who I am

I’ve tried everything and nothing works for me

It’s impossible to overcome


Now, ask yourself this question:

“What is something positive that you want to believe instead?”

The answer to this question is the positive belief you want to replace the limiting belief with.

Using the list above, here are some more examples:

Limiting Belief

I’ve had it for so long so it’s not possible for me to overcome it


It’s who I am, I can’t change who I am



I’ve tried everything and nothing works for me


It’s impossible to overcome





New Belief

I overcome obstacles in my life when I recognize them.  Examples include…


I’ve been changing my whole life and continue to improve.  For example, I used to do/be… and now I …


I am persistent and want real change.  That’s why this continues to be a top priority.  I have solved major problems in the past such as…

I am a capable person.  When I know what the problem is, I can solve anything.  One thing in my life that I kept at and improved was…



Now that you have both the limiting belief that you want to get rid of and the positive replacement. It is time to redirect our thoughts.

Positive Intent

The words we use to describe our situation, ourselves, and the world around us govern how we perceive our life.  Positive statements of intent can alter your belief system to reflect whatever you want it to reflect. You must realize that your subconscious believes everything it is told and will do everything in its power to make that belief a reality in your life.

When you realize that your subconscious mind is responsible for almost all of your behavior and actions, it becomes obvious that we have to be very intentional about the messages that we are sending.  Think of it as a sort of brain hygiene.   We want to give it a strict diet of healthy words, thoughts, and actions, just like want to give our body healthy food and water.

The use of positive words and imagery has been used throughout the millennia.   Think of the creeds, prayers, sutras, and verse employed by every major religion.  What is different here is that we are directly identifying the belief that is placing the greatest limitations on our potential and actively replacing it.  Confronting our specific beliefs results in us being immediately charged with emotion.  We are not verbalizing beliefs that are generally good for all society or beliefs that do not resonate with us.

At the beginning, your new belief will contradict the reality of your life.  Be prepared for your subconscious mind to go to work immediately attacking you or the belief, making you doubt that change is possible, and stirring up negative emotions.  If your subconsciously reacts strongly increase the believability of your new belief by adding a statement like “I am in the process of…” to your new belief.

Work daily with visual, text, app, or calendar reminders to verbalize your new belief.  This is especially important when situations and thoughts bring the old belief to the surface.  It takes time for the subconscious mind to accept the belief before it starts to display thoughts, actions, and reactions that are in line with your new belief.   In a matter of time, the new programming will take hold and results from your persistence will be evident everywhere you look.

The Thymus Thump

The Thymus is a gland that is part of the immune system and aids in producing white blood cells.  It is overworked when we are stressed or sick.  The unfortunate nature of the Thymus is that it shrinks as we age and it’s function is also reduced.  The Thymus is located in the upper chest where the third rib meets the sternum.

The good news is that the Thymus can be stimulated by thumping the chest.  This is something we observe naturally in nature (think about gorillas) and something we do without thinking.  Have you ever pounded your chest while coughing, grasped your chest with both hands when scared?  We can actively stimulate the Thymus to improve its function.  Plus, it just makes us feel good.  Here is how you can stimulate your Thymus and immunity:

1. Take a few deep, relaxing breaths.

2. Use your fingertips or fist to tap up and down the upper sternum.  A

3. Tap/thump for 15-20 seconds as you continue to take slow breaths.

4. You can do this daily and it is recommended to do it 1-3 times each day if you are actually sick.


In Conclusion

Whether we are talking about beliefs that help us or beliefs that limit us, it is important to remember:  We made them up.

Something happened in our life.  We judged the event or at least took note of it.  We formed an idea about what happened to us. Maybe we even experienced it twice further cementing our ideas in our mind.  With enough meaning attached to the event we turned it into a belief.  And from that day forward it colored the way we perceive events in our life – good or bad.

Wake up to how much power your beliefs have over your happiness and the way you live your life.  You have the power to believe something else.

Qi Gong and Limiting Beliefs

Qi Gong and Limiting Beliefs Part 1:  Using Qi Gong to Unearth Your Limiting Beliefs

Qi Gong and Limiting Beliefs Part 2:  What are limiting beliefs?

Qi Gong and Limiting Beliefs Part 3:  Where do limiting beliefs come from?

Qi Gong and Limiting Beliefs Part 4:  Why do we have limiting beliefs?

Qi Gong and Limiting Beliefs Part 5:  Why is it so hard to figure out if a limiting belief is affecting us?

Qi Gong and Limiting Beliefs Part 6:  Strategies to replace your limiting beliefs

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Scott Prath

Scott has been practicing and teaching tai chi and qigong since 2000. He is a lead instructor for the Austin Chen Tai Chi Association. His interest in the internal martial arts began after traveling in India and Nepal, and he has since traveled to China to train. Scott has published over 100 articles on tai chi with a focus on research showing the benefits of practicing.

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