Advanced Belief Chaining

Carry out the Belief Chaining pattern with a Guide and in a more advanced form.

Create four steps.

Choose a location for each of the following steps:

1. Negative / un-resourceful belief.

2. Somewhat negative / un-resourceful belief.

3. Somewhat positive-negative / un-resourceful belief.

4. Positive / resourceful belief.

Express the limiting belief from position one.

a. Both Explorer and Guide stand in the first step location, “negative / un-resourceful belief.”

b. The Explorer expresses the negative belief. For example, “I can’t spend time with my family, because I always replay old behaviors that are really disturbing. I can’t cope with them.”

c. The Guide goes to the second perceptual position, and identifies the positive intentions or presuppositions behind the belief. For example, “I value my emotional stability and the productivity that results from that. I value the people in my life who contribute in constructive ways to my development.”

Access a positive, resourceful and wise state from step location four.

Explorer and Guide step into position four, “positive/resourceful belief” and, without attempting to create the positive belief, access a positive, resourceful and wise state.

Return to location one.

Explorer and Guide return to location one, “Negative / un-resourceful belief.”

The Guide helps the Explorer experience position two.

a. The Guide steps to area two, “somewhat negative / un-resourceful belief” and uses the positive presuppositions or intentions that were identified in order to produce a less negative belief. The belief must reflect the positive intentions or presuppositions. For example, “You are preventing contact with toxic people in order to avoid negative emotional states.” Notice how this statement moves from “I can’t.” to an intention (“You are preventing…”), and from fate (“I always…”) to an active role, (“In order to avoid…”) The frame is negative (“toxic people” and “negative emotional states”) but is less negative than the original belief because it brings in intention and action, that is, an internal locus of control and a sense of a meaningful identity and need.

b. The Guide invites the Explorer to step into area two and experience this belief. 

c. If the Explorer feels that the belief needs more work, then the Guide reworks the belief and tries again. For example, the positive presupposition may need to be adjusted to more accurately reflect the motives of the Explorer. The Guide can step into area four to reinforce the positive state in order to be more effective.

The Guide helps the Explorer experience position three.

a. The Guide steps into position three, “somewhat positive/resourceful belief” and creates a belief that crosses into being positive, and is based on the positive intentions and presuppositions of the Explorer. For example, “You are using the resources you have gained, including those from your family, to establish and maintain your boundaries in service of your emotional well being.”

b. The Guide invites the Explorer into the position to try out this belief.

c. If the belief needs improvement, the Explorer asks the Guide to rework it.

The Guide helps the Explorer experience position four.

a. The Guide steps into position four, “positive/resourceful belief” and creates a positive belief that is based on the positive intentions and presuppositions of the Explorer. For example, “As your skill in using the resources you have gained, including those from your family, increases, you will expand the range of people that you can experience while fully benefiting from your boundaries and increasingly buoyant emotional well being.”

b. The Guide invites the Explorer into the position to try out this belief.

c. If the belief needs improvement, the Explorer asks the Guide to rework it.

The Explorer shares what was learned.

The Explorer shares with the guide what lessons came from this experience.

Over the coming days and weeks, notice any increased ease you experience in flexible thinking, and any increase in your use of positive frames and resourcefulness in your beliefs about any challenges that you experience.