Remain vigilant to the whispers, the songs being sung out to you through the universe. Higher dimensional symphonies guiding us along our true path…Nick Kastros
Until recently I didn’t know much about best-selling New York Times author, globally recognized researcher and lecturer Dr. Joe Dispenza. That changed when one of his videos came across my Youtube feed. Dr. Dispenza teaches how changing our perceptions and beliefs through consciousness provides the capability of reconditioning the body and mind. His work will blow your mind and challenge your understanding of what thought might be capable of.
Dr. Dispenza’s research focuses on the convergence between quantum physics and neuroscience. His profound teachings on meditations aimed at reprogramming the brain are helpful in potentially achieving neuroplasticity. This post breaks down some of Dr. Dispenza’s teachings, with a specific focus on how their application might be used in the treatment of substance abuse disorder and addiction.
Welcome to The Matrix
By the time you’re 35 years old 95% of who you are consists of a set of unconscious programs. In other words, the Matrix is real. One such program, the fight or flight response (acute stress response), refers to our natural physiological reaction to the presence of something terrifying. Stress hormones trigger the fight or flight response preparing our body to stay and attack a threat or run from danger. Put another way, the Matrix constructs itself out of our Lizard Brain.
Once the body becomes the mind subconscious programing takes over. We condition the body to become the mind of fear. In times of stress our natural biological response involves attempting to predict the future based on the past. We brainwash ourselves into believing a story of the past is who we’ll always be in the future. Effectively turning you into a slave to three-dimensional reality.
Fight or Flight
When something goes wrong, during bouts of cravings for example, our body naturally switches on the fight or flight nervous system. Your brain reacts like an incoherent biological thunderstorm, firing every which way across all sorts of things. According to Dr. Dispenza, people spend as much as 75% of their lives in this state.
When living in stress you’re incapable of thinking in terms of what’s possible. Imagine being chased by a tiger. Your focus narrows onto the tiger (the matter, object, or thing) causing the response. Once those hormones kick in, all your attention shoots to the outside world.
Consider the implications such a concept would have on someone battling substance abuse. Addiction triggers our bodies fight or flight response. While this helps explain cravings, it also expands beyond addiction. When resentful, judgmental, or impatient our heart beats out of rhythm because biologically we’re stepping on the gas and the break at the same time.
Fight or flight (anxiety, addiction, cravings, etc) equals living in survival. You’re using so much energy, all to survive. Instead: Thrive > Survive. Thrive over survive is a concept close to my heart. I haven’t quite figured the ideal wording for the thought, but it’s precisely the point being illustrated here. During stressful times we’re using all of the body’s life force on the narrow focus of fight or flight. Under such circumstances, out of the infinite possibilities, we’re cursed to always choose the worst possible outcome. Why? In survival you prepare for the worst and there’s always a better chance of something greater than “the worst” happening.
Consciousness & the Glitch in the Matrix
Based on Dr. Dispenza’s teachings, the material world as most see it isn’t real. Or at the very least, it’s an incomplete snapshot of reality. Take a moment and think about where, geographically, your thoughts are taking place. What about thoughts you haven’t had yet, do those thoughts exist? Some people might think that thoughts, consciousness, take place in our brains but that’s not an accurate assessment. Consciousness executes the brain, the brain doesn’t create consciousness.
Dr. Dispenza goes on to outline a formula, or program, for detaching from our unconscious default. To change into the person you’re meant to be you must start becoming aware of who you are. Step one, developing self-awareness, feels like lighting a match in a dark room. Initiate awareness not just of how you speak but every thought, action, word, emotion, feeling, expression, and body language as well as an acute sense of self-awareness.
It takes a tremendous amount of effort and energy to stay conscious and this can be difficult to conceptualize. Start by objectifying your subjective self, this will begin pulling you out of your subconscious programs. You’ll notice this becoming uncomfortable, and feel an intense urge or strong pull for something: drugs, cell phone, tv, texting, or whatever your programming dictates. We subconsciously create constructs distracting us from the moment, creating the bars to our mental prison.
Staying conscious, present, and aware is an art we can improve over time. If you don’t make it the first time, then get up and walk again. You begin learning, having new experiences. You start feeling more unlimited, more whole. Become so conscious of your unconscious self that you won’t go unconscious to any thought, craving, or emotion. Repetition neurologically conditions the mind and body to work as one.
Achieving a New Reality
The simplest definition for meditation is becoming familiar with one’s mind. Dr. Dispenza teaches that through demystifying meditation we become aware and familiar of our normal thoughts, feelings, cravings and habits that unconsciously control our lives. When engaging in this practice the key is that all you want to do is observe the thoughts. While observing you’re no longer trapped by the thought. Instead, you’re the consciousness observing the program (thought). This begins the process of pulling you out of the program. By becoming aware you can prevent any thought, craving, or emotion from running your life.
People follow all sorts of paths for reaching these cross-roads with addiction being one such catalyst: overcoming various forms of trauma and spirituality are a few other potential paths. The drive and desire for wholeness serves as the common thread for people going through this experience and they begin feeling whole. These feelings don’t come from anything external, they come from within, at which point practitioners no longer live in separation. The more whole you feel the more you’re connected.
Regularly reaffirm the personality you’re becoming and ultimately you simply feel better. Eventually waking up each morning so elated by the preciousness of the present you jump from bed not wanting to miss a moment. At that point you no longer have to try, the practice becomes who you are.
You memorize and institute an internal order greater than anything the outside world might tell you. By doing the necessary work each and every day we break our shell. Ultimately finding success when we develop a will greater than our unconscious programming. We reach such a level because that’s what we did the day before and we want to do more today because it feels amazing to get beyond our past!
The Dr. Dispenza video mentioned above breaks down growth into two main areas of focus: the physical and the quantum. Thus far mostly everything mentioned has come from the physical realm. The two sections are differentiated in numerous ways: the brain and the body, electrical charges and magnetic charges, and perhaps the worldly and the spiritual.
If you type “quantum consciousness” into Google the search will yield over 25,700,000 results. There’s somehow a strange link between the human mind and quantum physics. Simply put, the theory consists of physical principles that combine aspects of quantum mechanics with those of relativity in an attempt to provide an explanation for the behaviours between subatomic particles as well as their relation to a range of differing force fields. Physicists use this to describe the Universe’s tiniest objects.
The Quantum Realm makes up the second area of focus in Dr. Dispenza’s teaching. You can’t enter as somebody who’s spent their entire life focusing on their body and their pain. Therefore, it takes time changing your focus and gaining access to this realm. Upon reaching the it we’re no longer bound by the rules of three-dimensional reality, instead we’re playing by the rules of energy in the quantum.
Accessing the Quantum Realm
To access the Quantum Realm we must shift our attention off of our bodies: going from somebody to nobody. Attention must shift away from the people in our lives, who we identify with, going from a part of something to nothing. Our mind must remove from everything in life: cell phone, car, job, money, and computer going from something to nothing. We must develop the capacity to move our minds away from where we sleep, work, and sit going from somewhere to nowhere. Taking our attention from the predictable future, familiar past, and time: going from sometime to no time. Once you’ve taken your attention off everything physical in the three-dimensional reality all that is left is conscious awareness.
Remember consciousness is the state above, transcendent, of the material world. Similarly, the Quantum Realm exists beyond matter. We can’t experience this realm physically, it’s only reachable through our awareness. Our thoughts create our reality.
The good news is in the same way we improve our conscious awareness, the more we apply these mindsets the better we get at them. According to Dr. Dispenza, when we access and create from this field we begin collapsing time and space, drawing the correct people and experiences into our reality. We become vortexes of our destiny.
The Role of Spirituality
Ever wondered why spirituality seems to be such an important topic in addiction and recovery? Alcoholics Anonymous, the staple curriculum among treatment facilities, even stresses, “(AA’s) a spiritual, not religious, program,”. What if there was a scientific explanation behind the apparent significance of spirituality to overcoming addiction? What if Dr. Dispenza inadvertently identified the reasoning behind this with his understanding on the Quantum Realm?
Stress hormones cause materialism and addiction. According to Dr. Dispenza, this happens when under stress because we feel more like matter than energy (separate from possibility). Under such circumstances we try harder, forcing it more, fight harder and inevitably some form of burnout hits! That’s because we’re attempting to change the brain with the brain, or matter with matter. More often then not this method proves unsuccessful for the same reason people simply can’t use willpower to overcome addiction. They’re matter attempting to change matter. This method takes a long time to implement and is frequently unsuccessful.
Dr. Dispenza teachings indicate that thoughts are the language of the brain, while feelings are the language of the body. Our thoughts produce an electrical charge in the quantum field, and feelings produce a magnetic charge. The sum of how you think and feel broadcasts an electromagnetic signature influencing every atom in your life. The heart, not the brain, can reset your baseline.
Access to this quantum realm might be one possible explanation for the significant inclusion of spirituality in recovery. Nirvana, enlightenment, the quantum field, or some sort of spiritual awakening: what if that’s the key? When you change your thoughts and feelings about your environment you change from believing you’re a victim to becoming a creator.
What all this Means
Dr. Dispenza provides a simple framework for improving one’s mindset, broken down into easily implementable steps. His premise is simple: our thoughts create our reality. The first step to changing our thoughts is becoming aware of our subconscious programming. There are clear parallels between addiction and biological responses to fight or flight. Just like there’s no one sized approach to addressing substance abuse disorder, there’s no “secret sauce” for getting behaviors to match intentions. Both are achieved through trial and error.
Cravings, like other stressful situations, release hormones that consume our life, focus, and attention. Where you place your focus is where you place your energy. This becomes exhausting because so much energy gets burned in fight or flight, your body’s saying,“T-Rex” but you’re not running. This is why there’s truth to the sayin, “You pay a high price in living a low life.”
If cravings boil down to thinking about drugs, and our thoughts create our reality, it makes sense someone would continue using. Without a doubt; becoming conscious, removing the veil of unconscious programming, is essential in breaking the programming of addiction.
By expanding our focus and sense of awareness we slow down our brain waves. Through this practice we develop the capacity where we no longer believe our destructive thoughts, emotions, habits, and cravings as they arise. When they do, our only thought in response becomes, “that will not stop me”.
Once aware, based on Dr. Dispenza’s teachings, we can further influence reality through step two: entering the Quantum Realm. His latest research confirms that we have an innate ability to create and control electromagnetic signatures within the brain allowing us to manifest new opportunities in life. Dr. Dispenza encourages us to be mindful of the importance in learning to balance our thoughts and feelings.
Contemplate a moment on the profound realization that comes along with the truth that you have the potential, from this moment forward, to live an entirely new, reborn, life.Nick Kastros
Sure, some of this might be too new-age woo for everyone to digest, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Most people achieve their absolute best when they disengage and get beyond themselves. Dr. Joe Dispenza has created a number of fascinating theories in the field of self-help. Programs based on the principles he presents, as well as others in self-help, may have great success as tools in substance abuse treatment.
Personal beliefs aside: accessing the deepest levels of the subconscious, where the seeds to substance abuse and other unsavory behaviors take hold, starts with awareness. Expanding consciousness, the state above the material world, becomes step one in rewiring neural connections to promote meaningful change. Upon achieving awareness you’re no longer a slave to the program. Whatever the case, you begin feeling more you.
Dr. Dispenza warns that without connecting to the quantum field we analyze life through the lens of one disturbed emotion after another. Doing this guarantees you make your situation worse because you’re thinking in the past! I can’t imagine a more accurate description of active addiction.
Dr. Dispenza’s take on the Quantum Realm and spirituality might perhaps be the most significant piece to adopting an approach like his into addiction treatment. The significance of spirituality to overcoming afflictions like addiction likely won’t change anytime soon. The quantum field, Nirvana, and spiritual awakenings… Dr. Dispenza’s take on the quantum realm just might explain why the spiritual component of treatment is so valuable. This all comes down to letting go (acceptance, forgiveness) and committing to a life of creation instead of survival.
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