Living in SURVIVAL vs. Living in CREATION - Dr. Joe Dispenza

we've all heard about the placebo effect the  instance when you take a medication because  

you're sick and later when you're all better you  discovered that the medication was just a sugar  

pill the pill did nothing the healing was done by  your mind it is estimated that half the efficacy  

of pharmaceutical drugs can be attributed to the  placebo however the placebo effect can work in  

both ways our mind can actually induce illness  and this is known as the nocebo effect every  

stressful thought is like a dose of a nocebo pill  and this stress literally shuts down the immune  

system this is why doctors give stress hormones  to a patient who is receiving an organ transplant  

the immune system needs to be turned off so  that the body won't reject the foreign organ  

in modern society many people are  trapped in a cycle of financial debt  

fear-mongering on the news instability in the  home soul-crushing jobs and toxic social media  

and so they are living in a never-ending state  of stress which results in the nocebo effect  

our well-being is a reflection of how we perceive  the world if we gain an understanding over how our  

emotions affect our biology then we gain the  ability to take back control over our health  

and come into alignment with our mind body soul  genetics and environment today's episode is from  

the original gaia series rewired by the wise  and powerful dr joe dispenza this episode will  

break down the difference between living  in survival and living in creation you are  

not a victim of your genetics or environment  you have the capacity to experience reality  

and transform it it's time to take our power back  sit back and enjoy this insightful presentation  

with dr joe dispenza can be defined as a state of  mental or emotional strain or tension resulting  

from adverse or very demanding circumstances but  how do different kinds of stress cause long-term  

effects on our brain and body stress usually is  created when we can't predict a future outcome  

when we feel that we can't control the  situation or when we have the perception  

that there's a threat a danger or a perception  that something's going to get worse in our lives  

you may not be able to control everything  that happens in your life or your outer world  

however is it possible that you can learn how to  control your inner world of thoughts and feelings  

i'm your host dr joe dispenza and in the previous  episode we went into depth on the ancient practice  

of meditation and what it means to be truly  present in this episode we're going to identify  

different kinds of stress show you the  long-term effects of stress how it can create  

illness in your body and once you understand  what stress can do to you it's my hope that  

the information you'll learn will empower you  to make some important changes in your life

there are three types of stress there's physical  stress chemical stress and emotional stress  

now physical stress are things like  traumas accidents injuries falls  

chemical stress flus bacteria viruses blood  sugar levels toxins and food emotional stress  

family tragedy second mortgages single parenting  traffic jams and all of these different stressors  

whether they're physical chemical or emotional  knock your brain and body out of balance in fact  

the definition of stress is when your brain  and body are knocked out of homeostasis  

now the stress response is what your body innately  does to return itself back to order when you  

or any organism in nature begins to perceive a  danger or threat in their external environment  

they turn on a primitive nervous system  called the fight-or-flight nervous system  

and when the person or the  organism is perceiving that danger  

the body innately begins to mobilize enormous  amounts of energy and resources all of its  

energy now is being mobilized to be able to adapt  to the stress in the environment so then we begin  

to tap the body's vital resources so that we  can survive the condition in the outer world  

all organisms in nature can tolerate short-term  stress whether it's a zebra being chased by a lion  

or whether it's a pack of coyotes chasing a deer  the moment the organism perceives that danger and  

switches on that emergency system there is a rush  of adrenaline and a rush of energy and there is an  

arousal that takes place in the brain and body and  those chemicals then alter our normal homeostasis  

and in that state of survival we switch  on that sympathetic nervous system  

or what's called the fight-or-flight nervous  system and our pupils dilate our salivary juices  

shut down it's not a time to eat our heart  rate increases our respiratory rate increases  

blood is sent to the extremities and it's shut  down in the eternal organs because it's a time  

to run it's a time to fight or it's a time to hide  now if the zebra or the deer outrun the predator  

30 minutes later the stress response begins to  switch off and the body returns back to balance  

after there's a stress response many organisms  need to rest and repair because the body has  

to come back online and regenerate and conserve  energy what if though you're being chased by t-rex  

and you're turning on that primitive nervous  system called the fight-or-flight nervous system  

and the moment you perceive that threat and  you're in danger and now you're running from  

the predator that's very adaptive but what if  then the predator is waiting outside the cave  

and waiting for you to go out and get some food  we could say then that your ability to sustain  

a certain stress response would be extended  but what if it isn't t-rex outside the cave  

what if it's your co-worker what if it's  your mother-in-law what if it's your boss  

what if it's traffic and what was once highly  adaptive becomes very maladaptive because when  

you turn on the stress response and you can't  turn it off now you're headed for disease  

because no organism can live in emergency mode for  an extended period of time reason this with me if  

you keep mobilizing enormous amounts of energy for  some threat in your outer world there's no energy  

in your inner world for growth and repair so think  of the sympathetic nervous system as the emergency  

system that's like the gas pedal in the car the  other nervous system called the parasympathetic  

nervous system that nervous system is the nervous  system of relaxation of regeneration of metabolism  

so if a person is living in a constant state of  stress and they like an addict become conditioned  

to the rush of the arousal of those chemicals then  in time then they will begin to use the problems  

and conditions in their life to reaffirm their  conditioning or their addiction to that emotion  

we become so conditioned to these chemicals  that like a drug addict we need the bad job  

we need the poor relationship we need a difficult  situation in our life to keep getting that rush  

of adrenaline to keep getting that rush of energy  and in a sense people become addicted to the life  

they don't even like so then because of the size  of the neocortex the thinking brain as you learned  

about we can make thought more real than anything  else and people can begin to think about their  

problems and as they begin to think about their  problems they can turn on the stress response  

just by thought alone and we now know that those  chemicals can become addictive and you can turn  

on the stress response just by thought alone so  then you can become addicted to your own thoughts  

so it's a scientific fact that the long-term  effects of the hormones of stress push the genetic  

buttons that create disease and you can turn on  the stress response just by thought alone it means  

then that your thoughts can literally make you  sick and so many diseases around the world now are  

created by the immune system being suppressed or  what we call immune mediated diseases everything  

from cancer ms lupus rheumatoid arthritis food  allergies food sensitivities is a compromise  

in the immune system so here's the question if  your thoughts can make you sick is it possible  

that your thoughts can make you well well we  did a research study where we took 117 people  

and we wanted to measure their cortisol levels  which is the stress hormone and another chemical  

called iga immunoglobulin a it's your body's  primary defense against bacteria and viruses  

so as cortisol levels go up and you're mobilizing  enormous amounts of energy for some threat in your  

outer world the immune system dials down and now  the immune system becomes compromised because all  

of the energy is going for a threat in the outer  world our immune system becomes suppressed so  

typically iga levels go down so we measured the  cortisol and iga levels and we put them through  

four days of training and we asked them to trade  emotions like anger and frustration and hatred and  

violence and aggression and competition and fear  those are all the chemicals that are derived from  

the stress hormones we ask them to trade those  survival emotions for elevated emotions heartfelt  

emotions like gratitude appreciation kindness  care love for life a joy for existence and all we  

wanted them to do for 10 minutes a day was open  their hearts and begin to feel those elevated  

emotions at the end of three and a half days we  went back and we remeasured those same values  

and their immune system that is iga levels went  up as a collective about 50 percent their cortisol  

levels dropped about 16.25 the stress hormones  went down and their immune system up regulated  

to a great degree that means then when you begin  to make a change in the way you think and the way  

you feel and you begin to change your attitude  and you begin to open your heart again and feel  

an elevated emotion it is those elevated emotions  that begin to restore and repair the immune system  

so then there's three things when you're living  by the hormones of stress that you keep your  

attention on think about it if you're being  chased by a predator all of your attention is  

on your outer environment where are you going to  go what place do you need to move to what object  

you need to move past and when you're under the  gun of those chemicals you're thinking about time  

how much time do i have to get there so then the  body the environment and time and if where you  

place your tension is where you place your energy  it makes sense then if all of your attention is  

on your body all of your attention is on your  environment and all of your attention is on time  

then you are putting all of your attention in this  three-dimensional reality now you have to play by  

the rules of this three-dimensional reality  and everything that you create will take time  

when people are under the gun of those chemicals  they're drawing from this invisible field of  

energy surrounding their body this vital life  force and they're using it to make chemistry  

and the field around their body shrinks and  they become more matter and less energy more  

particle and less wave and the very hormones  of stress heighten our senses so that we become  

a materialist and the more altered we feel from  that stress response or by the emotional reaction  

from some threat or danger the more we  narrow our focus on the cause or the object  

and when we do that all of a sudden we are  focusing only on matter and so people over time  

get hooked in or habituated into narrowing their  focus so then when you're living in emergency mode  

it's not a time to create it's not a time  to open your heart it's not a time to learn  

anything new it's not a time to sit still and go  within in fact if the survival genus switched on  

you'd be thinking in some level innately that it's  not a time to sit still because you would be prey  

so then the more people are conditioned or  addicted to the hormones of stress the more their  

attention is on matter the more they begin to  experience separation from everyone and everything  

now if stress is created by the feeling  that you're losing control in your life  

that you can't predict an outcome or you have the  perception that something or someone is causing  

situations in your life to get worse then if  you're living by the hormones of stress on a daily  

basis then what we try to do is we try to control  everything in our life when we're feeling loss of  

control we try to predict the next moment based  on our memories of the past that means people  

under stress are craving the known they're trying  to get back to the familiar or the known because  

in survival the unknown is a scary place so  then as they begin to shift their attention from  

one person to one problem to another person to  another problem to another thing to another place  

each one of those elements has a neurological  network in the brain and the arousal of those  

chemicals then begin to cause those different  circuits as you shift your attention to begin  

to become highly activated and now the brain is  functioning in a very incoherent state and the  

arousal of those chemicals drives the brain into  a very very highly analytical over-focused state  

think about it when you're under stress have  you noticed that you keep thinking about the  

same problem over and over again because  the very hormones of stress cause you to  

narrow your focus on the cause because  that's what you do when you're living in  

and in fact out of the infinite possibilities that  exist in your reality when people are addicted  

or living in that stressful state they'll  always select the worst case scenario in  

their mind and prepare for the worst why is that  because in survival if you prepare for the worst  

anything less that happens you  have a better chance of surviving  

so people spend the majority of their  life preparing for the worst thing that  

could happen to them when they're living  in the stressful state and it turns out  

that 70 percent of the time most people are living  in survival so then when you react to someone or  

something there's a refractory period of chemicals  that's created from your emotional reaction  

and if you don't know how to regulate  or stop that emotional reaction  

and you keep that same reaction lingering for  hours or days that's called a mood if you keep  

that same refractory period going for weeks  to months on end that's called the temperament  

if you keep that same emotional reaction going  on for years on end that's called the personality  

trait and most people's personalities then  are defined by experiences from the past  

so now that you understand that stress is when  the brain and body are knocked out of balance  

and you understand that the hormones of stress  push the genetic buttons and create disease  

it begs the question is there anyone or  anything truly worth living in that state  

so then if people are living in chronic stress  and they're drawing from this invisible field  

of energy surrounding their body and they're  mobilizing that vital life force to make chemistry  

and the field around their body is shrinking  and they're feeling more like matter and less  

like energy more like particle and less like  wave and they feel separate or disconnected  

from everyone and everything in their life  well when your matter trying to change matter  

we tend to force outcomes control outcomes try to  predict outcomes and there's only a certain number  

of resources that we have when we're matter trying  to change matter we'll compete we'll fight for  

it we'll manipulate we'll try harder we'll hope  we'll wish because we're experiencing separation  

and yes you may accomplish your dreams but if  your matter trying to change matter and all of  

your attention is on your body the environment  and time then everything you create in your life  

will take time because you'll have to move your  body through space and when you move your body  

through space it's going to take time for you  to get what you want so you may want a house  

you may want a new car you may want a new  experience a new vacation but you're going  

to have to drag your body to work every day to  make the money to pay for those things and yes  

you may arrive at your goals but you may have to  work harder and it may take some time to get it

there is another state of mind and body that you  can live in and that's called living in creation  

and it's the exact opposite of living in  survival if the hormones of stress create  

incoherence in the brain as well as incoherence in  the heart what we've found is that when people are  

living by those states what if they had the  ability to go from a narrow focus or what's  

called the convergent focus to what's called a  divergent focus or a broad focus or an open focus  

and it turns out when people take their attention  off their body when they take their attention off  

the people in their lives when they're no  longer putting any attention on the things  

they own like their cell phone their computer  the car they're not thinking about the place  

they need to go or the place they're sitting and  they're not thinking about time in and of itself  

they are disinvesting all of their attention and  all of their energy out of this three-dimensional  

reality because they have no attention on it  it makes sense then that they're beginning  

to change their brain state so then we've  taught people how to broaden their focus  

and when they open their focus and sense  nothing but space when they open their awareness  

and they tune in to the energy or the frequency  out here and instead of putting their attention  

on the matter they're putting their attention  on energy the act of opening their awareness  

causes them to stop thinking to stop  analyzing and if they're no longer thinking  

and they're no longer analyzing they're no longer  activating these circuits in the brain all of a  

sudden they begin to slow down brain activity and  they start getting beyond their analytical mind  

and as they suppress the neocortex the  memory bank of the autobiographical self  

they begin to suppress everything known in their  three-dimensional reality and they turn off the  

neocortex they begin to regulate their brainwaves  and slow them down all of a sudden something  

magical happens the act of opening their awareness  causes different compartments of the brain that  

were subdivided like a house against itself all of  a sudden to begin to synchronize to begin to unify  

you start to seek neurons beginning to join larger  communities of neurons what was once an incoherent  

brain begins to become more organized and more  coherent now the chronic stress creates a thyroid  

condition called graves disease and the person  develops what's called myasthenia gravis and the  

side effect of that aside from a tremendous lack  of energy is double vision now this person said  

i've created this condition now that i understood  that i've mismanaged my thoughts and feelings and  

my emotional reactions if i created this condition  by pushing the genetic buttons every single day  

and it's taken me a couple years i lost my  marriage i lost my business i have to get  

beyond that story and i have to tell a new story  i have to start believing in my future more than  

i've been believing in my past is it possible then  that i can begin to make those significant changes  

and as the person started overcoming the  stress hormones and taught her brain and  

body had to create coherence the side effect  of it was the body came back to balance  

her vision is now perfect her thyroid hormones are  moving back into balance and she's moved her brain  

and body back into homeostasis and in a sense then  she healed herself of the condition because her  

autonomic nervous system got back into doing its  job which is to create order and balance so then  

when we live in two states of mind and body living  in survival is living in our animal state when we  

live in survival we live in stress and we live in  stress there's contraction that takes place in the  

body and because we're using a lot of the body's  resources we experience what's called catabolism  

or tissue breakdown when the body's in that state  there's disease or imbalance there's degeneration  

that takes place in the body the emotions of fear  anger sadness are the primary emotions of survival  

the self comes first when you're living in that  state all of your attention is on your environment  

all of your attention is on your body all of your  attention is on time there's always energy lost in  

the system we're living in emergency mode we're  narrow focused or object focused we experience  

separation we're determining reality with our  senses in other words if we can't see it if we  

can't smell it if we can't taste it if we can't  hear it we can't feel it it doesn't exist we're  

living by cause and effect we're waiting for  our environment to change to give us the relief  

from the discomfort that we're feeling inside  of us in survival and stress we don't see many  

possibilities because it's not a time to create  the brain and heart function in a very incoherent  

state and in survival we are craving the known  because the unknown is just too much of a scary  

place now when we begin to create the creative  state we could call that the divine aspect of us  

in creation the brain and body move back  into homeostasis there's an expansion of  

energy or release of energy from the tissues  the body goes into anabolism or tissue repair  

there's health there's order there's  regeneration taking place in the body  

elevated heartfelt emotions like love joy  trust knowingness gratitude begin to mobilize  

all these new chemicals that begin to repair and  regenerate the body when we're in this heartfelt  

state we tend to be less selfish and more selfless  we have our attention now no longer on our body  

on the things in our life the people in our life  on our environment or on time itself energy is  

always created in the creative process there's  growth and repair we broaden or open our focus  

and when we do that properly we start feeling  less separate and more connected to something  

greater we start to imagine and dream  of a reality beyond our senses now we're  

interested in causing an effect we're looking at  all possibilities instead of limited possibilities  

the brain and heart go into coherence  and now the unknown becomes the adventure  

why is that important because if we're  going to create something new in our life  

we have to crave the unknown now that i've shown  you the difference between living and survival  

and living in creation i want to explore the  different brain wave states and what you can do  

to use your mind to begin to consciously change  your own brain waves in the next episode i want  

to show you what's happening inside your head when  you live in survival and when you live in creation  

that is coherence versus incoherence i'm your  host dr joe dispenza for rewired and i hope  

to see you in the next episode where we go  beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary

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