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

This is Part 2 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.  In Part 1 I shared how the calm experience of Qi Gong allows things that are wrong with us or negative emotions to stand out.  Before, I thought my meditation and Qi Gong were going badly.   Now, I see that I really was calming down and relaxing but the process intensified emotions or thoughts that I needed to deal with.

This wasn’t simple stuff like:  “You have to write that report! Stop procrastinating!”   These were the beliefs and reasons why I wasn’t getting ahead in life.  Basically, what was stopping me from acting.  To begin, we need to better understand limiting beliefs.

What are Limiting Beliefs?

A belief is an idea that we have accepted as truth.  We believe something because it defines us, protects us, helps us avoid danger, or enhance a portion of our life.    A limiting belief is one that no longer serves us and limits our personal potential.

Here’s an example.  You have desperately been trying to lose weight.  You make progress every time you try but it is not long-lasting.  You have joined classes, worked out with friends, educated yourself about nutrition, and hired a trainer.  And the truth is that you have always had a pretty active lifestyle.  Yet, you continue to be unhappy with your physical state.

Finally, you decide to set the obvious plan down (nutrition and exercise plans) and deep dive into the WHY behind your limited progress.  You have an amazing family and the holidays were always enjoyable.  You also love to cook and eat out with friends.  It becomes apparent that your health efforts have been stripping out joy from your life and relationships.  Who would keep up with a plan that kills off joy?

You shift your beliefs about what is enjoyable and add entertainment, get-togethers, and rewards to your life that are not food related.  With this new belief, how do you think your progress will change going forward?

A Limiting Belief can:

  • Stop you from going after your dreams
  • Prevent your growth
  • Keep you stuck where you are
  • Stop you from trying
  • Color how you perceive the world
  • Cause you to repeat negative patterns
  • Make you risk-adverse
  • Keep negative behaviors going
  • Cause fear, doubt, and procrastination
  • Give you excuses
  • Limit what you think you are capable of
  • Limit what you imagine is possible for yourself and your life

Limiting beliefs not only include thoughts but are also accompanied by emotional and physical reactions.  These sensations can overpower us making our voice quiet, making you avoid eye contact, tremble, and sweat.  These physical reactions tell the body to stop doing whatever it is we were trying to do.  Over time, this limiting response becomes such a part of us that we don’t even realize that it is walling us in and limiting how we see the world and take advantage of opportunities.

And Qi Gong Fits in How???

Let’s pause for a second guys.  Do you see how Qi Gong fits in?  This idea that there is “something subconsciously holding you back!!!” easily drifts into the realm of psycho-babble and theory if we don’t know what to do with it.  Qi Gong puts us into a physically, mentally, and emotionally neutral or rested state.  When something is bothering us, it stands out.  Big time.

Then, from this physically, mentally, and emotionally neutral or rested state, we can actually confront it and do something about it.    In a normal day, these beliefs are cloaked by the rest of the chaos in our life and we can’t separate them out.

Limiting beliefs are just that – limiting.  They are engrained into our subconscious to protect us, avoid danger, or enhance a portion of our life.  Most of the time, beliefs just go away or change when they are not needed.  For example, most adults are not afraid of the dark.

So, why do other beliefs hang around when they are no longer needed?   Tune in to Part 3.


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.

2 thoughts on “Qi Gong & Limiting Beliefs Part 2: What are limiting beliefs?

  1. Scott,

    This is a great set of topics. I recently realized that I’d given up on seated meditation and qigong thinking that “just doing tai chi” was enough—problem being that now that I am focusing on a new tai chi form, there is too much mental effort involved for “just doing the form” to itself be meditative in a way that these limiting beliefs and core problems emerge. So I need to re-incorporate some of this.

    You mentioned a few qigong practicitioners/authors during our last class but the only name that I retained was Peter Ragnar. Who were the others? Wondering specifically where I can find anything related to that qigong set we practiced.


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