During a recent self-hypnosis session, I peered through the eyes of my younger self and witnessed one of the first memories of my childhood where a scarcity belief was implanted.
I don’t have any memories of my childhood before age 5, so this one was especially surprising because I was about 1 yrs old.
In this scene, I was listening to my parents argue, as they were divorcing at the time, and I heard my dad telling my mom “you won’t be able to make it on your own”.
How’s that for programming a HUGE limiting belief in my young, impressionable mind? Psychologists believe that by the age of five, 50% of our beliefs are formed. These beliefs are molded by the significant people in our life, especially our parental figures.
When we get stuck with obstacles we face in life (a relationship ending, losing a job, a financial hardship), it usually means our beliefs are being challenged.
For example, a client I’m currently working with has a fear that she’ll lose everything and be homeless even though she has plenty of savings, a beautiful home, and the expertise and hireability to get through a sudden layoff or financial hardship.
When we explored where the source of that scarcity mindset was formed through a guided experience, she found the memories of being a kid, about 7 years old, and hearing her mother say “we can’t afford that”, “we have to save every penny because you’ll never know what will happen” and other phrases that imprinted the “there is never enough money” belief in her young mind.
I discovered where this stored belief was in her brain using Intuition Medicine® tools and mapping the areas in her physiology to eliminate the emotional imprint that was causing her to live in a scarcity mindset as an adult.
This process was repeated for a few weeks until the emotional and physical energy imprints had been eliminated and reset (this what we call neuroplasticity).
My client was able to operate in a neutral state regarding her finances and no longer had the same looping, fearful thoughts of losing everything.
Just as I had worked on my own limiting beliefs about abundance, my methodology works for those committed and open to healing those old beliefs, memories, and imprints.
Steven Covey, the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, coined the term Abundance Mentality or Abundance Mindset. He defined the term simply as “a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and successes to share with others.”
He contrasts it with the Scarcity Mindset, which is founded on the idea that, if someone else wins or is successful in a situation, that means you lose; not considering the possibility of all parties winning (in some way or another) in a given situation.
Since that time, embracing an abundance mindset has become widely recognized to support you on your personal and spiritual development path. Creating an abundance mindset allows you to:
Live a full and satisfying life
Experience happiness despite life’s challenges
Give and receive affection, gifts, and money with ease
Feel creative and inspired
Take full advantage of and enjoy new opportunities that come your way
Create memorable and meaningful life experiences
Feel secure and confident in your life ventures and create successful outcomes
Being an abundant person means that there are endless possibilities for you to explore, no matter what obstacles may come up along the way. You can't be held back by fear or doubt; instead, you can look at them as opportunities for growth and improvement.