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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Lion G.
Lion G.4 years ago

Thank you all for your comments and appreciation. I help people choose the beliefs they WANT to have, and get rid of the beliefs they DON'T WANT to have. This is true empowerment. Since beliefs create our reality (in spite of how it looks), you can create the reality and experiences you prefer by working with your beliefs. You can read about my offerings at If you want to read the whole story of my near-death experience, and see the award-winning short film that was made based on my story, visit I wish you all well! -- Lion Goodman

Lion G.
Lion G.4 years ago

Thank you all for your comments. Compassion, my connection to Spirit, and knowing that Love is the greatest force in the universe, all supported my ability to survive, and forgive. If you'd like to read the full story, and see the film based on the story, visit

Lion Goodman

Margaret B.
Margaret B4 years ago

interesting and inspiring - thank you Lion for bringing to us 'Consciousness',
and for sharing your experience, which must have been terrifying, until your "consciousness" kicked in. Bless you.

Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobets4 years ago

Thank you

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Gail, for Sharing this!

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

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

Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M5 years ago

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

Lydia Weissmuller Price

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.

Freddy Jones
Freddy Jones5 years ago

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