Before you got out of bed to begin your day, what if you took the time to ask yourself this one simple question, “What is the greatest ideal of myself I can be today?” If you’re patient enough to wait for an answer, you would begin to think differently, says Joe Dispenza.
Nerve cells that fire together, wire together is a common principle in neuroscience. Therefore, if you repeatedly think and act in identical ways on a daily basis, your brain will mold into a specific hardwired pattern that will support the same level of mind. It’s ironic then that most people routinely think the same thoughts, perform the same actions, and secretly expect something different to show up in their lives.
If you wake up in the morning, turn off your alarm clock at the same time, get out of bed on the same side, use the toilet as always, look in the mirror to remember who you are, shower the same as the day before, groom and dress yourself to look like everyone expects to see you, eat the same food for breakfast, drive to work as usual, see the same people at work that push the same emotional buttons, and do the same memorized things that you know how to do so well, your mind and your brain would remain virtually unchanged.
However, if you sincerely thought about a greater ideal of yourself before you started your day, then you would begin to make your brain fire in new sequences, patterns, and combinations. Whenever you make your brain work differently, you change your mind. The working definition of mind, according to neuroscience, is the brain in action or the brain at work. You can create a new mind, a new way of thinking different from what you normally think about when you conduct your life as if it’s all business as usual.
You have the privilege of making thought more real than anything else because of the size of the human frontal lobe. When you close your eyes and eliminate the barrage of stimuli from your external world, you can formulate a new image of yourself without distraction. When you are focused and paying attention to this new image, there’s a moment when your brain doesn’t know the difference between what is real in the external world and what you’ve imagine in your mind. In fact, the thoughts you are embracing will become just like a real life experience in your mind. The moment this occurs, your brain upscales its hardware to reflect what you’re intentionally imaging. Consequently, when you change your mind, you change your brain, and when you change your brain, you change your mind.
The quantum physics model of reality says that mind and matter are not separate elements. In fact, subjective mind has a true effect on the external objective world. Your mindful observation of reality matters. An intentional mind conditions and organizes matter into the blueprints of personal destiny. If reality is an extension of mind, and your reality is your life, then you could reason that by changing your mind, you should produce some identifiable changes in your life.
As you sharpen your abilities to observe your desired destiny from a new ideal of yourself, your life should reorganize itself in new and unusual ways. Why? The former personality, which is made up of how you typically think, act, and feel, created your present reality. But the new ideal has the ability to create a new life. Whether you’re trying to eat better, lose weight, or be more positive, if you committed to facing every day by actually feeling like this new ideal self, you would also be conditioning the body to work together with your new mind. Your thoughts actually condition your mind and your feelings condition your body. And when your mind and body work together, you have the power of the universe behind you. When you walk through your day, maintaining this modified state, something should be different in your world as a result of your effort. No one is excluded from this phenomenon.
Every person is a divine creator. Independent of race, gender, culture, social status, education, religious beliefs, or even past mistakes, there is a power within every human being—and you are connected to it. This invisible consciousness is the quantum field expressing itself in all things. It is both personal and, at the same time, universal. It is the giver of life. This refined, mindful energy is conscious enough to support, maintain, protect, and heal you in every moment. It keeps your heart beating hundreds of thousands of times per day, creates more than 60 million cells every minute, and organizes hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions in one cell every second. It’s also the same intelligence that creates supernovas in distant galaxies, keeps the planets rotating around the sun, and loves the lily into bloom.
When you take the time to develop a relationship with this mind, when you make contact with it, when you use it to produce desired events in your future, when you ask it to intervene in your life and finally, when you emulate it by being a powerful creator expressing love and intelligence, you become more like it—you become divine.
A good first step on this path is to do something to break your routine. Over the years, I’ve found that when you retreat from the world and eliminate the typical environmental stimuli causing you to think in routine ways, you can begin the process of true change. To change, you have to think greater than your present reality, you have to dream beyond the familiar feelings you’ve memorized that contribute to your identity-self, and you must create a life that exists in a future time.
Because you share the same brain capacity as everyone else, you have the ability to accomplish this feat. You can break the habit of being you.