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How Beliefs Control our Actions We set out to accomplish something: a particular task or movement toward a new goal and for reasons we cannot explain, we never finish. We determine to lose weight, make more money, or enhance our spiritual status. We get lost somewhere along the way. We do not understand why we fail. This excerpt from The Immortal I (spirit) shows why we may fail to accomplish many things we set out to do.

We Believe Certain Things are True: Static beliefs reside in the brain's Love/Belief System and are our "facts," which represent the laws of our life. Our most significant static beliefs are those which constitute the self-image, roles, and beliefs about what and who we are, our world view, and many others. By the time the typical person reaches maturity he has adopted hundreds of thousands of conscious and subconscious beliefs, doubts, and disbeliefs (which are also beliefs), and the only way one can stop believing is to stop thinking.

We Believe Certain Things will Happen: Dynamic Beliefs are beliefs about the future, about something that will happen, and are the means by which we act. Perhaps the best way to prove this is by the example of post-hypnotic suggestion. The hypnotist plants the belief that one hour after coming out of hypnosis, I will feel chilled and put on my coat, and this dynamic belief forces me to do exactly that.

Now it is apparent that I act the same way, only I plant the belief myself. The mental activities that result in action are not represented by the words, "I will to go to the store;" but rather, " I believe I will be at the store." When this belief is accompanied by a vision of myself at the store, and a commitment to get there, my mind/body then follows through automatically with all the necessary actions to get me there. Human powers of action derive, not from our will to do something, but rather from the I's ability to visualize a result, to believe it will be realized, and commit oneself to its attainment.

But the neural impulses representing these "commitments" must first traverse the Love/Belief System before they are enacted. Try pricking your finger to get a drop of blood and watch the Love/Belief System spring into action! So our commitments can have many levels of determination. I may "commit" myself to going to the store, but if a better idea occurs to me en route, I, my commitment is "displaced." Alternative ideas are provided by the Love/Belief System which acts as a sentinel, continuously monitoring my actions and environment and instantly bringing to consciousness anything which might relate to any of its significant beliefs.

Static beliefs then, powerfully participate in the determination of responses to external or internal stimuli signals traveling "up" to our consciousness, as well as to the evaluation and modification of those same acts of will, traveling "down" to the muscles which will enact them. Dynamic beliefs are those planted in the Love/Belief System, by I, which generate actions toward their enactment.

Our creative dynamic beliefs are opposed by conscious and subconscious loves, static beliefs, values, needs, desires, or fears already firmly in place in the Love/Belief System. The static beliefs automate the great majority of our thought, action, and emotions into conditioned responses, eliminating 99% of the world's stimuli from consideration.

Human powers of action derive, not from our will to do something, but rather from the I's ability to visualize a result, to believe it will be realized, and commit oneself to its attainment. The more difficult the result, the more powerful must be the commitment, in order to work its way through our hundreds of thousands of - many subconscious, many contradictory - beliefs. Proving again, that all our limitations are Self-imposed.

� Eugene B. Shea

The Immortal 'I'