Altering a belief by substituting its opposite

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Here is another interesting and beneficial exercise by Seth:

"Your beliefs always change to some extent. As an adult you perform many activities that you
believed you could not as a child. For instance: You may at [the age of] three have believed it
was dangerous to cross a street. By thirty, hopefully, you have dismissed such a belief, though it
fit in very well and was necessary to you in your childhood. If your mother reinforced this belief
telepathically and verbally through dire pictures of the potential danger involved in street crossing,
however, then you would also carry within you that emotional fear, and perhaps entertain
imaginative considerations of possible accident.
Your emotions and your imagination both follow your belief. When the belief vanishes then the
same emotional context is no longer entertained, and your imagination turns in other directions.
Beliefs automatically mobilize your emotional and imaginative powers.
Few beliefs are intellectual alone. When you are examining the contents of your conscious mind,
you must learn, or recognize, the emotional and imaginative connotations that are connected with
a given idea. There are various ways of altering the belief by substituting its opposite. One
particular method is three-pronged. You generate the emotion opposite the one that arises from
the belief you want to change, and you turn your imagination in the opposite direction from the
one dictated by the belief. At the same time you consciously assure yourself that the
unsatisfactory belief is an idea about reality and not an aspect of reality itself.
You realize that ideas are not stationary. Emotions and imagination move them in one direction or
the other, reinforce them or negate them.
Quite deliberately you use your conscious mind playfully, creating a game as children do, in
which for a time you completely ignore what seems to be in physical terms and 'pretend' that what
you really want is real.
If you are poor, you purposely pretend that you have all you need financially. Imagine how you
will spend your money. If you are ill, imagine playfully that you are cured. See yourself doing what
you would do. If you cannot communicate with others, imagine yourself doing so easily. If you feel
your days dark and pointless, then imagine them filled and joyful. Now this may sound
impractical, yet in your daily life you use your imagination and your emotions often at the service
of far less worthy beliefs; and the results are quite clear - and let me add, unfortunately practical.
As it took a while for the unsatisfactory beliefs to become materialized, so it may be a time before
you see physical results; but the new ideas will take growth and change your experience as
certainly as the old ones did. The process of imagining will also bring you face to face with other
subsidiary ideas that may momentarily bring you up short. You may see where you held two quite
conflicting ideas simultaneously, and with equal vigor. In such a case, you stalemated yourself"
"The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem."
Captain Jack Sparrow


I like these Seth quotes LightBeam. It makes it very easy to absorb.
Remember, You came here to this physical earth to experience it in its physical form. NPR will always be there.