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Do you really really believe you can learn Italian?

Scritto da speakitalianmagically.com il 10 Agosto 2011

I was reading a book about learning (and the title is actually: “About learning” by Bernice McCarty) and I was magnetized by a quotation of Sidney Jourard. Here’s what he says:

 We begin life with the world presenting itself to us as it is.

Someone - our parents, teachers, analysts - 

hypnotise us to “see” the world

and construe it in the “right” way.

These others label the world, attach names

and give voices to the beings and events in it,

so that thereafter, we cannot read the world

in any other language

or hear it saying other things to us.

The task is to break the hypnotic spell,

so that we become

undeaf, unblind, and multilingual,

thereby letting the world speak to us in new voices

and write all its possible meanings

in the book of our existence.

Be careful in your choice of hypnotists.

- Sidney Jourard

Then it just came to me that it’s all about beliefs.

I don’t remember where I read this sentence, but it popped in my mind: “Whatever we believe we can achieve”.

If we believe that we can start and learn another language, we’ll succeed. If we tell ourselves that we’re not ever going to master this new language, we won’t…actually, we won’t even try to start and learn it.

Now, let me tell you about another great author I came across recently. His name is Lee Pulos, who’s recorded an audio course about the biology of beliefs. Just at the beginning of his course he talks about “waking hypnosis”. An example will explain what he means. He actually tells the story of the natives who hadn’t ever seen large ships before Magellano got there. And when the explorers got there, natives received them as though they were gods.  Magellano tried to explain that they were human beings just like them and they used ships to get there. Do you know what? They didn’t believe it.  They actually couldn’t see ships. Why? Because no ship was existing in their world before, so those ships did not exist. Lee Pulos clearly explains about the power of beliefs, both positive and negative and it’s quite an interesting (and surprising) program to listen to.

What do you really really believe?

Have you tried to answer this question?

Have you ever thought about the fact that what you really really believe is what you fear the most?

This is what Heather Macauley Noell , authress of a great novel that I enjoyed very much, says about beliefs in her audioprogram, How to get better. She actually quotes “The result book” by Arlo Wally Minto. And there you can find a wonderful example:

 ”What are some of the things you believe in? You might answer God, gravity, myself, night and day. These
are things we might all believe in, but there are things we believe in stronger than any of these. The
simple truth is that the things we believe in stronger than anything else are the things that we fear. I
will guarantee you, if you are walking down a narrow path through the woods and you come face to
face with a grizzly bear, you are going to believe in that grizzly bear stronger than you ever
believed in God or gravity or yourself or anything else. If you believed in God that strongly, you
would be getting answers to all your prayers, but you’ve probably never prayed with that much
energy and emotion. You see, fear is the same thing as belief except that you put more energy and
emotion into something you fear and so it becomes a stronger belief.

[…] allowing your problems to be O.K. will solve 90% of your problems in life without even directing any attention to the problem.

The simplicity that makes this work is this: Have you ever worried about something or feared
something if you knew it was O.K.? No! If something’s O.K., you don’t worry about it or fear it.  “

Why have I talked about beliefs and what has this to do with learning Italian?

If you want to really start and learn Italian, you need to check what you really believe about your power to learn the language. Answer sincerely and write down your beliefs.

After doing it, ask yourself: “Do these beliefs are useful to my goal (learning Italian in this case)?”

If the answer is no, can you imagine a world where they were just O.K. (as Wally Minto puts it)? Besides, what about substituting them with positive ones?

I have already talked about the power of affirmations, but please keep in mind that if you really feel as though they are true to you, they will  really take the place of the older and negative beliefs you might have now.

As I am writing this article, the following sentence pops in my mind:

It’s all about connecting the dots! Sta tutto nell’unire i puntini!

It’s all about connecting the dots! Sta tutto nell’unire i puntini!

It’s all about connecting the dots! Sta tutto nell’unire i puntini!

So, are you ready to connect the dots and speak Italian now?


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