In order for deep, lasting change to take place, the cells and particles of the body need to shift. This is a quantum shift that changes one’s life. The neurons travel along pathways that get etched in the body. By creating new wiring, blueprints, or new pathways in the body, the neurons can then trigger in a new pattern, thus bringing about a different response and a different result.
Some pathways in the brain are governed by old patterns of anger and fear. Our bodies have three basic responses to fear, anger and distress. Fight, flight or freeze are the patterns that are embedded in the oldest parts of the brain for our survival. Until the old patterns are cleared or at least neutralized, they will override reason thus undermining and sabotaging creativity, dreams, and visions. When a situation of either real or perceived survival is at hand, the older brain centers override the newer, more complex rational components of the brain.
The Brain The Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge, M.D. explores the plasticity of the brain. His research shows that the brain can change itself, find new pathways, and create change through thought. The New York Times states, “The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff…with implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history.”
Our bodies need to feel safe in order to transform the old patterns and fear. If the body does not feel safe, the only safety it knows is the old pattern, so the body will keep going back to those old patterns. As the body clears the patterns, new behaviors, thoughts, and insights arise.