How to Heal Limiting Beliefs Each life experience has a belief or beliefs creating it. Emotions are the result of beliefs.

By changing your beliefs, you will change the experience of your emotions.

Your subconscious is the data storage space of your mind that allows beliefs to be held. It is your hard drive, if you were a computer, storing information for retrieval and usage.

There are many beliefs running in your mind at any given time.
Within your subconscious are beliefs such as:

  • I like myself, or I don’t like myself.
  • I trust myself and others, or I don’t trust.
  • I express all my emotions and thoughts, or just some of them.
  • All of my emotions and thoughts are accepted, or just some of them.
  • I am a beautiful person, or I am not.
  • I can do anything, or I cannot.
  • I am smart, or I am not.
  • Life is fun and easy, or it is hard and troublesome.
  • People will help me, or they will try to hurt me.
  • I am afraid of the world, or I am safe in it.
  • People love me the best they can, or they sometimes love me and can do better.
  • I am not doing well enough at my job, or I am doing the best I can.
  • People’s opinions about me will affect me and I will believe them, or I believe my own opinions about myself.
  • Should I trust myself to succeed, or of course I trust myself to succeed. Living in the world is a scary place, or living in the world is exciting, fun, and safe.
  • My life is a blessing, or I want to end my life.
  • I choose to blame others, or I choose to understand and learn from others.

A belief may cause an emotional or physical response, which can often be limiting to what you want to do and achieve. When I work with clients, part of what I do is help them to reveal and transform subconscious beliefs that are holding them back from achieving their life’s highest vision.

We all have limiting beliefs in our subconscious mind, which makes up about 90% of our total mind, with our conscious mind making up the other 10%. This means that if we have a limiting belief in our subconscious mind, it can be nine times stronger than what we consciously want. These subconscious beliefs can really hold you back without your being aware of them.

Our goal is to transform an experience of struggle, judgment and blame into love, joy and peace. We do this by shedding the layers of judgment that are holding our subconscious, unwanted beliefs within us, thereby freeing us to live how we truly desire, consciously. What we want is to get the two conflicting parts of ourselves playing together on the same playground. I use this metaphor to invoke the child within you to make peace and embrace its conflicting opposite.

For instance, if one part of you wants to exercise but another part of you doesn’t, you have a conflict. This conflict is the cause of emotional discomfort. Typically, we would immediately try to fix the part that doesn’t want to exercise, because it benefits us to exercise. We judge the part of us that doesn’t want to exercise as 'bad,' but it isn't necessarily so. Our goal is to get both parts of us loving and accepting each other with four simple steps. Use the following technique to create unity with two parts of you in conflict. Close your eyes and visualize this exercise unfold.

Playground Technique For Healing

  1. Two conflicting parts of you meet as children on a playground.
  2. They listen to and understand each other’s point of view.
  3. They play with each other and be friends.
  4. They agree on creating a new life experience together.
  5. They celebrate their new experience of life.

In the example of a part of you wanting to exercise and another part of you not wanting to exercise, your internal children meeting on a playground might go as follows.

The "Yes, I want to exercise" part of you explains that it wants to be healthy and improve its body. It believes that exercising is always better than not exercising and to not exercise would be lazy. The "No, I don't want to exercise" part of you explains that it has had a long, busy day and feels tired, so it wants to rest instead of exercise. It believes that it doesn't need to work so hard at exercising because it wouldn't make much of a difference anyway.

These two conflicting beliefs or stories can be reconciled. For example, maybe you agree on a lighter exercising schedule because you've been especially busy lately. You rest when you need to but also schedule time to exercise. You let go of both of the strong conflicting limiting beliefs and embrace a new belief, one that benefits all of you. Your new belief may be, "I don't need to exercise all the time, nor should I neglect it completely. It is good to have a balance of exercise, work, and play in my life."

As a result of transforming limiting conflicting beliefs, you will feel more peace and experience a greater harmony with your emotional and physical wellbeing.


© 2015 Jason Nelson

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#4 Vanessa Burns 2013-03-03 23:44
Love this :-) It really resonates and I'm looking forward to using this meditation regularly.

Thank you

#3 Jason Nelson 2010-11-19 17:01
Comment by Jason: Thank you Michaiel and Etfiatlux. I use this in my sessions and it really helps my clients feel more peace within themselves. The changes happen without effort.
#2 Etfiatlux 2010-08-07 14:16
Dear Jason,
Many thanks for your work!
#1 Michaiel Patrick Bovenes 2010-06-18 12:27
Jason, Great article I liked the playground technique, never heard of that approach, makes total sense and I will plan on using it. I hope all is going well with you.