Guest post by: Andrea Schulman
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Would you consider yourself a part of the spiritual community? If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you are probably well aware that I am a proponent of the Law of Attraction. I know that many of my readers are spiritually-minded, kind, and insightful people who care about others and who want to make the world a better place.
However, while the spiritual community is often very well-intended, at times it promotes struggle and hardship through limiting beliefs without even knowing it. I’ve been on social media for years, and I love seeing so many spiritually-themed blog posts, memes, and videos. Knowledge of spirituality and metaphysics has grown tremendously over the years.
However, not everything that glitters is gold, and not everything labeled as “spiritual” actually alleviates spiritual suffering or promotes unity, love, and spiritual ascension.
Below are 8 common limiting beliefs in the spiritual community that make life harder than it needs to be. With the Law of Attraction, we create more of whatever we focus on, so focusing on the limiting beliefs below actually causes an expansion of these problems and limitations.
We live in a universe based on attraction, and we get what we believe in. When we choose to believe in the ideas below, we bind ourselves to them, and our reality reflects them in greater strength and frequency.
Common Limiting Beliefs in the Spiritual Community Today:
People who have money are corrupt and/or greedy. Money erodes spirituality.
You have to eat organic/gluten-free/vegan to have a high vibration.
The government is corrupt.
Drugs/alcohol lower your vibration/prevent you from being “spiritual.”
You must bring awareness to social problems like hunger, violence, or illness to find the solutions to them.
Humans are destroying the planet.
You need to get rid of the negative/toxic people in your life if you want to be happy.
The “elites” are conspiring against the rest of us.
I know the premise of this article may be unpopular with some, and I understand why. After all, there is a factual basis for these limiting beliefs. These issues and limitations do exist in our universe, and I certainly do not dispute the fact that there is evidence to support these claims.
Because these issues exist, they have been commonly debated and discussed and have ramped up a lot of momentum in the spiritual community. At the heart of these discussions are always passionate people who want to leave behind a better world for our children.
However, just because these problems and limitations exist and we want to get rid of them, our attention to them does nothing to make life easier on any of us. Our attention to these issues makes the problems worse and the limitations more binding.
To prove my point, here are a few questions to consider:
Has our attention to the problems in the government made the government less corrupt? If whistleblowing and exposing corrupt politicians were effective, wouldn’t our government be free of corruption by now? Has raging against the elite class evened the playing field at all? Have you noticed that the separation between the upper and middle classes has widened dramatically as we’ve paid more attention to the disparity between the social classes? Have you ever noticed that what is considered “unhealthy” changes as time goes on and we can’t seem to truly pinpoint what is healthy vs. what is unhealthy? For example, in the 80s sugar was the devil, and aspartame was touted as the healthy solution. Today, though, it’s the other way around! No matter how much we figure out what is unhealthy, new nutritional “problems” keep cropping up.
In any event, you will see quickly that focusing on problems and limitations does not create lasting and effective solutions. Instead, when we focus on problems, they expand and become more commonly known and experienced. So while many people feel they must focus on limitations and problems out of duty or responsibility, this is a misconception. Spreading awareness only enhances and expands limitations and problems.
Why does spreading awareness expand problems and limitations? Well, the truth is, we live in a universe with infinite realities. There are infinite versions of this world and our life in it, some “good” and some “bad.” There is a version of the world plagued by poverty, corruption, and greed, another one radiating love and light, and a version of every possible combination between the two.
We get to choose what version of the world we experience through our focus. We can choose to focus ourselves on realities where problems and limitations like these exist, or we can choose to focus ourselves on realities where these issues are relatively unheard of.
This is how the Law of Attraction works. Out of a sea of infinite outcomes, each of us gets to align with whatever outcome we are focused on through our attention and our belief.
This is why some people get cancer from smoking at a young age, and others smoke into their 80s or 90s without incident. It’s why some people can eat whatever they want and stay trim while others gain weight without eating much at all.
The truth is, there are no “rules” that apply to everyone and every situation. We get to decide which rules apply to us individually through our focus and belief. When we insist on limitations and problems by discussing and debating them, we keep ourselves firmly rooted in a reality where we believe in them and therefore they must exist.
However, though these problems do exist in our current reality, we do not have to continue to live in a world with these issues. We always have the option to change our focus and redirect to a more wanted version of reality.
How do we redirect ourselves to a “better” version of reality?
Well, the first thing to realize is that it simply isn’t possible for us to eradicate problems and we can’t standardize the “right” way to live life. We live in a universe of inclusion, not exclusion.
Everything is possible and must exist in an infinite universe. The good and the bad, the popular and the unpopular, the likely and the unlikely all must exist somewhere.
It isn’t your job, or my job, or anyone else’s job to eliminate all of the problems. Additionally, it isn’t anyone’s job to define the “right” way to live or be spiritual, because these are individual choices that each of us can create in our own lives.
In other words, it’s possible to be healthy and eat junk food. It’s possible to get cancer from junk food. It’s possible to be on drugs and be very spiritual, and it’s possible to be on drugs and be extremely disconnected.
It’s possible to keep the negative people in your life and be happy, and it’s possible to be surrounded by toxic people who drag you down. It’s even possible for toxic people to change! It can go whichever way we focus it into being.
To align with the world we prefer, we just have to let go of the world we don’t prefer. We let go of the world we don’t prefer by letting go of the debates, the arguments, and the discussion of all of the problems that plague humanity in the realm of the universe we would like to leave.
We don’t let go because we don’t care, or because we want to be ignorant and certainly not because it’s easier to turn a blind eye. Rather, we let go because we care and because we are enlightened to the fact that our focus aligns us to the world we live in and experience.
We let go because we want to live in a world where generosity, prosperity, health, and kindness abound for everyone. We let go because we know we cannot help anyone by focusing on their problems.
At the end of the day, there will always be a way to negatively focus, and therefore there will always be problems when we go looking for them. There are versions of this world much worse than the one we live in, and we can focus ourselves down much further if we choose to.
However, the same is true for the opposite end: there will always be a way to positively focus, and there are versions of the world much better than this one we live in. We can reach new heights by focusing our attention on these realms. It can always get worse, but it can also always get better.
Ascend to the next level. Release yourself from the responsibility to change things you cannot change about this corner of the universe, and instead focus yourself on the corner you’d prefer to exist in. Allow yourself to experience what’s possible, rather than what already is.
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