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Science has suggested that it’s possible to accelerate physical, emotional and spiritual healing with the sheer power of your mind. In this lesson, learn the 5 rules of Mind-Body Healing, and how to take advantage of this natural phenomenon.
As we all know, there are many techniques to use your mind to reprogram your attitudes, beliefs and habits.
But can the mind go further? Can the mind actually influence the physical body in dramatic ways?
Science is beginning to show that it can. We’ll share some fascinating scientific studies in this post. But we’ll do more…
We will also show you how you can:
Start using your mind to influence your body in healthy ways
Help accelerate your body’s natural healing process
Slow down the aging process so you look and feel better despite the years piling on
Remember, a healthy body is important to living an extraordinary life.
A Fascinating Case Study on Healing
A sixty-one-year-old man named Frank was diagnosed with a fatal type of throat cancer. His weight had dropped to 98 pounds, he had trouble breathing and could barely swallow.
Doctors placed his survival rate at 5% and even pondered whether he should be placed under radiation therapy since the treatment might only add to his discomfort and not significantly increase his survival odds.
After much thought, the doctors decided to put him under radiation treatment anyway. Fortunately for Frank, Dr. O. Carl Simonton, then medical director of the Cancer Counseling and Research Center in Dallas, Texas, was asked to participate in Frank’s treatment.
Simonton suggested that Frank himself had the ability to influence the course of his own disease and taught Frank a number of relaxation and mental-imagery techniques.
Dr. Simonton’s Suggested Treatment: Imagery Therapy
Frank had to visualize…
The radiation he received consisted of thousands of tiny bullets of energy bombarding his cells;
His cancer cells as being weaker than the normal cells and thus unable to repair the damage they suffered;
His body’s white blood cells as coming in and swarming over the weakened cancer cells;
Flushing the cancer cells out of his body through his liver and kidneys.
The results were astonishing and far exceeded what usually happens when a patient is treated solely with radiation therapy. Frank experienced almost none of the negative side effects – the skin and mucous membrane damage that normally followed such treatment.
In a mere two months, he had not only regained his weight and strength but all signs of his cancer had vanished.
Frank is one of thousands of cancer patients who have benefited from imagery therapy through the Simonton Cancer Center.
But the evidence for Mind-Body Healing goes even deeper
The Placebo Effect is Stronger than You Think
Scientists and doctors have long been puzzled by how certain patients have been able to heal themselves of life-threatening diseases.
Doctors have found that a patient can trigger self-healing by the mere belief that they will be cured. This is commonly called “the placebo effect.”
Doctors are finding that many people manage to get cured when they are given fake medication, called placebos, which usually consist of nothing more than sugar pills or distilled water, and then told by their doctors that they were taking real medication.
There is no explanation for why the placebo effect works, except that somehow, the patient’s belief that they are getting cured triggers some sort of self-healing ability within the patient. The placebo effect is probably the best-documented way in which the mind is known to affect the body.
The placebo effect, using some of the most outrageous remedies, has worked exceptionally well with warts. In 1934, a physician conducted a double-blind study showing that placebos worked almost as well as sulpharsphenamine, the drug commonly used to treat warts at the time. 53% of patients given the actual medicine were cured. But of the patients given the fake medicine, which was nothing more than distilled water and told it was a genuine wart cure, 48% were cured.
The opposite also works.
If you believe something is harmful to you, it tends to be.
One study showed that 19 out of 40 subjects developed asthmatic symptoms after inhaling a saline solution they believed to be allergenic. Twelve developed full-blown wheezing and bronchial spasms, which disappeared completely 3 minutes after receiving another saline solution placebo. The researchers concluded that suggestion played a significant role in precipitating asthmatic attacks.
Weirder still — the placebo effect also works with surgery.
In the summer of 1994, a surgeon named J. Bruce Moseley had 10 patients scheduled for an operation intended to relieve the arthritis pain in their knees. All 10 were wheeled into the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, draped, examined and anesthetized.
All 10 were then dispatched to the recovery room and sent home from the hospital by the next morning equipped with crutches and a painkiller. All 10 men believed they had just gone through a reliable medical surgery to cure them of their knee arthritis pain. But this was not the case.
In fact, while two of the men would undergo the standard arthroscopic surgery for their condition — the scraping and rinsing of the knee joint — and three would have the rinsing alone, five would have no recognized surgical procedure at all. Their surgery would be a placebo. Moseley would cut the placebo patients’ knees three times with a scalpel — to make it feel and look real, there had to be incisions and scars for the patient to believe he had undergone surgery — but that was it.
The placebo worked.
Six months after surgery, the 10 patients still didn’t know whether they had been faked out or not.
But all of them reported much less pain.
The placebo effect can be so powerful that all modern drugs have to be tested against a placebo before they are released to the public. And many former treatments and drugs have been taken off the market when their healing properties were found to be solely due to the placebo effect.
Other Evidence for Mind-Body Interaction
Hypnotism is another way to demonstrate the mind-body effect. A hypnotist can cause someone to trigger their body’s own healing mechanism at will.
Another weird phenomenon of mind-body interaction is that of people with multiple or split personalities. Psychologists have observed that when multiples switch personalities their body also shows dramatic changes.
Eyesight can improve or worsen, allergies can reappear or disappear and even brain wave patterns can change. Multiples can also change their voice patterns in ways that even the best actors cannot emulate.
This leads to an interesting question…
Just how much of your physical body is influenced by your belief system?
The gap between mind and body seems almost non-existent.
The Growing Acceptance
The scientific evidence for mind-body healing is well established and public acceptance is now mainstream.
A 1990 Gallup Poll on American attitudes to paranormal phenomenon found that25% of Americans had had success with mental healing.
The May 2001 Gallup Poll discovered that “Americans with the highest levels of education are more likely to believe in the power of the mind to heal the body.”
The same Gallup Poll on Americans’ beliefs on the Paranormal, updated the statistics in June 2005, showing that more than 55% believe in the connection between the mind and the body in healing. These healing powers of the mind on both the physical and emotional have been demonstrated empirically, reflecting the power of placebos.
Furthermore, according to a famous survey published in 1993 in the New England Journal of Medicine, 34% of adult Americans reported using at least one unconventional therapy in the past year. This includes meditation, yoga and visualization techniques.
And finally, the 1993 New England Journal of Medicine survey found that alternative medicine category, which includes mind-body healing, energy healing and spiritual healing, is most likely to be practiced not by the socially marginal or the cognitively defective, but by affluent (incomes above $35,000), college-educated people.
But Can Your Mind Heal Someone Else’s Body?
Let’s ask a more daring question. Can you use your mind to heal a loved one – at a distance?
Some of the most surprising evidence for distant healing comes from psychologist William Braud and his colleagues at The Mind Science Foundation of San Antonio, Texas. Braud’s studies, conducted over 17 years, involved having people mentally attempt to influence the nervous system of remote participants.
The results of the study were simply mind blowing.
Braud would wire up the first group of people, known as receivers, to machines that measured up to seven different physiological responses such as blood pressure, skin conductivity and muscle tremor.
A second group of people, known as senders, would be placed in a different room and asked to attempt to arouse or calm the receiver solely by thinking about them. Both senders and receivers were ordinary people who had volunteered for the study.
Braud’s 37 experiments involved 665 sessions, 449 people and 13 experimenters. What Braud found was that at the exact moment the sender was asked to think of their receiver, the receiver would show a change in his or her physiological condition.
The 37 experiments combined resulted in odds against chance of more than 100 trillion to one in favor of distant mental interactions between the participants.
In short, the ability of one person’s mind to affect another person’s body is scientific fact.
But Just How Powerful is it?
Okay, so we know that one person’s mind can somehow influence someone else’s physical body – but is the effect really powerful enough to make a difference in someone’s state of health?
Again, the answer is surprising.
The effects of distant healing have been proven to be significantly greater than many drugs deemed to be highly successful in medicine.
For example, numerous studies have shown that propranolol and aspirin are effective in reducing heart attacks. But their effects pale in comparison to distant healing.
Effect sizes of drugs are measured on a scale from 0 to 1. An effect size of 0.03 in a medical life-or-death situation would mean that 3 out of 100 people survived. An effect size of 0.3 would mean that an additional 30 out of 100 survived.
In medical tests, the effect size of aspirin on reducing heart attack is 0.03. The effect size of propranolol was not much higher, at 0.04. These sizes were sufficient enough proof for the government to authorize the drug manufacturers to state that their products prevent heart attack.
But the effect size of distant healing in Braud’s experiments was a surprising 0.25!
This means that if 100 people were going through a therapy with a success rate of 35%, this success rate would go up to 60% with the addition of distant healing. Almost twice as many patients would be saved.
In his studies, Braud also discovered some strange properties of distant healing. His volunteers were asked to participate in another experiment where they would attempt to mentally calm down two groups. One was a group of highly nervous people and the other a calmer group.
First, Braud found that the distant healing effect was the strongest when the person on the receiving end actually had a serious need for healing. The effect size on the highly nervous group was far greater than on the calm group.
More surprisingly, he found that the effect size on the agitated group by those trying to calm them down was only slightly less than the effect that people had on themselves when using relaxation techniques.
In statistical terms, this means that other people could have the same mind-body effect on you as you could have on yourself and vice-versa.
Think about that for a moment. That’s astounding!
The Five Rules for Mind-Body Healing
William Braud outlined five major mental techniques that he believed have important effects on the self-healing processes.
The need for relaxation and quietude.
Learning to focus your attention on one thing (e.g. breathing), which allows you to develop mental self-control and avoid distractions.(The above two points are achieved through meditation).
Learning visualization or imagery techniques since pictures are the preferred language of the mind.
Incorporating intent into the process, a wish for some goal to be reached and an expectation that it will.
The evocations of strong positive emotions during the healing process.
The Technique for Self-Healing
The following is the basic technique:
1. Go to your alpha level of mind.
This can be done through any simple meditation technique. Lie down or sit upright in a comfortable position, remove all distracting noise. Inhale and exhale slowly and with each breath, let go of any tension that you may have. Relax more and more with each breath.
2. Visualize Your Current State of Health on Your Mental Screen.
Visualize the current condition of the body, including the ailment or pain that is bothering you. You do not need to memorize or know what each component of your body actually looks like. Simple pictures are enough to speak to your mind. A lung can be imagined as a balloon. A kidney can resemble a kidney bean. Create a representative picture of the ailment. Feel the emotions associated with this problem.
3. See Yourself Healing and Getting Better and Healthier.
Now visualize the ailment disappearing. Create, with your imagination, a system to remove the ailment.
Kidney stones can be crushed into harmless powder that is then excreted.
Tumors can be visualized as large black blobs, while your immune system and white blood cells are visualized as tiny soldiers attacking the tumor. On each attack the tumor shrinks.
A sore muscle can be bathed in an imaginary healing light that alleviates the pain and restores the muscle to a healthy state.
The exact image you use is irrelevant – create something that speaks to you. It does not have to be scientifically correct. It only has to be symbolic. Your subconscious mind will get the message.
4. Let the final picture be one of perfect health.
Feel the joy and energy of having perfect health. Imagine it to be true and already occurring.
It helps to say an affirmation such as:
“I have a perfectly healthy body and mind”
“My ______ is now functioning perfectly and is in a state of excellent health.”
5. Let Go.
Let go and trust your body’s self-healing ability. You can now come out of the alpha level. Trust that the healing action is taking place.
Please note that mental healing should not be used as a replacement for a visit to your doctor. Always consult a doctor first for serious health conditions. Mental healing is a type of complementary medicine – as the name suggests it is to be used alongside but not as a replacement for modern medicine.
“What If I’m already Healthy?”
If you have no health problems and are perfectly healthy at the moment, you can still meditate and visualize yourself staying in perfect health. This way you may never have to worry about having to heal yourself.
The Energy Redirection Technique: How To Quickly Overcome Setbacks In Life
And it doesn’t matter how optimistic you are, or how positive you feel, some things in life will inevitably go wrong.
Your car breaks down in the middle of the freeway.
You experience delays in a project you’re working on.
Someone you thought you trusted betrays you.
Sometimes, no matter how positive you try to be, bad things just happen.
And when it does, what’s your usual course of action?
Usually, it boils down to one of three options.
The first option is more of a knee-jerk reaction.
Option #1 – Frustration
You get emotional. Frustrated. Maybe even angry about what happened. This happens to most of us, and it’s perfectly understandable.
But as you can imagine, getting frustrated doesn’t do anyone any good. Especially to yourself.
It breaks your flow. Your happiness dips. Stress and anxiety rises. And all of this just makes it harder for you to find a solution for the initial problem.
In short… frustration breaks happiness
Losing Happiness breaks your Flow
Breaking Flow prevents you from effectively solving the problem.
But it gets worse.
What you give your attention to, you MAGNIFY. So stressing out over the problem simply magnifies the problem even further.
So what do you do? There’s the second option.
Option #2 – Fix the Problem
The second option is to start looking for a way to fix the problem.
Now this is definitely a level up from the first option. But the thing is, you still face the issue of “magnifying what you focus on.”
For most people, the focus is still on the problem. Some people develop an “obsessive fixation” with fixing the problem.
If you’re constantly obsessing about fixing the problem, what are you really focusing on?
The problem. Which seems to linger even more.
But there’s Option #3: I call it “Energy Redirection.”
And it’s best described with a quote by futurist, Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller:
“You never change things by fighting an existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
In this scenario, you’re flipping the problem upside down.
You create a “vision” to work towards something that doesn’t involve directly solving the problem, instead renders the problem completely irrelevant. At the same time, the vision causes you to aim for something “bigger” than the problem.
Someone breaks your heart. Yes, it’s painful. But rather than pursue them back (which may be pointless), you set a new vision — to be the ideal man or woman, so you can attract someone even better.
You get sick and are hospitalized. You set a new vision when you come out to get your body and health into even better shape than before.
To better illustrate what I mean, I want to share a story Burt Goldman, a dear friend of mine and one of Mindvalley Academy’s most long-term authors, shared with me.
This incident happened years ago when Burt was teaching a class.
He was leaving his class and decided to offer some of his students a ride home. But when they reached his car in the parking lot, he found that someone had rear-ended and dented his car, without leaving an apology note with a phone number.
His students were aghast at what had happened.
But Burt had a different approach.
After taking a quick look at the damage, he decided to take a quick trip to the mechanic to find out how much it would cost to fix.
Total damages: $300.
With that in mind, Burt decided to set a goal for himself. He mentally decided to find a way to grow his income as a trainer by $300 a month. And he wanted to do this by the end of the month.
This now became his new focus. Not the damages to his car. He forgot about that. He just used the incident of the dent as a catalyst to create a bigger vision, which would in turn render his initial problem obsolete.
This vision was big enough to inspire him to take action to achieve his goal. And he told me that it led to an insight: He decided to create slight modifications in his class brochure that would hopefully attract more students to his classes.
Sure enough, by the end of the month, Burt made an extra $300.
But because Burt had set a big vision for himself, his MONTHLY income from teaching was now $300 higher than it was before someone rear-ended his car.
So that little $300 “dent” led to Burt enhancing his business to the point where he now made an extra $300 every month. He pivoted the problem into a vision.
And that’s how energy redirection works.
So don’t get fixated on fixing the problem.
Focus instead on a greater vision that will render the initial problem obsolete.
Here’s the four steps to using energy redirection:
Step 1) Take the problem and make it into a “project”
Don’t stress out over the problem. Instead, look at it as a catalyst to propel you to a new project that you can work on in your life. In Burt’s case, the damages to his car became a project of growing his monthly income by $300.
Don’t think of it as the “problem.” Think of it as a “project.”
Our choice of words matter. And words have incredible power to move us. “Project” is an empowering word because it means creating something new.
Step 2) Create a vision that makes the problem obsolete
One of the beautiful things about setting goals is that it turns on our minds to look for answers that we never knew once existed. Whether this phenomenon is due to the reticular activation system of our brains, or simply intuition, doesn’t matter. The point is, it works.
So use the problem to inspire you to create a vision to make the problem obsolete.
Step 3) Pursue the new vision aggressively and joyfully
It may be natural to drift back to thinking about the problem, but keep in mind that by doing so, you’re not helping.
If the vision, when fully formed, will eradicate the problem, be sure to shift your focus back to the vision as much as you can. Pursue it joyfully because when we pursue a project or vision with joy, we keep ourselves in the state of Flow which makes us perform much better.
Step 4) Monitor your state of flow
In my talk, Happiness Is The New Productivity, I list how being in a happy state makes us better at solving problems.
Know that you’re not going to solve your big problems by being stressed out.
If you have a vision that’s inspiring you, and you’re monitoring your state of flow, you’re more likely to achieve your vision.
Sometimes, I find that by pursuing this philosophy, amazing things can happen.
In 2009, I almost lost my business.
Google changed its advertising policy, which favored larger advertisers — the Ikea’s and BMW’s of the world — Making it much harder for smaller businesses to run ads on their platform. A long checklist of requirements had resulted and many small businesses with startup budgets could not meet these requirements.
Mindvalley was one of those smaller businesses.
Overnight, we were no longer able to advertise on Google and it dealt a devastating blow for the company.
For the next 6 months, we were on a decline and bleeding money.
At one point, one of my key managers was organizing weekly meetings with many of our top team members to address this issue. And I still remember the title of the meeting in our calendars – “Fixing our Google problem.”
One day, I showed up for the meeting. And it was one of the most depressing meetings I have ever attended.
The energy was low. Stress was at an all-time high. And everyone was completely obsessed over fixing the problem.
So I told my team this…
“Guys, I want to suggest something…
“Number one, rather than talking about how to fix our Google problem, I want to firstly change the title of this meeting. I want it to be called, ‘How to Become a Google case study.’
“And number two, I want you to stop obsessing over fixing this problem, and instead aim to find a way, despite the budget, to create websites that are of the same quality as big industry players.
“This is our NEW goal.”
It was like flipping a magic switch.
Over the days, the energy in the meeting room became electric. Everyone felt far more motivated and driven to reach this bigger vision. Focusing on a vision is far more inspiring than focusing on fixing a problem.
But it got even better. As I mentioned earlier, when you set goals, your brain has a tendency to look for opportunities to get you closer to your goal.
Two weeks after changing the title of the meeting, I happen to be at a Google conference on mobile technology in my city.
As I was waiting in lunch, I happen to turn to the person next to me to say hi, and it turned out that he worked for Google. And he was also aware of Mindvalley.
We got talking. As I described the problem we were facing, he offered his help. I also invited him to visit our office, to share what we were doing to become a Google Case Study.
This led to a string of interesting coincidences.
Within four weeks of setting our goal, Google had sent a film crew to our office to film and interview our staff to create (you guessed it) a Google Case Study on how a small company like ours was using Google’s advertising solutions.
And that’s how Mindvalley became a Google Case Study.
That’s the power of flipping your mind from discussing the problem, to creating a vision that makes the problem obsolete.
Do this right, and amazing things can start to happen.
As my friend Michael Beckwith said in a recent interview on Consciousness Engineering
“Behind every problem, there’s a question trying to ask itself. . . .
Behind every question, there’s an answer trying to reveal itself.
Behind every answer, there’s an action trying to take place.
And behind every action, there’s a way of life trying to be born. . .”
~ Michael Bernard Beckwith