Day 3 on ‘How 3 Brains Work During Meditation?’ of “Meditation” Chapter
from Remembering Series
[Listen to the audio here with alignment at the end]
What happen in your brain in your meditations?
It is because I get to understand how the brain works thus I am committed to be and to experience more meditative state since then. I hope this works the same for you too.
One thought of sadness or joy will trigger our pancreas and adrenal glands to secrete hormones, our spleen and thymus gland send information to our immune system to make a few modifications, several gastric juice starts to flow, our liver began to process enzymes that were not present before. Our heart rate fluctuated, our lungs, altered their stroke volume, blood flow to the capillaries in our hands and feet changed. With just one thought, we are that powerful.Dr. Joe Dispenza
Can we accept that the long term effects of our habitual thinking just might be the cause of how our body moves to a state of imbalance?
Our Thoughts Matter
Note that what we repeatedly thinking and where we put our attention is what we neurologically become. Neuroscience understands that we can mold and shape self neurological framework by repeatedly giving attention to one thing.
You are a work in progress. We can change our brain just by thinking, so what do you spend most of your time mentally rehearsing to finally demonstrating?
Change is the only constant
Before we enter to understand the 3 brains on meditation, let’s understand why some of us choose to live in the same mindset and attitude?
Partly is due to the hardwired mind by our repeated thoughts and reactions thus limits our vision on other possibilities. You are here, reading this, because you desired for change, which is completely feasible, if you choose it.
[Except from Dr. Joe Dispenza’s book “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” – Chapter 6- Three brains: Thinking to Doing to Being with the intention to create a level of self awareness to explore new perspectives]
The key to quantum creating is we can go from thinking about our ideal self we want to become straight to being that new self. Change begins with thinking, we form new neurological circuits that reflect our new thoughts. The brain is excited when it is learning and assimilating knowledge and experience.
The Gift of Neuroplasticity
The brain’s ability to rewire and create new circuits. Dr. Joe calls it the process of unlearning and learning; neuroscientists call it pruning and sprouting. We can change We can when we alter the brain’s typical firing pattern by strengthening new chains of brain cell connections.
According to Hebbian learning, it states:
“Nerve cells that fire together, wire together”
“Nerve cells that no longer fire together, no longer wire together.”
Neurons which engage in long term habitual basis is hardwired in the brain, but, if we don’t use it, we lose it by focusing on conscious thought to unwire unwanted connections. It is possible to let go of the ‘stuff’ we have been thinking, feeling and acting!
Be a Conscious Being
First, we change our thoughts and feelings then do something to change our actions and behaviours. To have the new experience with new feelings, it is important to memorise the feeling until we move into a state of being, uniting mind’s intention and body’s emotions.
How can we get out of the box of the familiar habitual memorized self? Let’s understand how our brain works in relation to breaking our habits.
Understanding The Three Brains
(3 Brains Related to Breaking Habit)
From Thinking to Doing- Knowledge Processing
The ‘first brain’ is the neocortex, thinking brain. The brain’s walnut-like covering which is the seat of the conscious mind, the higher brain functions and our identity. The frontal lobe is one fo the parts of neocortex.
- The designer and architect of the brain
- Where we learn, remember, reason, analyse, plan, create, invent and communicate
- Plugs us into external reality from what we see and hear
- It process knowledge and experience, when we learn, neocortex add new synaptic connections and circuits, once we apply what we have learned, we create new experience where neural networks are formed, reinforcing the circuitry of what we have learned.
- Motto: “Knowledge is for the mind”
From New Events to New Emotions- Chemicals Producing
The ‘second brain’ is the limbic, emotional brain. Also known as the mammalian brain. It is located under the neocortex as one most highly developed specialized area in mammal’s brain.
- The ‘chemical’ brain / the ’emotional’ brain
- When neurons fire with specific pattern related to new experience, the emotional brain produces and releases chemicals in the form of peptides
- New emotions signal new genes in new ways which body record the event chemically and we begin to embody what we are learning
- Limbic brain assists in forming long-term memories
- Motto: “Experience is for the body”
When you apply knowledge and create a new experience, you teach the body what the mind has intellectually learned. Knowledge without experience is merely philosophy; experience without knowledge is ignorance.Dr. Joe Dispenza
From Thinking and Doing to Being- Habitual Thoughts Storing
The ‘third brain’ is the cerebellum, the seat of the subconscious mind. It is also called the Reptilian brain. The part where we memorize a phone number or lock combination until it become a habit. Located at the back of the skull with the most active part of the brain.
- The brain’s microprocessor and memory center
- Stores hardwired attitudes, simple actions, skills, repeated actions, habits, conditioned behaviours, emotional reactions, and unconscious reflexes we have mastered and memorized.
- possess memory storage for easy downloads of learned information into programmed mind and body
- When we are in a new state of being, we begin to memorize new neurochemical self which cerebellum make the new state as part of our subconscious programming
- Which become automatic as our second nature
Definition of Mastery
If you can master suffering, you can just as easily master joy
Dr. Joe’s definition of Mastery is – our internal chemical state is greater than anything in our external world. You are a master if you have conditioned yourself with chosen thoughts and feelings, memorized desired emotional/chemical states and embodied the experience of your goals. You think, act, and feel differently whenever you choose, where no person, no thing, no experience of any time place disrupt your internal chemical coherence.
One who master in Suffering would sounds like this:
“I have memorized this emotional state, and nothing in my environment, no person, no experience, no condition, no thing is going to move me from my internal chemical state of suffering. It feels better to be in pain than to let go and be happy. I am enjoying my addiction for now, and all these things that you want to do might distract me from my emotional dependency. “
When all three brains work together, we are biologically, neurochemically and genetically entering a state of being which progressed from knowledge to experience to wisdom.
The Role of 2 Memory Systems of the Brain
The first system: Declarative / Explicit Memories
When we remember and can declare what we have learned: knowledge and experience.
The second system: Non-declarative / Implicit Memories
When we practice something many times until it became our second nature: skills, habits, unconscious attitudes, automatic behaviours, associative memories, and emotional reactions.
Knowledge + Experience = Wisdom
Wisdom is the accumulated knowledge gained through repeated experience.
How Meditation Helps to Shift Into a New State of Being
Meditation allows us to change our brains, bodies, and state of being. Making changes without physical action or any interaction with external environment. Meditation, according to Dr. Joe is said where we can install the necessary neurological hardware through mental rehearsal.
What it would feel like to be a person of greatness such as Mother Theresa or Nelson Mandela? Just by contemplate a new way of being, we begin to fire our brain in new ways and thus making a new mind.
What would it feel like to be happy, content and at peace? What would you envision for yourself if you were to create a new ideal of you?
During the meditative process, we are wiring synaptically in our brain what it means to be happy, content and at peace, then place yourself in the equation, living in a state of happiness.
- From the frontal lobe, we activate new circuits to create a new mind, once we experience the new mind, our brain creates a kind of holographic image which provides us a model to follow in creating our future reality.
- As we repeatedly producing that state of mind, it become familiar to us and as we wire these new circuits, more of these thoughts will turn into experience.
- Once the thought-experience take place, the end product of that experience will be a feeling, an emotion. The elevated emotions of gratitude , love and joy have higher frequency to help us move into to the state where we can feel as if the events have already occurred.
- The body (as unconscious mind) does not know the difference in physical reality and the emotions we created by thought alone.
- Remember, thoughts are for the brain, feelings are for the body. When both are thinking and feeling in the same way as part of the meditation, you are moved into a state of being, with the newly installed circuits and chemical changes. With a new state of being, a new set of personality, creating a new personal reality.
Reminder: You cant’ think one way and feel another and expect life to change. It is the combination of thoughts and feelings as your state of being. Change you state of being to change your reality.
Why it might be hard to move to a state before the actual experience? We might have been living in a memorized emotion which is a part of our identity on a subconscious level, so we tend to not feel any other way.
Can you accept that once you have change your internal state, you don’t need external world to provide you with a reason to feel joy, gratitude, appreciation, or any other elevated emotion?