One of the scientists from the movie What the bleep do we know?, Joe Dispenza, has a book called Evolve Your Brain, in which he speaks about ways in which the body and mind interact to produce how we see reality. In particular, I was interested in the ways in which he spoke about the emotional memory of the body, and how that memory can either disrupt or aid our intentions. He writes:
“Our body reproduces different kinds of cells on a regular basis. Some cells are reproduced in hours, others in a day, others in a week, some within months, and some cells even take years to reproduce. If high peptide levels of shame and anger are maintained on a daily basis for years on end, then when each cell divides to make daughter cells, it will respond to this high demand and alter the receptors on the cell membrane. This is a natural regulation process that takes place in all cells.”
He goes on to says that when the emotional/energetic patterns stored in the body don’t resonate with the intentions we have for our lives, there is a conflict. You might intend to be peaceful and patient during a disagreement with your partner or co-worker, but because of the patterns that have built up in your body/mind during the past, that intention can’t quite manifest itself — or it’s only partially manifested in a stew of conflicting thoughts and actions.
In my view, one of the important things in all of this is that even if you have years of destructive patterning built up, the insights of scientists like Dispenza suggest that our bodies/minds possess a lot of elasticity, much more than the vast majority of us believe there is.
We not only can break the grooves that keep us trapped in repetition and narrow mindedness, but have the potential to think, feel, and act in ways that are entirely unknown to us today, in this current moment. This elasticity doesn’t disappear when we get older – which means that even if it might be more challenging for someone with years of thinking and reacting in certain ways, it’s never impossible to change.
This goes again conventional thinking in so many ways. And for many, it might be their attachment to the view that “I am just this way; it will never change” which is the greatest hindrance. Certainly, some of our habits and ways of being won’t significantly shift in a lifetime. However, I think it’s foolhardy to believe that once you reach a certain age, your life is fixed and that’s that.
What do you think?