I recently watched a video on youtube of Dr Joe Dispenza breaking down neuroscience and the psychology of change. I thought it was amazing, I just had to share it. So for those of you who would rather read, I have transcribed it below.
When people wake up they begin to think about the problems in their life. Those problems are circuits and memories in the brain. Each one of those memories is connected to people and things at certain times at places in the world. Now the brain is a record of the past, so the moment they start their day they’re already thinking in the past. Each one of those memories has an emotion. Emotions are the end product of past experiences. So the moment they recall those memories of the problems they experienced, they all of a sudden feel unhappy, they feel sad, they feel pain.
Now, how you think and how you feel creates your state of being. So the person’s entire state of being, when they start the day thinking in the past in negative. And if you thinking creates your reality soon the familiar past will sooner or later be a predictable future.
So, if you believe that your thoughts have something to do with your destiny. And you can’t think greater than how you feel, or feelings have become the means of thinking, by the very definition of emotions you’re thinking in the past, and for the most part, you’re going to keep creating the same life.
So people wake up and grab their cell phones, checked WhatsApp, they check their text, they check their emails, they check Facebook, they take a picture of their feet, they post it on Facebook, they tweet something, they look on Instagram, they check the news and now they feel really connected to everything that’s known in their life. And then they go through a series of routine behaviours. They get out of bed on the same side, go to the toilet, they get a cup of coffee, they take a shower they get dressed, they drive to work the same way, they do the same things, they see the same people who push the same emotional buttons and that becomes a routine, and it becomes like a programme. So now they’ve lost her free will to a programme. And there’s no unseen hand doing it to them. So when it comes time to change the redundancy of that cycle becomes a subconscious programme. So, now, 95% of who we are, by the time we’re 35 years old, is a memorised set of behaviours emotional reactions, unconscious habits, hardwired attitudes, beliefs and perceptions that function like a computer programme. So the person can say with 5% of their conscious mind, I want to be healthy, I want to be happy, I want to be free, but the body’s on a whole different programme wired by the subconscious mind.
So then how do you begin to make those changes? Well, you have to get beyond the analytical mind because what separates the conscious mind from the subconscious mind is the analytical mind. And that’s where meditation comes in because you can teach people to practice how to change their brainwaves, to slow them down. When they do that properly. They enter the operating system where they can begin to make some really important changes.
Most people wait for crisis, trauma, disease, diagnosis or they wait for loss. They wait for some tragedy to make up their mind to change. My message is why wait! You can learn and change in a state of pain and suffering or you can learn to change in a state of joy and inspiration. People are waking up. Most people spend 70% of their life living in survival and living in stress so they’re always anticipating the worst-case scenario on past experience. Out of the infinite potentials in the quantum field they’re selecting the worst possible outcome and they’re beginning to emotionally embrace it with fear and their conditioning, their body into a state of fear. Do that enough times body has a panic attack without you. You can’t even predict it because it’s programmed subconsciously. So people become addicted to the rush of those emotions and they use the problems and conditions in their life to reaffirm their limitation. So at least they can feel something. Now when it comes time to change you say to the person, why are you this way. Well, every time they recall the event, they’re producing the same chemistry in their brain and body as if the event is occurring. Firing and wiring the same circuits and sending the same emotional signature to the body.
Your body is your unconscious mind, so if you’re sitting down and you start thinking about some future worst-case scenario that you’re conjuring up in your mind and you begin to feel the emotion of that event. Your body doesn’t know the difference between the event that’s taking place in your world, our world and what you’re creating by emotional thought alone.
Most people are constantly reaffirming their emotional states. So when it comes time to give up that emotion, they can say I really want to do it. But really the body is stronger than the mind because it’s been conditioned that way. The servant now has become the master and the person, all of a sudden, once they step into that unknown they’d rather feel guilt and suffering because at least they can predict it. Being in the unknown is a scary place for most people because the unknown is uncertain
When people say to me, I can’t predict my future I’m in the known. I always say the best way to predict your future is to create a map, not from known but from the unknown. What thoughts do you want to fire and wire in your brain? What behaviours, do you want to demonstrate in one day? By closing your eyes and mentally rehearsing some action, if you’re truly present the brain does not know the difference between what you’re imaging, and what you’re experiencing in 3d world. Then you begin to install the neurological hardware in your brain to look like the positive future event has already occurred in the here and now. So your brain is no longer a record of the past. Now it’s a map to the future and if you keep priming it that way, the hardware becomes a software programme and who knows you just may start acting like a happy person!
I think the hardest part is to teach our body emotionally, what the future will feel like ahead of the actual experience. So what does that mean? You can’t wait for your success to feel empowered. You can’t wait for your wealth to feel abundant. You can’t wait for your great new relationship to feel love or you’re healing to feel holy. That’s the old model of reality of cause and effect.
We know to wait for something outside of us to change how we feel inside does not work. When we feel better inside and we chase whoever or whatever caused it that never works. What this means is that when we start from the Newtonian world where most people spend their whole life living, in lac, waiting for or trying to find something out there to change how we feel inside.
But the quantum model of reality is about causing the effect. The moment you start feeling abundant and worthy you are generating wealth. The moment you’re empowered and feel it, you’re beginning to step towards your success. The moment you start feeling whole your healing begins and when you love yourself and you love all of life, you’ll create your future. Now you cause an effect.
I think that’s the difference between living as a victim in your world, saying I am this way because of this person or that thing or this experience, they made me think and feel this way. When you switch that around you become a creator of your world and you start saying, my thinking and my feeling is changing an outcome in my life. Now, that’s a whole different game and you start believing more that we’re creators of reality.
Most people when they have a thought they just think that that’s the truth. I think one of the greatest realisations in my own journey was just because you have a thought doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. So if you think 60 to 70,000 thoughts in one day and 90% of those thoughts are the same thoughts as the day before and you believe that your thoughts have something to do with your destiny. Your life’s not going to change very much because the same thought leads to the same choice, the same choices lead to the same behaviour, the same behaviour creates the same experience and the same experience produces the same emotion.
So the act of becoming conscious of this process is to begin to become more aware of how you think, how you act and how you feel. It’s called metacognition. Why is that important? Because the more conscious you become of those unconscious states of mind and body, the less likely you’re going to go unconscious during the day and that thought is not going to slip by your awareness unchecked. Being mindful then means to know thyself and the word meditation means to become familiar with. So as you become familiar with the thoughts behaviours and emotions of the old self. You’re retiring that old self and starting to fire and wire new thoughts and condition the body into a new emotional state. If you do that enough times it’ll begin to become familiar to you. So, it’s so important, just like a garden. If you’re planting a garden you got to get rid of the weeds. You got to take the plants from the past and you got to pull them out. The rocks that sift to the top are like our emotional blocks, they have to be removed and the soil has to be tenderised, broken down and we have to begin to make room to plant a new garden so.
We learned the most about ourselves and others when we’re uncomfortable. It is the moment you move into that uncomfortable state normally a programme jumps in. That programme jumps because the person doesn’t want to be in the present moment, engage in it consciously. If you’re not being defined by a vision of the future, and you’re left with the old memories of the past that you will be predictable in your life. If you wake up in the morning and you’re not being defined by a vision of the future. As you see the same people and you go to the same places you do the exact same thing at the exact same time, it’s no longer that your personality is creating your personal reality. Now your personal reality is affecting or creating your personality. Your environment is really controlling how you think and feel unconsciously because every person, everything, every place every experience has a neurological network in your brain, every experience that you have with every person produces an emotion so some people will use their boss to reaffirm their addiction to judgement or use their enemy to reaffirm their addiction to hatred. So now they need the outer world, to feel something. So, to change that is to be greater than your environment, to be greater than the conditions in your world and the environments is seductive which makes it challenging.
So then why is meditation a tool?
Well, to sit down, close our eyes, disconnect from our outer environment because if you’re seeing fewer things there’s less stimulation going to your brain. If you’re playing soft music or you have earplugs in less sensory information coming into your brain so you’re disconnecting from your environment.
If you can sit your body down and tell him or her to stay like an animal. Stay right here. I’m going to feed you, and we’re done you can get up and check your emails you can do all your texts, but right now, you’re going to sit there and obey me. When you do that properly and you’re not eating anything or smelling anything or tasting anything, you’re not up experiencing and feeling anything.
You would have to agree with me that you’re being defined by thought.
So when the body wants to go back to its emotional past, you become aware that your attention is on that emotion and where you place your attention is where you place your energy. You’re syphoning your energy out of the present moment into the past, and you become aware of that. And you settle your body back down in the present moment because it’s saying “well it’s eight o’clock, normally you get upset because you’re in traffic around this time”. And here you are sitting and meditating when your used to feeling anger and you’re off schedule. Your mind is saying “Oh, it’s 11 o’clock and usually your checking your emails and judging everybody and body’s looking for that predictable chemical state.
Every time you become aware that you’re doing that your body is craving those emotions and you settle it back down into the present moment, you’re telling the body, it’s no longer the mind. You’re the mind, and now your will is getting greater than the programme. If you keep doing this over and over again, over and over again over and over again. It’s like training a stallion or dog, eventually, it’s just gonna say, I’m gonna say. The moment that happens, the body is no longer the mind and it has finally surrendered. There’s a liberation of energy. Your reality goes from particle to wave, from matter to energy, and we free ourselves from the chains of those emotions that keep us in the familiar past.
We’ve seen this thousand of times, in fact, we can actually predict it now.
– Dr Joe Dispenza
I personally really enjoyed how Dr Joe Dispenza delineates the neurology of meditation and its practical application in creating our reality.
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