Qi Gong & Limiting Beliefs Part 4:  Why we have beliefs


This is Part 4 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 the last essays we learned about how damaging limiting beliefs can be, where they come from, and why they are so persistent.  It raises the questions, “Why would we believe something that is bad for us?”  And “Is there something wrong with me?”

This is a short and important post and where I deviate from other literature on limiting beliefs – BIG TIME.

Our Incorrect Limiting Arguments

I am tired of hearing two arguments:

“Our brain/body would do something bad to us.”

Have to call bullcrap on this one.  Even cancer is the result of the body encasing something bad for us in a protective shell (a tumor) to isolate it from the body.  If we treat the body’s processes as an enemy you will get “the fight of your life.”

“I am mentally damaged/weak/broken/…”

Bullcrap numero dos.  If you lack willpower, discipline, focus, whatever you feel makes you subpar, you subconscious is introducing drag into the system to slow you down or protect you.  Remove the barrier, remove the symptom.

You are not alone

Limiting beliefs affect ALL of us.  Once we identify them, they are often easy to get past and dismiss.  But they lurk and affect us without us realizing it.

The truth is, all of us spend much of our lives under-achieving, not because of people, luck, fate, destiny, circumstances, or events, but because our beliefs our outdated or negative and are therefore limiting our potential.  They served us at one point, but now they don’t, but we just keep holding on to them.

The good news is that ALL limiting beliefs can be changed.  It doesn’t matter if they formed as a young child or are brand new.  The brain simply linked an experience to an emotion or feeling.

The problem is that we don’t know that we are being affected by them.  Qi Gong has the ability to 1) bring them to the surface and 2) put us in the perfect mental state to deal with them.

Here’s what the process looks like:

You do Qi Gong and quickly enter into a calm, warm, tuned-in, happy, state.  Even if your Qi Gong or meditation session stinks, aren’t you better than you were 20 minutes ago?

This state makes anything that feels WRONG stand out immediately.  After a Qi Gong session, you are in the peak mental place to be thinking about what you want to accomplish in life.

Typically, one of two things happen:

  1. You get energetic ideas about what to do next. You are empowered, excited, and have a plan.  If this is the case, carry on soldier.
  2. Excuses come to mind along with all the reasons you will fail. Sometimes this is accompanied by a physical change (fatigue, pain).   If this is the case, you may have a limiting belief holding you back.

Grappling with things that make you feel bad is hard work and I applaud you.  Especially if it is icky stuff from our past.  But aren’t you beginning to get excited a bit?  The fact that there might be way to make tangible progress?  The idea that you might not be flawed or damaged goods?  In the next essay, we will talk about why most people unsuccessful dealing with their limiting beliefs so that you don’t make the same mistakes.

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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