What are your beliefs about prayer? Is it our way of asking God for favors? Is it only something religious people do or have access to? Is prayer just as effective for ourselves as it is when we use it for others? When we pray, what do we focus on? Do we focus on what we don't yet have? Are we asking God/Goddess/Universe to fill the 'gap' between what we have and what we want? What are the feelings we are generating while we are praying? Are they full of worry and concern that our prayer may not be answered?
What are your beliefs about 'faith'? Is it something only the righteous get to experience? Only those tied to an organized religion? Does it make any kind of difference to use 'faith' in our day to day lives?
Do you believe that worrying helps? That it makes a difference in what happens to us or those we care about? Perhaps you learned that worrying was a sign of caring, love or loyalty? Maybe you learned that worrying is like praying... the more you do it, the better the odds of a good outcome?
Where do we believe love comes from? Does it come from others when we are 'loveable' enough? Is it something that comes from God? Most of us crave it, seek it, and spend our lives hoping to get enough of it. We write songs and poetry expressing our love towards what makes us feel lovable, loved, and loving.
How do our beliefs about receiving keep the pleasure out of our lives? Most of us learned that we need to delay our gratification. Vegetables before dessert. Homework before play. Do what they say and we'll get what we want. Our parents negotiated with us in endless ways around the belief that we have to 'pay' for our pleasure.
Why do so many of us believe that WORK is a four-letter word? When did our 'feelings' about work become so negative and filled with powerlessness and obligation? Many of us can hardly wait until it's Friday, time for vacation, or holiday time - working just to enjoy our non-work time!
Do you believe that we are responsible for other people's reactions to us? If others tell us we hurt them, is it true? Can we really hurt others by simply being ourselves? Many of us have learned that it's our job to make sure others feel OK...
What do you believe relationships are for? Are they just to procreate? To drive us crazy? To provide a source of love and happiness? What if relationships are here to help us grow into who we really are...
Do you believe that you can succeed? If you don't, you won't. It's that simple. How do you feel when you think about your success? Excited? Eager? Depressed? Tired? Terrified? Even the smallest amount of ambivalence...
What are your beliefs around success? Do you believe that success only happens under certain conditions? Do we have to work hard, or have a special talent, or be smarter, faster or bolder than others? Is success just part of the “rat race,” achieved only when