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A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose. Renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show how it is truly possible.
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It is a matter of indifference to me whether chiropractic is an efficacious medical intervention or not. My problem, having read the book as a Kindle purchase, is the summary dismissal of EVERYTHING Dispenza asserts because some readers suggest these assertions are in opposition to legitimate (my word) scientific truths.
This mindset--a hybrid of arrogance, bias, intellectual rigidity, and ignorance of the many errors of science--is summarized by a reader who merely said, "Dr. Joe is a chiropractor. Don't waste your time and money on this book." This critic might be reminded that the Wright Brothers were bicycle repairmen who were also printers and that they never took a single university-level (or any formal) course on aerodynamics; Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian actress, who with George Anthiel, a composer, developed a "Secret Communications System" to help combat the Nazis in World War II.
Michael Faraday, a man who with no formal education worked in a bookshop and yet revolutionized our understanding of electricity; William Herschel was a German musician who discovered Uranus and several moons with a home-made telescope ridiculed by scientists; Donald G. Harden was a high-school teacher, not a cryptologist or criminologist, who cracked the code of the Zodiac Killer--an unknown murderer who terrorized the San Francisco area in the 70's, attacking couples in secluded areas, and George Mendel was an uneducated monk who discovered how genetics work.
If the people who gouge Dispenza's book solely on the grounds of what they perceived to be unacceptable academic credentials, had the power to give a thumbs up or thumbs down on Faraday's and the Wright Brother's ideas, how long might it have been until we had heavier-than-air flight, or the concept of the electromagnetic field in physics postulated by a book vendor?
Another veneomous review suggests,
"In terms of science, this book is less than total garbage." (Is that an admission that the book is NOT total garbage?)
Indeed--as if many of science's most-cherished truths have not ultimately been proven to be "garbage".
Lord Kelvin, Britain's leading scientific intellect at the time, gravely miscalculated the age of the earth. Albert Einstein, speculated incorrectly about the forces that hold the universe in equilibrium. Dennis Gabor, a Hungarian-British physicist, received the Nobel Prize for inventing holography - - but entirely failed to anticipate e-mail and the modem, considering them ridiculous notions. Stephen Hawking initially believed nothing could escape the gravitational pull of a black hole; he was wrong: radiation could. Wrong again, Einstein refused to believe the universe was expanding.
To bring matters closer to home, nutrition and public health experts advising the federal government now recommend that cholesterol no longer be labeled a "nutrient of concern". The person consuming five or six eggs a week was on a fast track to a heart attack. For decades men over 40 have been urged, often coerced, or firghtened into having an annual PSA test, but it turns out that the test's many problems led to it being given the dreaded "thumbs down" award by the US Preventive Services Task Force in 2012. Unconflicted experts who look closely at the science conclude that, unlike its `lifesaving' veneer, the best meta-analysis of PSA screening says that it doesn't save lives and adds nothing to the quality of life. The NNS (number needed to screen) has been calculated that to save one life you have to screen 1,410 men. So much for the test that was considered the gold standard for prostate cancer screening. Even it's founder, declared it worthless.
Here's the point. I'm not a neuroscientist and I doubt there are many who have rated this book are. Dispenza seems to me to be dispensing some fundamental truths as well as questionable assumptions. The task of the reader is to decide, on balance, if applying the practices Dispenza advocates enhance their life or not.
There are two major mistakes a person canvmake when reading controversial non-fiction books: believing everything one reads and believing nothing. Both are potentially grievous.
I would follow the Buddha's advice here:
"...Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought... .
The Buddha taught that personal experience and the "counsel of the wise" should be the arbiter of what is or is not true.
Experience is not necessarily personal experience it can be vicarious. I don't need to play with scorpions to know it's not a good thing to do.
But who are "the wise"?
We all are, in one way or another. Read the five-star reviews and read the one-star, and if you choose to, read the book and some inner knowing--if you set aside your biases--will tell you whether the book rings true for you or not.
But recalling the triumphs of Mendel, Heddy Lamar and Faraday as well as the blunders of Einstein and Hawking, don't think everyone who discards this book as "scientific garbage" has cornered the market in truth.
And if you like eggs, you can start eating them again.
This is a book I could not put down. I am now up to doing the Induction Step of the Meditation, and I quickly rushed to Dr. Joe's website to purchase the audio materials for the meditation. The book has been divided into 3 parts, I have written my notes on each chapter as follows:
PART I - THE SCIENCE OF YOU
Chapter 1: The Quantum You:
-You and the world are made up of energy and matter.
-If you look at the body, including the brain, at the cellular level you have: Tissues > Cells > Molecules > Atoms > Subatomic Particles > Energy.
-Your thoughts have an effect on the Quantum Field.
-We are in control of our past, present, and future.
-When we focus on a thought. Single--mindedly, we make it more real than anything else. We are experiencing the thought beyond the physical realm.
-We can create our future.
Chapter 2: Overcoming Your Environment:
-The environment causes us to think. Familiar places, things, people and circumstances fire a set of circuits which cause the brain to think in certain ways (an external stimulus is causing us to think).
-If the environment causes us to think, firing the same circuits over and over, the circuits become hardwired and part of our being.
-"Nerve cells that fire together wire together" - Hebbs Law
-To change then is to think greater than the environment and any external stimulus.
-Mental Rehearsal plays a major role in building new neuron networks in the brain.
Chapter 3: Overcoming Your Body
-Every time you have a thought you make a chemical.
-If you think the way you feel, and feel the way you think, over and over, you create a state of being.
-Positive thoughts alone will not work to change this.
-The environment pushes genes in our bodies, which cause stress, disease, or happiness and joy.
-If you ever forget to remember a phone number, you pick up the phone and you just put your fingers on the buttons, and suddenly your body knows better then your brain.
-To change is to pull the mind out of the body and put it back in the brain.
-To change is to think greater than how you feel.
-Mental Rehearsal also contributes to changing the body physically and mentally.
Chapter 4: Overcoming Time
-We happen to live in the emotions we have memorized from the past.
-We need to live in the present moment and focus on new emotions.
-When we watch a movie, read a book, go on a long drive, etc - we lose track of time.
-To change is to change the emotions we memorize, we need to move from a state of anger or jealousy to a state of thankfulness and gratitude.
Chapter 5: Survival Vs Creation
-Living in a state of survival creates stress, disease, and it activates the fight or flight nervous system.
-To change is to be selfless, not selfish. Forget about: Time, Your Body, Your Environment.
-True Creation is forgetting the "Big 3".
1. Metacognition: Become self-aware, an observer.
2. Create a new mind to think about new ways of being... asking questions like: What would it be like to... ?, What is a better way to be... ?, What if I was this person, living in this reality?, Who in history do I admire, what traits do they have I can resemble?
3. Make thought more real than anything else is creation.
PART II - YOUR BRAIN AND MEDITATION
Chapter 6: Three Brains: Thinking To Doing To Being
-We go from: Thinking (Neocortex) > Doing (Limbic Brain) > Being (Cerebellum)
Emotions (in the limbic or mid brain) are the end products of experience.
-If you wake up from meditation differently before you sat down before, you have changed. You feel different.
-However, you must think and feel in harmony, you can not think one way and feel another way.
-When you think and feel different, and once you do something and taking action consistently, you will eventually be that new person. You will be in a new state of being, which is wisdom.
-A new state of being creates a new personality... A new personality produces a new personal reality.
Chapter 7: The Gap
-We only get our identity from other things, people and circumstances.
Our cars, phones, jobs, etc make us feel good.
-When we die, none of this exists... so where does true happiness come from?
-Happiness must come from within, not from the outside world.
-What we appear on the outside is different from what we really are.
-We need to close the gap and start being happy inside - meditation will help with this.
Chapter 8: Meditation, Demystifying The Mystical And Waves Of Your Future
-Remind yourself who you no longer want to "be" until this becomes so familiar that you know your old self - thoughts, behaviours and emotions connected to the old you that you want to change - to the extent that you unfire and unwire the old mind away and no longer signal the same genes in the same ways.
-Then repeatedly contemplate who you want to "be".
-This will fire and wire new levels of mind. Eventually this will become second nature, and that is change.
PART III - STEPPING TOWARD YOUR NEW DESTINY
This particular part goes into Chapter 9: The Meditative Process: Introduction and Preparation - which explains all the tools you need to prepare you for the meditation. The chapters that follow after, are all the steps clearly explained for your meditation journey.
Part III is the "how to do it" part of the book - with fantastic ways and variations to do the meditation. If I was asked today what would be the only book I could recommend for creating change in our lives and breaking old habits and routines, I would answer "Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself - By Dr. Joe Dispenza".
Update 13/10/2012: To compliment this book in terms of also breaking habit's, I highly recommend the book "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" which can be purchased here on Amazon!
Update 17/07/2014: I'm still using the techniques in this book and is still very effective. Check out Dr Joe's new book "You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter" As that book focuses on changing illness/beliefs while this is more habit based changes, per just my opinion.