Make your own ecstasy
It's day 3 of Tony Robbins' Unleash The Power Within (UPW). I rush to the toilets because there are no breaks and I don't want to miss a moment. Everything is a golden nugget. And this guy takes no breaks, he's a freaking alien.
I'm washing my hands and I look in the mirror. "You're a freaking badass!" a voice echoes in my head. Joseph McClendon's relentless self-praise from yesterday has infected me. I grin and gratitude exudes.
"Holy shit, what's going on with my eyes?!" My pupils are fully dilated. I look like Mort from Madagascar except I'm nowhere near tears. I couldn't be more elated, I couldn't feel more powerful, I couldn't feel more unleashed. (Or can I..?)
"Is this just happening to me?" I head back to the room. It's not a room, it's a flipping hangar filled with 13,000 people all looking like Mort. It reminds me of a rave. I've been to a lot of raves and these were the only places I've seen people this happy, this free, this unleashed with these glazed eyes. Except the ravers are (largely?) on MDMA, aka ecstasy, which artificially floods their brains with serotonin. They are exceedingly happy and utterly incapable of turning down hugs. And their high is followed by a low - a frazzled brain needs some time out to replenish all the serotonin released. My UPW brethren, on the other hand, have achieved this same state merely through Tony Robbins' coaxing. He's coaxed 13,000 bodies into biochemical ecstasy, without drugs, without alcohol, with no breaks to even eat food. It's fucking glorious. And it's truly eye-opening. (Pun intended)
One of my intentions is to help as many people as I can overcome depression. And one of the most limiting beliefs around is that depression is a chemical imbalance which can only be corrected through drugs. I will aim fire at at the word "only" in this sentence. My position is not that drugs should never be used, but that they should be used as a coordinated plan of attack on an individual's depression.
A chemical imbalance does exist in people with depression. But is it a consequence of depression or a cause? Was their depression always there? If not, then this "imbalance" manifested somehow. There must be some primary cause...
Here's some insight into what's going on inside you. Every thought you think has a signature. And every thought you think is felt by every cell in your body - one study found that meditating cancer patients affect the makeup of their DNA. So the thoughts that you think most frequently become the default signature of every cell of your body, the default signature of your entire body.
We are habitual creatures - it’s commonly noted that 95% of our thoughts today are the same as yesterday. I’ve not found an actual source for this but why not sense-check it for yourself: How much of your thinking today is really different to yesterday? Let's assume that you think thoughts that make you feel down, for a full day - you're then pretty likely to be that way the next day. And the next. And the next. If every cell in your body is habitually feeling shit, do you think that your biochemical balance is going to be on point? Research has even shown that 4 minutes of anger and frustration can suppress your immune system for 5 hours.
When someone says that their depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, this is somewhat true. It's not easy to shift gears when your body habitually feels shit. When every cell in your body is used to feeling shit. But is the chemical imbalance the root cause or is it just making your depressive thoughts easier to keep in place? You really can’t know for sure... so then, why would you claim that your depression is caused by a chemical imbalance unless you're absolutely certain?
Here is a more interesting question: Is it possible to overwhelm a chemical imbalance without drugs? Yes. Change your thoughts, change your physiology, force an emotion you want to feel and every cell in your magnificent body has to behave differently. You don't need to take my word for it. Check out the links I’ve shared and Google around for yourself. Also, consider that 13,000 freaks go to see Tony Robbins in London at UPW every year because they want in on this overwhelming state-change. They want to condition this elevated state into their nervous system. Consider that 99% of them walk on fire because of this peak state. You might need to see it and experience it before you really “get it” though - I certainly did. Even though the ability to change state has been an interest of mine and a key aspect of my work for some time, I felt this on a new level after my UPW experience.
Our past usually conditions us negatively. But you can take the reigns and condition yourself positively. In my opinion, there is one critical ingredient beyond simply applying techniques for state-change... Persistence. Stubbornness. Choosing to be totally fucking relentless. Because life will give you what you insist on. Life will give you what you settle for. Settle for a poor state and this is your experience. Demand a peak state and you will live in greatness.
Much love and play bigger x
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