I really want to share with you a fantastic book that is one of the best I have read about how our minds operate. It is called ‘Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One’ by Joe Dispenza. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in neuroscience as well as a Doctorate of Chiropractic.He was also one of the scientists, researchers, and teachers featured in the award-winning film ‘What the BLEEP Do We Know!?’ (great film if you haven’t yet seen). Joe has taught thousands how to reprogram their thinking through scientifically proven neurophysiological principles!
“Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself” raises the bar completely from another book I have of his called ‘Evolve Your Brain’. This book has easy to follow steps,”How tos” and a downloadable meditation, which is now one of my favourites! I read this book very quickly and found it all made sense to me, and I had a lot of “ah huh” moments. Atlast, quantum physics and manifestation explained in a way that resonates and shows me how to step into being the quantum creator that we all have access to. I actually followed the book and took notes, reflected on myself, which I tend to not do with other books.
The book is divided into 3 parts, and here are some things to note from them:
PART I – THE SCIENCE OF YOU
Chapter 1: The Quantum You:
- We are all made up of energy and matter.
- If you look at the body, including the brain, at the cellular level you have: Tissues > Cells > Molecules > Atoms > Subatomic Particles > Energy.
- Our thoughts have an effect on the Quantum Field.
- We are in control of our past, present, and future.
- When we focus on a thought. Single–mindedly, we make it more real than anything else. We are experiencing the thought beyond the physical realm.
- We CAN create our future.
Chapter 2: Overcoming Your Environment:
- Our environment causes us to think -familiar places, things, people and circumstances fire a set of circuits which cause the brain to think in certain ways (an external stimulus is causing us to think).
- If the environment causes us to think, firing the same circuits over and over, the circuits become hardwired and part of our being.
- “Nerve cells that fire together wire together” – Hebbs Law
- To change then is to think greater than the environment and any external stimulus.
- Mental Rehearsal plays a major role in building new neuron networks in the brain.
Chapter 3: Overcoming Your Body
- Every time you have a thought you make a chemical.
- If you think the way you feel, and feel the way you think, over and over, you create a state of being.
- Positive thoughts alone will not work to change this.
- The environment pushes genes in our bodies, which cause stress, disease, or happiness and joy.
- If you ever forget to remember a phone number, you pick up the phone and you just put your fingers on the buttons, and suddenly your body knows better then your brain.
- To change is to pull the mind out of the body and put it back in the brain.
- To change is to think greater than how you feel.
- Mental Rehearsal also contributes to changing the body physically and mentally.
Chapter 4: Overcoming Time
- We happen to live in the emotions we have memorized from the past.
- We need to live in the present moment and focus on new emotions.
- When we watch a movie, read a book, go on a long drive, etc – we lose track of time.
- To change is to change the emotions we memorize, we need to move from a state of anger or jealousy to a state of thankfulness and gratitude.
Chapter 5: Survival Vs Creation
- Living in a state of survival creates stress, disease, and it activates the fight or flight nervous system.
- To change is to be selfless, not selfish. Forget about: Time, Your Body, Your Environment.
- True Creation is forgetting the “Big 3”.
- 1. Metacognition: Become self-aware, an observer.
- 2. Create a new mind to think about new ways of being… asking questions like: What would it be like to… ?, What is a better way to be… ?, What if I was this person, living in this reality?, Who in history do I admire, what traits do they have I can resemble?
- 3. Make thought more real than anything else is creation.
PART II – YOUR BRAIN AND MEDITATION
Chapter 6: Three Brains: Thinking To Doing To Being
- We go from: Thinking (Neocortex) > Doing (Limbic Brain) > Being (Cerebellum)
- Emotions (in the limbic or mid brain) are the end products of experience.
- If you wake up from meditation differently before you sat down before, you have changed. You feel different.
- However, you must think and feel in harmony, you can not think one way and feel another way.
- When you think and feel different, and once you do something and taking action consistently, you will eventually be that new person. You will be in a new state of being, which is wisdom.
- A new state of being creates a new personality… A new personality produces a new personal reality.
Chapter 7: The Gap
- We only get our identity from other things, people and circumstances.
- Our cars, phones, jobs, etc make us feel good.
- When we die, none of this exists… so where does true happiness come from?
- Happiness must come from within, not from the outside world.
- What we appear on the outside is different from what we really are.
- We need to close the gap and start being happy inside – meditation will help with this.
Chapter 8: Meditation, Demystifying The Mystical And Waves Of Your Future
- Remind yourself who you no longer want to “be” until this becomes so familiar that you know your old self – thoughts, behaviours and emotions connected to the old you that you want to change – to the extent that you unfire and unwire the old mind away and no longer signal the same genes in the same ways.
- Then repeatedly contemplate who you want to “be”.
- This will fire and wire new levels of mind. Eventually this will become second nature, and that is change.
PART III – STEPPING TOWARD YOUR NEW DESTINY
Chapter 9: The Meditative Process: Introduction and Preparation – the tools and steps to follow for your meditation journey.
Part III is the “how to do it” part of the book – with fantastic ways and variations to do the meditation. The meditation I prefer the most is the ‘water rising’ one!