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The Nature of Limiting Beliefs

Our conversations with Alana have spanned almost two decades.

We thought it might be fun to share some of our dialogues with Alana when we were first learning how to communicate fluently with Alana who is not an entity but the “frequency” of all of our hearts.

This is a timeless conversation Kirk shared with Alana back in the year 1997. He is curious about the nature of beliefs and how to assist people when limiting or negative beliefs are holding them back from creating their heart’s desires.

Insights for Changing Limiting Beliefs

Kirk VandenBerghe: Alana, can you provide some insight on how to assist people in changing beliefs that no longer serve them?

Alana: Teach your clients a concept of belief as a doorway.

Once a person can hold the picture of a door in their mind and sense the door as you would a belief, they will be able to open it and see what is inside the basis of their beliefs.

If they are slow to grasp the concept, then teach or help them realize they have the key to this door which acts as a symbol for unlocking and perceiving the belief they are holding. Mysteriously, when they are ready enough to open the door, the door will dissolve or open and provide insight.

The Power of Belief

Kirk: Some beliefs people have formed hold them back, while others help them grow and learn. Can you say more about this?

Alana: There are many different approaches to assist a person in belief realization. Some beliefs are hard to examine, hard to grasp the roots that lead them to be. A person may feel they hold hurtful thoughts. Let’s discuss the nature of beliefs to better understand the intention they hold.

Know all beliefs are essentially purposeful. They ignite emotions and emotional responses that allow people to learn themselves and about others.

When a person holds a belief that keeps them locked within themselves—what you term as limiting—they are creating a path to develop understanding of why others share the same beliefs they do. Usefulness is present because this creates a co-creative type of understanding. We are not judging if the belief is expanding or limiting, just that it creates connection.

Having understanding requires opening to a level of consciousness that has the intent to develop compassion. Without understanding and compassion, we would not recognize our connection. When a belief is imprinted internally then it can change and take a new form.

When a belief is resisted it will mirror back again and again and again. This is why the patterns within the universe of a belief that has rippled through the consciousness of each individual soul who has expressed and then accepted it
through forgiveness can choose to alter (elevate) to a new experience. A belief can collectively transform humanity. A belief offers an individual or humanity as a whole to gain experience and learn into possibility.

Belief Systems Expand Consciousness

Kirk: So you are saying we have our personal beliefs then we have cultural and even global beliefs we all share?

Alana: Yes! And beliefs catch on, and become morphic fields that hold information. Emotional responses are a beautiful fuel that is charged by beliefs.

An emotion is a beautiful expression. When fear charges a belief—which stems from a fear of separation—it affects the chakra alignment of the individual and reduces or inhibits the flow of love.

Fear does have its purpose. It keeps those bonded in belief, and when as a whole we can create that bond without fear as the connector then we will inherit the ability to expand our consciousness to attain more knowledge of our inherit mostly, untapped nature. This will help us collectively, raise our belief system as a whole to new heights.

Belief and Compassion

Kirk: Then on a more vast scale beliefs can be tools of our consciousness that propel us to learn and elevate our awareness.

Alana: Indeed, Kirk. So this is why we can not judge a person for holding a limiting belief, because it is what helps us create doorways. In personal development work, ask each individual to use the key that you offer them to find and eventually the the doorway will unlock and dissolve, and lack will be the first to go.

If you traced all belief that is limiting, or hurtful—such as that of victim—or grounded in not enough . . . that of pain, that of fear . . . I can go on and on. If you traced these fear-based beliefs back to their initial beginning they will connect to a belief in lack, and fear to express due to preconceived projected consequences. Compassion allows us to move beyond identifying with a belief as who we are, but rather a doorway we have created for the purpose of learning.

All emotional feelings are valid. Feeling that resonates within are there for a reason. The reason for the feeling or emotion is not to be judged, just expressed safely and it can transform because as a species we learn. This is why logic is not really our dominate state. It assists, but when it judges it keeps us from allowing our beliefs to continue expanding to embrace greater possibility. Logic is just an aid that is based on our minds ability to compare and reason.

The Banyan Deer Book Illustrates the Courage of a True Leader

The Banyan Deer is a touching story of how one animal’s brave soul and ability to follow what is true can lead to a complete change in the lives and attitudes of many—even a king.

And although in The Banyan Deer the heroic characters are deer who influence a man, this powerful parable holds true for all of humanity. In fact, humanity would do well to learn the lesson of this important story.

The Banyan Deer is a parable told by Rafe Martin that teaches the reader about the power of standing up for truth and justice, even at the risk of sticking out your own neck. It seems today most people keep quiet as not to disturb the unhealthy status quo. Some speak out for what they believe, but only very few are willing to walk the walk as well.

The Banyan Deer Shows the Courage a True Leader Must Possess

Deer IllustrationIn a world of followers (that seems to be leading to our own demise) what we need today is real life character just like the Banyan Deer King in this inspiring story, The Banyan Deer (Wisdom Publications).

Martin captures the true essence of bravery, courage, and compassion in this tale well worth reading to the old and young alike.

This story begins with a mother deer teaching her son deer about how he came to be, and why an infamous statue forever immortalizing their own king, King Banyan, stands where it does.

Imagine Humanity Learning from the Animal Kingdom

The Banyan King teaches the human king in this awesome story about the rights of all to have life in peace and harmony as well as an incredible lesson about self-sacrifice for the good of others—whether you know them or not.

This is a parable that should be read to the children today from a very young age as it’s written in such simplistic, yet beautiful terms that even the youngest listener can pay attention and understand, especially with repetition.

The Banyan Deer is a much-needed story for us all to embrace and live in today’s “all me” world. I highly recommend this parable for all. The illustrations are likewise inspiring, beautiful, and even comforting. This book is a true beauty in every way.

Honored Author and Illustrator Create this Unparalleled Tale

Book Cover of The Banyan DeerRafe Martin is an accomplished writer who has won numerous awards and recognitions including the Empire State Award, three American Library Association Notable Book awards, four Parent’s Choice Gold Awards, and much more. His incredible work has been cited in Time Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and USA Today.

The illustrator of The Banyan Deer, Richard Wehrman, has also had his share of well-deserved recognition and his illustrations seem to magically blend into this gentle yet powerful tale. Among Wehrman’s honors are being chosen as Rochester’s Communicator of the Year for illustration and he received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. These illustrations complement this empowering tale perfectly.

You can bet I’ll be looking for more stories from both this author and illustrator.

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Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness by Susan L. Smalley, PhD and Diana Winston

Do you feel like your life is operating on warp speed?

Are you so caught up in all of your daily activities that you end the day feeling like you don’t have a clue as to what really went on?

With the modern world’s emphasis and value on speed, fast, and now, it’s hard to get through a day without feeling constant pressure, strain, and a “Hurry up!” attitude. In fact, it seems like most people are more interested in how fast things happen rather than how well things get done. Living in the present is almost an absurd attempt with the all of the stresses and strains we’ve let society put on us.

In this first of its kind book, Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness, Susan Smalley and Diana Winston take the reader on an easy-to-read lesson into the art and science (just as the title states) of mindfulness and how it can transform your life. If you’ve ever wanted to discover living in the present and how empowering and freeing it can be, Fully Present teaches you how.

Understanding Mindfulness and Living in the Present

Author SmalleyAuthor WinstonMindfulness is the art of being aware and paying attention with openness and curiosity to the present moment. Mindfulness can transform your life in ways you can only imagine.

Fully Present begins with the authors’ own personal accounts of their experiences with mindfulness. Susan Smalley tells the reader how despite her seemingly happy dream life as a mother of three, successful professor, and wife of a successful Hollywood entrepreneur, she was really feeling angry, resentful, and out-of-touch inside. Living in the present didn’t exist.  Smalley explains how her life transformed into one of connectedness, deep peace, and true compassion for others as well as herself. She learned to live in the present and appreciate it for all it is and all it isn’t.

As for co-author Diana Winston, she explains to the reader how she came upon mindfulness, living in the present, and how vital it is to having a truly happy life. As a meandering new college graduate, Winston took to traveling to India. During this journey she became interested in many of their teachings—including mindfulness—from Buddhist teachings. She almost immediately became immersed in this way of living and of thinking, which included many mediation retreats and even a year spent as a Buddhist nun in Burma.

These two authors beautifully weave a tale of living in the present that encompasses both their personal stories as well as science and art. Fully Present offers a baseline view of what mindfulness is and how to make it part of your life from both the scientific and art perspective.  If you feel rushed, out-of-touch with yourself and others, angry, upset, depressed or just feel you aren’t living in the present, Fully Present provides the tools and insight to set you free.

A Perfect Merge of Science and Art

Book Cover for Fully PresentFully Present offers both an understanding in the scientific realm of what living in the present and mindfulness actually are, as well as the art of mindfulness. Not only does the reader come to understand with the mind what mindfulness is, you’ll also learn how to make this mindfulness part of your life on a daily basis.

Mindfulness is helpful to any person regardless of who you are, where you’ve been, or where you want to go. If you want to live life in deep inner peace and feel contentment that is unwavering, Fully Present is the tool to take you there.

Both Susan Smalley and Diana Winston work at the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA—which was founded by Susan Smalley.

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