I guess the process of undoing brain pathways, and re-wiring new ones, takes a long time. And awareness is not enough, if you want to change really strong pathways, according to neuroscience. Awareness is just the beginning of the work – the real work is applying the new learnings daily into your real life.
I have read a few books that touch on neuroscience and neuroplasticity, including Dr Joe Dispenza’s work, and Dr Tara Swart’s new book, The Source. And I have been dabbling with the work around the edges. I suppose it’s gradually mounting up.
But in terms of my low self-worth, and the way I speak to myself – my lack of self-compassion – there hasn’t been any substantial shifts. Those pathways are deep.
Everyday is a new day, though, and a chance to change.
I listened to Dr Tara Swart on Lacy Phillips’ podcast recently. I have been doing some of Lacy’s work for nearly a year, but still not seeing huge shifts either. Dr Tara is adding that extra element and incentive to keep at the work.
There’s a tipping point apparently.
But it was this concept which I hadn’t truly grasped before: that by creating new positive brain pathways, we are re-wiring deep negative brain pathways. For some reason, I had only ever thought about what I was creating – not about un-doing the old, deep pathways.
And it’s these old deep pathways that continue to play most regularly. No wonder I haven’t seen significant change, after working intermittently at changing for years.
My hope is, that over the last year or so, I have increased the work. And now I’m motivated to increase it even more. Then that tipping point will be in sight, and I was be positive, empowered, prioritising love over fear, and understanding how worthy I am.