The Meditative Process: Introduction and Preparation
Dr.Joe Dispenza’s main premise in this book is the concept that the body is the subconscious mind, and that people can change themselves by changing their thoughts. In other words, all of your emotions and memories are stored physically in your body, which is used to ruling the mind through ingrained habits. Thus, you will have to erase old bad learned patterns and remake your mind first if you want your life to change.
I agree that negative thoughts create a negative reality, and the mind must be “made new,” so to speak. I’m not sure that the specific techniques used to “remake the mind” in the book are useful. But you can make your own call.
Meditation is for: removing attention from enviro/body/time passage to focus on intentions.
The more knowledge you have, the better prepared you are for a new experience.
Dispenza recommends taking four weeks to complete 7 steps:
- Observing and reminding
- Creating and rehearsing
Before you start, prepare a quiet, non distracting place. Sit up comfortably, use the bathroom before. Don’t worry about your to-do list.
Neural networks: automatic programs we use unconsciously every day. Ex: you sleep in a bed, so trying to think there doesn’t work — your body tells you to automatically fall asleep.
Induction: be aware of your body’s position in space. Feel where it is. (Cerebellum is the seat of proprioception, feelings are the language of the body aka subconscious. So focusing on feeling your body position can get ou out of analytical mind)
Alternatively: imagine water slowly rising in the room you’re sitting in. Sense the space where the room is.