Understanding the mechanism of belief
In everything I’ve read to date, there is the underlying requirement, a caveat, that in order for something to manifest in our lives, it has to be believed in. Belief is a necessity. Or is it?
I recently read a comment under a YouTube video. An individual said that he believes we don’t have to believe in something for it to manifest. That we only have to trick our subconscious to believe it, since the subconscious cannot differentiate a lie from the truth.
The latter part is true. The subconscious doesn’t know fact from a lie; it accepts what we give it in affirmations and visualisation. The key, as Neville Goddard said, is the feeling, the feeling of the wish fulfilled.
Before we tackle belief and believing, lets define what manifestation is.
What is manifestation?
The first time I heard the word manifestation, I had images of Gandalf, Harry Potter, the Genie of the Lamp and a myriad of other magicians, producing something out of nothing in a split second, by saying a string of words in order – a spell!
Oddly enough, the word “Abracadabra” is attributed to the Hebraic meaning “I will create as I speak”, or in Aramaic to “I create like the word”.
What would I do with that kind of power? What three wishes would I ask for?
Although that would be a wishful way of getting what we want, it can also fall under the old adage, “Be careful what you ask for – you might just get it”.
In some ways, that doesn’t sound that bad, until you consider the times when you said something that would have affected your life immediately. When hate, anger, jealousy or fear had a part to play in what you had said. Or when you talked negatively about yourself on Monday, but on Tuesday you felt completely differently.
Personally, I am thankful that I do not have that kind of power- the responsibility that goes along with it is tremendous.
Everything has a time frame to manifest for a reason, one of which is so that we have the opportunity to change our minds. The other – we don’t believe that we can get it.
Back to believing
So, do we really have to believe in something to get it?
It’s true that our subconscious cannot differentiate between reality and fiction. It’s the reason why when we watch a film it can excite us or scare us. We can get thrilled or bored. The more you “get into” a film, the more you feel it.
And that is really where the key is – the feeling, just as Neville said.
For something to be real there has to be emotion behind it. You cannot get scared if fear doesn’t exist. You cannot laugh unless something makes you feel euphorically happy and gives you that internal tickle of joy.
One of the best examples that come to mind is “Total Recall”, the 1990 film with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the film there is a firm which offers to implant an idea, an experience, a vacation into the mind which will feel real. At the end of the film you are left to question if the film was a dream or reality.
In the same way, we implant ideas into our subconscious. We think, we visualise and we affirm, all the time assuming the feeling that we would feel if that idea was already real. We are tricking our mind into believing a falsehood as if it’s real.
Why do we go through the process of visualising, affirming and feeling as if it was real? Whats the purpose?
Prior to answering that question, lets take a quick look at the subconscious.
- The subconscious is:
- Objective – it takes things as they are given to it, both positive and negative, and therefore it is impersonal and non-selective.
- It receives ideas from the conscious – through feeling and visualisation these ideas are reinforced.
- It is the reason why we behave the way we do and the way we live our life.
In other words, our subconscious doesn’t care if what we think about and emotionalise is something we want or not, as far as it’s concerned it’s job is to give you what you focus your attention on the most, what you put most of your emotion towards.
No mention of believing.
Here is the cruncher – all of that is directed towards one purpose and one purpose only; to get the subconscious to BELIEVE that it is real.
The way you behave, react and act without thought are because of the beliefs you have, and all of them are in your subconscious mind. There are those beliefs you have that you are conscious of, such as your religious beliefs or not, what you believe about your job, the food you eat and so on. We have beliefs about everything in our lives.
The beliefs that we hold unconsciously are the ones that we don’t usually notice, until someone says something or we become aware of them. And we all have them.
No matter how much knowledge we have, we never know enough to see ourselves wholeheartedly, until we break away from our daily construct and choose to see.
The point here is that beliefs are the core of our behaviour. It goes to follow, then, that for any change to happen, we must create a new belief. And in order for that new belief to take effect we must believe that it will change our life.
For anything to happen we must believe that it will. We must feel that it is natural, and that is a consequence of believing it to be true. To do this we must use our conscious mind to impart a new belief to the subconscious, through repetition, affirmation and feeling.
Hypnotism and subliminal reinforcement
Hypnotism is a direct route to the subconscious. That is the theory. It goes around the conscious and straight into the subconscious, where an idea is installed. But it doesn’t always work. Either the person cannot be hypnotised, because they don’t want to (lose control) or the message that is attempted to be installed is not accepted by the person.
Subliminal reinforcement aims to install an idea in a subtle way, either through images and/or sound. Images are flashed and sounds are played below another sound. Another way is to listen to something whilst asleep, which again is the realm of the subconscious, provided that we enter a deep sleep.
Both these techniques seem to navigate around the idea of belief, but, in essence, the subconscious is lead to believe that the idea being given is true.
To believe or not to believe – there is no question
Everything we do to make a change in our lives, is geared towards making our subconscious believe that it is the truth. We cannot in earnest do that unless we have some conscious idea that it can be true, because if we did not, then there would be no feeling attached to it that it can be true. The conscious is the subjective part of our mind and without it’s cooperation we cannot succeed.
So, do we need to believe it for it to manifest?
Consciously, initially we may not, but, the minute we do, we accelerate the manifestation process, because, there no longer exists any resistance between what can be and what could be.
Affirmations, repetition, visualisation, feeling – all are geared towards making our subconscious believe that an idea is real. It is not until that idea is believed in by the subconscious as an irrefutable fact, that it begins to take shape.
You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.
Dr. Robert Anthony
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.