Breaking Belief: Recognizing Deep Rooted Belief Patterns

In many posts I’ve talked a lot about beliefs.  What I’ve found through out my discussions with many different people is that they have a tendency to equate beliefs with thoughts, as though the two are more or less the same, but they aren’t.

Belief goes much deeper than thought. Many times, repetitive thoughts can create beliefs, particularly in our formative years. And those beliefs then dictate our thoughts throughout our lives.

We tend to create layers of belief which stack upon one another throughout the years and eventually they color the way we see the world.

We eventually reach a point where we no longer see the world as it is. I hear people say many times, “This isn’t what I believe. This is what I’ve experienced.”

One of the foundational principles of the Universe is that belief dictates reality – thought creates.

So the thing I must point out is – you create your experiences based on your beliefs, but you believe (haha how’s that for irony) that it’s the other way around.

Many times we think that beliefs are limited to things that we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and arrived to conclusions based on rational process – the existence of God, for example, our political affiliations, our religious affiliation. But these are only surface level beliefs. The top layer. These beliefs go much deeper than that.

For example: One who has an adamant disbelief in the existence of God. They may back up this disbelief (which is really just a belief, because belief is all we have) with scientific evidence.

The funny thing about that, though, is that evidence only supports, it doesn’t subtract. In other words, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. So the “evidence” is only supportive of their disbelief because their disbelief is dictating what they will and will not accept as evidence.

But the disbelief goes deeper than that. This is still only the rationalization for the top layer of belief. You have to dig deeper to find the root. And the root, in some cases, comes from childhood experiences – the beliefs that were created in formative years. A person may have experienced a particularly traumatic childhood. Perhaps one of their parents abandoned them. They prayed for divine intervention and received none. Thus, they also feel abandoned by God. Therefore, God must not exist.

Their disbelief in God is not a logical decision. It’s an emotional one. It’s not based in scientific evidence, or experience, or lack of experience. It’s based in deep rooted psychological trauma.

In many cases, people are unwilling to recognize this trauma because it’s too painful for them to relive. So they bury it and they ignore it until they forget that it’s there, and yet it still seeps out into the rest of their psyche, exerting an unchecked influence in all that this person experiences for the rest of their lives.

Let’s look at another example. A person whose parents are exceptionally religious, raises them in childhood with a deep belief in good and evil. The child has a paranormal experience and tells their parents about it. The parents reinforce the notion of good vs. evil and rather than quelling the child’s fear, they reinforce it.

Even though the child may grow up and shed their religious trappings, the belief in good and evil stays with them, and they spend the rest of their life categorizing their experiences that way. That root belief in evil creates more beliefs – that evil is powerful, perhaps more powerful than them. That it’s something they can’t control. That there’s a constant battle between the two.

Their belief in evil causes them to filter many of their paranormal experiences through that lens, which also sets in motion their creative power and they actually begin to create those experiences for themselves. They see those experiences and say, “See! I experienced this! It’s real!” not realizing that it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. They’re just subconsciously creating experiences that will validate their beliefs, rather than creating the belief based on the experience.

It’s only when you accept and understand that YOU are the creator that you can stop that cycle and take back your power. It requires tearing down your old beliefs and philosophies and rebuilding them on a foundation of unconditional love.

I’ll be hosting an online class this summer on spiritual philosophy and how to build that foundation, you can sign up to be notified when that class is available here.

I also hosted a previous class on the ego to show you where these deeply rooted beliefs lie and how they affect your life, with tips on identifying them and learning to let them go.



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  1. Ashley, this is a well written article and I find your ideas to be right on. i know that those deep seated beliefs, the ones that are a result of our conditioning are just that. They may have been an emotional response at one time, but now are neither thought nor emotion but the habitual energy of our conditioning playing itself out over and over again. This conditioning is kept alive by our Ego which can only live in an either– or world of “this is good or this is bad “as you have pointed out. We can only create our reality when we learn how to truly observe ourselves, realizing what we are actually creating. We identify with the Ego instead of our Essence. For me, this is understanding the methods of objective Self Observation and how that can help us recognize the identification. thank you for your blog.

    • Thanks Molly 🙂 I like the way you describe it as habitual energy, I’ve never quite thought of it that way before.


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