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Taste buds are a lot like beliefs. They change over time. And they give us a “flavor” for how we experience food and life.

Here’s what that means:

You might have hated vegetables as a kid, but have learned to love them as you grew up. Similarly, if you’re unhappy with your life, you can change it by fixing your internal chemistry.

In this episode, I’m revealing how changing your beliefs can help you change the “flavor” of your life and make you a happier version of yourself.

Here Are The Show Highlights:

  • How developing more awareness let’s you “get away” with breaking religious or 12-step program rules whenever you please (2:00)
  • The weird way chewing your food more thoroughly can improve your mental health (10:25)
  • The “Taste Bud Approach” to your beliefs that can wipe out depression faster than kids spitting out brussel sprouts (12:35)
  • How eating a sprouted peanut makes it easier to love your neighbor (14:52)

If you want to radically change how much control you have over your emotions in as little as 20 days, you can go to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/feelbetternow and sign up for the Choose Your Own Emotion course.

If you or somebody you know is looking to drop the ‘F’ Bomb of freedom in your life and break free from addiction, depression, anxiety or anything that’s making you feel flat-out stuck, head over to https://thefreedomspecialist.com/ and book a call where we can look at your unique situation and give you the roadmap you’ve been missing.

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It's time to rip the cover off what really works to ditch addiction, depression, anger, anxiety, and all other kinds of human suffering. No, not sobriety. We're talking the F-word here: Freedom. We'll share, straight from the trenches, what we have learned from leaving our own addictions behind, and coaching hundreds of others to do the same—and since it's such a heavy topic, we might as well have a good time while we're at it. [00:27.6]

Bob: All right, welcome back to the alive and free podcast. Today we're going to talk about taste buds and beliefs. This might be a short episode today. This is another one of those exploring your five senses and helping you kind of get a sense of some things going on inside of your system. I'm really just trying to open your awareness. I hope you recognize this. Look, we make rules for toddlers about not crossing the street when they're, when they're young, right? We say, look, you know, you don't cross the street unless you're holding mommy and daddy's hand. Its not like holding our hand actually helps them cross the street better. It doesn't. It has nothing to do with crossing the street. It's just that the toddler is completely unaware of everything that's going on the outside world. They don't know what a truck is or a car is. They don't recognize that it might cause damage to them. And so being oblivious in a world where there might be an oblivious driver, who's texting and driving the parents make a rule, a completely arbitrary rule that says you must hold my hand in order to cross the street. And so the kid grows up doing that. [01:34.1]

And what's funny is like my kids, they listen to mom more than dad. Like my son will ask me for a treat and I'll be like, yeah, you can have one. And he'll say, but mom, didn't say I could have one. I'm like, okay, cool. I'm saying you can have one. And he's like, no, but mom didn’t. Mom said I couldn't have one. I'm like, okay, fine. Well, what I want one. Okay, cool. Well, you can have one. Well, mom didn't say so like mom has the clout in our family. Oh well. So we give them these rules that are completely arbitrary because we're trying to save their life. But when the toddler gets old enough, we teach him, look both ways before you cross, you don't need me anymore. And then eventually we just let them go cross the road whenever they want. And occasionally yell at them if they weren't paying attention because they were focused on a ball or something. When they have the necessary awareness, the need for the rules goes away. The arbitrary rules about how life is supposed to be lived, right? [02:29.3]

If you look at morality from a certain perspective, morality is a set of rules that are designed to help society live in the best possible way, right? Don't do this. Don't do that. You know, don't kill. On occasion, it's necessary to kill. So we make these exceptions about, Oh, it's not morally wrong to kill if you're killing in self-defense and all this other stuff. So we have these codified rule books and law books about what's right, and what's wrong. We make these laws, but if a person were really aware of what another human life was, you wouldn't need to make the rule don't kill, nor would you need to make some exception to the rule about saving your life. If that person is coming to kill you, you might still, you could choose to let him kill you, or you could choose to step aside and do you do whatever it is that you need to do in order to survive and still you would be acting out of your humanity because you can see what's really there. You have perception and awareness. [03:25.2]

When you don't, when you think people are evil or that there's bad, people around or people are out to get you. And when you think that you're weak and when you think, when you lack perception, then there's certain rules, okay, don't go out of this time of night. Don't go to these areas of town. It's not because those areas of town are necessarily more dangerous than any other area of town. It's not because night is necessarily more dangerous than any other area of any other time of day. If you look at the research on prime and violent crime, guess what time of day it happens most frequently, all day long trick question. About 51% happens at night and about 49% happens during the day, the last time I checked. It's not that violent crime hides in the nighttime, it just happens all day long. But we say, don't go out at night because in the daytime, there's more perception. There's more light. And that means a person can see it coming hopefully more readily. And when they can see it coming more readily and they're not tired and like tired, you know, drunk from being tired and incapable of perceiving, they're less liable to be injured. [04:28.2]

And so the rules we make have nothing to do with whether or not it's safer at night or during the daytime or safer in one area of town versus another the rules we have, have to do with perception, a lot of times. Now, maybe it's safer in one area of town than another. I can't really speak to that because I don't live in all towns and all cities all over the world. But safer for whom, for the people that live there or for you? So it's, it's all in question. What has to happen is that a person's perception increase. Your ability to see what's really going on, will enable you to navigate the world and really easy, simpler ways without having to hold your parent's hand every time you turn around, without having to ask permission for everything without looking for someone else to always tell you what to do, when you can really see what's going on, you don't need to be told what, what to do. You can simply see what the next thing that's needed is. So when I'm talking to you about all of these senses and concepts about the mind and things like that, what I am hoping to do is expand your awareness of life. [05:28.0]

Because if we can expand your awareness of what's really happening, your behavior will start to change naturally, right? For instance, I was talking to somebody today on the phone and I was like, Hey, when you were a kid, how big was the slide at the park? That's huge. Cool. You're 35 now. Now how big is the side at the park? Well, it's, it's not as big, right. So how do you behave around the slide? Differently. You have a different perspective on life. Naturally, your behavior changes totally natural. So today let's talk about taste buds. You know, for a long time, I thought that taste buds, that taste buds were just things that helped me taste food. That's all that they were. I heard that they were 80% of taste was olfactory. Meaning that your nose informed how much you tasted, which is funny because when I was a kid, my parents would always tell me with my brussel sprouts. How many of you like Brussels sprouts? I still hate them. [06:21.0]

But they would tell me like, okay, if you don't want, you have to eat your Brussels sprouts, but plug your nose. And so we'd plug our nose, then we would eat too and all that good stuff. And they were still disgusting, but maybe slightly less so. And so we didn't have a taste of a sense of smell as much. And so maybe that helped with the taste a little bit, but I learned that taste buds buds just about helping you taste stuff. And because of that, everything that I interacted with them with was around taste was around like, okay, cool. Well, does this taste good? Does this taste bad? But then if you start to look at it a little bit ago, I was talking with Belldon Colme, who I had on here last year. And we were talking about ‘it's all about the chemistry’ is I think the name of that episode. And I was talking with him recently again, and he told me that taste buds actually have more functions in that. It’s not just for just telling you how food tastes at all. In fact, why do kids? And he didn't bring this up, but why, why do kids puts things in their mouth? Why is it when they're exploring the worlds? They're sticking things in their mouth, instead of just touching it with their fingers all the time and stuff like that. [07:29.0]

What is that about? And this kid is trying to figure out how to survive and where to go in the world and all this other stuff. And one means of getting information is sticking something on the tongue and in the mouth. Well, what happens when you do that? Well, you put your food in, you start chewing and saliva starts to break down the food. So it needs to be in your mouth for a period of time in order for the saliva to start to break it down. Your stomach is expecting half-digested food. So if you just inhale it without chewing, your stomach has more work to do in order to break down the food so that it can pass through the rest of your system. And the amount of nutrient your system can get is going to be different. Now on top of that, what is having it on your tongue? Okay, cool weather. If it's something is really bitter or something, that's not great to the taste that your tongue is going to tell you that, and you're almost immediately going to spit it out. So it is going to tell you, it's literally your tongue is the first contact, physical contact that some of that stuff has with you. And it is going to tell you by your reaction to taste, whether or not that's something fit for your consumption. [08:28.5]

If your body is convulsively reacting to get it out, then that's your body telling you, no, this is not match our chemistry at this point in time. And I'll go into that in a second or, Hey, this is great, right? We really like this. This is wonderful. We're used to this. This actually has helped. We can use this, right? But then the next thing that happens is those taste buds are communication devices that are communicating to the rest of the system. What is coming down the pipeline? So if you miss the taste buds or there's not enough time where you're not chewing your food enough, then your body doesn't know what's coming. It's getting blindsided by the food that comes down. And that food is not fully digested, not even partly digested. So not only is it getting hit by a truck it's getting hit by a Mack truck and no wonder your digestive system takes such a hard toll simply because we don't chew enough because we don't understand the purpose for the tongue. Now, when you're chewing, you're, you're able to examine it, digest it. See what's actually going to be there instead of what you think is there. It's going to tell you what's going to be beneficial for you or not. And you'll get a sense of whether or not this is something that should be in your system. [09:35.2]

I have tested this with certain things and just kept it in my mouth for a period of time to see how my body reacted to it. Candy, for instance, man, if I leave it in my mouth for a period of time, my body does not like it. If I put it straight into it up and stick it down without thinking nothing. But when I stick it on my tongue and I hold it in there for a period of time and I just pay attention to not just how my tongue feels, but also how the rest of my body is reacting to it, being in my mouth. Most of the time, not all the time, but most of the time, my body is not super okay with what's in my mouth. My tongue is fine with it. It's passed the first test, but my body is not. And so then I spit it out and I move on. This happens when you stick something in your tongue, now that you know that, how much are you going to chew? Oh, but I drink smoothies, Bob. Cool. Keep it in your mouth, swish it around in your mouth for a little bit. Get your body used to what's there and then let it go down the pipe, chew your food a little bit more. Taste it. See what's there. See how your body's responding to it. Is it that your tongue likes it, but your body hates it or is it that your body loves it? Because your taste buds, what your tastes will change over time. [10:38.3]

Here's the next thing that happens with the tongue, right? When you start feeding your body appropriately, what it needs, your taste buds actually shift because what's happened is taste is just a function of the chemistry of the food meeting, the chemistry of your body. So if the food chemistry is not so ripe, do you like it as much? No. The chemical reaction between that and your body is different and you don't like it as much. When it's not right, do you like it as much? It depends on who you are and the kind of food, but generally, no, we don't need it when it's not ripe. So there's a certain chemistry that the food reaches where when it interacts with the chemistry of your body, you're like, yes, this is wonderful. On the flip side, your body has a certain chemistry and even though the food has the perfect chemistry for the system, when your body changes its chemistry, suddenly you don't want it. Have you ever been sick? And you like can't stomach food. Like just the thought of certain foods just makes you go like blah, that's because your chemistry change and your body's recognizing that in our current chemical state, sticking that in is not going to be helpful for our system. So taste is, there is no such thing as taste in the sense that food has a taste. Taste is what happens when the outside world chemically interacts with your inside world. And what you result in is an experience. Taste is just an experience. That's all it is. [11:56.1]

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Now, how is this related to beliefs? Cause I mean, as fascinating as it is, and as much as this relates to your diet and everything else, and you paying attention to what's there and recognizing that tastes can change over time and all that other stuff. One interesting thing is that your beliefs function in a very similar way. Your experience of life is the flavor of your life, right? And so if you're experiencing depression, that's the flavor of your life. That is your internal chemistry mixing with the outside world. Meaning your beliefs, mixing with the data that's coming in from all of your five senses. And when you have a certain belief about it, that says, this is the most glorious thing that's ever happened. The flavor of your life changes. When you have a belief about it that says, this is miserable. This shouldn't happen to anyone. This I, this is a social injustice. This I've been wronged. Then the flavor of your life is going to be different. [13:24.2]

Let me get something straight for you guys. Death is happening all the time. Every breath you breathe, you're killing millions of bacteria. Every exhalation, every inhalation, every plant you eat, you have to kill it to eat. Every chicken breast you eat and every time you go, you kill something in order to do it. They, the energy we have, like you burn coal. What are we doing? We're literally taking the soil and we're extorting it for energy. Well, how has a rock formed? A rock is formed by heat and pressure and certain amounts of bacteria, living organisms in these rocks and with the right pressure and the right heat and the right organisms. You get different colors of gems and rocks and whatnot. And it's all baked into that. It was alive and now it's dead in a certain sense. There's still a certain consciousness holding it together. And all we're doing when we use that for fuel is we're, we're using fire to break it out so that we can extort the energy from the earth. [14:22.1]

Death is happening everywhere. Or I should say that transformation is happening all over the place all the time, Okay. But we don't worry about that. When I eat a carrot, I'm like, Hmm, you know. When I eat a good piece of barbecue or something, Hmm, right. When I eat something that's not so good, Hmmm yuuu…that's gross. And my only relationship to it is what I believe about it. But the moment I can actually perceive the life and things, my relationship to it changes. So there was a point in time where one time I was doing a lot of deep meditative yoga, energetic work and I had this sprouted peanut. I had it in my hand and I was looking at it and there was such a sense of life in it. It was this glorious, beautiful thing and I felt such deep connection to it. And then my teacher told me just to get in my mouth and eat it. And I put it in my mouth and I was crying. I mean, even remembering it right now is sort of emotional and I bit down on it. And immediately I felt this passage of energy from that thing into my body, like almost immediately, the energy of the food already transferred to me. [15:34.5]

And it felt like this, this there's one little peanut gave its life for me. And it brought a whole new meaning to the idea of love your neighbor as yourself. If the word neighbor simply means whatever is next to you, the pencil, the desk, the steering wheel, the food you eat, because it gave itself to be a part of me and it is myself now. And it was such a powerfully transformative experience that it changed how I look at food and how I see food. Not all the time. I'm not always living at that heightened level of awareness, but it really radically changed how I behave because of my belief about it. I used to just shovel food in my mouth all the time. Sometimes I still do, but I used to just shovel the food down without really any awareness of it. And all that I missed was a beautiful experience of life. [16:29.3]

Your beliefs are what intermix with the sense data that comes in and they form a flavor in your life. And if you want a new flavor, just like, if you want a different taste of food, you either change the chemistry of the food or you change the chemistry within you. And if you want healthy food to taste good, you change your own internal chemistry. If you want to love lettuce and salads and stuff, you've got to change your internal chemistry. And once you do that, then suddenly the stuff that is not good for you, doesn't taste good. And the stuff that is good for you tastes wonderful. And you can do that through training. There's a bunch of different programs that you can do that through. But the idea is you change your chemistry in the same way. If you want to change the flavor of your life, you shift and release the beliefs that are causing your life experiences to be negative for you. You may not be able to change all the outside circumstances. Can you imagine that? Well, I want my life to be good. So I need to make this much money. I need to have this. I need to be married. I need to have this many children. [17:26.9]

I need to live in this area. People need to treat me with this respect. They need to do what I wanted. And this way, church needs to look like this. The politics and the country need to look like this. And I have to control all of it, or I can't be happy. In other words, I need all of that to be controlled or my internal chemistry will not, will not be one of happiness. It will be one of misery. It will be one of stress, overwhelm and burnout. You cannot control all of the external circumstances of your life, but you can control, you can have a say in everything that's happening inside of you. It might take a little practice, but you can do it. And once you shift that the beliefs that are causing you to react in a weird way, and then you really go back in and you just practice creating a chemistry of happiness so that you actually know how to do it. Then suddenly what used to taste nasty in life doesn't taste nasty anymore. [18.17.0]

I have a client just the other day, like something weird happened in their apartment complex and someone's getting on their case and they're, they're trying to attack their dog. And they're trying to claim that their dog caused all this mayhem and their story keeps changing. And they're causing all these allegations and they're threatening lawyers and a civil suit and that she's going to have to pay all these different things, when her side of the story is very different. And the story that went to the deputy is different. And the story that went to the apartment complex is different and it's a big, it's a big hullabaloo. A year and a half ago that client would have just broken down in total panic and like freaked out, given in paid everything like spent like throwing up all kinds of stuff. And now they're like, okay, cool. Well, I'll give him a little bit of time. I'll process it. Yeah. I'm a little anxious about it. It's not what I want, but whatever. I'm going to reach out to a few people that, you know, I can just process this with and what, and they're like handling it in a totally different way without trying, it's just naturally happening because they changed the beliefs that were inside of them that, that were that life is hard, that everyone's out to get me and that bad things are always going to happen and so on and so forth. [19.21.7]

And once they've shifted that all of a sudden, the way that they're interacting with the circumstance that everybody would look at, well, maybe not everybody, but most people would look at it as not so happy. She's fine. Not what you would prefer, but she's fine just because she's changed the belief and the internal environment that's creating the flavor of life. So if you want to change the flavor of your life, it's yes. If you can change your environment great. But if you can't, the one shore thing you can do is handle the way that you see the world, get in there and dissolve it, like challenge the things that are causing the negativity, change your internal chemistry, literally. And it really does change your internal chemistry really quickly when you start to dismantle these things. And when you do that, suddenly the things that used to upset you a ton, don't upset you so much, and now you're more capable of handling life and the flavor of your life gets better and better and better, right? It just gets better with age just because you're handling your internal chemistry. [20.20.3]

If you do that, like in our engineering is one way that Sadguru talks about it, and he offers his inner engineering online force for like 150 bucks. I think it's half off right now. And it is a great, wonderful program that you could go through that can be really helpful, but that's one way to do it, that uses yogic tools. You can do this through prayer and meditation, for some reason. You can just come to one of our retreats and our retreats are absolutely incredible, will turn your life around in so many ways, but in any way, shape or form, all that's happening is we're handling the internal belief structure and showing you how to operate the chemistry on the inside. When you do that, then that what you taste in life that will be totally different. And you'll be surprised how natural your behavior shifts, and you start partaking of the things that fill your life up with joy and happiness. So that's the link between taste buds and belief. This week as you're going through it, I want you to ask yourself as you're looking around, cool, this is happening. Can I control what's on the outside? If the answer is no, what do I need to shift on the inside so that this is no longer a problem. [21.21.6]

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