How awesome is that! Joy, love, peace and feelings of being whole, complete and fulfilled are within us. I heard this for such a long time and did not know how to access it. Actually, looking for these outside of ourselves does not really work very well, because then we are constantly seeking for others to fulfill us and for things to fulfill us, make us happy and make us feel loved. This is not possible unless we find it inside of ourselves first.
This is what all the great ancient traditions and religions teach. Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is within.” Buddhism teaches the same thing.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who coined the term “flow”, is very famous for spending decades researching what makes people happy, what makes life worth living. He found that a person could be super wealthy, have great relationships, a wonderful marriage and still feel unfulfilled. He said that happiness is not found in anything external. After studying thousands of people all over the world from all walks of life, he found that the happiest people are those that experience the most “flow” in their lives. When a person is in the flow state, they are focused in the present moment.
I have heard that Eckhart Tolle, who is famous for his teachings on being focused in the moment, sat on a park bench for long periods of time in a state of bliss doing nothing -- just being focused in the present moment.
When you are completely focused in the present moment, the voice in the head shuts off, you feel awareness in every part of the body, you feel in love with yourself and with everything, you feel a great sense of fulfillment and peace, exquisite joy and connected to all that is.
It really feels blissful. Very recent brain research that Steven Kotler wrote about in his book, The Rise of Superman, Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance, found that the five most potent feel good chemicals known to man are released into the body in this state.
Feelings of self disappear and our sense of identity no longer comes from the “story” we have about ourselves, from the ego, instead our sense of identity comes from a much deeper place, a place of pure consciousness.
I write in my short ebook, Finding Heaven on Earth and Discovering the Power of Flow, how I found myself in this state after an awful car accident. Then lost it after several weeks as my brain naturally rewired itself. It took several years for me to finally figure out how to be in the present moment with ease and also how it is possible to rewire the brain to eventually live in that space.
What I did not know is that most people are habitually in Beta brain state and when stressed, you are in High Beta brain state all day long. When you are in Beta state, it is hard to stop thinking negative thoughts and that in this state you cannot be focused in the present moment.
You have to be relaxed and in Alpha or Theta brain state, and also be completely present in the body. And thirdly, If you focus on space, on the space within something or outside of something, recent brain science has proven that blood then starts to flow equally to both hemispheres of the brain, so instead of having one brain hemisphere dominant at a time which is usually the case, both hemispheres start to work together and then everything starts to work in a heightened and coherent fashion. Buddhist have known this for over a thousand years that focusing on space has this amazing effect. After doing these three things, I found that with intention, it is easy to be focused in the present moment.
I go into more detail about the whole brain state in my ebook. This state is also written about in more detail in many recent books including one called The Worry Free Mind by Kershaw and Wade.
I have been setting several alarms to go off on my smartphone throughout the day with the intention of rewiring my brain to be in Alpha state by doing a deep breathing pattern, and to be fully present in my body by feeling awareness of all parts of the body, and also be in the whole brain state. Once I am there, then with intention it is easy to be focused in the present moment.
What I am finding is that the more I do this consistently, the more I am able to access this state during my day without doing the breathing pattern, and focusing on each part of my body and focusing on space. I am able to be in that blissful space during the day when my timer has not gone off. Like now while I am writing, I have accessed this space and it feels wonderful. This is actually a recent development.
Things in my life are also working out more. I have more joy in my life, and more ease and synchronicity come into play as I have been doing this. I find that there are things that still set me off and knock me out of this and into anger, fear, judgement, anxiety etc. I am finding it is the hardwired patterns that are setting me off.
Information is coming at me, seemingly from all sides, showing me how it is possible to re-pattern the subconscious where all these patterns are stored. I wrote in earlier blogs about one way to clear the hardwired patterns with the clearing method Christie Marie Sheldon uses. She has a website called loveorabove.com.
Dr Joe Dispenza has written several books about how to do this. In his book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, he describes another way of clearing negative patterns that are stored in the subconscious mind.
Dispenza points out that when we are stressed, the electrical activity in the brain is like an entire orchestra of musical instruments playing badly. The mind will be out of rhythm, out of balance and out of tune.
However, when in Alpha state and the whole brain state, your mind shifts from narrow-minded, over-focused, obsessive, compartmentalized, survival thinking to thoughts that are more open, relaxed, holistic, present, orderly, creative and simple. You then have a coherent brain that sets the stage for healing.
An orderly, new synchronized signal to the body from the brain organizes all of the diverse systems into homeostasis: the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, the immune system, and so on all move into coherence as well.
He says that as the nervous system recalibrate itself, all of the enormous energy that was needed for survival can now be used for creation and the body begins to heal.
Dispenza describes a similar experience as what led Eckart Tolle to spend long periods on a park bench,” Once you connect and drink from the well of consciousness, you might experience a real paradox. It is quite possible that there will be such a sense of personal wholeness that you will find it difficult to want anything. …In being truly connected to this consciousness, I have had moments that it was hard to think about anything else because I felt so great. I felt so complete that any thought that would take me away from it would not be worth moving from this place. .. As a result you just want to linger in the feeling of balance, love and coherence… Feeling a sense of love and awe for life without needing anything from outside of us is freedom….This is when the greater consciousness that we are all connected to begins to move out of us and we begin to express it through us. We become more loving, more mindful, more powerful, more generous, more intentional, more kind, and healthier. You will feel so wonderful that you will want to share the feeling of what you are experiencing with someone.”