In recent years, the concept of neural plasticity, the revelation that the brain can rewire itself, has become more commonly accepted. However, few people are aware of how quickly this is occurring, how broad brain alterations can be, and how much influence each of us has over the process at this point. But, as science is now revealing, this brain plasticity does not take place over months or years, as previously thought. Instead, it is happening swiftly, and it has the potential to rewire entire neural networks in the brain over time.
In today’s episode of the pursuit of learning, we have a fascinating and mind-blowing conversation with someone who delves deep into cutting-edge science and uncovers startling evidence of rapid and drastic brain transformation in the process. As explained in his book: Bliss brain, we may induce significant changes in our brains in as little as eight weeks of practice, 12 minutes a day, employing the appropriate approaches. Furthermore, he believes that these changes make us calmer, happier, and more resilient. Also, he teaches people how to apply the latest breakthroughs in energy psychology to their health and athletic performance through EFT Universe, one of the largest alternative medicine websites on the internet. Dr. Dawson Church, award-winning author and thought leader, joins today’s episode to share his wisdom and incredible experiences to guide us to a bliss brain.
Dawson begins the talk by sharing his life experience, which has taken him from being an unhappy person to being a happy person. He states how his experience of facing a wildfire changes his life. As he mentions, when he returned to the office, the filing cabinets, desks, computers had been destroyed to the point that he couldn’t even tell where they were. There had been molten bundles of metal on the ground and among the ash. The only item that survived had been a statue of the Buddha as everything around him goes up in flames; Buddha merely sits there serenely in the ashes, watching everything. It had stuck Dawson as a metaphor for how compassion, love, joy, and thankfulness are the only things that will go on in perpetuity. Sharing that experience, Dawson highlights that nobody can extinguish gratitude.
Furthermore, he discusses the seven primary stages that help to elevate emotional states during a conversation with someone. He also shows how science can regularly transport you to a bliss brain, which is fascinating. Furthermore, he delves into various meditation perspectives and explains the neuroscience underpinning these discoveries in detail. Most importantly, he engages in a brief physical activity during the conversation, which appears to be highly effective and fruitful. Also, he demonstrates how “the seven neurochemicals of ecstasy” are released in our brains during intense meditation. Finally, as the conversation comes to a close, Dawson encourages the audience to expose themselves to the unconditional love of the universe and to express gratitude.
[00:18] Current Motivation – Upon asking about his current motivation, Dawson points out that a person can be seven times as happy as they believe they will be right now.
[04:27] Learnings from Wildfire – Dawson describes how he survived a series of disasters, including escaping seconds before a California wildfire that destroyed his home and office and his take ways from it.
[10:04] Lessons from Vietnam – A healthy brain and techniques such as energy psychology, energy medicine, and meditation can help to rewire the brain’s traumatic imprints and pathways. Mentioning that he imparts the lessons he learned during his 15 years in Vietnam.
[13:10] Right State – According to Robert Keegan, the single most essential accelerator of human change is the capacity to move from subjective identification with one’s self to the objective observation of one’s self. Dawson demonstrates how we can coax our brains into the states we desire.
[17:32] Subject-Object Shift – Dawson explains the concept of Subject-Object Shift and how it is helpful in our daily life.
[22:28] Four Stages of Meditation – Dawson discusses four stages of meditation and the characteristics of each step.
[30:11] Isolation – As Dawson notes in his book, the average person’s brain’s energy use fluctuates by no more than roughly 5% to 10% per day. However, these Tibetan monks can cut their energy consumption by 40%. When Dawson is questioned about that point, he explains the concept of isolation.
[37:53] Awakened Mind – Dawson defines the awakened mind and the indicators that someone is in this state.
[43:04] Exercise to the Listeners – Dawson walks listeners through a seven-step procedure to achieve bliss brain, followed by a mind-blowing activity.
[01:00:07] Neuro Chemicals – Dawson discusses seven neurochemicals associated with happiness. Furthermore, he discusses how meditation can be used to excite them positively.
[01:13:46] Side Effects – Dawson discusses why it is terrible to substitute pharmaceuticals for meditation to boost the chemicals created in our brain during meditation.
[01:21:10] Mental Traits – There is a substantial distinction between a mental state and a trait. Dawson makes a clear distinction between the two.
[01:22:35] Another Method – There are numerous strategies to boost our resilience and positivity in our daily lives. Dawson discusses many actions that we may perform to help us maintain our optimism in our daily lives other than meditation.
[01:26:08] Loving – Kindness Meditation – Using a fantastic explanation, Dawson imparts his wisdom on the practice of loving-kindness meditation.
[01:29:16] Go and Have a Blast – Ending the conversation, Dawson gives the audience an extremely thought-provoking message.
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Mentioned in the episode:
Bliss Brain by Dawson Church: blissbrainbook.com/https:/blissbrainbook.com/
How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain: The New Science of Transformation: goodreads.com/book/show/25938483-how-enlightenment-changes-your-brain?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=CtmHfmO5mS&rank=1