Limiting Beliefs and their Consequence!

I met a friend for coffee yesterday at our local hangout, the co-op. The co-op is a grocery store that fosters locally grown and organic products. It’s more than a grocery store, though. It’s a place where we see each other and talk and give support and face life and death.

As I sat down to talk with David, we began catching up on this and that, appreciating each other and deepening. At one point, I noticed a book lying in front of David. The book was Ensouling Language written by Stephen Harrod Buhner. I gave the book a cursory look and set it aside.

David thought I might find it useful in supporting a book I’m writing. Now I’ve been writing a book for six or seven years (actually a lot longer than that but, I’m a bit embarrassed to truthfully look at that). I am good at starting things, yet I peter out somewhere after the chapter outline and before the completion of the first chapter.

I’ve been encouraged by teachers and book agents. I have felt the inner call to write, and yet, I have never gotten past this “block”.  When I returned home from my visit with David, I opened Ensouling Language. I was immediately grabbed by the collar and pulled inside. Stephen was talking to me about the soul of writing and it was ringing like crazy.

He offered me a taste of what I had been longing for – a guide to finding the voice within and a clarity about what inhibits it from making its way onto paper.  I’m not finished reading Ensouling Language, but I already feel uplifted.

I teach about the obstacles to creation and have been working on those within myself for many years. As I read this morning, I saw, in a new light, a fundamental blockage that has sabotaged writing for years. I have stumbled each time over the belief that I’m not really a writer. “I am someone who teaches and can communicate verbally extremely well, but I’m no writer”, is how the voice tells the story over and over again.

This voice has a whole room full of baggage with it. Most of it comes from the beliefs I accumulated as a child about what it means to work. Work has been tied to working “hard” at a job. It was a model I witnessed, and then left unexamined as I rebelled against it since.

Already I feel freer and a sense of settlement is sitting with me as I write this. I know we all have deep beliefs that limit what we feel we can create. These beliefs can be elusive, as mine was. What we can do, though, is be alert to their presence.

Each of us has areas of life where we don’t experience the richness of creation in ways that we envision. We are confused about why this happens, and try to think of solutions. The problem is that thinking isn’t the way out. The way out is using the gift of feeling, which many call intuition.

When I allow myself the spaciousness to feel what limits me, I open the door for seeing clearly. Sometimes, I can detect my limitations immediately. This doesn’t happen often. Mostly, I start the process of detecting the hidden beliefs that undermine. There is no magic pill. It’s about a commitment to be engaged in discovery and remembering the joys of its fruit.

I invite you to sit after you read this and consider what may be blocking your full experience of life.

Until later,


Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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