“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
I am in the process of reading a book called Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind
Ever wonder why you repeat the same negative thoughts in your head? Why you keep coming back for more from hurtful family members, friends, or significant others? Why you keep falling into the same detrimental habits or limiting attitudes―even when you know that they are going to make you feel bad?
Dr. Joe Dispenza has spent decades studying the human mind―how it works, how it stores information, and why it perpetuates the same behavioral patterns over and over. In the acclaimed film “What the Bleep Do We Know !?” he began to explain how the brain evolves―by learning new skills, developing the ability to concentrate in the midst of chaos, and even healing the body and the psyche.
“A man is but the product of his thoughts – what he thinks, he becomes.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Evolve Your Brain presents this information in depth, while helping you take control of your mind, explaining how thoughts can create chemical reactions that keep you addicted to patterns and feelings―including ones that make you unhappy. And when you know how these bad habits are created, it’s possible to not only break these patterns, but also reprogram and evolve your brain, so that new, positive, and beneficial habits can take over.
I am finding it fascinating to delve into the area of thought and how we can literally shape our lives with our thoughts.
Our thoughts become matter. It turns out that our brains and our very thought patterns can be reprogrammed.
The power of positive thinking is not just some New Age thing. It is backed by some pretty powerful science.
I have struggled for pretty much my entire life with thoughts of “I am not good enough”. Now I am not sure exactly when, how or why these thoughts have dominated my life, but now I am realizing that I can change my thinking. I can actually change my brain and re-wire it to think differently. Thusly I am a different person that I was even a month ago.
Over the past year I have lost 80 pounds. How? I decided in my mind that I could do. I had “tried” for years to lose weight but never truly believed that it was possible. But then I simply decided that I could do it. Other people do it and I can as well.
I do have to train my brain to accomplish this transformation. Whether it be for happiness, positivity, success, money, contentedness, it does not matter. Your thoughts are what will allow you to accomplish whatever it is that you want to accomplish.
“If you think it, you can achieve it.”
In the movie Matrix where actor Keanu Reeves plays the character Neo and we witness how he changes his idea of himself. From being a skeptic about his own capabilities and what is possible for him to do to truly believe he can do the unthinkable.
Within each of us there is a “believing Neo” – a super force beyond your wildest dream.
You can become unstoppable if you believe in yourself. Learn more reading about energy, the universe, consciousness, the power of thought and how they make ripples in the sea of energy we call the universe, the formula for success and much more.
What Is Your Mental Blueprint of Yourself?
By the time you are seventeen years old, you have heard “No, you can’t” an average of 150,000 times. You’ve heard “Yes, you can” about 5,000 times. That is thirty no’s for every yes. That makes for a POWERFUL belief of “I can’t”.
Back in 1960 Maxwell Maltz wrote the book Psycho-Cybernetics where he talks about the self-image we form growing up:
“We all carry with us a mental blueprint or picture of ourselves. It has been built up from our own beliefs about ourselves. But most of these beliefs about ourselves have unconsciously been formed from our past experience, our successes and failures, our humiliations, our triumphs, and the way other people have related to us, especially in early childhood. From all these we mentally construct a “self” (or a picture of a self). Once an idea or a belief about ourselves goes into this picture it becomes “true” as far as we personally are concerned. We do not question its validity, but proceed to act upon it just as if it were true.”
Maltz goes on to say that all our actions, feelings, behavior – even our abilities – are always consistent with this self-image.
Hence it becomes very important to change your self-image if that image is one of a limiting character of some sort.
You can change your self-image with the power of thought using affirmations and subliminal messages.
“You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event – it is a habit” – Aristotle
Our built in beliefs are powerful. They are powerful in the sense that they dictate our ability to reach our goals, but in fact they are nothing more than specific neural patterns in your brain – they are thoughts that are so ingrained they have become automatic. They are not there because they are “the truth”, they have simply been handed down from generation to generation. They are there because someone put them there.
This is not a about faith or religion – it is about your beliefs- your habits of thought, opinion and attitude about the world around you, and especially your beliefs about you, about your life and your prospects for personal fulfillment.
Scan for the daily positives. At the end of each day, make a list of three specific good things that happened that day and reflect on what caused them to happen. The good things could be anything — bumping into an old friend, a positive remark from someone at work, a pretty sunset. Celebrating small wins also has a proven effect of powering motivation and igniting joy. As you record your good things daily, the better you will get and feel.
Give one shout-out to someone (daily). Take the positive things you’re getting better at recognizing and let people know you’ve noticed! Take a minute to say thanks or recognize someone for their efforts, from friends and family to people at work. A great way to go about this is by sending 1 daily email to someone. It can be your old school teacher, who’s advice you are now appreciating every day. A co-worker or someone you’ve only met. Show courage and say thanks, I love doing this and just checking in with a nice note.
Do something nice. Acts of kindness boost happiness levels. Something as small and simple as making someone smile works. Pausing to do something thoughtful has the power to get you out of that negativity loop. Do something nice that is small and concrete like buying someone a coffee. You can try and have that even on your to do list – have you done anything nice for someone today? I love this technique and it’s one of the most amazing ways to feel happier.
Mind your mind. Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Opening our awareness beyond the narrowness of negativity can help bring back more balance and positivity into the picture.
The regular practice of mindfulness meditation has also been shown to affect the brain’s neuroplasticity, increasing gray matter in the hippocampus, an area of the brain important for learning, memory, and emotion, and reducing gray matter in the amygdala, an area of the brain associated with stress and anxiety.
The Power of Creative Visualization
“What you Think And what you Feel And what Manifests is Always a Match – No Exceptions.”- Esther Hicks
The creative visualization technique has been around for a long time. It’s all about seeing yourself and involving yourself emotionally in the situation you want to be in.
It’s perhaps the most important skill you can learn for setting goals and aligning your subconscious resources to make achieving them almost automatic. It allows you to find the most optimal path to achieving your end goal, by bridging the gap between where you are now, and the moment you experience success.
When you practice creative visualization, you are feeding your brain with the reality you want. You are telling your brain to focus on your goal. You are seeing the goal in your mind and since the mind cannot tell the difference between something you imagine and something real it will be believe your fantasy image is real.
All I know is that I am fascinated by this topic and feel that some of this should be taught in school to even young students.
What we think we become.
“Change The Code. Change Your Life”