The (Very) Simplified Science of Changing Your Thoughts to Change Your Life

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thinkingChange isn’t easy, and that holds true for even the changes we may be so eager to see. So, what holds us back? What prevents change even when we’re working hard to make it happen? The answer has a lot to do with our “programming.” It’s a subject that fascinates me and one of the people who explains it so well is Joe Dispenza. Dr. Joe, who wrote Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself (among other great books), explains how to change your brain in order to change your life.

First, it’s important to know the parts at work here. We have our physical brain, which is the physical and tangible organ housed within your head. Then there’s the mind, which is that intangible, invisible part that has to do with our feelings, attitudes and beliefs.

Here’s a very boiled down version of what happens.

A thought evokes a feeling. The feeling (which results from that thought) evokes an emotion, which then leads to action. One of the reasons why we have trouble changing is because we get caught in this vicious cycle of thought, feeling, emotion and action. Where it may have originally been a thought that sparked the feeling, emotion and action, soon enough and because of lots of repetition, it’s the actions that start generating more of those thoughts that got us into trouble in the first place. The body gets so used to this cycle of thinking then feeling, feeling then thinking, that soon, although it doesn’t feel good, this feels “normal.” Problem is, this cycle can also keeps us safe, stuck and sick.

Severing the power of the emotion, or disassociating the feeling from the thought, is a powerful way to create consistent, effective change. For example, if you had a coworker who said something that annoyed you, then you kept thinking about the situation, feeling those negative emotions whenever you thought about this person, eventually, that person would be associated with those feelings. To kick the habit of that negative association to that person, you would have to work on changing the feeling you came to associate with them, breaking the bonds that hold that person and that feeling together. So how do you do that?

Create a new thought from the place where creation happens in the first place.

There’s one very important component to our thought process that gets little attention but if you ask me, it’s the most important piece of all and a question worth considering.

Where do our thoughts, our ideas, our inspiration and those “light bulb” moments” come from?

If our brain processes thought that we attach a feeling or an emotion to, where does the thought come from before it’s even in our awareness? There’s something bigger at play here and when we recognize that there is a consciousness that may just be the place where it all begins, we can use that space to our advantage to create and shape our thought processes.

So how can you connect with that consciousness to create what you want?

The best way I know of to do that is through meditation and visualization. Consciousness is infinitely creative so by clearing our minds and/or visualizing the change we want to see, slowly but surely the seeds that we plant in that place begin to take root and grow, replacing the old thought patterns that no longer serve us.

When you think that our bodies are continually creating new cells, why wouldn’t it be possible to create cells that reflect the changes you want most? You have the power to change the thoughts that change your beliefs and will change your life. So set your intention, visualize, meditate, and believe that it’s on the way. Sever the power of the feeling/emotion you’ve attached to what you want to change, or attach a new feeling more in line with your new goal. Of course, take massive action towards what you want (no sitting on a mountain top waiting for it to come to you!). Keep at it and watch the unknown slowly makes its way into your present day reality.

Have you changed your thoughts, which led to a new positive and powerful result? We’d love to know, comment and share!

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