Can a limiting belief interfere with your happiness? Absolutely! Limiting beliefs hold us back in so many ways. My own experience has taught me well in this arena.

Many years ago I went through years living with circumstances that caused me deep, emotional pain. The painful situation was out of my control, and only by surrendering to God was I able to get through this pain and live a positive life.

When that period of pain ended, my happiness increased but I always told myself. “People say that ‘time heals all wounds’ but my wounds will never heal because I will never get that time in my life back.” This limiting belief is what I believed for twenty-five years not understanding the limit I placed on my own happiness and feelings.

Believe me when I tell you that I was happy. Anyone that knows me will agree with that. My pain was tucked down deep within, buried well below the surface and locked tight. Had you asked me then if that pain limited me in any way I would have told you, “No” only because I did not know the difference. Today, however, I’d answer that question with an affirmative.

Through meditation and focus on ‘Letting go’I had an emotional break through where I allowed that pain of mine to surface. Once I changed my limiting belief and allowed my past pain to dissipate, I immediately began to feel more.

Our feelings are the language of the universe. Our feelings create our life. Although I did have a good life and I felt grateful to God for carrying me through the pain, holding the pain inside held me back.

All the energy it took to live detached from those painful feelings stole energy from the present moment and minimized the energy I put into living. Once the pain was released I felt so much energy. My feelings were heightened. This emotional upheaval was so very difficult to bear at first but once I was able to let go, my life spiraled upward.

Are you holding on to a limiting belief? Did you lose someone you love to death, or a lost relationship? Are you bitter about what someone did to you? Are you holding onto guilt for something you did? Do you tell yourself your not good enough? Not smart enough? Not rich enough? Or just fill in the blank!

Let it all go. Set yourself free. We create our own prison when we hold a limiting belief such as the ones above and a limiting belief can hold back your happiness and in some cases, steel your life. If you are here, you belong and you are good enough.

Give yourself a break! Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Look for the joy in life. I promise the joy is there if you look for it. Our feelings are magnets. That is why I often say, ‘When you feel good, good things happen.” So, Feel Good! Do whatever it takes.

And that, my friend, is how a limiting belief can interfere with your happiness.

Terri Lynn's Happy Talk

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