By Maria Tan
Energy, just like a Jenga tower, is stacked and layered.
Every piece has its own place in the giant stack, and moving one carelessly can topple the entire thing. When people work with energies, particularly clearing them, many focus on pulling out “codes” or “memories” or “beliefs” without further contemplation on how this piece affects the blocks above, below, and around it.
Some even rush to remove the root of a belief, causing the entire system to crash. This is why it is often necessary to give ourselves plenty of time to go through an energetic recalibration after the spiritual clearing, healing, or unlayering we just experienced. Imagine playing Jenga, taking out a snug bottom piece right away.
There is a high chance you’ll cause the entire stack to collapse and end the game before you even get rolling! You’ll need to build everything back up again if you want to continue playing after that. Energy clearing is about precision. In the past, I went through a number of “money clearings.”
Each time, I noticed feeling even more stuck in a state of lack instead of feeling liberated, and there was no shift in how much money I had coming in. What these energy workers/healers were missing—as I later figured out through my own experience—was that we can’t just pull out the pieces that don’t serve us without considering their relationship to the rest of the pieces. An effective clearing has to take a holistic approach.
It is about looking at the system as a whole, and considering how one belief/memory affects the other various principles we’ve been living or operating from our entire lives. Precision is necessary to ensure that each code, belief, or memory has been made independent from the rest before moving on to clearing it. The key is dis-integration.
Dis-integration happens when we clear the energy around a certain belief—rather than starting with the belief itself—and begin to separate what is real or true and what’s not.
Suppose you want to let go of a belief that says “Money is bad.” You have to first pinpoint the root of that belief. Where did the belief that “money is bad” originate? Did it come from childhood? Did it come from the past? Did it come from your ancestors? Has it simply always been in your mind? Where exactly is this belief rooted?
Like Jenga, consciousness is stacked. There are three levels of consciousness: unconscious, subconscious, and conscious. Unconsciousness is the bottom layer. These are the “hidden” things that we don’t even know are effecting us, such as karma, collective energies and generational wounds.
Subconsciousness is the middle layer. These are beliefs that we can easily trace back to an origin, like childhood and societal programming.
Consciousness is the top layer, and includes the thoughts that we think, the doubts that we tell ourselves, and the fears that we’re aware of. Most of our ingrained beliefs lie somewhere in the middle or bottom layers. Going back to the belief that “money is bad,” start with asking yourself if the root of this belief comes from your subconscious (the things you know or can quickly figure out).
For example, did you grow up with parents who gave you the impression that talking about money is tacky? Were they always fighting about money? If your childhood included something along these lines, you can dis-integrate by first deeply reflecting on this experience:
Is talking about money really tacky? Or is it just your parent’s beliefs? Did money cause your parents to fight? Or were your parents already having problems and money was a great scapegoat?
Be honest as you answer these questions—remember that dis-integration is about getting to the truth—then check in with yourself and ask again, “Is money bad?”
Your first reaction is what’s perceived to be true at your conscious level. If you still get a yes to this question, the next layer to work on is the unconscious layer which involves karma, generational wounds, and collective beliefs. For this I suggest working with a healer or counselor to pinpoint exact issues, but if you want to give it a try yourself, this is my favorite question to lead with: Did any of my ancestors need to believe that money was bad?
It’s highly likely that you’ll get a yes on this (always go with your first reaction).
It’s very possible that an ancestor needed to believe money was bad to survive, or that an ancestor did bad things with or for money because that was the only way to get by. This belief was then passed down through generations, the same way a predisposition for disease is passed down. It is precarious to forcibly remove a belief, much like a Jenga block.
Shoving that tightly held belief out of its place is likely to cause the entire system to topple.
It’s wise to make sure that it has become “loosened” enough to gently and safely remove it, and this loosening is the dis-integration process. But how exactly do we get that little belief block to wiggle right out of there? To dis-integrate, the thought merely needs to be altered.
We can shift the narrative from “money is bad” to something like “money does not need to be bad today, since times have changed.” Energy clearing works on a plane of “all time and space,” so taking this belief out now is also taking it out from when it was originally planted. Back then, for whatever reason, this belief was necessary for your ancestor, so by taking out “money is bad”—some energy clearers may even add “money is good”—the ancestor will need to create another belief in order to survive.
That other belief creates a whole new set of layers that may affect you in another way. It’s like the butterfly effect. There’s no way to know how deep or wide the influence will be, or what kind of energetic trauma will be inflicted.
Instead, once we have targeted the root of a belief, we use the process of dis-integration to neutralize it.
Sticking with our example, we can admit that “money is bad” may not be entirely true. As such, it can be shifted to “money can be good” or “maybe money is good.” Neutralizing this belief instead of polarizing it will allow your system to be more receptive to a new pattern of thought. You can accelerate the neutralization of the old belief and shift it to a state of a more positive conditioning by giving yourself proof that something different can be true.
For our example, try listing ten ways money can be good: “money pays the bills,” “money can go to charity,” “money can get me my favorite treat,” and so on. This way, your system will not immediately reject the new belief you are feeding it, resisting because it is simply too far removed from the old belief. Instead, you can slowly integrate the new idea that “money is good” in a measured, precise, and holistic process.
Your “Jenga tower” of energy will remain sturdy as you clear, neutralize, remove… and build it up even higher. What is one limiting belief you’ve been trying to clear to no avail?
Perhaps you can try the different ways narrated above to dis-integrate such belief and slowly introduce new thoughts that support the desire you want to materialize.
Known as The Business Coach for Misfits, Maria Tan is a thought leader, an international author, a motivational speaker and a business coach. She specializes in helping “misfits” or “misunderstood geniuses” to create successes around their lifestyle and energy. She shares a lot about energy, empowerment and entrepreneurship, and has contributed in Huffpost, Rebelle Society, Elephant Journal, among others. She’s created this easy guide for readers to effectively dis-integrate, de-story, and de-program beliefs that no longer serve them.
Editor: Dana Gornall
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