Think of your brain wave in an altered state of consciousness as a piece of chewing gum stretched out. It gets thin and easily breaks apart if hit with new programming. When your brain reorganizes itself, it integrates the new information. In other words, it accepts the new idea. The more it is exposed to programming, the more it will accept the idea as reality.
According to leading-edge physics research, the use of altered states of consciousness (hypnosis, meditation, sleep programming) can lead to a transformation of nearly every part of your life. Physics chemist Ilya Prigogine proved this with his Nobel Prize-winning “Theory of Dissipative Structures.” Now confirmed by other experts, this theory has solved the mystery of why the use of altered states can result in life-changing insights, new behavioral patterns, and the relief of lifelong phobias or ailments. Here’s how the theory works:
First, you must understand that human beings are structures. The structure of your body is composed of bone, muscle, ligaments. Your mind, however, is given structure by the thoughts and memories that dictate your actions. Your mental programming (all your past thoughts, actions, experiences, and learning) provides your mind structure.
Prigogine’s theory states that complex structures (such as the human brain) require an enormous and consistent flow of energy to maintain their structure. In the brain, that energy is measured as brain wave levels on an EEG machine. The up-and-down pattern of brain wave levels reflects a fluctuation of energy to the brain. The larger the brain wave levels, the larger the fluctuation of energy.
When you are fully awake (in Beta consciousness), your brain wave levels would show up on an EEG graph as small, rapid, up-and-down lines. There is little fluctuation in the level of energy. When you alter your state of consciousness with hypnosis, meditation, or as happens naturally when you are crossing over into sleep, your brain wave levels shift to Alpha or Theta. In these altered states, there is a large fluctuation in the level of energy.
According to Prigogine, large fluctuations of energy can cause the structure to break apart and reorganize itself into an even more complex and higher form. That’s why suggestions given to an individual exploring in Alpha or Theta are so effective in creating change. The new suggestion, dropped into the uneven Alpha rhythms like a pebble in a pond, creates a ripple effect through the stretched brain waves, tearing apart old programming and creating new behaviors and viewpoints.
This is not possible while you are fully awake in Beta, for the small fluctuations of energy are suppressed by the brain. They are tight and compact and cannot be easily torn apart.
If you were going to use hypnosis or sleep programming to create positive change in your life, it is not necessary to believe it will work for it to work. If properly programmed in an altered state, your brain will accept the programming as reality. It may take a few days, weeks, or even months, but your subconscious will do everything within its power to match your outer reality with the new belief.
According to Prigogine’s theory, there’s an added bonus: each transformation makes the next one likelier. Carried to its logical conclusion, every time you successfully use an altered state of consciousness to solve a problem, program a new ability or achieve insights, you increase your chance of success the next time.
Everyone is already familiar with meditation/hypnosis, although they may not realize it. You pass through these altered states of consciousness at least twice a day, as you awaken in the morning and as you fall asleep at night.
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