Spiritual teacher and holistic healer David G Arenson ND explores the thought that if the mind can create illness, it can also manifest healing
"Hidden in the mystery of consciousness, the mind, incorporeal, flies alone far away. Those who set their mind in harmony become free from the bonds of death." ~Dhammapada~
Mind is our healer and link to the infinite, the substance of inexorable timelessness, the expansive mystery that travels with us throughout our visit to this world and beyond...
Mind is the substance of the universe, within which the entire cosmos exists. Mind is a vessel for consciousness. Consciousness, the infinite I, the all-knowing now, clothes itself in apparent separation in the form of sensations to hide the apparent and intrinsic oneness of the unified field of creation. Mind is our satori companion, our glimpse into the true nature of reality.
What is the mind's reach? To what extent are we able to stimulate the mind's healing ability?
"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." ~Henry Miller~
What if mind were a projection of a holographic universe? The expanse of the mind could encompass infinite journeys to infinite vistas. Healing is a small part of this possibility. If the universe is infinite in one direction (outer space), it must also be infinite in the opposite direction (inner space) too. The more scientists travel within, the more complexity, illusion and intelligence they discover. It turns out the one thing we keep finding more of is intelligence.
Some argue that the entire universe is a projection of the mind, reaching beyond space and time. If an aspect of mind is non-local, it would imply that we have access to knowledge and wisdom from another dimension. This could facilitate time travel, space travel and meeting other beings from another realm. It would literally mean "it's all in the mind!"
The founder of the Silva Method and a pioneer of the mind, Jose Silva believed that 90% of illness comes from the human mind and can therefore be reversed by the mind, too. If illness is a creation of the mind, healing is also a creation of the mind.
First, it is appropriate to discuss and expand our definition of mind. The brain is generally defined as that which is limited to the inner workings of the physical brain structure held within the cranium. The mind is the intelligence that has no definitive location within the body. Its reach extends to every cell of the physical body and outside the body into the spiritual realm.
Some argue that the mind is non-local. In some ancient traditions, each person has nine chakras, seven encasing or animating the physical body, the eighth the master chakra (above the body) and the nineth the cosmic chakra (or as Jung put it, "the collective unconscious", that which connects us all to each other.) The nineth chakra would encompass all human consciousness and link all of us together as the "great mind".
Since we are not quite sure how to even begin to understand the mind, I would suggest that mind is reasonable and yet beyond reason, logical and yet beyond logic. Healing has similar qualities.
Healing usually happens spontaneously and accesses the deepest recesses of our physiology, way beyond our conscious awareness. It is naturally activated without choice, provided we support it environmentally, for example via releasing old emotions, supporting bodily functions like detoxification, and providing proper nutrition, particularly all necessary minerals and vitamins.
There's a part of us that chooses, and a part of us that is removed from the choice (the observer and the active participant). When we engage a deeper part of our awareness that can watch from a distance, we see the greater picture, learn the lesson of transformation, and begin to embark on a journey towards healing and ultimately "wholeness".
Our beliefs about healing are crucial to all aspects of wellness. Our entire molecular system is mediated by hormones, the "molecules of emotion" triggered by thoughts and beliefs. Beliefs hardwire our brains differently and change our neurotransmitter balance.
Autosuggestion (if you imagine something possible, it becomes true) is well documented to be effective. For instance, it's been reported that 60% of chemotherapy patients start feeling sick before they begin treatment. It also works in the reverse - if you imagine something impossible, then becomes impossible.
The most publicised case of autosuggestion was Sam Shoeman, who, having been diagnosed with end-stage liver cancer, was given only months to live. Shoeman died within the expected timeframe. Yet the post-mortem revealed the diagnosis was wrong - Sam's tumor was tiny and had not spread at all. Really, he did not die of cancer, but of the expectation of dying of cancer.
Everything we've been told has prevented us from finding out the truth behind all words. We are the presence, we are the light, we are God.
Hence I have yielded to magic to see...what secret force hides in the world and rules its course." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
My main task when I coach people, is in the realm of beliefs. Shifting beliefs changes people's lives. That's why I am so passionate about the power of mind. When we engage our mind, anything becomes possible. I invite people to be open to change. Being stuck in illness or disease is far more painful than the short-term effort of changing a pattern. An orientation of openness is really the beginning...
To heal we have to learn how to "die", to let go of all that we were, to embrace becoming a new healed "whole" self.
I believe that the key to changing anything is in changing the beliefs that caused the original state to be. I am constantly learning more about beliefs in my own life, and how they affect me, and this is an ongoing process throughout life as our reality changes.
Using the mind to heal requires using mental focus to support, facilitate and in some cases activate healing. Thoughts have been shown to alter neurochemistry. New neural pathways develop upon thinking new thoughts. The placebo (positive outcomes from positive expectations) and nocebo (negative outcomes from negative expectations) effects are well documented, and, in some cases, have even shown more dramatic results than the so-called active drugs. This extends to surgery too. A rule of thumb is this - the greater the intervention, the greater the placebo effect (the greater the process the mind thinks it is undergoing, the more energy is shifted in the subconscious, and hence the greater the results).
"Mind and body are both aspects of one information system. Life is an information system. Biology is a process of information transduction. Mind and body are two facets or two ways of conceptualising this single information system." ~ Ernest Rossi
Here are SEVEN ways to stimulate healing using the mind:
I believe all change starts with a dream. Dreaming our way to health may sound unrealistic, yet the realm of the subconscious is accessed by dreaming, and that's where a lot of our bodily functions reside. The dreaming phase is mind-expanding, and your special way of accessing a world of imagination and possibility. Surrender to possibility.
Start nurturing your dreamtime via keeping a dream journal besides your bed to write down your journeys.
Dream your way to wellness.
Create a vision of healing for yourself in your mind's eye. Visualisation (guided imagery) techniques work because the mind thinks in pictures.
Intend for the healing to manifest in your life. Intention is powerful as it propels you forward in your journey, and creates a clear and powerful goal. Intention stimulates desire.
Connect to the field in which everything is connected.
Sustained positive emotions are integral to healing. Desire is an emotional trigger to keep you on your journey. The stronger the desire, the more potent is the force of will that will keep you going even when times get tough.
Desire to become healed. Use desire to fuel imagination.
"What we feel, we attract. What we imagine, we become." Dr Maxwell Maltz
4. Take the Leap
"Sometimes you have to make the leap, and build your wings on the way down." ~ Kobi Yamada
Now is your moment of power - take the leap!
Healing is unreasonable. Connect to "the other side" via transforming your thoughts. Imagining healthy cells, imagining how you would feel if you were healthy in every cell of your body, in every fibre of your being.
We must feel as if our healing has already happened, and access this new way of thinking via repetition. Say, "It's done. It's done. Thank you!"
Meditate on transforming yourself via accessing the sacred energy of healing.
Daily, from moment to moment, engage your observer self (that which "witnesses" or "watches" you from afar). Imagine new ways of thinking, feeling and responding to your world.
Mindful attention or mental focus removes other barriers from distracting you. It brings the fullness of your energy into the present moment. Focusing your attention on one thing will enable you to bring all your resources to its achievement.
For change to occur, we must move beyond our fears, beyond blaming others or ourselves, beyond where we have resided previously.
If we agree that each of us is tasked with being the hero of our life story, then it is incumbent on each on of us, to take responsibility for the power and mystery of our internal world, and acknowledge that our mind is operating according to our own signature software. If we intend to change the results, we must change the story.
Believing is seeing. Believe healing is possible. Belief acts like a radar. You can change any aspect of your health through changing your belief about it.
To stimulate healing, it helps to believe you are worthy of being healed. It's essential to believe you can be healed. What other beliefs can you create to help you to heal?
The path of healing is unwavering, steadfast, true. Maintain calm even when facing the greatest storms, and keep faith undimmed.
The path to wellness is never a straight one, and we need to prepare to face the darkness within. When it seems all is lost, we need hope to cling to, as it's inevitable we will face some tough times. Hope sustains you even in the darkest hour.
Hope invites in the realm of possibility and keeps the sacred fire alive. Hope is our lighthouse in times of strife.
7. Tap into the soul
Within each human being is a pure creative inner life force called the soul. Healing is accessing our spiritual nature, nurturing grace and the deepest aspect of surrendering within our souls. Healing engenders peace whatever our situation, pure acceptance of our challenges with our blessings.
Surrender to a Higher Love. Relax away all stressful thoughts and doubts. Guard your mind - keep it clean, hold it as the sacred space that it is. For mind is the vessel for consciousness, the gateway to expansion, the key to the mysteries of the entire universe.
Tap into the Source of all Creation (God). Pray. Ask God to assist in your healing. Invite prayer, stillness and meditation into your life as a practice. Activate your soul power to help you heal.
Call on your angels to protect you.
Our Power to Heal
Healing involves shapeshifting into something we wish to become ('the healed'). As Walter Russell said, "The healing principle is within man himself. Man's power to heal himself, or extend his healing power to others, is measured by his awareness of God within."
When we heal, a dimension is activated beyond what we can see with the eyes. What it requires is a surrendering to what we wish to become. We are the creators of reality.
Our ability to heal is far beyond what most people believe. Reprogramming beliefs is a deep, constant and mystical path requiring full immersion, dedication and commitment.
Call To Evolution:Practise the seven ways to heal with your mind.Your thoughts are powerful, perhaps infinitely so. Take responsibility for your thoughts - your healing may depend on that.Be open to changing your beliefs.Energy goes where attention flows. Use your attention wisely. Nothing changes until you change.Do some research into how the mind works and how others have used it to help them heal.
David is a channel for Divine wisdom. His intuitive coaching, speaking and healing sessions invoke purposeful shifts into deeper connection, confidence, self love, abundance and happiness. An empath, David's healing is focused on bridging the gap between addressing core wounds and reaching limitless possibilities, to living an extraordinary life. David’s passion for synthesising Eastern and Western approaches to spiritual wellbeing, has seen him immersing himself in the biblical tradition as a monastic, studying Western Naturopathic Medicine and Buddhist / Taoist Healing under three living masters － Master Chen in China, Grand Master Mantak Chia (Time magazine’s top 100 most spiritually influential living people) in Thailand and Ajahn Brahm (one of the world’s foremost masters of meditation) in Australia.