Dr. Joe Dispenza, in his latest book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One, said:
The greatest habit you can ever break is the habit of being yourself.
Hmm, intriguing, but what does he mean by that?
I have witnessed some remarkable changes in individuals health and quality of life when they truly change their minds. Over the last several years, I’ve had the opportunity to interview a host of people who overcame significant health conditions that were considered either terminal or permanent.
In 2006, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer, metastasized to the lymph and liver, with lesions all through the liver. I was told that my condition was inoperable and incurable. (Obviously, I got better or I wouldn’t be writing this, hee hee).
Per the contemporary model of medicine, these recoveries were labeled spontaneous remissions. However, upon my extensive examination of their inner journeys, it became apparent to me that there was a strong element of mind involved, and their physical changes weren’t so spontaneous after all.
I agree with this statement. In my own cancer recovery experience, I approached healing from a 3-fold perspective: physical, spiritual, and emotional.
Make the Effort to Change your Inner World
Dr. Dispenza believes that as we make internal changes, we’ll see visible changes in our lives. He continues:
I have seen people experience unexplainable healings, release old mental and emotional wounds, resolve so called impossible difficulties, create new opportunities, and experience wonderful wealth, etc.
We have within our reach all we need to make significant changes in our lives……If you make the effort to change your inner world of thoughts and feelings, your external environment should begin to give you feedback to show that your mind has had an effect on your outer world.
It seems that human nature is such that we balk at changing until things get really bad, and we’re so uncomfortable that we can no longer go on with business as usual. We wait for crisis, trauma, loss, disease and tragedy before we get down to looking at who we are, what we are doing, how we are living, what we are feeling, and what we believe or know in order to embrace true change. Often it takes a worse case scenario for us to begin making changes that support our health, relationships, career, family and future.
It took a “worse case scenario” for me to learn the power of the mind. I will never forget the shock of the moment when the doctor told me I had Stage III inflammatory breast cancer. (It wasn’t for several weeks that I learned that it had metastasized and that the medical world had virtually no hope for my recovery). I had gotten divorced the previous year, after a 25 year marriage, and the youngest of my 6 kids was just 12. One of my 4 sons had gone into kidney failure earlier that year and he had just had a transplant, where my oldest son was the donor. I was already in crisis and having terminal cancer was the last straw! My great desire to be around to raise my children drove me to find answers.
I learned a lot through the experiences of the following year, not the least of which is the power of faith, of changing our “inner world of thoughts and feelings”.
My next post will look at some of the recent research about the brain that has increased our understanding of HOW to change.
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