Living In Survival vs. Living In Creation – Dr. Joe Dispenza

Living In Survival vs. Living In Creation – Dr. Joe Dispenza

Survival and creation represent two divergent states shaping our health, purpose, and lives. According to Dr. Joe Dispenza, survival keeps us trapped in patterns of stress, fear, and past conditioning that severely limit human potential. This reactive state activates the primitive fight-or-flight nervous system, narrows our focus, and magnifies threats. In contrast, living in creation cultivates coherence between mind, body, and spirit. This expansive state opens us to growth, possibility, and embracing the unknown with an open heart. We can reclaim our highest capacities by shifting beyond survival and into creative approaches for thinking, relating, and being. This article will explore the key differences between these states and how to move from reactive survival to conscious creation.

Are You Living in Survival or Creation?

Are you stuck in a repeating pattern of stress, fear, and past conditioning, shutting down your higher capabilities? This is the survival state. This state activates the primitive fight-or-flight nervous system, narrowing our focus to material concerns and magnifying threats. In contrast, living in creation cultivates your coherence between the mind, body, and heart. This expansive state opens you up to growth, possibility, and embracing the unknown with an open mind and boundless hope in the future. We can transform our health, relationships, and lives into creative beings by moving beyond survival patterns.

Let’s look at each of the choices between the survival state and the creative state.

The Stress Response Versus Relaxation Response

The stress response is the body’s automatic reaction to perceived threats and danger. It activates the sympathetic nervous system and triggers the release of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. This puts the body into fight-or-flight mode, which prepares it to deal with imminent survival needs by increasing heart rate, blood pressure, and energy. Though adaptive in the short term, prolonged activation of the stress response strains the body’s systems, suppresses immunity, and damages health over time. The stress response was meant for surviving a short-term immediate danger not as a lifestyle choice.

In contrast, the relaxation response is induced when the parasympathetic nervous system is activated. This decreases heart rate, blood pressure, and metabolism, allowing the body to enter a state of deep rest, growth, and inner coherence. Activities like meditation elicit a relaxation response. It facilitates cellular repair, boosts immunity, and combats the adverse effects of long-term stress. Mastering both activation and relaxation responses provides more profound resilience.

Fight-or-Flight Mode Versus Growth-and-Repair Mode

When the body enters fight-or-flight mode in response to perceived danger, all focus and energy get channeled toward overcoming the immediate external threat. Digestion, immunity, reproduction, and other non-essential systems are temporarily suppressed so the body can completely concentrate its resources on survival. However, prolonged fight-or-flight mode strains the adrenal glands and compromises long-term health.

Growth-and-repair mode is associated with the relaxation response. Without the urgency created by perceived threats, the body can devote resources to holistic renewal instead of short-term survival needs. Energy goes toward creativity, innovation, creative building, healing, and profound inner peace – states that allow humans to thrive.

Focus On Matter Versus Focus On Energy

Survival focuses narrowly on material forms – typically the sources of perceived threats, like enemies, debts, or worrisome future scenarios. But since matter is condensed, slowed-down energy, this limits our perception. Widening our focus to engage the boundless energy behind all matter unlocks creativity, possibilities, and access to the generative quantum field of universal potential. Focus on your goals and passion more than your current circumstances.

Materialist Perspective Versus Possibility Mindset

The materialist perspective is confined to the surface physical world and sensory inputs. It tends to be ego-centric and attached to limited rational assumptions, life experiences, and culturally ingrained worldviews. In contrast, the possibility mindset transcends these constraints by engaging imagination, intuition, more profound spiritual wisdom, and a sense of metaphysical interconnectedness. This provides a larger framework in which opportunities abound to overcome limits and create desired change. Focus on your future possibilities and opportunities, not just your current reality. Adopt a growth mindset not a fixed mindset.

Analytic Thinking Versus Holistic Intuition

Analytic thinking relies solely on the intellect, data, and logical reasoning. It has limitations when dealing with complex interdependencies or the invisible realms of emotions, energy, and spirituality. Holistic intuition integrates signals from the head, heart, and body for more profound wisdom. It also accesses the innate collective intelligence that emerges when the conscious mind steps aside. This allows for richer knowledge beyond rational thought alone.

Craving The Familiar Versus Embracing The Unknown

The survival instinct craves the familiar as it represents stability and safety. But we are continually relying on the tight limits of growth. Consciously embracing uncertainty with flexibility, trust in larger forces, and an openness to learn cultivates the confidence in life’s unfolding, that’s needed to forge new positive pathways aligned with our soul-level potentials.

Living In The Past Versus Creating The Future

When we live in the past we are dwelling on or glorifying the past roots of our sense of identity in stories we’ve outgrown. At best, this leads to projecting repetitive patterns forward. Consciously creating the future is an active process where we envision desired scenarios, set congruent intentions, and then mindfully craft conditions through imagination, innovation, and sustained effort to manifest them. This shapes life on purpose.

Experiencing Separation Versus Feeling Interconnection

The survival mindset produces an exaggerated sense of disconnection from others. This manifests as seeing people stereotypically or relating through transactions. Yet beneath surface distinctions, all life is energetically interconnected. Internalizing this inter connectiveness awakens empathy, inspiration, joy, and collective contribution.

Reacting Versus Responding Consciously

Reactions arise from childhood conditioning and perpetuate knee-jerk emotional patterns. Responding consciously involves pausing, reflecting, and choosing our state of being. This expands freedom and responsibility. We gain the power to shape the quality of each moment as we move toward envisioned futures.

Victim Mindset Versus Creator Mindset

As victims, we give away personal power by blaming external factors for current conditions. This distorts perceptions through confirmation bias. The creator mindset recognizes our ability to consciously direct thoughts, manage emotions, alter limiting beliefs, and pioneer new neurological pathways and habits. We reclaim authority to shape both our inner and outer worlds.[1]

Key Takeaways

  • The stress response and fight-or-flight mode are short-term survival mechanisms. Prolonged activation damages physical and mental health.
  • The relaxation response and growth-and-repair mode facilitate deep rest, renewal, and creativity.
  • Focus on only survival limits perception by fixating on material forms rather than boundless generative energy.
  • The possibility mindset transcends constraints through imagination, intuition, and metaphysical interconnection.
  • Holistic intuition synthesizes signals from the head, heart, and body for wisdom beyond rational intellect alone.
  • Embracing uncertainty creates confidence in life’s unfolding, allowing us to forge new positive pathways.
  • Consciously creating the future involves envisioning, intentionality, and purposeful manifestation.
  • Recognizing energetic interconnection awakens empathy, inspiration, and collective contribution.
  • Conscious response involves reflection, choice, and ownership of our state.
  • The creator mindset recognizes our power to direct thoughts, manage emotions, and alter limiting beliefs.


Transcending engrained survival patterns empowers us to cultivate higher states of relaxation, growth, wisdom, and unity. We can envision and manifest greater purposes as we consciously direct our inner experience. This awakens our full potential and expands our future possibilities. We always have the choice to move from reactive modes to creative flow aligned with life’s rhythms.

We reclaim our full human potential while elevating those around us by shifting out of reactive survival modes and into conscious creative approaches for thinking, relating, and being. The choice is ours.