Reply To: Have been / had been / was
Thanks for posting.
With regards to Belief Blasters and the instruction to put the belief phrase into the past tense, any version of the past tense will suffice.
Whether it is “had to”, “have to”, “was” or otherwise, it will still work. As long as you personally recognise a sentence as being in the past tense, that will do.
You do not need to be grammatically or word perfect either. In lots of regions of the UK, we use incorrect grammar and colloquialisms when speaking. Someone told me recently that “I were in the army…” It is just a regional dialect. I knew that he “was” in the army, but that is just how he speaks.
Keep it natural for you.
Expectation-style beliefs, such as “I will never get what I want”, do lend themselves more naturally to PSTEC Negative – from a linguistic point of view. You may wish to run those through PSTEC Negative.
They will still work with Belief Blasters (“I would never have gotten what I wanted”), so you have a choice how you wish to proceed.
The expectation-style beliefs are built from existing beliefs. If someone had a belief like “I will never be happy”, that is probably linked to beliefs like “life is unfair”, “I'm an unhappy person”, “I'm doomed” etc.
Look for the “why” that feeds into each of the expectation beliefs and you will find so many core beliefs.
“I couldn't be a doctor” could be understood as past tense, and this would depend on the context and how you construe the sentence. “I couldn't have been a doctor” is universally accepted as being in the past tense, but both of these could work with Belief Blasters.
I hope that helps, Tomas.
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