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"Calm Clarity is not just a powerful story of transformation, it is an enthralling tour of the latest research on brain science, complete with actionable takeaways to radically transform the way you think, feel, and live."
We often don't realize how much control we have over our thoughts, feelings, and actions. On some days, the most minor irritation can upset us, but on others, we are in our best form and can rise to challenges with grace. These fluctuations depend on the neural networks firing in our brains, and we have the power to consciously break hardwired thought patterns. Due Quach developed an intimate understanding of the brain during her personal journey of healing from post-traumatic stress disorder.
According to Quach, people function in three primary emotional states: Brain 1.0, Brain 2.0, and Brain 3.0. In Brain 1.0, people act out of fear and self-preservation. Brain 2.0 involves instant gratification and chasing short-term rewards at the expense of long-term well-being. Brain 3.0 is a state of mind that Quach calls "Calm Clarity," in which people's actions are aligned with their core values. As Quach confronted PTSD and successfully weaned herself off medication, she learned how to activate, exercise, and strengthen Brain 3.0 like a muscle. In Calm Clarity, she draws on the latest scientific research and ancient spiritual traditions to show us how we too can take ownership of our thoughts, feelings, and actions in order to be our best selves.
Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain
for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment and Joy
What's in the Book?
My Journey through Brain 1.0 and Brain 2.0 to Brain 3.0
Due brings the key principles of the Calm Clarity Program to life, sharing how she learned them by using neuroscience to navigate through many hardships and challenges. By honestly telling her moving and inspiring story, she demonstrates that trauma doesn't have to be a life sentence, and that pain can be transformed rather than transmitted. Her transformation shows that a person can be a refugee from a war-torn country, grow up in poverty, be surrounded by violence, and suffer PTSD, yet she can heal her brain, change her trajectory, and make a positive impact on the world.
This is also the story of how one person's quest to use insights from science to achieve self-actualization led her to discover that mystical experiences can happen, even to a secular skeptic.
A Mind-Hacker's Guide to Shifting into Brain 3.0
Due builds on the concepts shared in Part 1 to help readers make the shift into Brain 3.0 in a manner that is grounded in experience, science, and inner wisdom. She begins by providing an overview of the journey that takes a deeper dive into the underlying neural mechanisms. She helps readers appreciate the critical functions of Brain 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 and the importance of integrating and aligning these structures.
She also presents a series of practical and effective neuroscience-based meditations and exercises that enable readers to strengthen the neural networks of Brain 3.0, and break free of self-limiting patterns and behaviors. By doing these contemplative practices on a regular, consistent basis, people can rewire their brains to naturally experience more wisdom, fulfillment, and joy. They can learn to embody more and more of their Higher Selves—the highest expression of who they are.