In this section we will examine the powers of the mind. The mind is where all health and disease originates, both emotional and physical. You will learn how to change your thoughts by using self affirmations, more specifically, positive affirmations for health.
In my section Mind Body Connection, I explain that your brain is the master control centre of the body and how your brain and spinal cord are connected to every organ in the body via a network of nerve fibres. It is through this matrix of fibres that your body’s self healing energy flows.
The mind is where your thoughts reside and your thoughts and feelings control everything in your life, including your health.
"Everyone of our thoughts, good or bad, becomes concrete, materializes and becomes in short, a reality" - Émile Coué
There are endless accounts of patients recovering from pain when, unbeknownst to them, all they were given was a placebo pill instead of the real drug. The placebo effect, as it has become known, was thought to have been “all in the mind”. Since the development of new technologies such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) it has become possible to observe cellular changes taking place in the brain as it is happening, in real time.
A study was performed in 2004 at the department of Psychology of the University of Turin. A fMRI system was used to scan the brain cells of human volunteers while they were experiencing pain. The test subjects were only given a saline solution, but were told that they were receiving a drug to relieve their pain. The fMRI results showed how the brain cells altered in the same way as if the chemical, the subjects believed they were getting, was actually in their body. For the first time there was attested proof of how a person’s belief can change the body’s chemistry.
Firewalking is yet another example of “mind over matter”. As you know this is a practice whereby people walk barefoot over a bed of hot coals or stones and exit on the other side without even a minor burn to their feet.
Another demonstration of how the powers of the mind release healing energy, was documented on video at the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Center in China. Three practitioners “ordered the cancer” to disappear from a woman’s bladder using a technique called Qigong (Chi Kung). The video shows the screen of an Ultrasound system. On the left side of the screen, we see a frozen image of the tumour while on the right side of the screen a real time scan of the tumour. We can witness the tumour shrink and eventually disappear as the three practitioners chant and direct Qi, life force, energy to the woman’s bladder. The whole process took less than three minutes. Watch the video.
In "The Spontaneous Healing of Belief - Shattering the Paradigm of False Limit", Gregg Braden, who eradicated his own bladder tumour, explains that our bodies respond to the expectation when it is created through a heartfelt knowing and belief.
When we feel from the outcome, as if whatever it is that we are choosing to experience has already come to pass, we are releasing to the universe, the blueprint for the creation of our intended outcome. In this case, Gregg believed and visualized himself to be tumour free and released that very blueprint out to the universe in the form of electro-magnetic energy. The universe responded with the physical equivalent of that blueprint, a tumour free bladder.
Read through my section on “Thought Creates Reality” for an understanding of this energy that lives within our bodies.
In the Health Affirmations section of this site, I take you through the process of composing your own affirmations to help you manifest your own chosen outcomes.
This page on Powers of the Mind is a part of my section on Health Related Fitness. In the next section you will discover the second stage to abundant health, learning how to breathe correctly.