Power of Beliefs Lies Within
Embracing Beauty, Grace, and the Power of Women
I became a co-author to share one of the biggest secrets that hold us back from reaching our goals and living a life to your fullest potential-our beliefs.
My chapter called the Depth of Belief, shares how my beliefs literally made me sick and were a root cause to my knee problems as well as the stress that nearly killed me in the corporate world.
I am passionate about sharing knowledge about how people learn from my experience and discover some tips and tools on how to take control of the “old programs” running over and over in the subconscious mind and become a master of beliefs, your mind, and ultimately your life!
Read her chapter now & be inspired to create a life you love!
DEPTH OF BELIEF
By Joan Cameron
Whenever I was asked, “What do you do?” I always answered, “ I work for a Fortune 50 company.” After twenty years, I had become very successful as an executive, and my corporate job defined my identity: my social life revolved around my friends at work, and the time I took for myself varied or was rendered nonexistent according to the demands of the workplace. It was my whole life.
Despite my success, everything felt like a massive struggle, and my stress levels were out of control. Life was flat and joyless. The last several years I’d watched myself age dramatically. My stomach problems were constant, often leaving me curled in a ball of pain under my desk. Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
At age forty, I set the intention to retire by the time I was forty-five. So when my forty-fifth birthday rolled around and I was still there, I was deeply depressed. We were in the midst of downsizing and I knew I would have to start picking people to lay off. Two months later, I woke up in the middle of the night to a voice practically yelling in my head: “I’m going to take the cut! I’m going to volunteer myself and quit!”
I see it now as divine guidance — myself, my own spirit crying out to me, saying, “Hey! It’s time. End this chapter and move on to a new one. Create a new life of meaning and joy.” For me, there was no other choice. I knew if I stayed in my job for another five or ten years, the stress would kill me. And then there was the matter of the corporate soul, whose ugly reflection was literally making me ill. Every day I had to make decisions that I knew, deep down, were not right. So I quit.
Just like that. I got exactly the amount of money I had hoped for, the umbrella package, the stock, the parachute, the whole thing down to the dollar. This was a significant insight into the power of imagination and intention, and how the universe aligns with them.
Still, I was hanging on to a false identity. For months after I quit, when people asked, “What do you do?” I continued to answer that I had worked for a Fortune 50 company. I didn’t know what else to say. My identity had been stripped away, but I had not yet found a self with which to replace it. The pivotal moment came when, once again, I was asked, “What do you do?”
I stood there in silence for a moment. And then I replied: “Nothing.”
That is when my life changed. That was my awakening. Since I was starting from scratch, I realized I could create whoever I wanted to be and whatever life I wanted! I began searching for answers on how to recreate myself and overcome the many physical problems I had developed from years of stress and sports. Then I read Biology of Beliefs, by Bruce H. Lipton, PhD. He described how our beliefs, not our genes, are the key to life. I read further and found that beliefs not only played a huge factor in my health, but they were also creating my entire life.
I discovered the power of my mind and what I was unconsciously creating through my beliefs. I’d been a very competitive gymnast, swimmer, and cyclist. My beliefs included: I must be bone-skinny to be a top athlete; and no pain, no gain. These beliefs expressed themselves in a compulsive athleticism that battered both my body and my self-confidence.
By the time I was forty, my knees were in such bad shape that I could hardly walk. I had already had four knee surgeries and, after the last, the doctor said I would need another in about seven years. Scared to death, I took up yoga. My knees were fine for exactly seven years, and then I started having terrible pain again. I thought: What’s the matter? I’ve been doing nothing to stress this knee. And then I realized: Oh my gosh, the doctor said I would need surgery again in seven years. That’s now! I started looking for surgeons.
This is when I learned more from Dr. Lipton and realized that my mind, coupled with the belief that I would need surgery, had created a painful knee! The medical term for this is the “nocebo effect,” the power of negative beliefs. I had heard of the power of positive thoughts, the concept of mind over matter and the term “placebo effect,” but now I was living a real nightmare. I had picked up negative beliefs from my doctor and created pain in my knee. My next question was: how do I change these beliefs and avoid another knee surgery?
Dr. Lipton recommended PSYCH-K® as his chosen process to change beliefs, including the foundational ones we all hold at the subconscious level. I flew to Denver to learn PSYCH-K, and started changing my limiting subconscious beliefs to life-enhancing ones after only two days of training. The process was much easier that I had ever thought it would be, and it satisfied my critical business mind, which demands results. I began using my new skills to create who I wanted to be through my beliefs and quickly became calmer, happier and more peaceful. The results were so life-changing that I decided to become a PSYCH-K instructor.
That was about five years ago, and, as it turns out, I never did need that surgery, yet, I’m happily sprinting up and down the thirty-one steps in my house. I feel confident in my body and even regularly do a yoga posture I avoided trying for four years out of fear. Instead of the voice in my head saying, “You’re going to get hurt,” I feel gratitude and love for my knees. Wow! These knees have taken me so far over twenty-five thousand miles on my bike.
When I reprogrammed my limiting beliefs, I took my foot off the brake and the knee pain went away! When I learned these new skills, I started creating according to what I wanted to have instead of this painful knee. I reprogrammed my subconscious mind, the part that holds our beliefs in long-term memory and runs them on autopilot. I created such beliefs as: My knees are healthy and strong. My body heals itself naturally. I love me knees. I’d hated my knees since they dislocated when I was thirteen. A part of me consisted of this belief that my knees were always failing me, and this belief was playing over and over in my head until it became true! My new goal was to love, trust and be grateful for my knees.
What I found was not only a way to create the life of my dreams, but also a way to help others in any area of their lives. A woman who came to me for support during her divorce discovered that it was her own limiting beliefs that were keeping her from seeing the love in her husband’s eyes and the blessings in their marriage. She ended up staying happily married and learned PSYCH-K, so that she could keep the fire burning.
One of my favorite sayings is one from Mahatma Gandhi: “Keep your beliefs positive, because your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values and your values become your destiny.”
Inspired and self-empowered, I have created the life of my dreams through my beliefs. I have my own business where I inspire and teach people around the world, including Egypt, New Zealand, Australia, Central America, and the United States, to discover and live their greatness through their beliefs. I am fulfilling a lifelong dream of exotic travel, making a difference in the world, and making a living doing it!
Beliefs set the limits to what we can achieve. Our common and most profoundly limiting core belief is that we are disconnected from a divine source. This belief keeps us separate from our power and who we truly are, like a layer surrounding our divinity that must be peeled away to find the jewel at the center. I grew up thinking I had to do, do, do in order to be loved, when, in fact, unconditional love is my birthright. I learned that I am not defined by what I do, what I achieve; I am divine just as I am.
You can tap into your own wisdom and become your own healer, the creator of your own life, one belief at a time. Here is one process I use: first, write down a problem you’re experiencing, such as, “I’m not happy in my job and I feel stuck.” Then ask yourself, “What would I rather have instead?” (When I really think about what I want, sometimes I realize I’ve never even thought about what it is I want; instead, I just kept reinforcing the same of negative message.) Now, write down what it is you really want, for example: “I’d like to really feel passionate about my work, feel fulfilled and happy, and I’d like to make a difference in the world.”|
Next, create a belief declaration. Make it in the first person, present tense, positive, short, and emotionally compelling, such as: “I feel passionate about my work. I’m fulfilled, happy and I make a difference in the world!” Now that’s getting energy moving in the right direction!
The philosopher J. Krishnamurti said, “What you are, the world is. And without your transformation there can be no transformation of the world.” As quantum physics has shown, our beliefs radiate from us, feeding the collective consciousness.
If I want to transform the world, it starts with me. I must focus on peeling away my layers of limiting beliefs in order to reveal the true, divine me — a person filled with love, abundance, gratitude and peace. This is what I’m feeding the collective consciousness, and how I’m changing the world, one belief at a time.
These days, when I’m asked, “What do you do?” my answer explains who I am, rather than what I do. I am a divine being having an extraordinary human experience. I live my life filled with passion and love.
Who are you?
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