The Webster’s Dictionary definition of Belief: is “to have trust in or confidence in what is true.”
The Bible encourages us to “renew our minds.”
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, …” Romans 12:2 ESV
“And to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,” Ephesians 4:23 ESV
Our beliefs are our deepest perceptions of life, truth, people, and reality. Our beliefs are the lenses we look through at ourselves and the world. Beliefs are what drive our lives. We perceive out of our beliefs, choose out of our beliefs, and act out of our beliefs.
When you have confidence and trust in something you thought was true or “a thought” that served you well at the time but is now manifesting as a Limiting or False Belief, this can leave you stuck in the effects of your negative/abusive past experiences.
True Empowering Beliefs will create feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that positively resonate with the core of who you are, where you are content and at peace.
Limiting/False Beliefs will create false (destructive) emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that cause resistance against your core self and your values, where you are in a state of angst and discontentment.
Differences between True (empowering) and False (limiting) Beliefs
Believing, for example, that “I can’t trust anyone with who I really am.” is a False/Limiting Belief. It will result in loneliness, causing pain deep in your heart and soul that goes against the heart longing of all of us to know and be known by others.
After identifying the False/Limiting Beliefs that are holding you back, you are free to choose the True/Empowering Belief. Yes, you are free to choose! You have free will, with a will to choose what is the truth. Believing, for example, “I am a worthwhile person, and I deserve to have healthy and happy relationships where I can be myself.” will lead to opportunities for those healthy and happy relationships to develop in your life. And it will lead to feeling more contented and more at peace with yourself.
I hope you found this information helpful, discovering that changing your beliefs can be a positive step in becoming free from the lingering effects of your negative, painful, and/or abusive past experiences.