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Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
Written by: Dr. Joe Dispenza
Narrated by: Adam Boyce
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Self-Help, Motivational
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You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible.

Not only will you be given the necessary knowledge to change any aspect of yourself, but you will be taught the step-by-step tools to apply what you learn in order to make measurable changes in any area of your life. Dr. Joe demystifies ancient understandings and bridges the gap between science and spirituality. Through his powerful workshops and lectures, thousands of people in 24 different countries have used these principles to change from the inside out. Once you break the habit of being yourself and truly change your mind, your life will never be the same!

This audiobook comes with bonus downloadable content. Please go to www.drjoedispenza.com/bhby to download this material.

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A surprising gem

I listen to meditations and have read many books on how western science has finally caught up with Buddhism. This is a practical, true and inspiring treasure of science, mysticism and practical explanations of how our minds create our own misery and how to overcome that. His meditations are effective. I have a complaint about Audible, in general. It would be very helpful if you named the chapters in all these books. I would also like the diagrams he refers to. The meditations should not be extra purchases, either.

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love it, but would like a pdf of figures refrenced

The book was excellent. The scientific breakdown of the reasons we think, feel and behave the way we do is really helpful in recognizing the patterns in ourselves. So good I purchased the book in paper and the guided meditation CD. My only complaint is that throughout the book he references various diagrams and figures, it would be nice of there was a pdf attachment to the audio book so you could see what he is explaining. I still would have purchased the meditation cd, but wouldn't have needed to buy the paper copy of the audio-book that I already purchased.

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Great book, bad narrator

The book itself is great. I recommend getting the hard copy and read it yourself cause the voice of the narrator is super boring.He sounds like a machine and I constantly fell asleep when I was listening to it.
Again amazing book

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Challenging for Sceptical People - But Worth It

The major change I think that happened in my reading Breaking The Habit was that I made progress in opening my mind. I’d tried the book before and it had seemed too woo-woo for me at the time. I couldn’t buy the apparent mysticism accompanying much of Dr. Joe’s message, and I was especially sceptical of his stories (his daughter landing that dream position in Italy, the guy’s warts falling off overnight). Just seemed difficult to believe.

However, I’ve since learned through studying my own personality that I’m pretty high in scepticism - and that that could be holding me back in terms of personal development. A sceptical mind is useful to the point that it protects me from foolishness or from being taken advantage of, but I think it also inhibits growth and invites egotistical presumptions that I know better than the person I’m listening to - which is brutally arrogant if you think about it. I'm no neuroscientist - I should at least be able to listen to one, even if I have trouble accepting his message. The very fact of my struggle to accept the core message is probably a strong indication that I have something to gain by doing so.

It’s an uncomfortable territory for me to let go of purely rational “Newtonian” cause and effect thinking and to open my mind to the potential truth of a quantum field producing the reality I experience AND that my mind plays a massive (or complete?) role in how that actually plays out.

But intuitively, and that’s not a word I’m historically accustomed to using - I am more accepting of Dr. Joe’s message. Much of what he speaks of is backed by my own personal experience, if I look for it (yet I’m wary of confirmation bias here), and our human proclivity to see that which we’re looking for (the Baader Meinhof phenomenon).

The interesting thing is that Baader Meinhof is described as an illusion - but isn’t reality entirely subjective in its perception? This is where I get into a great deal of uncertainty. I used to believe in an objective reality. And now I’m starting to believe in a subjective one. And that’s where Dispenza’s message can actually work. If I have more subjective control over my reality than I’d previously imagined, exciting things can start happening by my doing.

So what am I doing? I’m at the part in the book where I follow his meditation exercises for 4 weeks. I’ve meditated for 5 days straight now, and I can actually feel the difference between my brain generating beta waves (my predominant state, and most people’s) - and the much more serene, pleasant state experienced in alpha/theta wave production (in meditation).

I am also now more observant of my mental state and becoming better at noticing when my brain enters parasympathetic mode (out of habit to produce familiar stress chemicals). Noticing this, I can work on stopping it, and I have been doing well so far.

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The content is interesting but the way it is read is too monotonous. The reader needs to vary is tone because otherwise it becomes hard to follow and you just want to fall asleep. It is ashamed because the content is interesting but too monotone I cannot continue listening to it unfortunately...

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Mono-tone

The reader fails to capture my attention as the tone of his voice is mono-tone.

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Awesome, life changing book!!

Narration was superb, and the book is very well written. This is a life changing book!! Highly recommended.

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  • Ava
  • 2019-08-22

Love it

I have purchased and listened to several Dr Joe Dispenza audiobooks, and I love them all. Now, I listen to ‘Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” already for the second time while meditating daily. I would recommend his work to anyone.

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no header required - must read!

a must read for those eager to continue to develop a better self and a better reality for oneself

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Thank you for helping me get out of my mind.

This is a beautiful audiobook. I totally recommende it. It helps me to get out of my mind and I learn to be awear of my thoughts and be able to control them. Thank you Dr. Joe for sharing this knowledge with us.

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  • Adam Countryman
  • 2017-03-26

Accompanying PDF linked in the book description

There is an accompanying PDF linked in the description of the book. It's available from his website. Noticed lots of people asking for this.

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  • Marisela Gutierrez
  • 2017-04-18

One of the Best

Would you consider the audio edition of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself to be better than the print version?

This is definitely one of the BEST books I've ever listened to or read. PERIOD. The amount of research that went into this book is impressive. It essentially talks about the law of attraction, but not in a "new-agey/feel good" way, but rather in a scientific/logical manner. It's hard to summarize, but the way he explains it along with all the studies he offers just really makes it all so much more clear. I mean, I've always been someone who has wanted to believe in the idea that our thoughts affect matter (since both are truly energy), but deep down, I always doubted it. I don't doubt it for a second anymore and it's because of the scientific studies presented in this book. If there is ONE book I'd recommend when it comes to changing one's habits in order to cultivate better ones, this is it. I loved it so much, I even bought his guided meditations which are also amazing and offered for a very reasonable price on his site. The only reason I gave a three star for the performance is because the narrator isn't exactly incredibly engaging. I mean he isn't the worst I've heard, but definitely not one of the best. However, with that said, the information in this book is definitely interesting enough to keep one engaged!

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  • FirePreWorkout
  • 2016-12-04

A truly life changing book

There's few books that come along and grab your heart & completely alter the way you think & consider life. This is one of those books. Your going to want to skip back 30 seconds every 30 seconds. Tons of gems, & this is one I'll keep listening to month after month.

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  • TucRon
  • 2018-08-09

Not for Audible

I really like this book! BUT...I wished I'd have bought the book instead of listened to it. It is full of "see illustration A" or B etc. It really becomes annoying and I have to ask WHY would this be read for audible without taking this into account. I had to stop listening in the last chapter as it was great that it was about meditation but too many times you had to look at something illustrated. Buy the book instead!

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  • Covin
  • 2017-01-05

Most impactful book I've ever read / listened to

If you want your life to be changed for the positive, this is the book you need.

I have never submitted a review for anything in my entire life. This book made me come and submit a review, just in case someone was on the fence about getting it.

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  • Amanda Lee
  • 2017-03-06

Brilliant, brilliant content - shocking narration

One of the best books in this field that I have ever consumed. The content was worth enduring the narrator who I found excruciating at times. Why choose an Australian accent for starters?! I'm Australian but having listened to Joe Dispenza a lot and the narrator just didn't seem like a good choice. The worst part was when he was quoting others, particularly females, and he used this pathetic tone to mimic them in the most condescending way. I would love it if it could be Re recorded by JD or at least someone else.
Enough moaning!.....
Joe D's take on all this is so brilliant. I have consumed thousands of hours of science meets spirituality material and this is the best, most trust inspiring work I have ever listened to. For me it was the perfect balance of science and spirituality. Thank you Joe for the most wonderful gift.
Despite the narration I'll be listening again and again.

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  • Connie Lee
  • 2017-01-07

Needs a PDF

Any additional comments?

I'm not all the way through yet. It's interesting, but annoying when he says to refer to Figure so-and-so and I don't have it. Would it be so hard to make an accompanying PDF file with the figures he says to refer to?

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  • FreshPharaoh
  • 2017-03-10

Where are the diagrams and charts Audible??!

Dear Audible
You are WAY too grown up (and profitable) to be NOT providing any and all charts, diagrams, pictures and supplemental material etc. for any such books that come with such mentioned items.
These are INTEGRAL to many books.
The lack of such items makes your service less valuable to your listeners, as well as your investors.
PLEASE GET ON THIS asap please.
Best Regards
Mjb

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  • Stephen S
  • 2019-06-11

This is magical thinking

It’s all about changing the electromagnetic fields of reality with your intentions. It doesn’t restrict itself to science or even any particular religion, so it’s hard to even know who the intended audience is without using the word “quacks”.

I can’t believe I’m stuck owning this.

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  • Alex Younger
  • 2018-01-20

Incorrect Science, and Reaching Conclusions

A large portion of this book is based on misinterpreted science and quantum physics. He thinks Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle occurs because of our mind affecting the physical universe, when actually it's just a side effect of trying to measure where a wave is and where it's going, which is hard to do with all waves, not just electrons.

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