This is about the importance of what we digest and how much impact our thought patterns have on our general state of being.
We tend to think we are just thinking thoughts, or reflecting on memories but we are actually going through circuits in our brain.
The tool of visualization is both powerful and fascinating. Our brains actually can’t differentiate between a vividly imagined visualization vs reality.
So when we reflect on memories of the past - regret, shame, embarrassing things we wished hadn’t happened- it is automatically connected to emotion. Therefore when we are thinking about these experiences, we can suddenly feel unhappy or re-experience the pain of the past. Joe Dispenza says “how you think and how you feel creates your state of being”. Your entire state of being during a day could be because of your past if those are the thoughts you are connected to. You’re going to continue creating the same life because you’re connected to the past vs creating your future.
95% of who we are by the time we are 35 is a memorized set of behaviours, emotional reactions, unconscious habits, hard wired attitudes, beliefs and perceptions that function like a computer program. In the Alcohol Experiment or Live Alcohol Experiment and through the work of This Naked Mind we learn a lot about neural pathways and how we create them, so a lot of our behaviours and habits are formed like a reflex, because we’ve basically set up our brain to function like a computer program. At this point our conscious vs subconscious desires come into play. Our conscious self may idealize being healthy, happy, and free, but our subconscious has an entirely different program already running based on our past beliefs, habits and routines. Joe Dispenza and Sarah Wilson at this point would recommend reaching your analytical mind through meditation. I am still working on getting into meditation so I cannot speak to this, I find my way of slowing my mind is hiking or being at the gym but it is something I am definitely interested in exploring because I know it is an incredibly effective practice for so many people, and why not add another tool to my toolbox.
Change is not easy and I do not believe we can hate ourselves into changing. Change, for me, comes from a deep place of self love. This is where the empowered vs disempowered mindset comes in. Wanting to change to be happier, healthy etc. Vs wanting to change “because my bf says I have to” “because I hate myself”. Coming from a place of empowerment vs shame. Coming from a place of self love vs restriction. If we are able to reframe giving up alcohol as a choice made from self love vs restriction, it opens up a lot more curiosity and opportunity instead of feeling deprived.
Every time you revisit a past experience you’re producing the same chemistry in the brain and body as if it is occurring. Sending the same signals to the body.
So we focus so heavily on the past and negative experiences - what if we were to shift this and reframe it into positive outcomes. Positive ideas about what we want to happen in the future or who we want to be. You can start to reprogram your brain by deeply visualizing and believing in that version of yourself.
Your thinking and feeling can create abundance. Instead of thinking “I’m this way because”.. start thinking “I love myself because”.. Try not to point to external sources for validation or reasons we are the way we are, look within and understand how much you are capable of.
It is important to try and detach yourself from the “old self”.. NOT because that person isn’t worthy of love - without that version or yourself, this one would not exist. Instead it is because you can have new positive thoughts about yourself, which will reprogram your thinking.
This also speaks to the importance of focusing within vs focusing on “negative friends, toxic partner” etc.. because we have emotions attached to those people. So if we go into a negative space, we are automatically lowering our vibration and going back into that cycle. Where we place our attention is where we place our energy.
Joe Dispenza says “if you’re not being defined by a vision of the future then you’re left with the old memories of the past and you’ll be predictable in your life.”
You can’t create a new future it you are stuck in the past.