Getting fluent with dealing with emotional reality is the key.
As Seth remarked, few beliefs are intellectual, alone.
Collect a series of suggestions and make it a habit to use them when navigating emotional reality:
When I am probing feelings, I start with “I will progress safely” and “I am innocent” (if I am feeling not so, lol).
Good if you remember Seth’s points on natural guilt and artificial guilt. If guilt hurts a lot, it is the latter.
You can’t let negative beliefs go until you deal with emotional content. Seth advocated a “natural therapy” to Jane where you probe and follow and let feelings and memories come up. Usually some hurt comes up where we are conflicted–we wish to claim the rightness of our feeling, say, of being hurt in a specific way but believe we are betraying the loved one involved. Achieve emotional closure on old stuff is what has allowed me to move forward in areas where I was stuck and finally get rid of old, painful beliefs.
When you read the later volumes of the Personal Sessions, you see Seth giving a lot of advice to Jane about dealing with emotional reality. For those stubborn beliefs that have resisted change, I think there is strong emotional content underneath it.
I’ve evolved a bunch of suggestions that I use on the fly when I am probing. Dealing with emotional reality is so challenging–intense, at times, to say the least. It’s not surprising so many folks stay away from this territory. Seth’s suggestions make it navigable, though.
“I will react only to constructive suggestions.”
“My future is a bright and fulfilling one.”
Other paraphrased Seth ideas: ‘These are my feelings about reality not the greater reality that exists’,
‘My life has a plan, my life knows what it is doing’, etc.
Probing into feelings that still exist within the self–of anger, fear, shame, guilt–is important. Seth advises us to remember we are not our feelings, they pass through us. We simply have feelings.
These feelings exist and rankle the self to remind us there are matters within the self that need attending to. It is not accidental that we have these feelings. They, if followed, lead us to where we wanted to go all along.
“Expectations are formed by the emotions then, it is obviously the basic emotions
themselves that must be manipulated, since the expectations are the
frameworks formed by the emotions. This is the starting point” The Early Sessions, Book 2,
Session 76, Page 277.
Seth describes the connection between beliefs and emotions. He uses the
words “belief” and “expectation” a lot. Within the reality-creation
view, they are synonymous–what we believe will happen is what we expect
will happen; what we expect will happen is what we believe will happen.
Seth says few beliefs are intellectual, alone. I think the above passage
underlines the imperative to deal with belief work at, usually, the
emotional level, as well.