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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.

About the Author

Joe Dispenza, D.C., studied biochemistry at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Dispenza's postgraduate training and continuing education have been in neurology, neurophysiology, and brain function. Dr. Dispenza has authored several scientific articles on the close relationship between brain chemistry, neurophysiology, and biology, and their roles in physical health. Dr. Dispenza has a chiropractic practice in Rainier, Washington.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 Reprint edition (October 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757307655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757307652
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I had no trouble whatsoever relating to Dr. Dispenza's descriptions of how the human brain functions. In fact, I found his no-nonsense discussions of the brain extremely refreshing and encouraging, especially in view of the fact that I was so sorely in need of obtaining a practical working model of why large-scale healing and personal change are even possible.

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.
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Format: Paperback
Overall I enjoyed reading this book, although I did find it somewhat misleading regarding the scientific "paradigm" it offers and the minority philosophical points underlying it, and I was disappointed that there was not more practical applications of the author's interesting model.

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
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Format: Hardcover
This is the kind of book that could change your life, but it's not an easy read. If you were looking for more from Dr. Dispenza about "I Create My Day" as seen in What the Bleep, you will be disappointed with this book. If you are fascinated by how the brain works and how to use more of your brain to fulfill your potential, you will love this book. If you are looking for details about exactly how to change yourself and your life with focused intention then skip to the last 2 chapters of this 500-page lesson in brain function. This is a dense, scientific work, not as spiritual as many would like. But Dr. Dispenza finally explained a great many things I have always been curious about, including quantum physics, in a way that I could understand.
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First, I think that you have to be ready for a book like this. But, if you're ready, if you've already been asking the questions about how your life is created, and why things happen to you, then this is the book to buy. I discovered Dr Dispenza in the movie "What The Bleep do we know", and he was one of the speakers that I liked the most. I watch this movie every day, and get more and more out of it each time I watch it. The first time I watched it I rushed to my computer to find out anything I could about Dr. Dispenza, and had Evolve your brain in my hands the next day. I will admit that some parts of the book I had to read over more than once, but with the intention of wanting to understand, and the desire to change my mind and my life I got through it. I began practicing what he said all during the time I read the book, and after a while, realized that it isn't so difficult once you understand how our minds really work. If you are genuinely ready to change your life, this book is a MUST READ.
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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