the body control the mind or does the mind control the body?
The answer to both, according to Deepak Chopra, author of “Quantum
Healing”, is both.
every health professional acknowledges that the attitude of
a patient provides a major influence in the success of their
recovery. Yet few detailed or reliable procedures exist
to help people get over their response of fear or apathy to
achieve a congruent positive attitude.
like “It’s too late now”, “There’s nothing I can do anyway”,
“I’m a victim”, “My number came up”, can limit a person from
accessing all their natural resources and unconscious competence.
What we believe about our own capacities and the nature of
the world around us greatly affects how effective we can be.
placebo effect, where a neutral substance is substituted for
a medication without telling the patient, has been well documented
and averages an about 54% success rate. Many researchers
speculate that a “reverse placebo effect” or “nocebo”, may
even cause many cases of illness. For example, when
a patient is told he/she has cancer and has very little hope
of survival, what effect does this have on them? Is
this a nocebo instead of a placebo?
there are recoveries or “spontaneous remissions”, how well
are these documented? It seems a lot of studies are
focused on what may work, rather than what in reality has
could be because when the body heals itself, which it seems
is the case in spontaneous remissions, there is as yet no
scientific way to analyse the vast, complex and interconnected
physiological processes that bring this about. Overlooking
it, though, seems to me to be entirely unscientific.
the few studies that have been made, the role of our attitudes
and beliefs has proven to be very significant, no matter what
methods were used in the “cure”, be they traditional or alternative.
a serious “dis-ease” usually has to do with a person taking
a new outlook on life, who they believe they are, what their
capabilities are, and changing major beliefs and behaviour.
In other words, getting a sense of a new mission in life.
It is no coincidence that we call a recovery from a life threatening
illness a “re-mission”.
are largely unconscious patterned thinking processes.
Because they are mostly unconscious patterns, they are hard
to identify. There are many types of beliefs that need
to be examined: beliefs about cause, beliefs about meaning,
and beliefs about identity.
Dilts, an author, developer and consultant in the field of
Neuro Linguistic Programming, in his book, “Beliefs: Pathways
to Health and Well-Being”, has identified detailed specifics
of the structure of how we internalize our beliefs.
Knowing the structure of how a person internally files limiting
beliefs, beliefs that are no longer true, universal beliefs,
among others, can then make re-filing a belief a person wants
to be true to one that is universally true, a quick and easy
process. It’s like discovering the code to your unconscious
filing system and being able to re-arrange it to one that
is more useful for you.
back to the source of the limiting belief to release negative
emotions and limiting decisions and creating more empowering
ones is also very helpful.
so, it seems that looking at emotional, mental, and spiritual
health as well as the physical makes for a more wholistic
approach and increases the chances of recovery or “re-mission”
Nygaard is a Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Trainer,
Time Line Therapy® Master Trainer and Hypnotherapy Trainer.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org