Produced by Jon Child

Transcript of Program 155, 1991

Some of Julie’s early work in channel from 1990 where Micciah discusses:
Transforming beliefs: Let them lose their solidity. Play; invent alternative beliefs and try them on for size. Reinvent yourself in detail, experiment with trust, invoke Spirit. Honor the beliefs you are releasing. View Section
Water: We treat it as if it were unlimited. “We are very strongly moved to ask you to awaken your reverence for water.” Examine our beliefs about it. Bless it; treat it as magic and holy. We do not need to wash so often. View Section

   Micciah:  We greet you all, dear friends.

   Julie:  My Name is Julie Winter, and this program is called Micciah Channel.
   And what you are going to see is me, going into an altered state of consciousness, a non-ordi­­nary state of awareness.  And what I believe happens when I am in that state is that I enter an expanded geography of the self, and that there is an overlap between what I know (my intelligence, my awareness, my experience) and something that is larger than my ordinary awareness.  It may indeed be that it is all part of my awareness and that would be fine. What’s produced is a personality that is a product of this overlapping and the personality is called Micciah.
   My voice is going to change and it is my own voice.  The variations in speech have to do with my being in an altered state.
   The program is created from my classes.   My students bring questions in.  We encourage you to do the same. And use your discernment in evaluating the information that comes through.

   Micciah:  So.  Let’s have the questions!

   Tom:  Yes — my question was about beliefs, and how we go about changing them.

    Micciah:  Yes!

   Tom:  Particularly those that have been with us for a long time.

   Micciah:  How do you go about transforming your believing?
   [Pause. Sigh.]  First, you must understand that just as you hold reality to be very solid — “This is what really happened!” — you hold your beliefs in a way that is very solid.
   And the first movement towards change, after you identify the belief — not to find out what caused it, but to at least have it by the tail — is to be able to, ah — [sharp sigh] let it become transparent.  To lose its solidity.
   One way to approach this is to invent many other possible beliefs about the same subject.  Why?  Because you don’t use that part of yourself enough.  “What are fifty ways to use a brick?”  You know — there are these little creativity tests.  What is, ah — half of twelve?  Well — the obvious answer is six, but it could be — t-w-e / l-v-e; it could be one-slash-two.  It could be lots of things.
   So, when you get your belief by the tail (and you don’t know what a lot of your beliefs are!  You think you know [with a laugh]) — then play with it.  Think of ten things you could believe about the same item.
   As if, perhaps, you were visiting very different cultures.  So — “In this culture, we believe such-and-such.”  And of course this happens all over the world, with different kinds of taboos and customs: you may or may not eat the yams of your mother-in-law; you may or may not look someone in the eyes when you speak to them.  You may or may not have sexual relationships with these people, or these people.
   So — exercise your imagination.  The imaginal world is a key to your liberation!  The deliberate conjuring.  It’s what artists do — painters and singers and sculptors and playwrights, and people who write books and stories, and people who raise children creatively — all artistry is about that play.
   And then you discover what, in the emotional body, is attached to this belief.  You know, some beliefs are pure habit — and by pure habit we mean they no longer serve a function.  You are — except that they are familiar.  There are other beliefs which are attached to, ah — your many lifetimes, which are living not only in this reality but in a number of realities, and they are very potent.  You see, just to say: “My belief,” as if all beliefs were the same — the same — had the same fertility, the same potency.  They don’t.
   So: you have your belief by the tail and you play with it.  “What are sixteen other beliefs I could have about the same thing?”  And then: “Where are my feelings about this belief?”  Sometimes beliefs are very deeply entwined with emotions.  [Softly.]  Sometimes not.  [Aloud.]  “How might I change it?  Of the ten beliefs I have imagined about this, which ones appeal to me?”  And then pick a couple of them and start to try them on for size.
   You know, we said a number of months ago — you very often believe [laughing] that you have limitations where you do not, and you don’t believe that you have limitations where you do!  And one of the ways in which you have soooo much room to explore, if you will allow it and use some discipline and skill, is trying things on for size, in the imaginal realm.
   So you pick a couple of these beliefs, and invent yourself living in that belief.  And play it out, as if you were writing a story about it.  This is what a conscious probable reality is.  “So, for all my life I have been So-And-So, who is very serious and who believes in Hard Work as the way to succeed.  Suppose I invent myself, now, in the imaginal world which is so completely fluid and flexible, as So-And-So who is playful, who is spontaneous, who is, ah — delighted by life; who falls over opportunity at every step?  Suppose I invented myself as that person?”
   Suspend your solid, your concrete understanding of who you really are!  Try out a couple of them.  Speak about them; write about them.  Imagine very particular things: “If I were So-And-So, who is fun-loving, what would I wear?  What would I eat, where would I live?  With whom would I make love?”  So you spin, through your creativity, a probable reality for yourself, with enough attention to get a sense of it.
   And as a part of changing, transforming your reality, you need to experiment with trust.  “So what could I do, having chosen another way I would like to be?”  To try that out a little bit.  You cannot go — it is unlikely that you will go from being someone who is very identified in this solid way with being a Worker — burdened, nose-to-the-grindstone — next moment you are carefree — no.  No no no.  But take a piece of the new reality, and say, “Well what could I incorporate, of my desired way of believing, that would be tolerable?”
   You as entities are so creative!  This will spark your creativity.  You have oceans of creativity that you don’t engage.  Just the process of doing ten new beliefs will spark your creativity.  Then take a piece: “All right, what can I really do?  How might I shift my reality to be more aligned?”  And yes, you can do affirmations and visualizations.  And most importantly, spend some time in meditation, in silence.  So you are not only shifting the pieces around — you are experimenting with your great heritage of creativity, in a life-affirming way, with increasing fluidity in the sense of loving detachment.  Otherwise you will just be shifting the pieces around, with the same quality: “Now I am not attached to this; I am solidly attached to this.”
   So there is the component of meditation, however you want to do it, which allows you to be in the play without, ah — simply re-engaging your attachment.  And of course it’s a process.
   And in changing your beliefs, you call upon Spirit.  You are hesitant to call upon Spirit — you tend to save it for emergencies.  The “911” spiritual relationship: “Oh!  God!  Now I need you!”  You need Spirit all the time [laughing]!  And it is never going to be used up.  Unlike the resources of the physical body of the earth, which are divinely provided (speaking of limitations) and, yes! have limitations.  You cannot use the fossil fuel endlessly.  Furthermore, if you burn it indiscriminately, the air you breathe will be changed in its character.  Yes!  There are real limitations to observe in your loving the earth.  But there are no limitations to Spirit.
   So, in changing your belief systems, you exercise the divinity of your imagination.  We cannot tell you strongly enough how much of the world is the way it is because you get locked into a concrete way of believing that is rigid — and then you become identified with its rightness.  And then, it’s scary to give it up.
   So there is the element of play, there is the element of meditation, of loving detachment; there is the element of calling upon Spirit — however you conceive of Spirit — calling upon Spirit ... to assist you.
   There is the element of faith.  You know, there is the expression: an ACT of faith.  And perhaps you think of faith as being passive.  [Parody of timid whisper]: “I have faith!  I have faith!”  Faith is enormously vital and active, as well as — not passive, but still.
   So in changing your belief systems you take small steps that are manageable, that can be digested by the emotional self, that are acts of faith.
   [Sigh.]  And some beliefs change just like that.  It’s a habit, you don’t need it anymore, you’re ready to let it go — you know, if you have ever been, ah — smoking cigarettes, or whatever: some things you feel very attached to, very hard to give it up.  Some things, you discover you are ready — and that’s it.  Gone!  The same with your attachment to your beliefs.  Some will be ready to go — pcht!  Easy.  Some will be much slower.
   And then you make judgments.  If it is really easy, you say, “Hah!  I am really good at this belief-changing business!  This is one of my untapped skills!  I will now go about changing every single one of these beliefs I have on the list.”  (And if you study with this one you know you will have lists, because she is a great believer in lists.)
   And then you come to Belief Number Three — concrete with steel.  Immovable, unapproachable — terrifying.  So then the judging says, “I guess I’m not so good at this.”
   No, no!  Beliefs are different in their temperament.  Some yield up very easily.  Some are much deeper, and will take much more patience.  And then sometimes one that has been very solid undergoes miraculous healing.  And it is gone.  Because you can heal miraculously in the emotional body, in the body of your beliefs, just as you can in your physical body.  Legs can straighten.  Spines can grow.
   And we do suggest, in working with your beliefs, that you follow this outline.  It will be very effective.  We believe it!
   Ah — one more little thing.  Reverence and respect for the belief you are releasing.  So it goes with honor.  Never mind what your judgments are about it: “Oh!  This terrible thing.  Terrible pattern I have been in —” and some of the patterns you create are ... very sad, very painful.  Still, see if you can act towards yourself as a, ah — what do you call it? — a proxy for Spirit, and be as merciful with yourself — [sigh] as Spirit is with you.  It is not self-excusing; it is not, ah — pretending the belief is different than — than you believe it was — well, now we are into the solidity of believing again.  But to, ah — honor it as it passes.
   Do you understand?

   Tom:  Yes.

   Micciah:  [Whisper.]  All right.  [Aloud.]  In the space remaining we will tell you about water.
   Your planet cannot exist without water.  At least in its present state.  Your life cannot exist without water.
   And you behave, in relationship to water, as if it, ah — could be supplied to you endlessly.  Now — in the very grandest theory, you could, as creatures — you do, in fact — affect the water that falls on the planet.  All of consciousness is reciprocal; and there are, indeed, some people who can call water — yes?  But that aside, we are very strongly moved to ask you to awaken your reverence for water.  To be conscious of the way you use it, of the way you pull it from the earth.  You now have this trade-off system — hm? — where one community sucks water from another community — is that right?  From —
   You must quickly become conscious of your use of water, of what you throw into the waters.  And one way to initiate a pattern, a rhythm, a sounding of consciousness, of reverence toward it, is to begin with yourself.  Even though the judging mind will probably say, about a thousand times a day, “Oh, this is silly.”  It isn’t silly.  Because, looking at the aquifers in the body of the earth; and the water has been diverted to where it does not belong, so land that cannot really support people is being forced to do so ... and it is also full of poison.
   On what level can you affect things?  That’s what you’re asking — yes? with your beliefs, question about belief.  You can affect the way you relate to the substance of water — by not running it endlessly; by using it with intelligence and with love and with consciousness, with reverence and appreciation.
   But you can also affect it through ritual.  Through doing a water ritual; blessing it as holy.  Holding it in your believing as what it is — which is magical, purifying.  Great healing takes place through water!  And with earth too, with mud and clay.  Mmm — water therapy.  Yes — hydrotherapy.
   And you can affect the relationship by being attentive to the fluid you carry in your own body.  A very, very high percentage of your body is water.
   And if the water goes out of balance in your body — you know, if you are seriously dehydrated you are not feeling very happy.  If the earth is dehydrated [softly] it is not going to feel very happy.
   So — bless your showers.  You also wash an amazing number of times.
   [Murmurs of laughter.]
   Americans — wash ... it’s not even good for your skin.  You need some oil on your skin!  (This one will never believe this.)
   You wash your clothing all the time!  Alll that water — thousands of gallons of water, millions of gallons of water — to wash your bodies, to wash your clothing.  You don’t think [louder] — think about your believing!  Ten different ways to be in relationship to water.  You have an assumption: everyone takes a shower every day.  Why?  Unless you are a miner.  You can just wash yourself off a bit every day.  Right there, if everyone in the United States did it, you would save how many gallons, do you think?  If you weren’t always washing your clothes!  You wear things once, and then you — puff! — throw it away.  Why?  “Because it’s dirty.”  It is?  From one wearing?  No!  Do you think when people had to tote things to the stream and scrub them, they washed — we are not suggesting going back to lice and encrusted filth, either; but — think about it!  Gallons of water.  To flush away this much pee.  “Oh, yes, you have to do that —”  Well, you don’t have to do it.  So stop.
   We will end there.
   Think of holy water.

   Julie:  That’s the end of this particular segment...  of this particular adven­ture.  And this channeling is meant to be a spiritual, emotional, intellec­tual, heartful, mindful journey that I share with another realm, that I share with my classes and that we all share with you.
   Please go over the material, evaluate it for yourself, and know what it is that you think about it.

   Julie: “This channeling is meant to be a spiritual, emotional, intellec­tual, heartful, mindful journey that I share with another realm, that I share with my classes and that we all share with you. Please go over the material, evaluate it for yourself, and know what it is that you think about it.”