Sunday, April 08, 2012

Joe Dispenza: "Rewiring Your Brain to a New Reality"

Christians might know it as "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you," or perhaps "God takes care of those who take care of themselves."

Buddhists hear the refrain, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."

Followers of mystical tradition may have learned that, "The lips of the teacher are sealed except to the lips of understanding."

Whichever path you follow, if you've reached a suitable point in your learning, you may enjoy this set of videos in which Joe Dispenza discusses how your brain can be re-trained and re-tuned to perform what some might see as miracles and others might just consider personal progress.

We often say things like, "I can't play the piano."

To me, this seems like a rather illogical statement. Unless we're quadriplegics or are missing the fingers of all hands, how can we be unable to play the piano?

I prefer to look at it like this: what people are actually trying to say is something more along the lines of, "I can't play the piano with great skill."

Now that, I think, makes a lot more sense. That thought is much less limiting than the potential-sapping finality of "I can't," isn't it? It says what someone means to say, with greater accuracy, whilst allowing them much more potential to change that situation.

My own piano teacher used to say, "There is no such thing as can't. There is only 'I don't want to'."

The reality is that virtually anybody can play the piano but few of us pop out of the womb bearing an innate ability to wow crowds with our keyboard skills.

So maybe, we can be more honest and helpful to ourselves by considering that we can play the piano but haven't yet reached the level of skill we would like.

What are the missing ingredients, then?

It seems like they should be practice and teaching (expert coaching). I'm willing to bet that people who can play the piano with great skill reached that point by putting in lots of practice and studying with expert teachers.

Even students who display incredible natural skill require years of hard work alongside the mentoring of established proponents of the craft and art (the people we call teachers) to harvest musical fruit from their native ability.

Now, it seem to make sense to me that mastery of our mental, emotional and spiritual skills might also benefit from a similar outlook.

And if we can learn and practice our way to piano-playing skill, shouldn't the same approach work with our brains generally?

Developing piano skills enhances related areas of the brain so why not try practicing a more skilled application of our other mental faculties?

Whatever your perspective on such things, can it hurt to try?

Here is one approach: