How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One

How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One

By  Katrin Geist

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Breaking the habit of being yourself  requires – dare I say it? – discipline. Daily  discipline. And once you embark on it, it’s the most wonderful process in the making. It is  exciting and fun, and it becomes easier and easier with every time you practice, just like  training a muscle. You do indeed create your life! You’re in the driver’s seat, entirely. And if  that’s not great news, I do not know what is! You absolutely have the power to change  your life in any way you desire. You  create your life every day, with volition or without, on a nerve cell/brain structure  and thought/quantum level.

So why not actively create your  life, instead of mostly running in automatic-reactive-survival mode?  Why wait to change  your life until crisis hits? A crisis can be a  great catalyst – yet we’re free to choose change now. So why not create out of joy instead? We all can. And lasting change is not  only possible, it is fun to set in motion.  The following article shares ideas from a fabulous book by Dr. Joe Dispenza (see review below).

Interacting with the quantum field

Nobody is doomed by their genetic makeup or hard wired to live a specific  way for the rest of their lives. YOU mold the clay that is the quantum field, and you do so  by aligning your thoughts, feelings and actions (refer to my website for more information  on the quantum field, or ‘the field’ for short).

Says Dr. Joe Dispenza, successful chiropractor with postgraduate training and continuing  education in neuroscience, biochemistry, brain function and memory formation:

“You… broadcast a distinct  energy pattern or signature. In fact, everything material is always emitting specific patterns  of energy. And this energy carries information. Your fluctuating states of mind consciously  or unconsciously change that signature on a moment-to-moment basis.“

In essence,  we influence the quantum field through our Being-states (and not only through what  we want).

Vision and  creative mode

A brain region called the frontal lobe plays a key role in envisioning the life you desire. Ask  yourself: Who do you I see myself as? How do I show up every day? What would I  choose as my predominant Being-state, and how much am I living it on a daily  basis? What’s the greatest ideal of myself? Who do I want to be? What would I have  to think and  feel in order to express that? The clearer you see this, the faster you can change into it. The universal quantum law applies to finances as much as happiness,  health and relationships. No exception.

If you can hold a vision regardless of what’s going on around you, you are in creative  mode, i.e. you refuse to respond to any triggers in your environment, and you KNOW with  100% certainty that your vision must come, as it already happened in the quantum field.

This is exactly what we admire in great leaders: Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Abraham  Lincoln, Mother Teresa, etc. Their vision made a difference. They refused to give in to  circumstance, did not blame their spouse nor the weather – they did not suffer from  ‘excusitis’. Holding a vision is a means to achieving a Being-state which transcends  circumstance.

Mechanics of change and the art of ‘becoming familiar with’

Repetition is the mother of all skill – and it is what wires brain cells together to create new  neurological pathways. Contrary to the paradigm I grew up in which said that brain cells  cannot regenerate nor change, we know today that this is completely false. The brain is  highly adaptive (neuroplasticity), and changes occur all the time. The moment you learn  something new, your brain makes new connections.  A long standing habit can be seen as  a broad, very well trodden path, a super-highway where neurons fire when a habitual  thought or behaviour triggers them. A new thought or behaviour (i.e. nerve cell circuit)  becomes established through use.

The more you practice a new thought or behaviour,  the better you get at it, just like training a muscle. Paying attention to where you want to go  is key. Become aware of how automated (in terms of thoughts, feelings, and actions) your  life really is. Keep what you like, and change the rest. Not all automated brain circuits are  negative. Some of them are exactly what you want. Others are not. By withdrawing your  attention (i.e. quitting to walk the established path) and thinking about how you would  rather be (breaking into new territory and establishing a new path), you dissolve those old  highways, bit by bit (they disconnect when focus is withdrawn). Self-love is when you  respond differently to what you’ve practiced all your life.

In order to truly change, we must think greater than we feel. Remember your vision. If  you have none for your life, develop one! Now. Not tomorrow… and it’s not about painting  some grand picture of your life straight away (but feel free if this feels good to you now).

Instead, you can pick out single aspects and start with those. Know what you want, and  then assume the corresponding Being-state. This is completely scaleable, i.e. you can  expand your vision as you go. But start having one! Having no vision is like going to the  airport saying: ‘I want a ticket’, or saying to a waiter: ‘I want food’. You’re going nowhere  fast and nothing can come to you if you don’t specify what you would like, and expect it to  come. Vagueness equals standstill. In other words, in the context of creating, it’s a no-no,  and you must know your target.

If you truly can do this (thinking greater than you feel), you have mastered your life. That’s  how big this short sentence really is. To envision means to see something into existence. It  means to create something with volition and expecting to see it, without having any idea of  the ‘how’. That step is up to the field and not your job. Your job is to hold the vision and  feel its fulfilment. Your job is to become familiar with the feeling-states of your desires.

See it and rehearse it over and over, daily. This process rewires your brain (creating  new and wanted super-highways, replacing the automatic old ones). By the way: the  Buddhist definition of meditation is ‘to become familiar with’. Meditate on desired feeling states. Familiarize yourself to the n-th degree with them. Live as if. Until it is second  nature. Or first. =)

Why we get stuck in repetitive patterns & how to overcome them

Mind is what the brain does. Psychologists tell us that c. 95% of our mind is subconscious.  Yet it runs us, 24/7, 365. And that’s good! Because if we had to do it all consciously, good  luck surviving even a single second, trying to orchestrate our some 50 trillion cells that  constitute the body. Not to mention regulating heart beat, digestion, detox, breathing… our  innate intelligence takes care of it all and frees us up to create consciously. A marvellous  set-up.

Some unconscious patterns do not serve us.  So how do we  change them for good? This is the essence of the process Dr. Dispenza proposes, detailed further in his book (see below):

First step: make them known.

Second step: undo them  and replace them with what you prefer.

Third step: practice the new state.

We have many unconscious patterns that we did not choose ourselves, i.e. they arose  from our environment (parents, peers, culture, etc) at a young age and were accepted as  true. If unchanged, they still operate. That is how people become stuck in repetitive  patterns without knowing why.

Experiences and events in life produce emotions, which eventually dictate how we behave,  unless we intervene. When you think negatively, you feel bad. Feeling bad gives rise to  more negative thoughts, which result in feeling worse…do you see the cycle? Most of us  are trapped in it, without ever questioning it, living a very reactive life with little room for  creating the life we truly desire. Most people do not know how to do this, and that it’s even  possible. And it is.

Our brain cannot distinguish between something we imagine, and something that is really  happening. As far as the brain is concerned, it’s one and the same. So there’s little  physiological difference between remembering a negative situation and actively being  involved in one. In other words: every time you beat the drum of how bad it is (in response  to an observation or a memory), you activate and reinforce those thought and feeling  patterns. Eventually, they become automatic, and we forget why we emotionally react as  we do – we just react. The perfect stuck state. And it leads to an identity we think is us. But  is it? Of course not. A question worth exploring is: What have I memorized  emotionally that I live by that I think is me?

In this automated state, the body becomes the mind: it knows exactly how to respond to a  situation and just does it. A good example is driving a car. When you first learned it, you  concentrated a great deal (making new neural pathways). And before too long, you  habitually arrive at work, with the car seemingly driving by itself. Your body knows very well  what to do. And yes, you take in traffic, etc. and respond accordingly. But it’s all well  practiced and smooth, and you don’t think about it. When the body becomes the mind,  we live in reactive, unaware mode. This is good for some situations, and not so good for  others.

The power that you have is one of focus. You can change from a reactive state to a  creative one by disconnecting the dots that produce a specific reaction. You do so by  focusing on what you prefer instead. When thought becomes the experience, you’re  there. When your vision is so compelling and so real you forget everything else, and it  feels as if five minutes elapsed instead of three hours, then you’re a creative powerhouse.

We all have been in those situations. Whether it’s playing music, reading a great book,  participating in an engrossing conversation – time just flew and we could have done it all  day. Harness those situations by tagging them with a little intention for your life. The feeling  state is perfect – add some directive thought and watch what happens. Mind and body  must be aligned, i.e. thoughts and  feelings must be congruent to effect real change.

To sum it up: what you think and feel today determines how you live tomorrow. Your  thoughts and feelings are that important and potent. So why wait learning how to  think and  feel right? Learn how to dance with your thoughts. It’s fun!

I invite you to experiment with influencing the quantum field to your liking.  Have FUN! And let me know your outcomes.

References:

Recommended reading:

If you’re interested in learning more on this topic, I highly recommend  ”Breaking the habit of being yourself – how to lose your mind and create a new one”  by Dr. Joe Dispenza,  a successful chiropractor with postgraduate training and continuing  education in neurology, neuroscience, biochemistry, brain function  and  memory formation, cellular biology, and aging  and longevity.

How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New OneThis has got to be one of the best chosen book titles I ever came across. The book is a  total gem for those interested in growth and real change in any area of their life, including  health and  wellbeing. It’s an awesome manual to yourself, in fact.  Dr. Dispenza  intuitively  used the process later outlined in ‘Breaking the habit of being yourself’ to heal himself when  medical doctors said not undergoing surgery was a highly regrettable mistake, and today he travels around the globe teaching people his views on brain function and how they can  be practically applied in daily life to effect true change.

‘Breaking the habit’ is an actual manual for change. It goes beyond giving  information and actually tells you HOW to apply it.  It is very well written in that it makes you want to turn the  pages, eagerly awaiting the mechanism Dr. Joe Dispenza proposes  to help you actively create your  life, instead of running on automatic-reactive-survival mode. If this resonates with  you, gift yourself this book –  and APPLY it!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do  or more.

You can purchase the book on Amazon  or Trademe. And for those who prefer it in a  nutshell, or who would like a preview/synopsis of this book, you can listen to Dr. Joe  delivering a lecture based on its ideas. Happy listening! (50min audio).

Updated September 2014

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About the author:

Katrin Geist MSc, BA

Katrin is a successful Holistic Health Coach & Reconnective Healing Practitioner with postgraduate training and continuing education in the fields of biology, personal transformation, neuroscience, cellular biology and biophysics. She has held international Reconnective Healing clinics in several countries and currently works from her New Zealand office in Dunedin.

Katrin’s science background enables her to communicate scientific subjects in an easily understandable, down to earth way, so that everyone can benefit from information otherwise often confined to technical experts. Katrin frequently offers educational talks on healthy living subjects around New Zealand. To book or invite her for a seminar or lecture, please email her.

Katrin holds a MSc in biology from Berlin University (FU), and a BA with emphasis in ecology from the University of Montana, USA.

A keen interest in personal growth, Eastern philosophy, and life coaching brought her to Dr. Eric Pearl and The Reconnection. With a ‘left-brain’ background in science and education, interacting with the frequencies was startling. Despite no previous experience, it was immediate. It was tangible. It was completely puzzling, yet left its irreversible mark, so much so, that a change in career seemed the natural consequence. After almost a decade in the biological sciences, Katrin now works as Holistic Health Coach and Reconnective Healing Practitioner.â„¢ She feels privileged to serve in this capacity and invites you to experience something different!

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