How to Unlock the Full Potential of Your Mind Dr. Joe Dispenza on Impact Theory

How to Unlock the Full Potential of Your Mind Dr. Joe Dispenza on Impact Theory
it’s a scientific fact that the hormones

of stress down regulate genes and create

disease long-term effects human beings

because of the size of the neocortex we

can turn on the stress response just by

thought alone as I think about our

problems and turn on those chemicals

that means then our thoughts could make

us sick so if it’s possible that Ott’s

could make us sick is it possible then

our thoughts could make us well the

answer is absolutely yes everybody

welcome to impact Theory our goal with

this show and company is to introduce

you to the people and ideas that will

help you actually execute on your dreams

alright today’s guest is a New York

Times bestselling author and one of the

most sought-after speakers in the world

he’s lectured and given advanced

workshops in more than 30 countries

across five continents all with the aim

of helping people better understand and

unlock the power of their mind his

expertise is the intersection of the

fields of neuroscience epigenetics and

quantum physics and he’s partnered with

other scientists across multiple

disciplines to perform extensive

research on the effects of meditation

using advanced technologies such as

epigenetic testing brain mapping with

EEG s and gas-discharge visualization

technology through his work he is

endeavouring to help advance both the

scientific community and the public at

large as understanding of mind derived

health optimization a topic he covered

extensively in his groundbreaking book

you are the placebo his teaching has had

such a profound impact on the way that

people perceive a wide range of brain

related topics around mindfulness and

well-being that he’s a faculty member at

the quantum University in Hawaii the

Omega Institute for holistic studies in

New York and the Kerr Paulo Centre for

yoga and health in Stockbridge


he’s also an invited chair of the

research committee at life University in

Atlanta as well as a corporate

consultant where he delivers his

lectures and workshops for businesses so

please help me in welcoming the man who

has appeared in such films as heal

people versus the state of illusion and

unleashing creativity the author of the

recent book becoming supernatural dr.

Joe Dispenza

thanks for being here so diving into

your world and how you perceive the

sense of self and the way that you marry

science – the way that we form memories

the way that we live in a perpetual

state of reliving our past and things

like that it’s really really incredible

and I want to dive into the whole notion

of you sort of being a habitual

construct like what what is that what is

the habit of you well a habit is a

redundant set of automatic unconscious

thoughts behaviors and emotions that’s

acquired through repetition the habit is

when you’ve done done something so many

times that your body now knows how to do

it better than your mind so if you think

about it people wake up in the morning

they begin to think about their problems

those problems are circuits memories in

the brain each one of those memories are

connected to people and things at

certain times and places and if the

brain is a record of the past the moment

they start their day they’re already

thinking in the past each one of those

memories has an emotion emotions are the

end product of past experiences so the

moment they recall those memories of

their problems they all of a sudden feel

unhappy they feel sad they feel pain now

how you think and how you feel creates

your state of being so the person’s

entire state of being when they start

their day is in the past so what does

that mean the familiar past will sooner

or later be predictable future so if you

believe that your thoughts have

something to do with your destiny and

you can’t think greater than how you

feel or feelings have become the means

of thinking by very definition of

emotions your thinking in the past and

for the most part you’re going to keep

creating the same life so then people

grab their cell phone they check their

what’s up they check their texts they

check their emails they check facebook

they take a picture of their feet they

post it on Facebook they tweet something

they do Instagram they check the news

and now they feel really connected to

everything that’s known in their life

and then they go through a series of

routine behaviors they get out of bed on

the same side they go to the toilet they

get a cup of coffee they take

our they can’t trust they drive to work

the same way they do the same things

they see the same people that pushed the

same emotional buttons and that becomes

the routine and it becomes like a

program so now they’ve lost their free

will to a program and there’s no unseen

hand doing it to them so when it comes

time to change the redundancy of that

cycle becomes a subconscious program so

now 95% of who we are by the time we’re

35 years old is a memorized set of

behaviors emotional reactions

unconscious habits hardwired attitudes

beliefs and perceptions that function

like a computer program so then person

can say with their five percent of their

conscious mind I want to be healthy I

want to be happy I want to be free but

the body’s on a whole different program

so then how do you begin to make those

changes well you have to get beyond the

analytical mind because what separates

the conscious mind from the subconscious

mind is the analytical mind and that’s

where meditation comes in because you

can teach people through practice how to

change their brainwaves slow them down

and when they do that properly they do

enter the operating system where they

can begin to make some really important

changes so most people then wait for

crisis or trauma or disease or diagnosis

you know they wait for loss some tragedy

to make up their mind to change and my

message is why wait and and you can

learn and change in a state of pain and

suffering or you can learn and change in

a state of joy and inspiration I think

right now the cool thing is that people

are waking up that’s really interesting

and where I found the the deepest hooks

into how powerful this can be for

somebody is when you talk about trauma

and you’ve talked about how people

experience a traumatic event but they

then basically rehearse it and how that

then has this knock-on effect so what is

that why do people find it so hard to

get past trauma well the the stronger

the emotional reaction you have to some

experience in your life the higher the

emotional quotient the more you pay

attention to the cause and the moment

the brain puts all of its attention on

the cause it takes a snapshot and that’s

called a memory so long-term memories


created from very highly emotional

experiences so what happens then is that

people think neurologically within the

circuitry of that experience and they

feel chemically within the boundaries of

those emotions and so when you have an

emotional reaction to someone or

something most people think that they

can’t control their emotional reaction

well it turns out if you allow that

emotional reaction it’s called a

refractory period to last for hours or

days that’s called the mood I say to

someone hey what’s up think so I’m gonna

move well why are you in a mood well I

had this thing happen to me five days

ago and I’m having one long emotional

reaction if you keep that same emotional

reaction going on for weeks or months

that’s called temperament why is he so

bitter I don’t know let’s ask him why is

he so bitter why are you bitter well I

had this thing happened to me nine

months ago and if you keep that same

emotional reaction going on for years on


that’s called a personality trait and so

learning how to shorten your refractory

period of emotional reactions is really

where that work starts so then people

when they have an event what they do is

they keep recalling the event because

the emotions of stress hormones the

survival emotions are saying pay

attention to what happened because you

want to be prepared if it happens again

turns out most people spend 70% of their

life living in survival and living in

stress so they’re they’re always

anticipating the worst-case scenario

based on a past experience and they’re

literally out of the infinite potentials

in the quantum field they’re selecting

the worst possible outcome and they’re

beginning to emotionally embrace it with

fear and their conditioning their body

into a state of fear do that enough

times body has a panic attack without

you you you can’t even predict it

because it’s programmed subconsciously

so then you say to the person why are

you this way and they’ll say I am this

way because of this event that happened

to me 15 or 20 years ago and what that

means from biological standpoint is that

they haven’t been able to change since

that event

so then the emotions from the experience

tend to give the body and the brain a

rush of energy so people become addicted

to the rush of those emotions and they

use the problems and conditions in their

life to reaffirm their limitation so at

least they can feel something so now

when it comes time to change you say the

person why are you this way well every

time they recall the event they’re

producing the same chemistry in their

brain and body as if the event is

occurring firing and wiring the same

circuits and settings the same emotional

signature to the body well what’s the

revelant behind that well your body is

the unconscious mind it doesn’t know the

difference between the experience that’s

creating the emotion and the emotion

that you’re creating by thought alone so

the body’s believing it’s living in the

same past experience 24 hours a day

seven days a week 365 days a year

and so then when those emotions

influence certain thoughts and they do

and then those thoughts create the same

emotions and those same emotions

influence the same thoughts now the

entire person’s state of being is in the

past so then the hardest part about

change is not making the same choice as

you did the day before a period and the

moment you decide to make a different

choice get ready because it’s going to

feel uncomfortable it’s going to feel

unfamiliar it’s there’s gonna be

something so why does it feel so

uncomfortable is it because of the the

neurons that fire together wire together

so I’ve there’s like an easiness to that

loop just because literally and you’ve

talked very eloquently about this the

way that the neurons connect in the

brain how rapidly I’ve seen you show

footage of how rapidly those connections

happen which is pretty incredible is is

that what makes it so discomforting for

people I think that I think that the

bigger thing is that we we keep firing

and wiring those circuits they become

more hardwired so there you have a

thought and then the program runs but

it’s the emotion that follows the

thought if you have a if you have a

fearful thought you’re gonna feel

anxiety the moment you feel anxiety your

brains checking in with your body and

saying yeah you’re pretty anxious so

then you start thinking more

corresponding thoughts equaled how you

while the redundancy of that cycle

conditions the body to become the minds

so now when it comes time to change

person’s steps into that river of change

and they make a different choice in all

of a sudden they don’t they don’t feel

the same way so the body says well

you’ve been doing this for 35 years well

you’re gonna just stop feel suffering

and stop feeling guilty and stop feeling

shameful and you’re not gonna complain

or blame or make excuses or feel sorry

for yourself long the body’s in the

unknown so the body says I want to

return back to familiar territory so the

body starts influencing the mind then it

says start tomorrow you’re too much like

your mother you’ll never change this

isn’t gonna work for you this doesn’t

feel right and so if you respond to that

thought as if it’s true that same

thought will lead to the same choice

which will lead to the same behavior

which will create the same experience

which produce the same emotion I want to

talk about that notion of give me a

little more detail we mean by the body

becomes the mind or the unconscious mind

what do you mean by that exactly well

those are two different things your body

is your unconscious mind in a sense if

you’re sitting down and you start

thinking about some future worst-case

scenario that you’re conjuring up in

your mind and you begin to feel the

emotion of that event your body doesn’t

know the difference between the event

that’s taking place in your world outer

world and what you’re creating by

emotion or thought alone so most people

then they’re they’re constantly

reaffirming their emotional states so

when it comes time to give up that

emotion they can say I really want to do

it but really the body is stronger than

the mind because it’s been conditioned

that way so the servant now has become

the master and the person all of a

sudden once they step into that unknown

they’d rather feel guilt and suffering

because at least they can predict it

being in the unknown is a scary place

for most people because the unknown is

uncertain people say to me well I can’t

predict my future I’m in the unknown and

I always say the best way to predict


futures have created not from the known

but from the unknown what thoughts do

you want to fire and wire in your brain

what behaviors do you want to

demonstrate in one day

the act of rehearsing the mentally

closing your eyes and rehearsing the

action the rehearsing the reaction of

what you want or the action of what you

want by closing your eyes and mentally

rehearsing some action if you’re truly

present the brain does not know the

difference between what you’re imaging

and what you’re experiencing in 3d world

so then you begin to install the

neurological Hardware in your brain to

look like the event has already occurred

now your brain is no longer a record of

the past now it’s a map to the future

and if you keep doing it priming it that

way the hardware becomes a software

program and who knows you just may start

acting like a happy person and then I

think the hardest part is to teach our

body emotionally what the future will

feel like ahead of the actual experience

so what does that mean you can’t wait

for your success to feel empowered you

can’t wait for your wealth to feel

abundant you can’t wait for your your

new relationship to feel love or your

healing to feel whole I mean that’s the

old model of reality of cause and effect

you know waiting for something outside

of us to change how we feel inside of us

and when we feel better inside of us we

pay attention to ever or whatever caused

it but what that means then is that from

the Newtonian world that most people

spend their whole life living in lack

will hitting through something to change

out their what do you mean the Newtonian

world Newtonian world is all about the

predictable it’s all about predicting

the future but the quantum model of

reality isn’t is about causing an effect

the moment you start feeling abundant

and worthy you are generating wealth the

moment you’re empowered and feel it

you’re beginning to step towards your


the moment you start feeling whole your

healing begins and when you love

yourself and you love all of life you’ll

create an equal and now you’re causing

an effect and I think that’s that the

difference between living as a victim in

your world saying I am this way because

of this person or that thing or this

experience they made me think and feel

this way when you switch that around you

become a creator of your world and you


my thinking and my feeling is changing

an outcome in my life and now that’s a

whole different game and we start

believing more that were creators of

reality so how do we go from okay I have

this negative emotion it’s controlling

my life it’s got me in this cycle of I

think about this emotion which triggers

a chemical reaction which trains my body

to feel that way which makes it easier

more likely I will do it again and so

now I’m in this vicious line unconscious

and it’s unconscious right and you you

said does your thinking create your

environment orders your environment

create your thinking which I thought was

really really interesting so how do we

then go from that like mechanistically

to begin this visualization process of

something that’s empowering its me in a

different state it’s my future self is

it meditation is it what does that look

like if you’re not being defined by a

vision of the future then you’re left

with the old memories of the past and

you will be predictable in your life and

if you wake up in the morning and you’re

not being defined by a vision in the

future as you see the same people and

you go to the same places and you do the

exact same thing at the exact same time

it’s no longer that your personality is

creating your personal reality now your

personal reality is affecting or

creating your personality your

environment is really controlling how

you think and feel unconsciously because

every person every thing every place

every experience has a neurological

network in your brain every experience

that you have with every person produces

an emotion so some people will use their

boss to reaffirm their addiction to

judgment they’ll use their enemy to

reaffirm their addiction to hatred to

use their friends that we affirm their

addiction to suffering so now they need

the outer world to feel something so to

change them is to be greater than your

environment to be greater than the

conditions in your world and the

environment is that seductive so then

why is meditation the tool well let’s

sit down let’s close our eyes let’s

disconnect from your outer environment

so if you’re seeing less things is less

stimulation going to your brain if

you’re playing soft music or you have

earplugs in less sensory information

coming to your brain so you’re

disconnecting from

environment if you can sit your body

down and tell it to stay like an animal

stay right here I’m gonna feed you when

we’re done you can get up and check your

emails you can do all your texts but

right now you’re gonna sit there and

obey me so then when you do that

properly and the you’re not eating

anything or smelling anything or tasting

anything you’re not up experiencing and

feeling anything you would have to agree

with me that you’re being defined by a

thought right so when the body wants to

go back to its emotional past and you

become aware that your attention is on

that emotion and where you place your

attention is where you place your energy

you’re siphoning your energy out of the

present moment into the past and you

become aware of that and you settle your

body back down in the present moment

because it’s saying well it’s eight

o’clock you normally get upset because

you’re in traffic around this time and

here you are sitting and we’re used to

feeling anger and you’re off schedule oh

it’s 11 o’clock and usually check your

emails and judge everybody well the body

is looking for that that predictable

chemical state every time you become

aware that you’re doing that and your

body is craving those emotions and you

settle it back down into the present

moment you’re telling the body it’s no

longer the mind that you’re the mind and

now your will is getting greater than

the program and if you keep doing this

over and over again over and over again

over and over again just like training a

stallion or a dog it’s just gonna say

I’m gonna sit and the moment that

happens when the body’s no longer the

mind when it finally surrenders there’s

a liberation of energy we go from

particle to wave from matter to energy

and we free ourselves from the chains of

those emotions that keep us in the in

the familiar past and we’ve seen this

thousands of times in fact we can

actually predict it now on a brain scan

that’s so interesting

let’s go a little bit harder on

metacognition the notion that you don’t

have to believe everything you think I

love the way that you talk about that

hmm yeah and we have a huge frontal lobe

it’s 40% of our entire brain and most

people when they have a thought they

just think that that’s the truth and I

think one of my greatest

realizations in my own journey was just

because you have a thought it doesn’t

necessarily mean it’s true so if you

think 60 to 70 thousand thoughts in one

day and we do and 90% of those thoughts

are the same thoughts as the day before

and you believe that your thoughts have

something to do with your destiny your

life’s not gonna change very much

because the same thought leads to the

same choice the same choice leads to the

same behavior the same behavior creates

the same experience and the same

experience produces the same motion and

so then the act of becoming conscious of

this process to to begin to become more

aware of how you think how you act in

how you feel

it’s called metacognition and so then

why is that important because the more

conscious you become of those

unconscious states of mind and body the

less likely you’re gonna go unconscious

during the day and that thought is not

gonna slip by your awareness unchecked

because your it means to know thyself

and the word meditation means to become

familiar with so as you become familiar

with the thoughts the behaviors and the

emotions of the old self you’re retiring

that old self as you fire and wire new

thoughts and condition the body into a

new emotional state if you do that

enough times it’ll begin to become

familiar to you so it’s so important

just like a garden if you’re planting a

garden you’ve got to get rid of the

weeds you got to take the plants from

the past year and you got to pull them

out the rocks that sift to the top that

are like our emotional blocks they have

to be removed that soil has to be

tenderized and broken down we have to we

have to make room to plant the new

garden so primarily we learn the most

about ourselves and others when we’re

uncomfortable because the moment you

move into that uncomfortable state

normally a program jumps in when that

program jumps ins because the person

doesn’t want to be in the present moment

and engage it consciously so when you

teach people how to do that with a

meditative process turns out that when

they’re in their life they’re less

likely to emotionally react they’re less

likely to be so rigid and believe the

thoughts they were thinking they’re more

aware of when they go unconscious back

into a habit and that

is what starts the process of change and

so we have to unlearn before we relearn

we have to break the habit of the old

self before we reinvent a new self we

have to pre synaptic connections and

sprout new connections we have to

unfired unwire and refire and rewire we

have to unmemorable body to a new mind

into a new emotion like the program and

reprogram that’s the act and it’s a

two-step process yeah I like the way

that you call that out as an action

there was another thing that you said

that I thought was really powerful about

how insights themselves are essentially

inert they don’t do anything what what

then do we do with an insight how do we

take a breakthrough moment and make sure

that it’s not just a breakthrough moment

like I guarantee people watching right

now are having like a hundred aha

moments for sure that was definitely the

case for me as I was researching you and

when you said that I was like and that’s

the danger that you have the AHA and

then nothing yeah yeah and that’s it’s a

it is a danger because then people will

will shrink back into mediocracy and

they’ll use the insight to excuse them

from taking a leap they’ll say yeah you

know I have a chemical imbalance in my

brain yeah my father was really

overbearing he was a perfectionist

that’s why I am the way I am you know

people they come up with stuff to to

excuse themselves the insight is

actually giving them permission to stay

limited and it’s an amazing idea because

they’ll say to you and they really want

to get over their anxiety but let’s ok

let’s take your ex-husband let’s put him

in a straitjacket

let’s duct tape them and shoot them to

the moon know what I mean what are you

gonna do now you still have to make

those changes and so then the person’s

enemy dies or they’re something shifts

in their life and that person’s gone

they’ll find another person to hate this

is just how we function as human beings

we just slide another reason to feel

those emotions so I think I think when

people start to understand this you know

I think knowledge is power but knowledge

about yourself is self empowerment so

how much of this is really learning to

just bifurcate the world into there’s

negative emotions that have negative

neuro chemistry associated with

and you said that in those states if

you’re living in a perpetual state of

stress hormones and things like that

illness is like a step away and then

just the other side of that is

understanding but there’s this whole

other side of positive energy which

happiness joy empowerment whatever that

you know neurochemical cocktail is but

that when you’re on that side your

immune system is more likely to function

well like is that just sort of bringing

it down to like a really basal yeah

that’s sort of one of the biggies well

let’s talk about it in terms of survival

or creation as I said 70% of the time

people live in stress and living in

stress is living in survival now all

organisms in nature can tolerate

short-term stress you know a deer gets

chased by a pack of coyotes when it out

runs the Coyotes it goes back to grazing

and the event is over and the definition

of stress is when your brain and body

are knocked out of balance out of

homeostasis the stress response is what

the body and Nate Lee does to return

itself back to order

so you’re driving down the road someone

cuts you off you jam on the brakes you

may give them the finger and then you

settle back down and the event is over

and boom now everything’s back back to

normal but what if it’s not a predator

that’s waiting for you outside the cave

but what if it’s your coworker sitting

right next to you and all day long

you’re turning on those chemicals

because they’re pushing all your

emotional buttons when you turn on the

stress response and you can’t turn it

off now you’re headed for a disease

because no organism in nature can live

an emergency mode for that extended

period of time

it’s a scientific fact that the hormones

of stress down regulate genes and create

disease long term affects human beings

because of the size of the neocortex we

can turn on the stress response just by

thought alone which I think about our

problems and turn on those chemicals

that means then our thoughts could make

us sick so if it’s possible that our

thoughts could make us sick is it

possible that our thoughts could make us

well the answer is absolutely yes

so then what are the emotions that are

connected to survival let’s name them

anger aggression hostility hatred

competition fear anxiety worry pain

suffering guilt shame unworthiness the

envy jealousy those are all created by

the hormones of stressin and psychology

calls them normal human states of

consciousness I call those altered

states of consciousness so then we tend

to remember those traumatic events more

because in survival you better be ready

if it happens again that’s an and in

one’s survival gene is switched on you

could have ten really great things that

happen to you in your day and you just

have one bad thing that happens and you

cannot take your attention off that bad

that that unhappy thing because the

survival gene is switched on it’s really

interesting how does epigenetics come

into play and all this like what’s

actually happening you’ve talked pretty

profoundly about proteins and like

really at a deep level how we’re

signalling to our genetics to create

these kinds of changes what does that

actually look like

well epigenetics epi means above the

gene and many years ago after the DNA

helix was discovered by Watson and Crick

they said the blueprints of life you

know all diseases are created from genes

it turns out less than 5% more like 1%

of people on the planet are born with a

genetic condition like type 1 diabetes

or tay-sachs disease or sickle cell

anemia the other 95 to 99 percent are

created by lifestyle and by choices you

can take to identical twins exact same

genome one dies at 51 the other one dies

at 85 same gene different environment so

all of a sudden they said we lied that

was wrong it’s not genes that create

disease it’s the environment that

signals the gene that creates disease

well ok but that’s not the whole truth

too because you could have two people

working side by side in the same factory

one gets cancer after being exposed to a

carcinogenic for 25 years both working

for 25 years the other one has no cancer

at all so there must be some

internal order that would cause one

person to not get it while another one

does so is it possible then if the

environment signals the gene and it does

and the end product of an experience in

the environment is called an emotion can

you signal the gene ahead of the

environment by embracing an elevated

emotion we’ve done the research on this

where we measured 7,500 different gene

expressions in a group of people it came

to an advanced event for four days and

we had them doing a seated meditation a

walking meditation a laying down

meditation a standing meditation and at

the end of four days just four days the

common eight genes that were upregulated

two genes to suppress cancer cells and

tumor growth two genes for neurogenesis

the growth of new neurons in response to

novel experiences and learning the gene

that signals stem cells to go to damaged

areas and repair them the gene for

oxidative stress was upregulated we

started seeing all these genes that are

very very healthy to cause the body to

flourish imagine if people were doing

that for three months we also measured

telomeres the little shoestrings on the

end of DNA that tell us our biological

age we asked people to do the work

meditation five out of seven days for 60

days measure their telomeres that

determine their biological age sixty

days later seventy four percent of the

people lengthen their telomeres 40

percent significant change twenty

percent a very remarkable change that

means that they got a little bit of

their life back if it lengthened by ten

percent they got 10% of their life back

that’s incredible

before I ask my last question tell these

guys where they can find you online sure

my website is just dr. Joe Dispenza

dot-com you can follow us on Facebook

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then my final question what’s the impact

that you want to have on the world I

think that the end game for me is to

empower people to such a degree that

they realize that they need less things

outside of them to make them happy

less things outside of them to regulate

their moods and their behaviors and that

they begin to use the kind of the power

that we all have access to and into

really and to change the world to make a

difference so that there’s more peace

there’s more homeless there’s more

connection that we support and love each

other and we serve better and and I

think that we have to start for the most

part if everybody’s working on

themselves and and trying doing their

best to present the greatest ideal of

themselves to the world I think the

world would be a better place and so

that’s my passion and I’m witnessing it

happening now the more than I ever

thought I would was incredible Joe thank

you so much for being here and amazing

having you guys go watch this man’s

videos they are some of the best

explanations of what’s going on inside

the mind that I’ve ever come across

there were of several that I literally

have people in my life that I’m going to

force to sit down and watch these things

it’s just incredible explanations of how

you create yourself out of the things

you do habitually the way that you think

creates a feeling the way that you feel

creates thinking that matches that and

then you get in this cycle and that

coming down to that personality

ultimately being a finite set of

patterns in your brain I think is really

really illuminating in terms of how we

actually experience the world and I

think when people understand that that

it’s within your control that you don’t

have to believe every thought that you

think that you can step outside of that

that you can leverage metacognition to

think about your thinking and

deconstruct and decide what you want to

think about and start focusing on that

and create an entirely different version

of yourself that has new elevated

feelings that’s over on the side of the

positivity empowering yourself I think

it’s really incredible and he gets deep

into the mechanistic stuff which I love

you guys will not regret diving deep

into this man’s world I think you will

get some incredible revelations all

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