While doing the washing up, my knee gave way suddenly. It made me think of muscle testing and how your muscles go weak when you think of something that isn’t true for you but if you think of something that is true for you (though not necessarily true for others), your muscles are strong. Muscle testing shows a direct mind-body connection.
If just thinking about something briefly can make that much of a difference to your body, how much difference will thinking the same thing over and over again have on you? If you are subjected to insults or being told off on a daily basis, it will affect you to the point where you believe what is being said. You can feel useless and powerless. That is what happens to your mind but, as already shown, there is a direct mind-body connection. What is happening to your body that you can’t see and are not aware of?
The mind-body connection is very well known now and this is something you can prove to yourself. If you imagine walking alone down a dark alley in the middle of the night then you hear someone following you in the darkness, your heart will beat faster. When you stand up straight with your shoulders back and your head held high, you feel more confident. There is a direct correlation between what goes on in the body then what happens in the mind, and vice versa.
Dr Masaru Emoto did experiments that showed the effect of good and bad words on frozen water. He wrote about these experiments in his book The Hidden Messages in Water. Words were typed on paper and wrapped round bottles of water. When frozen, the water that had good words on the bottles formed beautiful crystals while the water that had been in the bottles with bad words on them had malformed crystals. As we are made up of 60%-70% water, think what effect hearing awful things all of the time must have on us.
Now think about what you say to yourself on a daily basis. Do you say things like “I can’t do that”, “I’m useless”, “I’m too old/fat/ugly to be loved” or “I’ll never amount to anything” to yourself? What effect is that having on you? Scientists and doctors say that diseases such as cancer can be caused by smoking, the environment, being overweight and even certain foods but what about the mind-body connection? What about all of the articles we read about cancer or when we hear news on the television about the latest discoveries and findings about what causes cancer? We are bombarded with it all of the time so it gets in your mind and can get into your body that way.
In the UK, we had an advert for Race for Life by Cancer Research UK where the tag line was “Cancer, we’re coming to get you”. Watch the advert with caution because it begins with a woman having her head shaved while the words “Hello cancer” are splashed across the screen in massive capital letters. Soon after, a little girl says “You make me sick!” Then, at the end, they have the tag line, again written in large capital letters.
Whenever I heard the advert on the radio I would immediately say to myself “No, we’re not! That is a badly thought out advert. It should say we’re going to beat you.” That phrase would have fitted in perfectly with the fund-raising campaign of running a race. Considering advertisers are extremely aware of the effect that words have on consumers, I’m surprised that advert was even made. Conspiracy theorists looking for evidence about big pharma and charities could have a field day with it.
We have to be very careful about what we allow to permeate into our subconscious minds. Advertisers know that repetition is the key to getting someone to buy their products. Equally, repeating positive affirmations is one of the keys to getting them to work.
Remember the mind-body connection – the mind affects the body and the body also affects the mind. If the mind can make a body sick, it can make it well again and, in fact, our bodies do actually heal themselves. Dr Lissa Rankin wrote in her book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself about how, as a very busy, stressed doctor working long hours, she became ill with various complaints, including pre-cancer of the cervix. Surgery and medication did not eradicate her health problems but changing her life to reduce stress and doing things that made her happy did heal her. If you are the sort of person who needs scientific evidence before you will accept that your mind can heal you, this is the book for you.
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