Whether you believe you can or can’t, you’re right.
- Henry Ford
One of our most overlooked superpowers is the ability to transform our world with our beliefs. A belief is defined as something we personally choose to accept as truth based on information we have collected throughout our lives. Take the phenomenon of the placebo effect for example. This fascinating NPR video on milkshakes shows us how a nutritional label is just "a belief in tiny writing." Beliefs can fool our physical bodies! For years, scientists thought the placebo effect was just a figment of the imagination. But research now proves that a belief can actually change our brain chemistry, enabling us to heal our own bodies, minds and hearts.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
- Muhammad Ali
In June, I had another miscarriage. My second now. I wasn't ready to share this with the world until recently, as you can imagine. It took some time to grieve and accept what was. After writing about our infertility struggles earlier in the year, we were shocked to learn we had beaten the odds yet again, getting pregnant days before our first IUI procedure. But there were no celebrations, as something was off from the very beginning. My hormones levels were rising too slow and after 8 torturous roller coaster weeks, no heartbeat could be found.
Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good.
- Beatrix Potter
Today, I can truthfully say I'm happy. Happier than I've been. Which may seem unusual coming from someone who just experienced another painful loss. I've had friends comment on how well I seem to be doing, questioning how I remain so positive? I don't have a logical answer, except for this: I believe that our baby is coming. Next month, next year, next decade - the when doesn't matter anymore. How do I know? Through intuition, dreams, and inner dialogues with our child - all things that cannot be scientifically explained or rationalized. I just have an undeniable, unshakable belief.
As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.
- Emmanuel Teney
Do you have any personal beliefs that fill you with hope and positivity? Or limiting beliefs that hold you down? Ones you'd like to reverse? The good news is, they can be changed! Every day, we get to choose whether to believe in love or fear. So darlings, what would you like to believe in today?