“The frontal lobe gives us permission to make thought more real than anything else. It gives us permission to hold onto an idea or dream, regardless of what’s going on in the external reality. My thinking is more important than my environment.” – From the DVD
Featured in the popular movie What the Bleep Do We Know!?, Dr. Joe Dispenza is a chiropractor who earned his biochemistry undergrad degree from Rutgers University. In What the Bleep, he discussed the process of “creating your day”—arguably the most fascinating portion of the entire movie. Because of his fascination with the idea of spontaneous remissions of disease—what some would term “miracles”—Dr. Dispenza began to investigate what these individuals have in common. Your Immortal Brain – Mastering the Art of Observation explores the function of the frontal lobe of the brain, the common characteristics of those who experience spontaneous remissions, how to re-wire the brain, and the difference between explicit and implicit learning. Dr. Dispenza also discusses the problem with Cartesian duality and the observer principle of Quantum Physics, theorizing that humans can learn the skill of observation and harness its power for co-creation.
According to Dr. Dispenza, the four common characteristics shared by those who had spontaneous remissions from disease (e.g., cancer, diabetes, and emphysema) are:
1. Every person accepted and believed that there was a Divine Intelligence running their body—with a transcendent will and mind separate from their own. “I’m riding on the back of a giant. If I could just learn to tap into this intelligence, it will do the healing for me.”
2. They understood that their thought patterns contributed to their disease, largely because thoughts produce chemicals. Negative and insecure thoughts cause us to feel exactly like we’re thinking.
3. In order to break their thinking process, they had to re-invent themselves. They had to become “someone else” and by beginning to think of who they wanted to be, they stopped the thinking/feeling feedback loop.
4. When they re-invented themselves, they spent long moments where they lost track of time and space. They removed their attention from the body and environment (the 2,000 bits of information that most people concentrate on) and onto the rest of the 400 billion bits of information that largely goes unnoticed by most people. Thus, their brain began to create new patterns.
Dr. Dispenza then gives an engaging teaching on the purpose of the front lobe (it’s the “executive” decides on action) and the “Ice Pick Experiments” of the 1930’s (lobotomies). Interestingly, the six things common to lobotomized patients are similar to the state of most modern humans—including being uninspired and the tremendous desire for same-ness.
He then makes this amazing observation:
“Most people are distracted by the external world, so they don’t use the frontal lobe properly. Everything in our environment is constantly feeding the brain information. Our senses are what allow us to interpret reality. As long as we believe the external world is more real than the internal, we’ll always be using the same circuits in our brain to process information. The moment we accept that our internal world affects our external world, then we must begin to use our frontal lobe.”
With a run-time of approximately 1 hour, Your Immortal Brain – Mastering the Art of Observation is a stripped down presentation, with Dr. Dispenza sitting in a chair speaking to the camera. However, what he says is intelligent and cogent. If applied, his teaching could be revolutionary for many people. I can’t help but wonder, though, how using the mind more by thinking and imagining will help us get out of the quagmire of spiritual sleep. Authors like Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, and Gangaji maintain that our problem is that most cannot “stop” the pursuit of truth, realize the diamond of eternity inside, accept what is, and live in present moment awareness. Does humanity really need to “think” and “do” more? Or is this a necessary stepping stone—albeit a rather circuitous one—to realizing our own divinity and creativity right now? I don’t have these answers but I appreciate that there are those like Dr. Dispenza who are asking the questions in the marketplace of ideas. If you enjoyed the movie What the Bleep Do We Know!?, especially the segment with Dr. Dispenza discussing the idea of creating your day, you’ll definitely enjoy Your Immortal Brain – Mastering the Art of Observation. It’s a smart, scientific, and engaging DVD.
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