Tuesday, April 29, 2014

You Are the Placebo

Dr. Joe Dispenza's You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter was released today. I pre-ordered it, but since it was just downloaded to my Kindle this morning, I haven't started it yet. I'm excited because in this book Dr. Dispenza continues presenting research on the ability of the mind to change the material world. ("Making Your Mind Matter." Get it? Ha!) In his latest book he focuses on healing physical illness.

His second book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One focuses more on changing habits and beliefs. That book is now my bible. I've read it a couple of times and can open it to any page to find inspiring evidence that if I can control my thoughts and emotions, I can control my life. But there's the challenge: many of us can't control our thoughts and emotions because we never learned how to. It takes patient, focused effort to bring your brain and heart into coherence. I've been working on it for over a decade and am just now getting there with Dispenza's book which I first read last October.

Dr. Dispenza writes and lectures about the power of the mind over reality and uses examples of people who have used his meditative approach to reverse diagnoses and heal illnesses. I'm thinking that if Dispenza's guided meditation can cure things like Hashimoto's Disease and cancer, getting rid of some unwanted flab should be easy, right?

Well, reining in one's hyperactive, worrying mind isn't easy. But Dispenza teaches that the same process that can get rid of cancer can make any change in the human body, even increasing muscle and reducing weight. It's all in the power of the mind, if you can get your mind and emotions under your control.

Since Dispenza's technique has worked for me on emotional issues, I've turned it on my finances and my physical body and guess what's happening? I'm very slowly getting smaller even though I've made no effort to exercise more or change how I eat. Doing Dispenza's guided meditation every single morning without fail, I start the day by shaping my future. My future includes yoga poses that bend my torso completely in half, fitting into my size 14 jeans and being able to zip up my leather jacket (I love that jacket and I have mourned outgrowing it). As I visualize these things and feel them in my body, my heart fills with gratitude and joy. I feel powerful and confident. As I imagine all the energy I'll have as I fly right up a flight of stairs, I feel appreciation and happiness. As I visualize wearing my favorite clothes again I feel joy. Dispenza says, "Gratitude means it's already done." Gratitude is critical to the process of creation.

Since I began doing this every morning, I've noticed that:
  • I don't feel as hungry.
  • I don't turn to food as often when I feel upset or bored.
  • My stomach feels more peaceful even if I have to delay a meal.
  • I don't feel comfortable eating until I actually feel hunger pangs.
  • The sensation of being overly full has become intolerable.
And as a result I've noticed that:
  • My clothes fit looser.
  • My face looks familiar to me again.
  • I'm happier.
  • I'm more confident.
  • I'm peaceful.
Every morning before I start the day, I do Dispenza's guided meditation. His recording lasts an hour and ten minutes, but I skip parts so that I rarely spend more than 40 minutes on it. Now that I'm in the habit of doing it daily and I can feel the results, I'm kind of hooked on it. No matter what's going on in my life, I always get up from that meditation feeling good. Now I'll read Dr. Dispenza's new book and see what happens next in my life!

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