Staying grounded and unlearning limiting beliefs in a conscious life
Most people don’t know this, but on the island of Guam, there are no birds. Imagine that. Imagine never seeing or hearing another bird again. We take their beauty and music so much for granted that we probably wouldn’t even notice their absence until it was too late. Once gone however, the silence would be deafening and their presence sorely missed.
Guam used to have birds. Developed in relative isolation, the island’s bird population was broad and boasted species that existed nowhere else on earth. For thousands of years, Guam was home to a remarkable variety of kingfishers, swiftlets, starlings, herons and other birds. What weren’t native to Guam were snakes. The birds of Guam lived peacefully and flourished with no natural predators, until the mid-1960s, when all that changed.
Experts believe several brown tree snakes stowed away on a cargo ship and found themselves on an island where the birds literally offered themselves up as their meal. The birds had no concept of what a snake was or that it was dangerous. They also didn’t have the time to evolve any defenses against snakes. They never had a chance.
“Like snakes, the limiting beliefs of others can slither into the corners of our minds without us ever noticing.” – Dr. Habib Sadeghi
The brown tree snakes proliferated with astounding speed, and a diverse bird population that had thrived over several millennia was completely wiped out in just 20 years. Although restoration efforts are underway, the music of Guam is mostly silent.
If we are to live the lives we consciously intend, then it is essential to pay close attention to our spiritual ecosystem. Like snakes, the limiting beliefs of others can slither into the corners of our minds without us ever noticing. They stow away under the guise of truth, and infiltrate our self-concept. Soon, we’ve accepted these erroneous ideas as fact, just because a supposed “authority” figure spoke them. We assume that just because a parent, teacher, clergyman or some other authority figure said it, it must be true.
When we aren’t grounded in who we are, we let others define our identity for us. We have no defense mechanism to deflect the onslaught of negativity. What ends up happening is all that we understand and know to be beautiful about ourselves gets overrun by the insatiable appetite of self-doubt, self-hatred and uncertainty. Our spiritual ecosystem suffers a terrible imbalance and the natural order of our island, our body, begins to break down. The music disappears from our lives too.
“By unlearning limiting beliefs, truth returns to our spiritual ecosystem, and the music comes back into our lives.” – Dr. Habib Sadeghi
Many of life’s challenges come from negative beliefs that have snuck up on us, ones that we don’t even know are there. Rooting out these negative limiting beliefs we’ve unknowingly let onto our spiritual island helps us to restore balance once again. It’s said that St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland and healed the land. We can do the same with a simple exercise similar to word association.
On individual index cards, write down these phrases – one phrase per card: Money is: Men are: Women are: I can’t: My health is: My mother is: My father is: My face is: My body is: God is: Sex is:, etc. Write down as many open-ended statements you can think of. Have a friend display these flash cards to you one at a time in random and rapid succession. Don’t stop to think about any of the answers! Reply as quickly and reflexively as possible to avoid self-censoring.
You’ll be surprised at how many dangerous and limiting beliefs that drive your choices and behavior have stowed away in your subconscious. If you take the time to examine each one, you’ll likely be amazed at how there’s virtually no real proof for any of them! Most of the time, you won’t even remember why you believed them in the first place. You just do. As these falsehoods fall away, you’ll be diminishing the influence of the nocebo effect. You’ll now be able to claim more conscious control over your life and health. By unlearning limiting beliefs, truth returns to our spiritual ecosystem, and the music comes back into our lives. You can also try P.E.W.12, another great method for neutralizing negative energy.
Dr. Habib Sadeghi is the co-founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative health center based in Los Angeles. He provides revolutionary healing protocols in integrative, osteopathic, anthroposophical, environmental, and family medicine, as well as clinical pharmacology. He served as an attending Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA-SM Medical Center and is currently a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Sadeghi is a regular contributor to Goop, CNN, BBC News and TEDx. He is the author of Within: A Spiritual Awakening to Love & Weight Loss, as well as the foreword to Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good, and is the publisher of the health and well-being journal, MegaZEN.