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Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind Paperback – December 2, 2008
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It took one moment to change Joe Dispenza's life forever.
A car sent him toppling off his bike, causing multiple fractures to his vertabrae. Several doctors said his only hope of walking again was to fuse some of the vertebrae in an operation that would leave him with a lifetime of pain and limited mobility.
But as a chiropractor, Dispenza knew enough about spinal health and his own post-accident physical state to take a remarkable risk: he refused the operation and, along with a careful therapeutic program, literally thought his way to healing. Nine months later, he was able to walk and function as well as he had before the accident, and he credits a large amount of that recovery to the power of his own mind.
This incredible experience spurred Joe on to learn about this most important tool that we all possess—the brain—and he passes that potent knowledge on to you. He explores how the brain learns, how it processes information, and, when it isn't stimulated enough by new experiences, how it can become addicted to comfortable, familiar patterns.
Every time we think a thought or feel an emotion, the brain sends chemicals throughout the body that reproduce that feeling, often giving us a physical reaction. Through prolonged repetition, self-limiting thoughts and feelings can become habitual—producing mindsets such as unworthiness and attracting negative experiences—yet we can still crave them, even when they don't feel good.
But all this can change—and Joe Dispenza will show you how to do it. Step by step, he'll walk you through the structures of the brain, how your thoughts and emotions become hardwired in the brain, how to recognize the patterns you want to change, and finally, how to create new, positive habits that will not only change your life, but also change you—into the person you've always wanted to be.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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For me, the greatest value of Dr. Dispenza's book is in gaining the practical tools to heal. To that end, what healed Dr. Dispenza's multiple vertebral fractures was his level of consciousness and his ability to think. Without prior knowledge of how to help himself, he more than likely would have gone the conventional route of treatment and ended up as a cripple. And without the Four Pillars of Healing (well-described in the text), the cases of spontaneous remission presented by other people in the book would probably not have occurred. Thus, when all is said and done, the power of thought appears to be at the core of healing.
To make this book more user-friendly for myself, I outlined what were, for me, its key points:
1) Decide who/what you want to be and create an ideal picture of that in your mind.
2) Allow the frontal lobe of your brain to fulfill its functions as your guide; the frontal lobe is so skillful that the only limitation on its ability to construct these models is your own skill at envisioning the ideal of yourself. The frontal lobe allows you to transcend the slow, linear process of evolution and to advance beyond the natural progression of adaptation.
3) Regularly rehearse the new attitudes and behaviors internally and externally, including at bedtime.Read more ›
My take on this book was almost the opposite of many of the other reviewers here who were either so impressed by the fact that someone would try to sue use science to support "free will" or so dismayed by the amount neuroscience in this book. Neither of those things seems that impressive to me. There *is* a lot of neuroscience here, and much of it is better than average (for a popular non-technical book anyway), but there is also some crude and I think poorly thought out philosophy as well. And the ironic thing for me was that the principles the author espouses for change are pretty mundane and don't really require either the neuroscience or the "consciousness precedes matter" philosophy.
The reasonable principles include such straightforward suggestions as envisioning your end point to organize action, using deliberate shifts of attention to change direction, using rehearsal to change habits, identifying destructive habits of thought, take responsibility for change, and make well-being a priority. Great ideas, but they don't really need the intro to neurosci or quantum physics in my opinion.
Brain science would have been more appropriate if the author had gone into more details about how we make decisions, showing how to influence the thinking process (e.g. see ...Read more ›
Also, the moment that he mentioned Ramtha, the white book, I ordered that also. But, I had already been opened to channeling before discovering 'what the bleep'. I was also drawn to Ramtha, and wanted to know more about him. But as I said, you have to be ready to receive this information.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is sincerly ready to change their lives - which should be all of us, and would advise that they take the time to really read what Dr Dispenza is telling us. In doing so you will truly get the most out of this book and begin to change your life from just a mediocre every day experience, to manifesting the existence that our spirits came here for in the first place
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very through documentation of the research. Joe can explain the science in a way that makes the function important. He also brings the "why do I need to know about this? Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Patricia Cline
This is one of my husband's favorite books! He was so glad that we bought it!Published 3 days ago by MrsShea09
Very good information but Joe Dispenza repeats himself way too often. He gets boring. I keep thinking he'll get to the point soon but...
But I am learning a lot.
Very interesting to learn how the brain works and to know that we really can change ourselves, even if you're a senior. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LP
Great read. Dr. Dispenza explains in simple terms... How our brains work. How we think, what we think, controls our lives...Published 2 months ago by Tammy
The book began by starting out as what appeared to be a tremendous personal growth, motivational book. This tone was consistent to the book's title. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer