A true healer doesn’t actually heal us; he or she simply helps us remove the blocks that are inhibiting our ability to heal ourselves.
You are the gatekeeper of your mind, and it is your responsibility to control what you think.
The philosophy that our individual organisms prefer to be in healthy equilibrium and can often times spontaneously cure themselves, comes as a surprise to many people. We are programmed early in life to believe that our good health needs support through external interventions like prescription drugs or surgery.
The downside of this limited thinking is our well-being is out of our control.
Many healers believe YOU are your own best doctor. But what does that really mean?
Suppose the key to health is not what we believe it is, i.e., our diet, exercise, weight, enough sleep, nutrients we take, regular checkups, etc.? All these factors are important; but what if there is something else more important!
What if that ‘inner voice’; how our mind thinks and feels; is a major factor effecting our health and well-being? And, what if, by changing our thoughts, we can heal ourselves?
“I know this sounds radical”, says Lissa Rankin, M.D., author of Mind Over Medicine. “But, there is scientific research suggesting that this might be true. The health of the body isn’t as simple as thinking ourselves well or worrying ourselves sick. Or is it?”
What if we have it wrong? What if the body is naturally wired to heal itself, and, what if our inner voice controls this self-healing system?
Can you make yourself sick with the power of your thoughts and emotions?
We have been discussing emotions for several months now. We know our emotions are important to our well-being. And we know that negative emotions can affect the physical body causing illness and disease.
We have all heard of people who get well, even though medical science suggests they shouldn’t have!
One example is the case of a woman whose tumor shrank to nothing during radiation. However, after the treatments the doctor discovered that the radiation machine was broken! The woman actually never received any radiation – but she believed she had – and so did her doctors!
We hear of ‘spontaneous or unexplained remissions’; but is it possible we have some control over the process? If the ‘impossible’ can happen to one person, can it happen again—to others?
“Is there scientific data to support stories of self-healing? There is proof that you can alter your body’s physiology just by changing your mind. There is also proof that you can make yourself sick when your mind thinks unhealthy thoughts”; says Dr. Lissa Rankin.
Let’s face it. The inner voice in our heads can either cheer us on, or put us down and make us miserable. If you’re like many people, your inner voice spends more time tearing you down.
These sorts of conversations go on in our head daily, but are so constant we usually don’t notice. We tend to accumulate negative beliefs and fears during our lives. Our subconscious is filled with lots of rubbish that does not serve us well.
These fears and negative beliefs stimulate our inner voice to constant chatter. The mind is hard to keep quiet!
In today’s world, we’re bombarded with negative information, unrealistic physical ideals, and fear. It’s no wonder our inner voice picks up on these things and reflects them back. It’s so pervasive you probably don’t realize just how negative your self-talk is.
Since your inner voice can trigger emotions, your inner voice will determine how you feel throughout the day.
Understanding Your Inner Voice
- Our inner voice is so constant, most of the time we don’t notice it.
- Even though we may not be consciously focusing on our inner voice, our subconscious mind is listening to everything we say to ourselves.
- We don’t try to create this inner voice. It just happens and runs on auto-pilot.
- The majority of most people’s mind chatter is more negative than positive.
- It can happen so quickly, that just one thought leads to an almost instantaneous stream of related thoughts.
- The feelings and emotions produced by our inner voice lead to bodily reactions, such as those associated with anxiety, when it is negative.
- The subconscious mind accepts our inner voice as truth, and then goes about creating the circumstances to match this truth.
- Positive thoughts attract other positive thoughts, and negative thoughts attract other negative thoughts.
Over the years I’ve noticed a tricky — yet beautiful — aspect of this inner voice that exists within. When we are in a centered state of mind, we can turn on our inner voice to positive thoughts more easily.
Try this exercise: Sit down in a quiet place for 10 minutes and try to write down every negative thought that enters your head. You may be surprised that you can’t keep up!
These negative patterns of the inner voice do not serve us. So, how can you manage or control your inner voice? There are a variety of techniques that you can try. Find one that resonates with you and try it.
Take Control Of Your Inner Voice
(Tip: The news is one of the most negative and upsetting programs you can watch filled with drama, pain, grief, and fear. If you can’t give up watching the news completely, try not to watch it right after waking or just before bedtime since those are times when our minds are most fertile.)
Reflect on Relationships
(Just keep in mind that you aren’t responsible for their emotions. They are. You can’t force someone to change. But you can control whether you continue to allow them to affect you negatively.)
Be Alert To Self-Criticism
It is equally true for ‘seeds’ of love, respect, appreciation, optimism, and gratitude.
You have a choice. What you choose to plant in the garden of your mind will have an effect on your health and well being
www.acupuncturetoday.com; TIME TO CHANGE YOUR THINKING. ; March 2016 page 24; by Dr. Kelley Pendleton.
Rankin, Lissa, M.D.; Mind Over Medicine.