There are lots of ways to be limited by our beliefs.
We don’t just have our own limiting beliefs, we are deeply influenced by the attitudes and beliefs of our culture.
Every society has rules and standards of behaviour intended to maintain a coherent and stable society.
Some of these rules may not be very helpful for our own personal development (or the development of the society we live in).
In 1933 Danish-Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose wrote “A fugitive crosses his tracks”, a novel describing Jante, a small (fictional) Danish town.
In the novel he described the “Law of Jante”, ten rules that described the cultural attitude of the town towards individual success and achievement.
The ten rules of the Law of Jante:
- You’re not to think you are something special.
- You’re not to think you are as good as we are.
- You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.
- You’re not to convince yourself that you are better than we are.
- You’re not to think you know more than we do.
- You’re not to think you are more important than we are.
- You’re not to think you are good at anything.
- You’re not to laugh at us.
- You’re not to think someone cares about you.
- You’re not to think you can teach us anything.
The “Law of Jante” is still used colloquially in the Scandinavian countries to describe negative attitudes towards individuality and success.
These are fine examples of what Gary Craig, the creator of EFT, would call the “writings on our walls”.
With a little bit of work that list of cultural commands can be turned into some tapping scripts to help soften the limitations they prescribe.