Since we first offered belief-elimination programs on the Internet last November many people have said to me: The source of the beliefs you give in the belief-elimination videos might be the source for most people, but not all are true for me. Please help me find the source of my beliefs.

So I decided to devote this week’s blog post to providing you with the principles we teach Certified Lefkoe Method facilitators so that you will be more effective in finding the source of your beliefs when the sources we suggest on the videos aren’t true for you.

1. Beliefs are almost always a logical interpretation you make of earlier events.  A belief is the meaning you give to events that have no inherent meaning. So the most obvious way to find the beliefs of the earlier events is to ask yourself: What possibly could have happened that would have led to this belief being formed?  What might mom and dad have done or said repeatedly that would have had me conclude (the words of the belief)?

2.  If the belief is a self-esteem belief—in other words, a belief about oneself such as I’m not important, I’m not good enough, or I’m powerless—then the source of the belief is almost always in interactions with parents (or very rarely other full-time caretakers), before age six.

3.  The source of a belief is rarely one or two incidents; it is usually a pattern of events, for example, the way you are treated by your parents daily, not the couple of times something “big” happened.  Look for the nature of your relationship with your parents, rather than for specific incidents, although the incidents might be most real to you and can be used to eventually get to the pattern of behavior and the on-going relationship.   Obviously, traumatic events like rape or seeing someone killed can, in themselves, lead to a belief.

4.  For most people, the source of I’m not good enough, I’m inadequate, I’m not capable, I’m not competent, Nothing I do is good enough, Mistakes and failure are bad, and several other similar beliefs was your parents’ frequent dissatisfaction or anger when you weren’t doing what they wanted, when they wanted, or the way they wanted.  You heard things like: Don’t you ever learn? How many times do I have to tell you?  What’s wrong with you?

5.  The question to ask is: What are the earliest events that could be the source of the belief?  Self‑esteem beliefs almost always can be traced to the first six years of life with your primary caretakers.  On the other hand, other types of beliefs are frequently formed later in life (for example, when you get your first job you form beliefs about work and when you get involved in your first relationships you form beliefs about relationships).  So don’t assume that all beliefs can be traced to early childhood.

6.  Try to get concrete events as the source of a belief, rather than interpretations, for example, my parents yelled at me and hit me, rather than my parents were upset with me or didn’t like me.  If you can’t remember any concrete events after looking, but you do have a clear sense of the source of a belief, such as, my parents didn’t care about me, come up with specific behaviors your parents exhibited that meant to you that they didn’t care.  This way you will have something to work within the “seeing” and “kinesthetic” steps of the Lefkoe Belief Process.

7. Sometimes people will have no memory whatsoever of their childhood before the age of six or seven.  Because most self‑esteem, sense of self, and sense of life beliefs seem to have been formed before that age, this situation can present a potential difficulty.  In such a case it frequently is possible to get a good sense of what must have happened in your childhood by using the following technique:

Recall whatever you can of your relationship with your parents.  What were the personality and behavior patterns of your parents at whatever age you can remember?  If there were any later siblings, how did your parents deal with the younger brother or sister?  When you have a good sense of your parents, ask: How would they have acted with you when you were two?—and then describe the behavior typical to a two-year-old.  What about when you were three?  Etc.

Typical childhood situations include: not putting things away; making noise; not doing what parents wanted, when parents wanted, the way parents wanted; not doing chores; parents not being around at all or being around physically but not emotionally; not having any say about what you did; not being held and kissed; not being acknowledged for what you did; being compared unfavorably with siblings or others.

Almost every client with whom I’ve tried this has been able to make real how her parents treated her before the age of six by imagining how her parents must have acted in specific typical childhood situations, based on a knowledge of her parents at a later age that is real for her.

Because I remember virtually nothing before the age of six, this is the technique I‘ve used to eliminate all my beliefs that were formed in childhood.

8.  You might have a hard time finding the source of a belief because you are uncomfortable about criticizing your parents.  Some of my clients constantly talk about how wonderful their parents were and say they can’t imagine anything their parents did or said that could have led them to conclude anything negative about themselves or life.

In such cases, I emphasize that their parents did the best they could, that the point of the Lefkoe Belief Process is not to make their parents wrong, that something in their life must have happened that led to the belief in question and that the dysfunctional pattern they now have is not the result of anything their parents did, but, instead, is the result of their interpretation of what their parents did.  To avoid this problem I usually explain this before asking the clients about the events that lead to the belief.

9.  It also is important to realize that even if 90% of a child’s interactions with his parents were “positive,” and only 10% “negative,” the child will still try to make sense out of the 10% and can reach negative conclusions about himself.

10.  It is important to understand that the belief made sense at the time it was formed. It was a logical interpretation, one that most people (most children, in the case of beliefs formed in childhood) who had the same experiences would have made.  You didn’t make a mistake in forming the belief.  It was actually a brilliant abstraction that integrated a great many disparate events that hadn’t made sense before.

11. Sometimes you might feel strongly that there are two different sources of a belief, one from parents at home and one from early school.  You are not sure if you had formed the belief before starting school.  In such a case, use the earlier source.  If the belief is not eliminated, then go through the program again using the later events as the source.

12.  Although survival strategy beliefs are interpretations of events, like any other belief, there is something unique about the way they are formed. See my blog post on May 26, 2009, that describes survival strategy beliefs in detail.

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  1. John August 16, 2012 at 4:53 am - Reply

    I have suffered from premature ejaculation ( 30 seconds) since I had my first intercourse.
    The statement – I ejaculate prematurely – is it a fact or a belief?
    If it is a belief can I change it with the Lefkoe method?
    If yes, how? What should be treated?
    This is not just an interpretation of events.
    This is measurable fact which has no other interpretations than the one stated above.

  2. Bianka August 8, 2012 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Thank you for your contribution to making peoples lives better. I just have a simple question: how did you come to know that all (most) beliefs are formed before the age of six? Is there scientific proof? Overwhemling evidence in health journals across the world? Where is this proof? If not, isnt this just a belief inself?
    Thank you, bianka.

    • Morty Lefkoe August 8, 2012 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Hi Bianka,

      Our evidence is over 13,000 clients we have worked with directly and about 150,000 people who have eliminated beliefs using our on-line program (following instructions to find the source of their beliefs in childhood).

      Actually most beliefs are NOT formed in childhood. Almost all self-esteem beliefs, beliefs about ourselves, are formed by six, not beliefs about anything.

      Love, Morty

  3. joao July 14, 2012 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Dear Morty, I really really apreciate all effort you /ve been doen to help me.Actually, what I am trying to say is-THIS FORM(KNOWLEDGE WHAT HAPPENED WITH ME , MY RELATIONSHIP WIYH MY PARENTS DON HELP ME JUST MAKE ME SUFFER MORE AND MORE)Please I was adopted, my adoptive father were very very kind with me, only this made me REJECTED??I need help please I am tired to leave lost and without purppose, ora clear vision(and I am 62 yeras old), please help me , and DONT ASK FOR MONEY IN ADVANCE.

  4. zirra cletus edward March 23, 2012 at 2:48 am - Reply

    hello sir,you are a great and wonderful person.may god continue to water you with his wisdom tocontinue to help people.i totally agree with you thank you sir

  5. JOAO February 5, 2012 at 4:26 am - Reply


    • Lisa Smith July 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      Did you go through the actual belief elimination process? It doesn’t sound like you did–just that you read the blog about how to find the belief but didn’t do the process, which is where/how the shift occurs.

  6. Earl September 25, 2009 at 11:21 am - Reply

    I am interested in exploring if there is pre-verbal belief patterning that happens in infant traumas such as attempted abortion, toxic womb (medicines, tobacco, alochol, drugs, maternal stress), near death experiences, physical abuse and so on. Given there is the source of a belief and then the belief itself, when/if the source and conclusion/belief is pre-verbal, how does/would one identify the belief and then the sources? Would emotional indicators be the way, imagination, hypnosis, or is it even necessary to go there? (I wonder who the Meaning-Giver would be at that time, Soul, Spirit, Consciousness, ????)

    Have you written on this? Thank you very much for your work and I am interested if Shelly might have a comment on this, with her work with children.

    Blessings, Earl

  7. admin September 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Hi RMS,

    I wrote a blog post about money on June 16, 2009.

    The only way to find all the relevant money and life beliefs that affect our ability to have prosperity is to have private one-on-one sessions with a Certified Lefkoe Method facilitator. Each person is different and would have different beliefs and conditionings.

    For further information about that, call us at (415) 506-4472.

    Regards, Morty

  8. admin September 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Shreenath,

    I wrote a blog post on August 4, 2009 on how to find beliefs.

    Remember, I spend days in training sessions teaching people how to do each step of the Lefkoe Belief Process, then we have people practice and we give feedback on the spot. Unfortunately, there is no way we can train people in 1,000-1,500 word blog posts. And I do want to give you helpful hints whenever I can.

    Regards, Morty

  9. Shreenath September 22, 2009 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the blog on finding the source…….Could you please list a series of questions one would go about asking oneself to discover the belief itself(say we use a starting point of a thought due to self talk which we often catch ourselves). Thanks

  10. RMS September 22, 2009 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Morty, what if we know the belief is about a specific thing, but can not recall specific events that may have shaped them? Can you please please please create a post that deals with beliefs surrounding MONEY and Finances? I grew up hearing my parents constantly speaking about lack and scarcity, and more lack and more scarcity! How can I undo this mindset and set of beliefs?

  11. Jane Champion September 22, 2009 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    I agree with all that you say above and like the practical stepsyou give to find beliefs
    I have found that although I had a clear intellectual understanding of how and why I formed certain beliefs.they either cropped up again or I somehow managed to displace them elsewhere.
    What I have found and it can be very painful is tp stay.with a belief in the present when it crops up – by doing this I found it was attached to a feeling sometimes seemingly at the cellular level and it was feeling it again that allowed me to `see`how and why I had formed the belief which had caused a certain pattern in my life to arise. Once having done this the pattern is broken and it would be very difficult, if not impossible to keep running the pattern. This can take some time.

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