The above string of words is what I used to label the whole ‘new age’ genre and everything within it. This is the story of how my beliefs were turned completely on their head in the space of a year.
My old beliefs –
- People who meditated could be doing something more useful with their time.
- Yoga doesn’t burn many calories and is a waste of a workout.
- Crystals are just pretty rocks and I won’t buy a dust collector.
- Psychics are good guessers and are ripping gullible people off.
- Tarot and angel cards have pretty pictures on them but I wouldn’t let a picture on a piece of cardboard give me life advice.
So when did I believe all of this? Just 12 months ago. I could not understand or relate to anyone who did daily yoga, bought crystals or meditated. I didn’t get it. No one explained it to me in a way I understood and I never went seeking more information. I didn’t get exposed to any of this when I was growing up and did not know anyone who did. I made quick judgements on people and practices on face value and never looked beneath. I did not take the time to experience anything for myself to make an informed decision.
How did I change my beliefs? Education and experience.
I started reading books and attending workshops within the health and wellness profession. I became exposed to the ‘self love’ phenomenon and affirmations. A whole new world was opened up by following inspirational people on Instagram. I tried things I’d never tried before at Jessica Ainscough’s retreat and started to meditate and do regular yoga sessions for the first time in my life. As soon as I began opening up my mind to new experiences, I embraced new beliefs and ways of thinking without dismissing them immediately.
Through increasing my health and confidence, I was letting go of negativity and the security shield of what I was used to. When new opportunities entered my life, I embraced them without dwelling on any possible negative factors.
I never thought I’d ever pay to have a reading done. Two weeks ago I did! I asked my beautiful, spiritual friend Lauren to go with me. It was an aura photo with a 15 min reading. On the first of January I’d chosen the word ‘trust’ as my word for January to be written in my ‘Create your Amazing Year’ calendar. I wrote it in big capital letters. During the reading, the psychic wrote one word down in capital letters and emphasised why to me – TRUST. At the end of the reading, she asked me to choose a bookmark from about ten. They were all face down. I chose the one below. I would’ve written this off to be a crazy coincidence twelve months ago. Now I choose to believe it is a sign of something I really need to take notice of.
Everything I’ve learned and experienced in these last 10 months have led me to take on a new set of beliefs -
My new beliefs –
Meditation is a way I relieve stress and let go of negativity and pain. I do not do this as regularly as I would like, but even once a week is a huge step up from where I was this time last year. It makes me feel relaxed and calm.
Yoga trains my body and mind. It is a mirror – showing myself my strengths and weaknesses. It is still very challenging for me and I have to admit I do not enjoy myself throughout a whole class. I always feel great afterwards and celebrate small achievements such as holding a new pose strong. At the moment I’m focusing on a 10 – 30min session at home, five days a week.
Crystals have healing properties if you believe they do. I have bought ten of them for myself and a few for close friends who I felt needed them at the time. I have one in my bag, one in my car, one on my desk at work, a few by my desk at home, in front of my goal area artworks and one beside my bed.
Psychics are in tune with some higher power and can sense things I can’t. My first ever experience of having a reading was amazing and has changed my opinion about them.
Tarot and angel cards can help ease your mind and give you comfort when you need guidance. I have used these a few times over the last few months. I did an interesting reading on New Years Eve. at 11:55pm on Dec 31st 2013, I turned over this card –
At 12:05am on Jan 1st 2014, I turned over this card –
I’m not sharing what this meant to me, but I can assure you it helped me transition into the new year and let go of things I was still holding on to.
Have you ever come to believe in something you never thought you would? I would love to hear from you!