‘A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.’
This quote by Mahatma Gandhi certainly describes an important truth. We live in a multicultural society and we strive to embrace differences of thought and tradition. We celebrate the diversity of heritage and past experiences. We welcome newcomers and make room for strangers. Yet things go awry. Life doesn’t always feel comfortable or proceed as planned. Friends and family struggle to cope and our systems have difficulty meeting the demands for care. People say and do things that are disrespectful and inappropriate despite knowing better. While we strive to embrace multiculturalism, it is helpful to reflect on Ghandi’s statement.
Our culture consists of the beliefs that tell us what is right and wrong.
Our beliefs are the program of our culture and are the foundation for what feels safe and comfortable to us. Different cultures have different beliefs, which are instilled at a very young age through experiences. We learn from family and friends through an unwritten code. Our nation’s constitution is our rule book on values but our individual experiences may teach very different lessons about what is right and wrong. And these experiences form our beliefs.
Our beliefs are formed from active experience rather than passive learning.
We often rely on teaching in a classroom and promoting through media to communicate what we wish to create as a culture. But our beliefs have been created from our early life experiences that were rich with emotion. This emotion is energy and held in our energy field – in our hearts and soul. Our beliefs are more than thoughts held in our brains. So to change our beliefs, we need to not only introduce a new thought. We need to let go of the energy bound in the early experiences that created our beliefs and introduce positive new experiences, rich with emotion.
You can let go of energy bound in your beliefs using the power of words.
Age-old wisdom indicates that words have power beyond their meaning and that words have the ability to shift energy. Logosynthesis® is a model for healing and development, that allows you to identify and resolve the memories and beliefs that trigger distress. Using specific sentences, you can release the energy bound in limiting beliefs, painful memories and fantasies about how life should be. As you release this bound energy, your energy is more available to accept life as it is and to make better choices in the present.
You are more accepting of differences in beliefs if you feel safe.
Based on your past experiences, you may feel uncomfortable or threatened in certain environments. You shift into protective mode, both physically and mentally. You react. The environment in which you are raised influences your beliefs. If you have been raised in calm surroundings with loving families, you will be more able to embrace diversity than if you were raised in families or communities that were in constant distress. Your opportunity is to identify the triggers that lead you to feel threatened so that you can begin to let go of automatic reactions. When you feel safe, you can open your heart to create a space to better appreciate the diversity in your world.
You can shift memories of the past to move create better experiences moving forward.
Until you can effectively process past hurt, your ability to create positive experiences going forward can be limited. When you are not aware of your pain or another person’s pain, it is difficult create an environment that feels safe to move forward together. Learning to shift the memories and beliefs can not only relieve distress, but also provides a sense of calm and clarity to move forward together.