It’s All In Your Head: Healing the Body Through the Mind

We’ve all heard the term “mind over matter.” Have you ever thought about how that applies to your health? We’ve also heard about psychosomatic illness or mind/body illness. Have you ever been told it’s all in your head when you were ill and there was no apparent cause?

istock_000004778955xsmall.jpgAlthough it’s a rapidly expanding field of study today, advancements in mind-body medicine have been slow to evolve. The concept of the mind affecting the body has been in existence in the East for thousands of years, dating back to the early belief that the integration of the body, mind, and spirit could prevent and treat disease. Healing modalities like meditation, massage, and yoga were practiced as a means to create a state of mental relaxation which would then translate into healing energy for the body.

This concept, however, was not as well accepted in the Western world, and it wasn’t until the 1920s when experiments were conducted involving the “fight or flight” response and other body-mind connections. During World War II, the “placebo effect” was tested on ailing soldiers, re-examining the importance of the effect of belief on the body.

Since the 1960s, mind-body interactions have become an increasingly researched field of study. Evidence has shown the benefits of biofeedback, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and hypnosis as means of using the mind to heal the body. Research into the powers of the mind to affect the body is making great strides in the 21st century.

The primary premise is this: the mind (considered by some separate from the brain) produces thoughts, which produce energy, which affect matter (the body). Remember Einstein’s e=mc²? It states that energy and mass are interchangeable; that mass or matter is a form of energy and each can be converted into the other. Therefore the energy of thought can be turned into matter, and in the case of the physical body, it can create disease.

The Law of Attraction states that what you focus on is what you attract to you. Everything in our universe is made up of energy, and what we think about attracts similar vibrational energy in the form of tangible results. So when we combine these two laws we see that if we have negative thoughts, such as those of a hypochondriac, we will attract the physical manifestations of ill health.

Although this sounds ominous, it’s actually quite liberating. For if we know our thoughts are creative and powerful, all we need to do is direct them toward what we want, in this case good health. So if that chronic headache or backache has been baffling you and your doctor as to its cause and its cure, you might want to start looking in your head. Here are some suggestions for healing your body through your mind:

1. LISTEN–sit quietly and engage in a dialogue with the part of your body that is ailing. Ask it what is going on with it, does it have any complaints, is there some emotional energy tied up with it. There are a lot methods for doing this, and you might want to do some research to find out what works best for you.

2. AFFIRMATIONS–statements of truth repeated over and over can often condition the mind toward positive thought. If you find your mind focusing more on the negative, practice some affirmations such as “My body enjoys excellent health” and see how you feel. Create affirmations that ring true for you as possibilities even if you’re not quite there yet.

3. PRACTITIONERS–find alternative health providers like Reiki masters, meditation instructors, or health coaches to guide you toward strengthening your mind/body connection for optimum results.

4. BE HAPPY–scientific evidence has proven that laughter, exercise, and pure joy release endorphins which have a healing effect on the body. If you focus on the good in your life, offer daily gratitude, and practice the art of happiness, your healthy body will be your reward.

Copyright 2008 David Bohl and All rights reserved.

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