Just when I’m ready to take a break from my series of thought-full blogs, here comes Mr. Dyer again with a whopper…
Your thoughts are not located in your head.”
Say whaaa??? Take a minute and let this one resonate. Your thoughts are not located in your head.
I gotta say: immediately that idea made it easier to identify with the concept that “you are not your thoughts”; it reinforces thoughts as being external to “me” – thus not me. Personally, I’m doing pretty good putting this whole thought thing into a perspective that enhances my life:
- I believe thoughts are made up, not reality
- I believe I can control and manage thoughts
- I believe that what I think about puts focus and attention on the subject of those thoughts thus narrowing what I see/feel, and bringing more of what supports my thoughts – positive or negative, into my realm (i.e. thoughts create reality)
- I believe the quality of my thoughts create my future – can’t fix a problem with the same old thoughts that created it!
- I KNOW of the existence and power of subconscious thought: through first-hand experience… and believe it can both manipulate us and us it!! (p.s. Mr. Dyer calls it “habitual thought” – might be easier to comprehend!)
- I meditate, so I know I can stop thought and have a voiceless, empty head (I can hear my brothers going: duh!!!)
I follow a lot of neuroscience and have great insight into the theories and science-based realities of mind/thought/brain connection… but I gotta say, I’ve never really contemplated that if thought is not located in my head, then… where’s it hangin’??
I went back to Wayne Dyer to elaborate on this statement, and this is what followed, excerpted from his book Excuses Begone*:
Now this statement, relative to Wayne’s work and other current research in the quantum physics world, is actually a fairly simple, science-not-religious based concept. But if you’re not up on his work or haven’t explored the world of spirituality and/or consciousness much, it can easily be lost and abstract: “huh what… energy system… mental/spiritual in nature, ya, whatever!!”
As per previous posts, I love how all of the old “woo-woo” concepts of the past are being validated by the new science, and therefore, I encourage you to take the time to read some of Wayne’s books. (I don’t even think they are close to woo-woo… however some ideas can seem a little heady based on the narrow-minded education, religion stereotypes/biases, and societal fear of “philosophy” that most of us westerners have been raised with!). Maybe supplement it with a scan of Bruce Lipton’s Biology of Belief, or Rick Hanson’s Buddha’s Brain, if you want a quick dive into the new neuro/consciousness research that helps to put it in perspective: “you” vs. your thoughts vs. your brain. (A-ha, see…it’s not all your fault – it’s YOU’s fault!!).
In the meantime, just lay down, tune into your body and really get a feel for your thoughts and the concept that they are not simply a nattering” mini-me” in your head, but rather, may be outside of you altogether: part of a much bigger picture.
Okay. Cool. I think that’s wrapped up some final insight on “thought”: I feel good to stop this blog series here. So… what subject to tackle in my next blog?? I turn on my fave place for inspiration: Hayhouse Radio. Awesome!… it’s Joe Dispenza on the air – love me some Joe Dispenza! Dr. Joe is a chiropractor who diversified into neurology and wellness; most recognized from being featured in the award-winning film What the BLEEP Do We Know!? Dr. Joe is driven by the conviction that each one of us has the potential for greatness, and unlimited abilities; he always offers up some cool new perspective every time I hear him talk. Let’s take a listen to which of his many titillating interests Dr. Joe’s on about today: meditation… corporate coaching… nurturing creativity?? Oh, you gotta be kidding me: PLACEBO effects i.e. the power of THOUGHT!! Now, it’s not really so far-fetched a topic for Dr. Joe, given his extensive research on brain mapping, holistic/integrative medicine and epigentics: it’s just… ironic!
And sorry… but now I’ve gotta go here: Dr. Joe has just released his book You Are the Placebo, which “explores the history, the science, and the practical applications of the so-called placebo effect”¹. (So-called, because other cultures and progressive scientists, thinkers and doctors have known for DECADES that thoughts can change and heal a life, yet mainstream folks most often think of “placebo effect” as flushing out hypochondriacs and annoying Pollyannas.) The book might sound a little predictable – BUT IT’S NOT!! There is a whole new, juicy meal of fresh ideas around thought – in a perspective I’ve never heard before. Dr. Joe speaks and writes for the common-man, and this book might give you a whole new insight on just WHY you can’t seem to master and change your thoughts (even though you’ve had all of this great information on OtherWise to provoke you!!). Interesting to me in particular, is the identification of thought patterns as an “addictive” behaviour: we get use to and crave the neurotransmitters that we have created through our thought patterns – good or bad. That’s some major insight, if you parallel it to a smoker or cocaine addict trying to stop! Not only that, but our trek down the same brain path over and over and over with a repetitive thought (60,000 thoughts a day, 90% of them repeat!)² carves a little river (figuratively), perfectly formed to our comfort zone — and a complete bugger to dam up! New behaviours need to stack up enough momentum to divert the flow of our comfy dysfunction and forge healthy new tributaries: thought by thought by de-toxing thought!!
Oh… where we could go with all of this!! But alas, I will move on to a new topic next blog. It wouldn’t be very thoughtful of me to leave you without a link to Dr. Joe’s Hayhouse interview with Diane Ray re: the above referred-to placebo book; Diane represents newbies to the subject, so it’s an easy interview to follow! There’s an interesting comment challenging: we are not our thoughts…; and also, if thoughts don’t live in our head, then too: where do feelings live??? Here’s a bonus link to a lecture by Dr. Joe… and here’s one final article specifically on thought – for now! Fear not: thought will traverse through a lot of future topics: it’s a nucleus to a contented life!
* see Quotes Archive 2014 for a list of the most common excuses!!
¹quoted from www.drjoedispenza.com
²According to the research of Dr. Fred Luskin of Stanford University.
Four Tips to Reduce Worry and Rumination
How to break the “habit” of unhelpful worry and rumination
by Edward R. Watkins
Rumination and worry– repeated dwelling on feelings, problems, and difficulties – has been found to be a significant “process” causing and maintaining depression. Many people with depression report that they brood repetitively on their symptoms of depression (e.g. “Why can’t I get better?”), on their perceived inadequacies (e.g. “Why can’t I do this?” “Why do I always get things wrong?”), and on past upsetting events and losses. We know from long-term follow-ups and from experimental studies that rumination exacerbates negative mood and predicts increases in depression.
Next: How To Stop Ruminating (page 2)