This article is about the Belief Wall, the invisible ‘wall‘ of beliefs that either grants our wishes, or effectively stops us from getting what we want.
Thoughts and beliefs are important. For according to the Law of Attraction, thoughts and beliefs literally create our reality.
But few people realize exactly how important they are. And even fewer people realize also how many of them they actually carry around.
So this post is about how to think about thoughts and beliefs, using my new “belief wall” concept, featuring “belief bricks”.
The Belief Wall
Let us first define what a belief is, in relation to a thought:
A belief is just a thought that you are continuing to think.
So a belief is just a “solidified” thought. The idea is that, as you repeat your thought over and over, it gets stronger and stronger. And then, one day, it is a belief that you accept as unconditionally true.
The problem at this point is this: if the beliefs you have are of the negative kind, it is hard to transform them.
And the reason that they are hard to transform into positive ones is, according to Abraham-Hicks (Money, and the Law of Attraction, p. 81):
“The beliefs that you hold as a result of your own experience are very strong, and we understand that you cannot release them immediately and replace them with others, even though we know there are many more productive beliefs that you could foster.”
So the idea seems to be that it is hard to transform them because of our experiences. Thus, because we have “lived it”, and modified, and verified, our beliefs along the way, we know them to be “valid” and “true”.
Thus, understandably, we have a very strong “cement” by which those (negative) beliefs are held in place within our whole world-view.
This is what I call a “belief wall” — a “wall” of (hard-to-move) negative beliefs that is hindering you from getting what you really want.
There are, of course, also positive “belief walls”, where the number of positive beliefs outnumber the negative beliefs. And such a wall would not hinder, but instead promote your positive desires.
But the number of people who go around with positive “belief walls” are very limited; most people are stuck with their negative “belief walls”.
Beliefs As Bricks
Now all those negative beliefs may be thought of as bricks in a wall of bricks. So we may say that humans are “brick layers”, in the sense that they are continuously building, and reworking, their “belief walls”.
We note, of course, that some extraordinarily creative humans are modifying their belief walls greatly, as time goes by, and are able to make them more and more positive. But the overwhelming majority of people are not doing so.
For once having a wall of mostly negative beliefs, it is hard to move any of the individual bricks within it. This is because the belief bricks are positioned on top of each other with surrounding cement.
Case Study: Bob
Now to an example. Let us look inside the head of Bob, who is experiencing never-ending issues with his fifteen-year old car. His belief wall, on the topic (or subject) of “my car”, looks something like this:
Figure 1. Here are the many beliefs that make up Bob’s wall of beliefs about his own car, and about his chances of getting a better car.
In the picture above we can see many of Bob’s beliefs about his car, and about his own estimated “chances” of getting a new one.
So because his belief wall is so negative, he is in a very troublesome situation. Why? Because with a belief wall like this, as negative it is, it really may be classified as a “barrier” that is hindering him from getting a new car.
Therefore, with a barrier like this, he will never be able to get a new car. Something (radical) has to change before his wishes will be fulfilled.
Another thing to note about the idea of beliefs as bricks is that some beliefs are stronger and others are weaker. So we may use different sizes of bricks to represent that (although I myself have not done so in the picture above).
We Are Brick Layers
So in my brick-laying analogy there are three main stages, corresponding to the three situations depicted in the figure below.
Figure 2. When building a belief wall, just like building a real wall, there are three phases. First (1) the new bricks (thoughts) arrive. Then (2) the bricks (thoughts) are positioned together with other bricks (thoughts) with cement that is not yet dry. At this point the bricks (thoughts) may still be removed. And finally (3), the cement is dry, and the brick (thought) is rigidly in place next to other bricks (thoughts). This is when we can call the thought a belief.
In the first stage, the new building material (bricks, and other things) arrives at the construction site. This is analogous to a thought that only has been thought once, which is free to be transported away at any time (i.e. never to be thought again).
In the second stage, the bricks are aligned and loosely attached together with wet cement, but still potentially somewhat movable. This is analogous to relatively new thoughts that have been thought a dozen or so times, and which are getting more and more aligned with all of our other thoughts and beliefs on that topic, and neighboring topics. (Perhaps we can say here that the more times we think a new thought/belief, the more its surrounding “cement” solidifies.)
In the third stage, the cement is now dry and we have a solid, impenetrable wall with bricks that are no longer movable. This is analogous to our beliefs being robustly attached to each other, and no longer easily done away with.
So here are some takeaways:
- we can think of thoughts and beliefs as bricks
- a thought brick is more movable than a belief brick
- the more we repeat a thought or belief, the more we “cement” it
- there is no easy way to “un-cement” an already “cemented” belief
- it’s not enough just to change one belief; we must change many
Best of luck with your brick-laying!
- Hicks, Esther and Jerry Hicks (2008), Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc. [Link to book]
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