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What if I told you there was a way to re-create the simple process that developed your addiction, and then direct the same process to break free and move on to achieve your highest goals and aspirations? There is a way and it’s simpler than you might think.

Whenever we do anything for the first time, the brain puts in place the basic foundation of a habit. Why? Because the brain assumes that we might repeat the action in the future and it wants to make the next time easier, and the next easier still. Each time we repeat a behavior, the brain circuitry for that behavior grows larger and deeper until finally it becomes automatic—a habit. Taken to the extreme, a habit can become an addiction.

However, as one acts out a behavior less often, the brain circuitry for that behavior begins to shrink—just like a muscle, it begins to atrophy. One of the laws of brain development is “use-it-or-lose-it.” As you begin consistently applying the Renaissance principles and tools in your daily life, your “healthy sexuality brain circuitry” will increase in size and depth, while your porn addiction circuitry will shrink. You will literally “rewire” your brain circuitry, so that you no longer seek pornography and other sexual addiction behaviors as your “drug of choice.”

One of the world’s leading neuro-psychologists, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, describes your ability to change your brain this way:

“It is the brain’s astonishing power to learn and unlearn, to adapt and change, to carry with it the inscriptions of our experiences. The life we lead, in other words, leaves a mark in the form of enduring changes in the complex circuitry of the brain—footprints of the experiences we have had, the actions we have taken. The adult brain can change. It can grow new cells. It can change the function of old ones. It can rezone an area that originally executed one function and assign it another. The exertion of willful effort generates a physical force that has the power to change how the brain works and even its physical structure.”

At Renaissance, we’ll guide you through the steps to identify the brain processes that got you into your addiction, and then, combined with the principles of deep spirituality, harness and direct these brain processes to get you out!

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