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Change Your Beliefs — and Save Your Life

Change Your Beliefs — and Save Your Life

Lion Goodman shares his search for answers after a life-threatening experience.

When I was 26 years old, a man pointed a gun at my head and shot me four times. I responded with love and compassion, and so today I am alive and well. Had I reacted differently, I would have died that night. What happened?

My search for answers has led me to great heights and great depths. I have explored one marvelous topic my whole life: Consciousness. It has kept me fascinated and entertained for decades.

When you use awareness to examine awareness, things get slippery. It’s like standing between opposing mirrors and seeing an infinite array of selves and mirrors. Consciousness is at the very center of your life. It can take any shape, and it is playful. The more you examine it, the more you grow, expand, and enjoy life.

My biggest breakthrough came when I studied beliefs. Beliefs are a basic building block of consciousness. They function like tiny experience-creating machines. If you’re not sure whether this is true, try this experiment.

For a moment, feel what it feels like to believe “I’m not worthy.” Say it to yourself as if 100% true. It will produce very specific sensations inside your body. Now, remove that belief and feel what it feels like to believe, “I am a sacred and worthy being.” It feels better, doesn’t it? You can try this experiment with any belief. You’ll notice that every belief produces a particular and unique experience.

We obtained most of our beliefs through indoctrination. Well-meaning parents, teachers, leaders, and friends told us what to believe. We wanted to be loved and accepted, so we absorbed their views of the world.

At times, we came to our own conclusions – when we were young, and feeling scared, hurt, angry, or overwhelmed, we created beliefs about ourselves, others, or the world. However, this is not the best time to decide how life is, and will be! …Continue reading on

Lion is a teacher, author, coach, mentor, and an ‘Evocateur,’ one who evokes the best in others.

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8:28AM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Thank you Gail, for Sharing this!

2:35AM PDT on May 24, 2013


7:06AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Lydia, judging by your comment, love doesn't pay... :-(

5:55AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Very deep article, full of meaning.
Thanks for sharing.

7:44AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Love and compassion is the very reason for our existence, but you would not be alive today if the Lord had decided to take you. Loving children and animals are murdered every day, and their love is pure and innocent. Count your blessings and continue to spread love and compassion everywhere you go. I believe your work is not yet done in this world, or you would not still be here.

7:33AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Definitely beliefs can either make or brake a person. What one believes is the basis of his or her existence. To believe in something is to have a certain worth and really to believe in nothing is to be of nothing. We live our lives based on what we see, understand and believe to be true or part of us.
Not basically all we believe is true or factual,but our beliefs keeps us as active participants in this cycle called life.

Truly inspirational article, I enjoyed reading

5:53AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:52PM PDT on May 18, 2013

Interesting how you survived 4 gunshots to the head!

6:50AM PDT on May 18, 2013


1:35PM PDT on May 17, 2013

How very true. This reminds me of an experiment in Scotland. A group of people raised on negative self beliefs about sin/hell/damnation were given lectures on the power of self worth and personal empowerment. The group responded well and they raised their positions. We are more than we have been led to 'believe'.

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