What is neuroplasticity? Neuroplasticity, also known as neural plasticity, or brain plasticity, is the ability of neural networks in the brain to change through growth and reorganization. It is when the brain is rewired to function in some way that differs from how it previously functioned. Doctor Joe Dispenza refers to neuroplasticity as “neurons that fire together, wire together.” This is part of the process in rewiring the brain.
In January 2022 I took Dr. Joe Dispenza's Progressive and Intensive Online Course and it transformed the way I approached change and life in general. He is dedicating his life to popularize the possibility as well as acquire the scientific proof that we can change our lives by changing our thoughts and feelings. He talks a lot about epigenetics and has a whole special on Gaia that you can watch. Epigenetics is the study of how environmental factors can influence the expression of our genes. Dr. Joe believes that our beliefs and emotional state are powerful environmental factors that can impact our gene expression.
"Neuroscience has proven that we can change our brains just by thinking differently. Through the concept of mental rehearsal (to repeatedly imagine performing an action), the circuits in our brains can reorganize themselves to reflect our very intentions. In one study, people who mentally rehearsed one-handed finger exercises two hours a day for five days demonstrated the same brain changes as people who physically performed the same movements. To put this into perspective, when we are truly focused and single minded, the brain does not distinguish between the internal world of the mind and the external environment."
"Back to the concept of change. If emotions brand experiences into long-term memory, then when we are faced with current obstacles in our life that require thinking and acting in new ways, and we use familiar feelings as a barometer for change, we will most certainly talk ourselves out of our ideal. Think about this. Our feelings reflect the past. But to change is to abandon past ways of thinking, acting and feeling so that we can move into the future with a new outcome. To change is to think (and act) greater than how we feel. Emotions like fear, worry, frustration, greed, and self- importance are familiar feelings that, even in the midst of transformation, if we decide to succumb to, will surely point us in the wrong direction."
"Can we then begin to contemplate change for ourselves? To learn to think independently of the barrage of environmental stimuli is a skill that, when properly executed, will change the brain, the mind, and the body to prepare us for the future. The art of self-reflection may seem as if it is dying in a technological culture that saturates us with so much information that we become addicted to the external world to stimulate our own thinking. How free are we? Most are lost without the thrill of entertainment, text messaging, phone calls, and the Internet. To make the time to meditate, to plan our future, to mentally rehearse the behaviors we want to change and to think about new ways of being will surely advance us beyond our predictable genetic destiny."
~Dr. Joe Dispenza
This topic was so helpful for me to understand the science of change, patterns, choices. I couldn't think of a better person to bring all this information into light. I don't know about you, but I love the idea that we have the ability to change the course of our lives and reprogram our minds with meditating and planning the future you want and see for yourself. Allowing our heartfelt feelings to be what guide us. Feel and see the experience and draw it to us. This is not a one-step solution of course. Good intentions are the start, action is what puts things into motion. Too often we wait for our external environment to change the way we feel to motivate us to make better choices. I love the practice of reverse-engineering this and starting with gratitude and the thoughts, feeling and emotions to initiate the shift.
I wish you all an open, joyful, passionate heart as you navigate your journey!
All the love,