Author: Dr. Joe Dispenza
Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One Joe Dispensa 2013
Observer Effect (Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself)
Breaking the habit of being yourself: All our actions and experiences are controlled by the brain. It sounds obvious… But something else is less obvious: it’s not just about our reactions to events – thoughts help reality materialize in a literal sense. The surrounding reality is not given once and for all but is directly subject to the power of the mind. What has been said is not a mystical revelation, but a truth confirmed by modern science.
Guessing about the nature of reality, philosophers have long struggled with the problem of mind and matter. Since the time of Descartes, it has been customary to contrast these categories: our thoughts are separate, and reality is separate. Newtonian physics also contributed to this. According to Newton, all objects are considered solids, a force can be applied to them that will change their state – it is called energy. The three laws of mechanics, discovered by the great Englishman, explained the movement of celestial bodies and, in general, of any objects. The world after Newton began to seem orderly and predictable.
This continued until the beginning of the 20th century. Einstein introduced the world to the equation E = mc², according to which energy and matter are interchangeable. Einstein’s theory was the impetus for the study of the nature of light: it turned out that sometimes light behaves like a wave, and sometimes like a particle. The order of the world has been shaken. Physicists have rediscovered the microcosm and realized that the atom is completely different from what it seemed before. Previously, science understood atoms with their neutrons and protons as the smallest inert elements of the same solid matter that exists according to Newtonian laws. Quantum physics has introduced fundamental refinements. Neutrons and protons occupy only the nucleus of an atom – extremely tiny and fantastically dense: as the chemist William Cropper wrote, if an atom is enlarged to the size of a cathedral, the nucleus will become the size of a fly, but this fly will be many thousands of times heavier than the cathedral. The nucleus of an atom is surrounded by a cloud of electrons. Strictly speaking, the world does not consist of matter (it accounts for 0.00001% of the atom), but of energy. All that you now see around you is not solid matter, but energy fields. And you yourself are part of the global energy field.
The discoveries of new physics did not end there. Something even more surprising was revealed: an observer studying reality affects its properties. The nature of the electron is such that it simultaneously exists in many possible states in different places, and the observer at any given moment can fix only one of them. But electrons are what reality consists of. It turns out that its nature at the most basic level is fluid and indefinite. This is a space that includes many probabilities. Whatever event you imagine, it already exists in one of the countless projections, and you are the observer who, with the right focus, can materialize the desired event.
Our thoughts are also energy, and it is easily measurable with the help of medical devices such as encephalography. It is thoughts that are the channel of our interaction with the energy field, which is the Universe (you can also call it a quantum or information field). Clear, focused thoughts, tinged with deeply felt emotion, are a powerful electromagnetic signal that will pull you towards a potential reality that matches your desires. In everyday life, our perception of events and people is subject to Newtonian principles: we believe that the surrounding reality influences us, determining thoughts and feelings. According to quantum principles, everything is exactly the opposite: the surrounding reality is determined by our mental attitudes. She is what we want her at the moment.
Quantum physics is incomprehensible at the everyday level, its principles work in much deeper layers of reality than our five senses can capture. However, it is these principles that govern the world. Therefore, direct sensory perception of reality is not very much to be trusted. You need to trust mental creation. First, we think about the desired state of affairs, and then the information field responds to this message with appropriate events, and we receive sensual confirmation of our thoughts. Here’s how it works. Moreover, that’s the only way it works. Living in a world of infinite possibilities, we are able to materialize the desired events by the power of focus.
The big three, or what to think about?
If we can control reality with the movement of thought, why do we feel like the unfortunate victims of circumstances most of the time? This is due to the Big Three: our body, environment, and time.
All our life experiences, which reflect certain forms of communication with certain people in certain circumstances, are imprinted in the nerve cells that make up the brain. The same actions (walking with a pet, cooking, work), the same people (family, colleagues, friends), the same objects (house, car, computer) set us up to perceive a certain version of reality, forming the strongest neural circuits – the highways along which our thoughts rush, the same every day. The strength of these chains is determined by regular repetition and the work of hormones. As a result, the same circumstances cause the same behavioral responses. Of the countless possibilities that the quantum field of the universe contains, our thinking chooses only familiar configurations.
Habits determine temperament, temperament determines personality – and now we are already sighing about fate, against which you can’t trample (“I have always been lazy”, “it’s all about my anxiety, there’s no getting around it”). Habitual algorithms concern not only neurons but also genes: the experience of the same emotions sooner or later leads to the fact that we reproduce in ourselves the same diseases that our ancestors suffered from! But we are talking about memorized states of mind.
We are unable to change as long as we live in the past attitudes, hold on to old habits, and act within the same context. As Einstein said: “The biggest stupidity is to do the same thing and hope for a different result.” Changing yourself and reality, you need to act not from the past, but from the future. Sounds weird? However, the greatest changes that Luther, Mahatma Gandhi, or Joan of Arc brought to the world, also at first existed only in the form of ideas and seemed heresy to others. This is not surprising, because in the visible reality there was nothing similar. The strength of the great reformers is that they held in their minds a clear idea of a desirable future and lived as if that future had already happened. And it happened – the dream, which until then was only one of the probabilities of the quantum field, actually came true.
As soon as we daily program ourselves for habitual actions and reactions, thinking about past traumas and stresses, as soon as this programming effectively works in the negative, isn’t it better to think with the same persistence about a joyful future that we really want? The latest information from scientists about the brain proves that mental efforts will certainly be rewarded.
How the brain works
Survival or creation?
The life scenario of any person can develop in only one of two directions – survival or creation.
To survive means to realize oneself only within the limits that nature has established and to which any creature obeys: if there is no danger, relax, if the danger has come, attack or run. The catch is that a person is more complicated than other mammals – he knows how to be afraid of a danger that has not happened at all. Worrying and worrying, we, again and again, trigger a stress reaction that our body is not designed for repeated repetition at all – as a result, it wears out and gets sick.
Of course, this is how we become hostages of the Big Three: we follow the alarming reactions of our own bodies, constantly wandering thoughts about an unfortunate past and an unsettling future, looking for constant dangers in the environment (and, of course, we find – here it is, the power of focus!). Moreover, we build an idea of our personality entirely on the basis of indicators of the external environment: how we dress, how we appear in social networks, what are in the eyes of the authorities … We become inveterate materialists! But the universe is not made of matter but of energy. But according to the accepted life scenario, our energy is spent mainly on servicing fears and anxieties.
Now, remember yourself in a state of inspiration, when you were completely captured by a favorite thing or a pleasant pastime. At such moments, a person forgets about time, does not pay attention to distractions, and does not even feel his body: he becomes a nobody, and this is one of the best sensations. This is the second scenario – creation. To live according to it, you need to build a fundamentally different relationship with the Big Three: change the body (improve well-being, no longer undermined by experiences), the external environment (change jobs, make new acquaintances), the passage of time (hurry up the desired future).
The frontal lobes, located in the prefrontal regions of the cerebral cortex, are responsible for creativity and creation. This is the youngest part of the nervous system, which makes us human, being responsible for awareness, concentration, attention, problem-solving, and learning new information. Three key functions of the frontal lobe are involved in the technique of reprogramming the self, the detailed algorithm of which is described below:
1) the ability to introspection allows you to track undesirable manifestations of character and plan the direction of future changes;
2) the creation of a new self (at the biological level – the formation of new neural circuits). The frontal lobes construct the image of the ideal “I”, and then, in accordance with it, they structure the information already stored in memory (everything that you once read, saw, learned), collecting a new “I” from it. The more knowledge and impressions you have accumulated, the more detailed this image will be;
3) immersion in the world of ideas. In the state of creation, the activity of the frontal lobe suppresses the work of other parts of the brain, and you feel that you are captured by a single thought, forgetting about the surrounding reality and your own body, losing the sense of space and time. This is an extremely valuable state: you lose your former self, get out of survival mode, and form an image of the future.
How the brain learns
The point is not only that all changes originate in our head through the formation of new neural circuits – it is important that the brain is capable of forming them throughout life. This property is called neuroplasticity. It is she who allows you to go beyond the old personality, create a new version of yourself – at any age! How do we learn new things? This process is associated with three different areas of the brain:
1) information enters the neocortex – the very cerebral cortex that allows us to analyze and invent;
2) the limbic zone of the brain contributes to the creation of long-term memories, coloring new knowledge in the emotions that we experienced at the time of learning new things;
3) learned information settles in the cerebellum – a repository of habitual behaviors that control us daily.
This is how any habit is formed, from cycling to anxiety over trifles: first, we learned new information that left a vivid emotional trace in our minds (thinking stage), then this information was reinforced by practice (action stage), and finally turned into a part of our life ( stage of life). At the same time, we are accustomed to believing that the formation of habits is invariably influenced by someone or something from the outside. But there is no point in waiting until circumstances make us happy. A useful skill can be called the power of thought from the future, to move from the stage of thinking directly to being. After all, all our desires are already present in quantum reality, and we can rebuild our consciousness in such a way as to send a clear signal to the Universe about what we want.
The power of thought is real. Experiments by neuroscientists show that for those musicians who played the scales only in their thoughts, and for those who did it on a musical instrument, the number of new neural connections was almost the same. Mental rehearsals also change the structure of the brain.Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself
On the waves of consciousness
Due to dependence on learned feelings and actions, each of us exists in two dimensions: how it seems to others and what it really is. At the same time, we attach undeservedly great importance to the view from the outside: status, demonstrative actions, and the attitude of others are very important to us. By the age of 30-40, each person accumulates such social baggage, but it does not always correspond to real desires. Hence the midlife crisis, which many seek to drown out with new hobbies, acquaintances, travels. However, these are only temporary measures: it is not external signs of success that make a person happy. By chasing them, you remain disconnected from quantum reality. The way out is to close the gap between appearance and essence, and it must come from within.
Many people live their whole lives suffering from a gap between appearance and essence, but not understanding (or not wanting to understand) the reasons for their suffering. Many can change only after a serious crisis – having been on the verge of life and death, having lost a loved one. Meanwhile, you don’t need to wait for injury or loss – you need to start by tuning in to the positive.Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself
To eliminate the gap between appearance and essence means to release the energy in oneself that was previously wasted on experiences and sorrows. Once released, this energy will give a signal to the quantum field, reality will respond, and changes will not take long.
The main tool for change is meditation. It will help you explore your past self, deactivate unnecessary neural connections and form new ones, creating an ideal image of reality that suits you. The words “energy” and “meditation” do not carry any mysticism. Our brains do indeed have electrochemical activity, scientists have learned how to measure it and have long understood that the electrical activity of the brain changes depending on how we think and feel. The frequency range of electromagnetic radiation in the brain is very wide:
- in a dream, the brain emits delta waves – they are at the lower end of the range;
- on the verge of sleep and wakefulness, the brain emits theta waves;
- in the state of creation, the brain is tuned to alpha waves;
- in the daily state of consciousness, beta waves are fixed: this is our habitual mode.
The lower the frequency of brain waves, the closer we are to the subconscious and the further away from the outside world.Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself
As you read this text, your brain is on beta waves. The brain is in touch with reality: it processes incoming information, fixes the position of the body, notes sounds around, and ponders random associations. In general, beta radiation is a rather fussy mode. And it’s inconsistent:
- low-frequency beta waves are characteristic of consciousness in a state of calm interest;
- high-frequency beta waves are activated during stress: you are fixated on one thing, you are not up to learning and creativity, and your body is tense.
Alas, our habitual life is subject to just high-frequency beta waves: we are tormented by anxiety, restlessness, and irritation, this is fraught with insomnia, chronic fatigue, and depression. We are fixated on external stimuli: we criticize others, worry about problems, and feel like victims of circumstances. The main goal of meditation is to switch from beta frequencies to alpha and theta frequencies, penetrate into the subconscious and change the basic personality settings.
New me in four weeks
The program, created by Joe Dispenza, takes four weeks and includes seven steps. However, there is no need to rush here: devote as much time to each step as it takes, and do not allow overwork. The best time to meditate is in the early morning or late evening when the brain has not yet entered beta wave mode and the door to the subconscious mind is open. Find a place where no one will disturb you, stock up on a notebook and pencil, and get started.
Step 1. Concentration. The task of the entire first week is to learn how to change the frequency of brain waves, thereby penetrating into the subconscious, where the previous behavioral settings are stored. Any day of meditation in any week will begin with tuning to the right waves, so it is important to turn this skill into an easy habit.
Sit up straight, and close your eyes (by limiting sensory information, you contribute to a smooth transition into the alpha range). Relax, feel yourself here and now. Focus on bodily sensations: start with the position of the head and gradually go down. Then focus on the spatial position of the room you are in, and try to feel its volume. At this stage, any of the many techniques related to the perception of personal sensations will help. It is essential to focus on the body. The cerebellum is responsible for these sensations, it also concentrates unconscious behavioral patterns. The more you focus on bodily sensations, the deeper you penetrate into the subconscious. It should take you about 20 minutes to be aware of the whole body from head to toe. Repeat step 1 daily.
Start each day with step 1, then add steps 2-4. Each new step will take 10-15 minutes, over time familiar stages are overcome faster, and the entire meditation will not take more than 45-50 minutes.
Step 2. Recognition. At this stage, you begin to say goodbye to your former self. Answer yourself the following questions (it is better to do it in writing):
- What was I like before?
- What am I like in the outside world?
- What am I inside, what is my essence?
- What am I like in terms of family and friends? Am I hiding something from them?
- Is there some obsessive feeling haunting me?
- What would I like to change about myself?
Choose the emotion you want to get rid of (start with one emotion per session).
- Listen to it: how does it feel in the body? Maybe it is fear, and it is accompanied by stiffness. Maybe it’s anger, and it’s accompanied by a rapid heartbeat. Be that as it may, this is just one of the learned emotional habits, a trace of the past. Recognize her.
- What comes to your mind when you feel this emotion? What is behind it? Depressed? Too much introspection? Wish to complain? This is the text of your learned role. Recognize it and go to step 3.
Step 3. Recognition. So, you realized that you are too angry, or you worry from scratch, or you are desperately cowardly for no good reason. Recognizing your true self is not easy, but now you are ready to change. Tell about your past and what you want to change, not to an imaginary friend or relative, but to the information field that the Universe represents. You can call it otherwise – cosmic force or universal intelligence. You can call it God, but this word, perhaps, has too many additional associations. The information field is not personalized in any way, which means that you do not need to feel ashamed or embarrassed in front of someone. You are one on one with the energy of the world. Open up to her. Admit your past negativity out loud – it’s not easy, but now you are breaking old emotional ties and saying goodbye to your appearance, and this, of course, causes discomfort.
Step 4. Transferring the problem to a higher power. Yes, yes, just pass, release the problem into space! Do not ask, do not bargain, and do not persuade the information field: this is not a prayer, but meditation. Understand that all requests have already been heard and taken into account – you just have to sincerely thank the higher powers for future improvements as a fait accompli. Maintain that confidence. The possibilities of the suggestible brain should not be underestimated: remember the placebo effect, when the expectation of a favorable outcome changes the biochemical composition of the body. Intention itself is important, and reality in turn will respond with new opportunities.
Repeat steps 1-4 every day, then add steps 5, and 6.
Step 5. Observation. The goal of this step is to be as specific as possible about what you don’t want to be. The unwanted emotion and the thoughts that flow from it have already been traced, it’s time to supplement the “dossier” with automatic thoughts that constantly arise about this: “I will never find a new job”, “My life is a swamp”, “N constantly takes me out of myself”. What behavior accompanies this emotion? Are you offended by loved ones? Grumble? Are you lashing out at a child? Record these manifestations of negative emotion as carefully as possible. Your task now is control and awareness.
Step 6. Redirect. By identifying unwanted emotions and actions, you no longer allow them and thereby activate habitual neural circuits. If you catch yourself on an unwanted thought, do not let it move, by a conscious effort switch to something else – and the old neural connections will begin to fade. Do not allow yourself to act automatically: control and awareness remain a priority.
Repeat steps 1-6 every day, then add step 7.
Step 7. Creation. It is time to accustom yourself to a new state of mind. To do this, you need to load the frontal lobe of the brain with questions that require you to reason in new categories and evaluate new opportunities. Answer these questions in writing:
- What is it like to be…?
- What does it take to think like…?
- Who do I admire? How would I feel if I were him? What would you say to yourself?
- What thoughts should be directed to? What new qualities should I remind myself of?
The neocortex, the limbic zone, and the cerebellum are equally involved in the learning process, which means that equal attention should be paid to thoughts (What is my new state of mind?), and feelings (How would I feel if I had already achieved what I wanted?), and actions (How would I behave if I had already achieved the ideal?). From the point of view of the brain, thought without feeling is empty, feeling without action is born in vain.Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself
Your task is to get used to the desired state as brightly and in more detail as possible. Remember about the participants in the experiment who mentally played musical instruments: brain structures are rebuilt as a result of reasoning. If you don’t feel any change after meditation, the thought experiment wasn’t as profound. The opposite is also true: if you make mental efforts and sincerely desire to become different, it will become easier for you to enter the desired state of the best you every day. Previously, you involuntarily served the negative consciousness, looking for confirmation of your failures in reality. Now you focus exclusively on the positive aspects of your ideal, allowing them to materialize. Do not analyze your dreams – just let them be and fill them with new colors. Gradually, the quantum field will begin to respond to your signals. You will understand it
By practicing every day, you will gradually turn the seven steps into a single smooth process, you will be able to work not with one emotion at a time, but with a whole block of homogeneous emotions. Your idea of an ideal personality will change, so the specific content of the meditation technique will also change. What matters is continuity and regularity. You should not divide life into meditation sessions and all other activities. If you think about the new personality for only half an hour a day, and the rest of the time you behave in the old way, you should not expect any changes. Monitor yourself constantly – at work and at home, in conversations with loved ones and colleagues. Do you manage to resist the tricks of everyday stimuli? Is it possible to maintain a light state of meditation?
Adjust your life course with regular questions at the end of the day: how did I cope with the challenges of reality today? Were there any breakdowns and why? When and how did I react in the old way?Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself
The longer you manage to maintain the energy level reached during the minutes of meditation, the more powerful the signals of your consciousness, the closer you are to the quantum field and the sooner it will respond with significant changes. They can turn into a creative insight, a coincidence, or an appropriate meeting, but they will certainly come.
Gradually, your intentions will begin to coincide with your actions 100%. Reality will no longer control you but will become a reflection of your mind. You no longer want to analyze circumstances and justify events – from now on you will just live and enjoy life. You will become new – the best! — by yourself.
Top 10 Thoughts
1. The world is 99% not matter, but energy. Everything changes and everything is possible.
2. Reality is what we pay attention to.
3. Everything we know, see and feel is just neural connections in the brain, and we can rebuild them at any age.
4. Bad mood and bad thoughts are not a given, but just a learned habit.
5. Life develops either according to the scenario of survival, or according to the scenario of creation, and the choice is always ours.
6. The brain is able to create a vivid, realistic image of our ideal “I”, which will then come true in reality. The more knowledge and impressions you have accumulated, the more detailed this image will be. Be vigilant about the information you absorb.
7. Live with the knowledge that in one of the projections of the Universe your thoughts have already been realized. Desire them – and thereby bring their appearance closer.
8. Do not divide time into meditation and the rest of the hours. If you think of a new personality for half an hour a day and the rest of the time you live in the old way, there will be no change.
9. Don’t define yourself in terms of the outside world: status, purchases, account balance. If you wait for circumstances to make you happy, you have already lost.
10. If you constantly analyze your feelings and actions, you are unhappy. The path to happiness is not analysis, but contemplation.