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Phase One Part One – Practice

Monitor our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and even how we perceive ourselves as a byproduct of chemical reactions.

To control our chemicals, we must first be able to recognize them. So, the first step of our process is a simple exercise in observation.

In this first practice section, you’ll record your experiences and then take note of what state of consciousness you think you’re experiencing in a Feeling Observation Log.

I gave it everything when I realized I had discovered the formula for true happiness. I had suffered. So, I spent every waking moment engaged in my practices. However, when I first developed this program, I found many people would try it, find success, and then walk away.

I spent years exploring why others wouldn’t invest in themselves like I was willing to invest in myself. Of course, there are as many answers to that question as there are people to ask. However, I did discover a common thread. People would disconnect from this opportunity to relieve their suffering because, at some level, they did not believe it was possible.

As I expanded my search, I realized that most, if not all, participants doubted the process would work for them. How they experienced this lack of faith was as varied as the people participating. Still, I did notice that those who consistently reintroduced themselves to the information eventually overcame the disbelief that might one day cause them to abandon the opportunity entirely.

One hundred percent of people who accurately apply this information to their daily lives have success, not because of my program but because of biology. The fundamentals of this program explain how your body works. How you use the information and the program you create will be unique, but applying it—doing the practices—is the same.

If you’ve never controlled your brain chemistry, you won’t know how to do it, and I can’t necessarily teach you. But I can tell you how you’ll feel if you get it right. So, you’ll need to try and fail at some things and succeed at others. You’ll need to develop the habit of personal observation and then observe what works and what doesn’t. This exercise will help you with that. If you learn to recognize your reactions, you can learn to control the chemistry creating them.

To begin your practice, you’ll divide your life into three experiential states. The three states you’ll be logging are:

  • The Fight-or-Flight or Dying State. This chemical reaction results in any suffering or discomfort in your life. It includes everything from pain, fear, anger, or depression to lack of motivation, moodiness, or anxiety. It is any part of your life that is unpleasant.
  • The Rest-and-Digest or Surviving State. This reaction senses relief from the suffering of fight-or-flight. It represents the times in life when things are ‘fine.’ Life may not be spectacular, but it isn’t horrible, either. It is your ‘comfort zone.’
  • The Human Homeostatic or Thriving State. This reaction results in feeling successful and motivated. It is when we are creative, innovative, deeply centered, and happy.

While similarities exist, how each person experiences chemical reactions will be unique. This practice will help you understand your impressions of these three states of consciousness. Over time, you’ll learn to recognize each and how to control it.

I recommend continuing this Phase One Part One practice for as long as possible before expanding to include Part Two. While the desire to feel better may tempt you to push forward, your success will come sooner if you wait until you can easily recognize each reaction.

Recognition is essential to controlling the chemical. So, spend a few days to a week at least, and if you need more than a week, please take it. Investing the time to solidify the habit of observation will help you become accustomed to logging your experiences and make moving from average brain function to higher brain function achievable in months or years rather than decades or maybe never.

Finally, please remember to celebrate your successes. It is natural for the brain to problem-solve. It wants to reconcile suffering, so it will continually strive to find better ways by looking toward what it wants to fix, but this doesn’t help us feel successful. The actual practice of improving our limitations will not be our focus. A better life will not be something we create. It will be the happy byproduct of the exercises we do.

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