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Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One - Dr. Joe Dispenza



Overview

Guides readers through a transformative process of shedding self-limiting beliefs and behaviors. It combines scientific insights with practical steps to change one's mindset and form a new, empowering identity. The book articulates how anyone can step out of their habitual patterns and create a new reality through intentional thought and action.


Notes

  • Death meditation power - think of the end in mind. Exercise where you picture your funeral now who would come? Who would speak? What they would say?

  • Particle cannot manifest in reality that is ordinary space-time as we know it-until we observe it. Mind and matter can no longer be considered separate; they are intrinsically related, because subjective mind produces measurable changes in the objective physical world

  • The quantum field responds not to what we want; it responds to who we are being

    • Ask: what am I broadcasting (consciously or unconsciously) on a daily basis?

  • Instead of being impacted by the external environment. Change your internal environment allowing you to go from cause and effect to causing effect

  • Research Study: Research subjects who mentally rehearsed one handed piano exercises for two hours a day for five days without actually touching a piano demonstrated almost the same brain changes as people who physically performed the identical finger movements on a piano keyboard for the same length of time. In essence the group who mentally rehearsed practising skills and chords grew nearly the same number of brain circuits as a group who physically engaged in the activity. This study demonstrates two points not only can we change our brains just by thinking differently but when we are truly focussed and single minded the brain does not know the difference between the internal world of the mind and what we experience in the external world. Our thoughts can become our experience

  • Psychologists tell us by the time that we are in our mid-30s our identity or personalities will be completely formed. This means that for those of us over 35 we have memorized a select set of behaviours attitudes beliefs and responses that are subconsciously programmed within us.

  • About 95% of who we are by midlife is a series of subconscious programs that have become automatic driving a car brushing our teeth over eating when we’re stressed worrying about our future judging our friends complaining about our lives blaming our parents not believing in ourselves just to name a few

    • And if 95% of who we are by age 35 is a set of involuntary programs memorized behaviours and habitual emotional reactions then if we can force the 95% to be happy with positive habits then 95% of yourself will subconsciously stay happy

  • Research Study: There was a study where they had participants in three separate groups. The first group was asked to exercise by doing bicep curls for 5 one hour training sessions per week for four weeks. The second group mentally rehearse the same exercises, on the same timetable, without physically activating any muscles in the biceps. The third was a control group that did no exercise on the biceps and mind. The results showed that the group that trained their biceps had an increased 30% biceps strength but what was shocking was the group that trained the biceps purely through the mind also saw an increase in biceps strength by 22%. The mental exercisers demonstrated physiological changes without ever having the physical experience.

  • Goal is to change your brain from living in survival to living in creation

  • The gift of neuroplasticity (the brains ability to require and create new circuits at any age as a result of input from environment and our conscious intentions) is that we can create a new level of mind

Three Parts of the Brain

  • There are three parts to the brain. The first part is the neo cortex. The neo cortex is our thinking brain the brains walnut like outer covering. The neo cortex is the seat of the conscious mind our identity and other higher brain functions. The neo cortex processes knowledge and experience. First to gather knowledge in the form of facts or semantic information. Semantic information is philosophical or theoretical concepts or ideas that you learn intellectually. This prompts the neo cortex to add synaptic connections and circuits. The new cortex is responsible for processing ideas that you have not yet experienced Which exist as a potential for you to embrace at some future time.

  • The second part of the brain is the limbic brain located under the neo cortex. It is the most highly developed and specialized area of the brain in mammals other than humans dolphins and higher primates. Think of it as the chemical brain or emotional brain. While you’re in the mitts of a new experience the neural networks organize themselves to reflect the event. The limbic brain assist in forming long-term memories you can remember any experience better because you can recall how you felt emotionally while the event was occurring. The limbic brain’s motto is experience is for the body.

  • The third brain is the Cerebellum brain. This is the part of the brain after repeat events that the neo cortex and limbic brain have processed gets stored in your subconscious. This is the most active part of the brain. The cerebellum is the part of the brain for non-declarative memories meaning that you’ve done or practice somethings so many times that it becomes second nature and you don’t have to think about it; it’s been so automatic that it’s hard to clear or describe how you do it. An example of this is when you can’t remember at pin or a password but your body is able to just be able to put it in without your frontal mind processing it. This is the most powerful part of the brain to change through meditation as I can allow you to subconsciously do your best work or act in a way that you would want it to with less effort subconsciously.



  • One of the keys things someone can learn is self awareness and self-observation

  • If we live in this high-stress mode of chaotic brain function for extended periods, the heart is impacted (leading to arrhythmias or high blood pressure), digestion begins to fail (causing indigestion, reflux, and related symptoms), and immune function weakens resulting in colds, allergies, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and more). All of these consequences stem from an unbalanced nervous system that is operating incoherently, due to the action of stress chemicals and high-range Beta brain waves reaffirming the outer world as the only reality.

  • The Best Times to Meditate: Morning and Evening, When the Door to the Subconscious Opens As a result of normal daily changes in brain chemistry (alternately, the brain produces serotonin, primarily a daytime neurotransmitter that makes you alert; and melatonin, the nighttime neurotransmitter that begins to relax you for sleep), there are two times when the door to the subconscious mind opens--when you go to bed at night and when you wake up in the morning. So it is a good idea to meditate in the morning or evening, because it will be easier to slip into a state of Alpha or Theta.

  • Mediating is also a means for you to move beyond your analytical mind so that you can access your subconscious mind. That is critical, since the subconscious is where all your bad habits and behaviours that you want to

  • Remember your future: Ideas are created twice once in your mind and then in reality. The thought of thinking of it in your mind is just as strong as practicing it in real life

  • “A memory without the emotional charge is called wisdom.”



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