Change your brain
Modern science teaches us that you literally can change your brain. That’s what the Greatest Expression of You hypnosis process is really all about.
I was deeply moved by the video The brain that changed: walking the Great Wall of China with cerebral palsy. I hope that you will spend the 9 minutes and 11 seconds that it takes to watch it. Imagine if you had Andy Short’s determination to make changes in your life.
We all have our own disabilities that are physical, mental and emotional. Watch this video and then spend some time reflecting on where you hold yourself back.
Do you feel down about your own disabilities? Do you feel bad and have self-pity after a sugar binge?
Is it too hard for you to end your addiction to sugar, alcohol, drugs or cigarettes? What about your own limiting beliefs? How do they hold you back? Are you stuck in anger, hurt, fear or sadness? Do you exhibit destructive behaviors that are harming your life? You can do something about your disability before it completely ruins you.
Let’s move on
I love it that Andy acknowledges that he has cerebral palsy and says. “Let’s move on.” It’s as if he is saying, “So what? Get over it and get on with life.” Andy says that, “You need to control your disability or it will control you.
My Greatest Expression of You hypnosis process is a structured technique that allows you to create change in your life. It is a powerful tool that you can use to literally rewire your brain by changing your thoughts, your emotions and your behaviors. You can create lasting change and move on.
Are you ready to be like Andy and be amazed at what you can do?
Your plastic brain
When I talk with clients about the plastic brain I’m usually met with a curious look and a raised eye brow. The concept of plastic brain is relatively new. Many people have never heard of neuroplasticity.
Your brain is a living organ that can change and can be “re-wired” through thought, emotions and behavior. Throughout your life your brain can form new neural connections.
The term neuroplasticity was first used in 1948 by the Polish Neuroscientist, Jerzy Kanjorski. In 1890 in his book Principle of Psychology, American Psychologist William James first wrote about the theory of neuroplasticity.
In recent years, modern technology has been able to document how your brain can change. Neuroplasticity is how all permanent learning takes place in your brain and it makes your brain resilient. Neuroplasticity is the process by which you learn a new language, to play a musical instrument, recover from an injury, overcome depression and addiction, overcome birth abnormalities or recover from a stroke.
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Behavior and neuroplasticity
If you keep repeating the same old destructive and unhealthy behaviors you continue to fire and wire the same neurons.
From the first time you did the behavior it was like a gravel driveway. With repetition, it has become a super highway.
When you change your behavior you change your brain. When you repeatedly do constructive healthy behaviors you create new neuropathways. The old superhighway gets paved over with your healthy new behaviors.
Exercise and neuroplasticity
Scientific evidence has proven the correlation between physical exercise and memory. Cardiovascular fitness augments long-term cognitive abilities. In other words, exercise enhances your ability to learn and improves memory. Exercise boosts your brain’s ability to change.
Thought and neuroplasticity
Neuroscientists tell us that the most powerful way to change your brain is actually mental behavior or mental habit. Evidence is emerging that chronic pain and chronic illness are learned behaviors.
What we think and what we experience changes who we are. Thoughts rewire your brain as you experience new life events that are real or imagined. Your thoughts shape your reality based on what you pay attention to.
Could it be that someone’s chronic pain and chronic illnesses can be alleviated by changing their thoughts?
Emotions and neuroplasticity
You can change how you respond emotionally to the ups and downs of your life. Your emotions tell you how important something is.
When you have strong emotional reactions such as love, joy, happiness or anger, hurt and fear, you focus on the stimulation that caused these emotions.
If you have no emotional reaction, you tend to ignore or even forget about the event because it wasn’t important. When thoughts occur with enough emotion, you fire new neuropathways.
When you unhook the emotion to an event, the neurons no longer fire together and no longer wire together. The event no longer has its former power.
Your brain and your genes
Neuroscience has taught us that your thoughts can switch your genes on and off which alters your brain’s anatomy. New scientific technology now allows people who are paralyzed to control computers and other electronics with their thoughts.
In The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge, M.D., writes that “people of average intelligence can, with brain exercises, improve their cognition and perception in order to become savant calculators, develop muscle strength, or learn to play a musical instrument, simply by imagining doing so.”
The Greatest Expression of You
This is my thirtieth post about my Greatest Expression of You process. I have created a page for you that easily gives you access to all the past posts.
Over the next few weeks, I will devote a post each Sunday to each of these topics: The plasticity of your brain, exercise, thought, emotions and changing your genes.
How are you using the Greatest Expression of You process? What has its value been to you? Have you made changes in your health and or behaviors because of it? What changes have you created in your relationships using Greatest Expression of You process?
I learn so much from my clients and from those of you who have shared your own experiences using the Greatest Expression of You process. Please share your stories in the comment section below or please email them to me.
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