Restrictive Beliefs – Everybody Has Them

By Keith Sherwood

A restrictive belief is something that disrupts your ability to stay centered in the ever-present Now by restricting the flow of life-affirming consciousness, energy and subtle matter through your subtle field. Like most people, you probably have a number of restrictive beliefs that impair the condition of your subtle field and that prevent you from remaining centered.

Restrictive beliefs cause additional problems because they don‘t reflect the truth. That’s because they emerge from non-physical beings and distorted fields of consciousness, energy and subtle matter. If someone gets attached to a non-physical being or a distorted field of consciousness, energy or subtle matter, they can project self-limiting fields into your subtle field. That means that restrictive beliefs can be projected by parents, relationship partners as well as business associates and influencers.

Feelings and emotions that support restrictive beliefs can be projected into your subtle field in the same way.

Fortunately, if you remain detached from projections, they will eventually dissipate. But, if you believe that they emerge from your mind – and you get attached to them – you can integrate them into the karmic baggage you already carry within your subtle field.

In the twenty first century, there are three restrictive beliefs that are almost universally accepted. The first belief is that the process of Self-realization is a form of self-improvement that will make you a better person. The second belief is that you are an individual, separate from other people and Universal Consciousness. The third belief is that transcendence is something that happens to other people.


Techniques to improve yourself and your relationships come in many forms and have been tried by people for millennia. In fact, throughout human history, people have tried various ways to become more loving, more sensitive, more caring in an effort to transform their relationships and achieve Self-realization.

But the concept of self-improvement rests on the false assumption that there is something inherently wrong, damaged or flawed in you that through effort or hard work can be changed. If it’s not a physical or biological flaw, then it must be something in the design or the software program that animates you that is defective.

However, it’s important to debunk the myth of self-improvement because, like any other restrictive belief, trying to improve yourself will prevent you from receiving the benefits of your a priori state of enlightenment.

The truth is that you emerged from Universal Consciousness and participate in relationship on all dimensions of the physical and non-physical universe. This makes you, regardless of your present condition, a multidimensional being with vast resources of consciousness, energy and subtle matter available to you. It also means that you are perfect the way you are.

Once you accept that no amount of tinkering can change how your subtle field functions or radiates energy and consciousness, you will recognize that there is nothing to improve. All you can do is learn what your subtle field can do and then restore it to a healthy working condition so that it can serve as a vehicle for intimate relationship and Self-realization.

The Truth about Individuality

Both Yoga and Tantra teach that intimacy is your natural state – and that the belief that you’re separate stems from ignorance. Unfortunately, your organs of perception appear to contradict this truth. They do that by giving you the impression that you’re an individual and that you manifest your individuality through the ‘I’ and the individual mind and ego.

Of course, this can’t be true for two reasons: First, you’re an inter-dimensional being who exists simultaneously on all physical and non-physical dimensions. Second, on the highest level, everything – including you and your loved ones – are united into one singularity known as Universal Consciousness.

Fortunately, you can overcome the feeling of separateness by doing two things, discerning the difference between what is real and what is not – and by developing detachment from what is unreal, including the ‘I’ and the individual mind and ego.

To develop detachment, you must become the observer of the ‘movie of your mind.’ By becoming an observer, rather than an actor blinded by attachment, you will quickly recognize the true nature of the ‘I’ and the individual mind and ego. That will mark the beginning of discernment.

Discernment, in the strictest sense, is the ability to distinguish the difference between what is ‘real’ and what is only apparently real. Universal Consciousness is real because it never changes and it exists outside time-space, in eternity.

Your subtle field is real because it’s composed exclusively of consciousness, energy and subtle matter with universal qualities – and your awareness is real because its source is Universal Consciousness.

On the other hand, your individual mind and ego are only apparently real because they evolve and involve through time-space, and they never remain the same for long.

It’s by developing discernment that you will recognize the differences between fields that are real and those that are not. And it‘s by developing discernment and detachment that you will be able to stay Present in your subtle field and share universal qualities with your loved ones, through intimate relationship.

Transcendence Only Happens to Other People

In Yoga and Tantra, the state of transcendence is called Samadhi. Samadhi comes from the Sanskrit root 'sam,' which means ‘with or together’.

Although you may not be aware of it, you’ve already experienced samadhi many times. In fact, Samadhi is a common experience. People experience Samadhi whenever they recognize the inner truth of something, experience sexual ecstasy or participate in intimate relationship. This means that Samadhi isn’t difficult to achieve. But it can be difficult to sustain.

Your inability to sustain it and make it permanent hasn’t been caused solely by the inordinate build-up of karmic baggage in your subtle field or the disruption of your vehicles of consciousness, energy and subtle matter. It’s your lack of commitment, not your lack of ability, that prevents you from making it permanent.

It’s important to recognize that commitment is about priorities more than anything else – that means you don’t have to fully understand samadhi or transcendent relationship to commit yourself to them. All you have to do is recognize their importance and make them your highest priority. Then you have to let go of your attachments, which means you have to give up whatever interferes with your experience of Samadhi.

The truth is that the lifelong conflict created by your attachments can only be resolved by commitment, not by energy work or lifestyle changes alone. Though you may participate in the process of transcendence and may experience many of its benefits, none of that that will be sufficient to take you beyond temporary Samadhi. Only your commitment to transcendence will do that.

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