I inadvertently started my journey of mind/body healing when I was twenty years old. I say “inadvertently” because I had become focused on learning to meditate to get me through a stressful time in my life. And, after all, it was during the Guru movement in the US. (we will discuss that next column: )
What do I mean by mind-body healing? Simply put: the use of the power of thoughts and emotions to influence physical health.
When I was 27 I became very ill—or, I was told by well-respected physicians that I was ill following emergency surgery. My doctors proclaimed that I would be disabled “for the rest of (my) life”. Other than a slight problem breathing, every day after meditating I patted myself on the back because I felt so healthy.
I was introduced to a physician that was experimenting with “mind/body healing”. He expanded what I already knew about meditation and taught me the art of mind/body healing. I have been practicing this “art of healing” ever since then.
Louise Hay published a simple little book in the 1980’s called “Heal Your Body”. Louise is not a famous physician, scientist, or researcher. Louise was an ordinary woman, abused, and undereducated. Yet, she managed to write this powerful reference book for mind/body healing.
“Heal Your Body” pages are each three columns. On the first column there is a list of physical symptoms, or area of your body, that you might be having issues. eg: Depression
The second column is a list of things you may be emotionally experiencing because of being depressed. eg: Anger you feel you do not have a right to have. Hopelessness.
Third column is a positive affirmation to change your thinking about how you are experiencing your life. eg: I now go beyond other people’s fears and limitations. I create my life.
Sound simplistic. It is. And, it works….as long as you believe it works.
Deepak Chopra has published many works on mind/body healing using the concept of “consciousness creates reality”. The idea of creating our own healthy reality will help you further understand the mind/body concept.
We are so fortunate to live in a world that offers all the “scientific breakthroughs” that are offered from both Western and “Alternative” medicines that contribute to our health and longevity. We don’t have to choose one over the other. The National Institute of Health encourages a balance of both approaches when considering personal healing approaches.
There is a power within you. Perhaps the next time you have a physical malady you might want to consider creating your healthy reality that doesn’t include a copay, hospital visit, or popping a pill—change your thinking.
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