Your own beliefs are actually the most powerful forces that influence your existence. - Harry Palmer, founder of Avatar
- Mercury and Paris by Creti Donato 1745
With Mercury, the planet representing thoughts and the conscious mind (what you think and what you think you think) in retrograde motion, now is the right time to talk about the difference between thoughts, beliefs, feelings and emotions, and their role in deliberate creation. Here are a few definitions to get us started:
Thoughts are the product of mental activity in the prefrontal region of the brain. That which we think (are aware of).
Belief is the mental act of acceptance or conviction that a thought is true or ‘real.’ To have confidence in something or someone. ‘A belief is a thought we keep thinking.’ Abe-Hicks
Feeling is sensation involving perception by touch. Any affective state of consciousness such as that resulting from emotions, sentiments or desires. An emotional state.
Emotion is any strong feeling, joy, sorrow, reverence, hate or love, rising subjectively rather than through conscious mental effort. Emotions originate as nerve impulses, which also trigger neurochemical events. The limbic system, not the prefrontal region, interprets events to generate emotions.
Thoughts, beliefs, feelings and emotions are all energy and that energy is ‘registered’ consciously in a particular order. Brain research has shown that emotion precedes thought. We experience anger physically before we can register we are angry. In this model we can only make conscious choices when strong emotions do not dominate the system. The Avatar approach to reality states that beliefs precede experience (which generates feelings and emotions).
The order might go like this:
1) I believe a person will be aggressive.
2) I unconsciously experience the person as aggressive.
3) I have a feeling of anger that swells into emotion.
4) I consciously register the anger and react.
The key factor here that triggers everything is the belief.
Beliefs, feelings, emotions and thoughts are energy, all vibrating at a particular frequency and they attract to themselves a ‘like’ vibration. But we have different levels of conscious control over each one. Take emotions for example. Paul Ekman, a psychologist researching emotions, says, ‘I do not choose to have an emotion, to be angry, happy, scared, excited. I am suddenly angry, happy, scared, excited.
How do we break this chain of events that seem out of our control?
Where is the easiest place to put our present conscious awareness?
On our beliefs.
(Beliefs) determine what you perceive and how you perceive it; they influence your thoughts, your expectations, and your actions. They shape your personality. They even effect the outcome of your actions and the way that others perceive you and respond to you. -Harry Palmer
It’s easy to test the relationship between beliefs and our experience of ‘reality’.
1) List off three things you believe about work and three about relationship.
2) Describe how you experience work and relationship. See a connection?
Where does astrology fit in? Remember, astrology is LOA in action. We aren’t the way we are because of our birth data. Turn it around. We are born at a particular time because of who we are. We don’t come here with a clean slate. We come in with core values, beliefs, likes and dislikes as seen in our planets, aspects and signs. We are born when we are (the sun, moon, and planets in a certain place) because it’s a perfect match to us!
To explore this astrologically, look at the tenth house in your chart and check out the beliefs you might be holding, conscious or unconscious (as represented by the signs, planets and aspects) around career. Or, look at the 7th house and see what you have ‘brought with you’ about committed relationships. If you have Saturn in either house, career/commitment will be very important to you and it also may, at first, bring up fears of failure and unworthiness. By studying your chart, you can get a clearer understanding of the beliefs and thoughts that are attracting your reality. Yes, attracting. Reality is an externalization of consciousness and what you think about a lot, (what you believe) is the strongest focus you have, a force of creation.
Isabel Hickey, in Astrology – A Cosmic Science 1970 – puts it like this: How are you thinking today? That is going to have everything to do with your today as well as your tomorrow.
Said in another way: Life follows your thoughts – and you can tell your future based on what you’re thinking now. – Jeannette Maw
Jeannette goes on to lists ways to put more awareness on unconscious thoughts and beliefs, pointing out that the sure and simple way to change a neural-pathway (belief) is to ‘overwrite it’ with a new thought.
Things you can do:
If you have questions, pop them into the comments. You can also join me and Jeannette tomorrow, Jul 23, 2012, on Align with the Stars: “I’ll See It When I Believe It!”
Kim Falconer & Jeannette discuss the role of beliefs in the law of attraction.
What do beliefs have to do with deliberate creations? Conscious or unconscious, beliefs form the groundwork for your worldview and their signatures are embedded in your birth chart. Join us and learn how your core beliefs direct your experiences in love, career, abundance, and health. If you want Kim to use your chart as an example, make sure she has it on file or email her your date, time and place of birth before the call. See you there!
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