By Diane Nelson
“When our behaviors match our intentions … when our actions are equal to our thoughts…. when our minds and our bodies are working together … when our words and our deeds are aligned . . . there is an immense power behind any individual.” Dr. Joe Dispenza
There is a meditative process by which you can change yourself and your mind. If you know how to drive a car, you have already experienced the most basic example of thinking, doing, and being. From the start, you had to think about every action you performed, and about all the rules of the road. After a while, you became proficient at driving, if you paid conscious attention to what you were doing.
At some point, you were being a driver. Now, driving has become automatic and second nature to you. The method of progression from thinking to doing to being is facilitated by the brain. Through meditation, you can go from thinking about the ideal self you want to become, directly to being your new self.
Change begins with thinking. By thinking and meditating we can immediately form new neurological connections and circuits in our brain which reflect our new thoughts. Studies have found that many aspects of the brain and nervous system can change structurally and functionally (including learning, memory, and recovery from brain damage, throughout adulthood).
However, “Nerve cells that no longer fire together, no longer wire together, fall under the concept of, if you don’t use it, (the information you have learned), you lose it. You can even focus conscious thought to disconnect or unwire unwanted connections. Thus, it is possible to let go of some of the ‘stuff’ you’ve been holding on to which colors the way you think, act, and feel, “says Dr. Dispenza.
The idea is to take conscious control over what was previously an unconscious process of being. Dr. Dispenza give this example, “Instead of the mind working toward one goal (I’m not going to be an angry person) and the body working toward another (Let’s stay angry and keep bathing in those familiar chemicals our brain creates), we want to unify the mind’s intent with the body’s responses. To do this, we must create a new way of thinking, doing, and being.”In order to change our lives, it is critical to first change our thoughts and feelings. Then, do something (change our actions or behaviors) in order to have a new experience, which then produces a new feeling. We must memorize that feeling until we move into a state of being (when mind and body are one).
Meditating on what you want to do in the future, concentrating on experiences you have not yet had but have the ability to envision, become a potential for you to incorporate at some future time. As you entertain new thoughts, you begin to modify your behavior so that you can do something different when the opportunity presents itself, which will lead to a new outcome.
As you change your routine actions and behaviors, something different from the norm should happen which will produce a new event for you to experience. Change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and intentional thinking every day until the changes become your norm.