The Higher Energy Podcast by ACEP with hosts Paula Shaw and Robert Schwarz - Episode 011: Bliss Brain: The Neuroscience of Remodeling Your Brain for Resilience, Creativity, and Joy with Dawson Church

011: Bliss Brain: The Neuroscience of Remodeling Your Brain for Resilience, Creativity, and Joy with Dawson Church

Today, on Higher Energy, we are joined by special guest Dawson Church, Ph.D., an award-winning science writer and researcher with three best-selling books to his credit who has edited or authored a number of books in the fields of health, psychology, and spirituality.

His principal works are The Genie in Your Genes, which reviews the research linking consciousness, emotion, and gene expression, Mind to Matter, which examines the science of peak mental states, and Bliss Brain, which demonstrates that “flow” states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness.

Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare to promote groundbreaking new treatments and research on evidence-based healing modalities. He shares how to apply the breakthroughs of energy psychology to health and personal performance through EFT Universe, one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web.

The two primary methods he uses are EcoMeditation and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT acupressure tapping). He has worked with over a thousand pain clients, with average symptom reductions of 68%, and co-developed the Skinny Genes program which results in long-term weight loss.

Dawson joins us today to discuss the neuroscience of remodeling and rewiring our brains for extreme joy by activating Bliss Brain and brain-waves that enhance happiness. “Bliss Brain” is a state in which joy is natural and consistently nurtures the personality traits of patience, resilience, compassion, creativity, productivity, and love.

Dawson explains that when we cultivate pleasurable “flow” states on a regular basis, they become stable traits that are hard-wired into our brains. He shares the techniques we can use to produce rapid, measurable changes that will shrink stress circuits in our brains, shift us out of our default mode network that consists of past trauma and future worries, and reformat our brains for a lifetime of unshakable happiness.


If you spend just 12 seconds taking in the good, breathing in the blessings of your life, giving thanks, being grateful, and harboring positive emotions, you’ll make new neural connections. Suddenly, you go from being that wretchedly unhappy person to being a person who’s having happy experiences, triggering your neuroplasticity, and becoming a happy person. You’ve turned happiness from a state into a long term trait.” — Dawson Church


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Dawson has published many scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, collaborating with scholars at various universities on outcome studies of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety.

He is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment and general manager of Energy Psychology Press, which maintains a research bibliography and case histories at EFT Universe, one of the most-visited alternative medicine sites on the web. He is the science columnist for Unity magazine and his blog posts on the Huffington Post have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of readers.

In his undergraduate and graduate work at Baylor University, he became the first student ever to graduate from the academically rigorous University Scholar’s program in 1979. He earned his doctorate in Integrative Healthcare at Holos University under the mentorship of neurosurgeon Norman Shealy, MD, Ph.D., founder of the American Holistic Medical Association.

After an early career in book publishing as editor then president of Aslan Publishing, Church went on to receive a postgraduate Ph.D. in Natural Medicine, as well as clinical certification in Energy Psychology (CEHP certification #2016). Church and Shealy coauthored the book Soul Medicine, which surveys the role of energy in healing from the earliest times to the modern-day.

In 2008 the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare initiated the Veterans Stress Project, a clearinghouse to connect veterans suffering from PTSD with energy therapy practitioners. Over 21,000 veterans and family members have received counseling through the Project, and Church has twice been invited to testify before US Congressional committees on his work.

Church is a former president of the Family Connection, one of 53 nonprofits named as Points of Light by President Bill Clinton, and is also a member of the Transformational Leadership Council. Books on which he has worked have won over two dozen awards, including Best Health Book (Independent Press Awards) and Best Science Book (USA Booknews Awards). He has been quoted in USA Today, CNN, BBC, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Parenting, and many other national media.

Church has three children, Lionel, Angela, and Alexander. He has written in his books about his rich experience of parenting. He travels extensively with his wife, Christine, lecturing on epigenetics, EFT, and family relationships. He sits on the dissertation committees of graduate students at a number of universities and regularly consults with other investigators on research design. His hobbies include kayaking, weight lifting, and classic vehicle rally driving.


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