“Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.” ~Gandhi
The days of believing that our brains are somehow hard-wired and that we can’t change, are over.
Recently, I’ve been re-reading some great books that have had big impacts on my own journey. One of those books I’m reading right now is called “Evolve Your Brain” by neuroscientist, chiropractor and author Dr. Joe Dispenza. Excellent book! Highly recommend it.
In his book, Dr. Joe Dispenza reveals some of the latest discoveries in neuroscience and psychology that prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that your brain and the internal factors that make up “who you are”, are malleable, plastic, and can change.
“But if that’s true, why am I having such a hard time changing my life and changing my behaviors?”
The key reason needs a little explanation and look into how our thoughts and our brain work together to create our experience of the world.
The Habit Power Of Thought
You see, a thought is not ONLY a thought. Your every thought produces a biochemical reaction in the brain.
The brain then goes on to send chemical signals throughout your whole body as messengers of that thought. In other words, thoughts ARE things.
Every thought you have is shaping your brain. What we repeatedly think about and where we shine the light of our focus and attention is what we neurologically become.
And with enough repetition of thought and feeling, your thoughts and feelings become tattooed into the wrinkled fabric of your brain which then go on to shape your daily habits and tendencies.
What thoughts and feelings do you find yourself repeating?
There is good news to all of this. Neuroscience has shown us that we can mold and shape the neurological framework of “SELF” by what we repeatedly give our attention to.
In other words, in the same way that we may be unconsciously creating ourselves and our lives, we can consciously recreate a magnificent life and literally, reinvent ourselves.
But there is one big obstacle to changing your life. And you’ve most likely run into this obstacle over and over again and maybe not even consciously knowing that this is the obstacle you keep running into.
According to Dr. Joe Dispenza’s research, we don’t change our circumstances because “we have become addicted to the emotional state they produce and the chemicals that arouse that state of being.”
We literally become addicted to our selves, our routines, our ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.
Even when we know it may not be in our best interest. Even when we know that it’s not helping us. Just like someone who is addicted to heroin, we have to get our fix of sadness, worry, shame, fear, and so on.
Every thought creates chemistry in your body.
And we know that enough of any substance that alters your state of mind can become addicting.
Our bodies follow our brain. Our bodies will go on to create more cell receptor sites that mirrors our habitual thoughts and feelings to the point where we LITERALLY have an addiction to our habitual thoughts and feelings.
Consider, we’ve been calculated to have up to 60,000 thoughts in one day. In ONE day. And 95-98% of the thoughts we think today are the exact same as yesterday!
But you know what? Even then, we can change. We can recreate ourselves. We can transform our mental/emotional tendencies and therefore transform our whole experience of life.
As Dr. Joe Dispenza puts it, “To change is to be greater than the environment.” And I’m here to remind you: You ARE greater than any and all circumstances you may find yourself in today.
It doesn’t matter if you’re constantly depressed, if you have decades of negative self-talk and a negative self-image. You can turn your life around at any time. And you can start today, right now.
Here are 3 helpful tips to get you started (and even go all the way):
1) Practice Conscious Awareness
Out of all the keys to transform life and our selves, I’ve yet to find such a simple and elegant method as simply being present and mindful.
Attention is what brings everything to life and makes what is ‘real’ to you. Without attention to something, that something ceases to exist (like your left pinky toe which was completely outside of your awareness until now).
And in order to change where our attention goes, we need to start paying attention to what we’re paying attention to.
You can do this right now and all day.
Just take a step back and watch your mind. Breathe in deeply. Exhale. And watch. Notice where you are right now. Notice where you are sitting and how your body feels. Notice your breathing.
Ground yourself into the ever-present NEW-ness of this moment.
The brain changes with novelty and new experiences. And the amazing thing is, you don’t have to wait for something new to happen in your life.
YOU can bring something new to your life, in this moment, right now by simply being present and paying attention to what you pay attention to.
This moment holds the key to transformation. Start today and commit to start paying attention to what you’re paying attention to. It also helps to write your habitual thoughts down so you can clearly see the stories you keep repeating.
2) Tap On It WIth FasterEFT
As you probably already know, one of my main tools is Faster EFT. I use it primarily because it’s very fast and works extremely effectively at repatterning and reprogramming the unconscious mind.
I’ve seen ‘miracles’ happen in my clients lives with this process. Rewiring the brain doesn’t have to take a long time.
FasterEFT targets the unconscious memories in our brain that we use as internal references for future behaviors, thoughts, feelings, etc.
And to quote Dr. Joe Dispenza once more: “…Overcoming challenges in the environment means that we not only have to demonstrate a will greater than our circumstances, but also must break old habits by releasing the encoded memories of past experiences that may be dated and that no longer apply to our current condition.”
(Which is EXACTLY what FasterEFT does.)
3) Creating A Bigger ‘WHY’
Purpose fuels change. From my experience, working with hundreds of people, most people have very weak ‘WHY’s.
Wanting to just feel better is not enough. Wanting to feel more secure is not enough.
Here’s something I have almost ALL of my clients do at one time or another and it’s pretty amazing what happens.
Note: This exercise itself will re-pattern your thinking process and therefore your brain.
Here it is: Write down AT LEAST 100 reasons why you want to make the change you’re setting out to make.
100. No Less. More is even better.
How will your personal life be better?
What will you stop doing? What will you start enjoying more? What impact will it make on the people you love? How will it impact you spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically?
What will you be able to be, do or give because of this change that you’re not being, doing or giving right now?
Write it down. Do it. Don’t take the easy way out. You want change? You’re gonna have to do something about it.
As I’ve said many times now: Either life brings something new to you… or YOU bring something new to life.
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In total love and service,
P.S. If you’re serious about making some deep internal changes, releasing old disempowering habits and more… I want to encourage you to check out my latest training called Transform Your World: 6 Weeks To Presence, Power + Peace.
Training starts this next Tuesday, March 13th. I hope to see you there. Aloha!