Choose your thoughts..
How many times have you felt that the thoughts you think create your world? Plain and simple they affect your world more than you can imagine, and so it is important to remember to think positively.
Disease- the bodies way of showing dis-ease with its condition appears when we are not aligned with ourselves and do not recognize the messages our body gives to us. If we listen carefully, we are given warning signs and premonitions about our lives that we fail to heed and dismiss time and again.
Ernest Holmes, a man who wrote largely on the "Science of the Mind" believed in the idea in the healing the sick through the power of the Mind. Ernest wrote many prolific books on the effects the mind has on our physical bodies and how they act when these are changed. Holmes quotes" Science of Mind involves affirmation rather than denial. Disease, for example, is a fact; we need not deny its existence. As Ernest Holmes wrote in his book: The Science of Mind: “Disease is not a truth.” The truths within Infinite Intelligence include health, abundance security, love, peace, and happiness – all of which make up our natural state. Anyone, by claiming those truths and acting confidently on them, can bring them into manifestation."
Another person who studied the use of the mind in healing was Dr. Bernie Siegel. Dr. Siegal worked with young cancer patients in the 1980's who imagined that the video game icon "Pacman" would eat their cancer cells and eradicate the disease. Siegel's work was verified when many children went into remission in their disease from this mind over matter idea. In a review for his work Love, Medicine and Miracles the reviewer states: "Siegel, a New Haven surgeon, believes that the power of healing stems from the human mind and will, that his scalpel only buys time against cancer, and that self-love and determination are more important than choice of therapy. His philosophy has caused radical changes in his practice. Siegel recounts many arresting anecdotes: joyous stories of patients who survived against all odds, sad chronicles of those who seemingly gave up and assented to their own deaths. The author's credentials make this one of the more plausible books on the mind-body connection."
Facing ones disease head on is not always an easy task, as it is always harder to stand face to face with the discomfort than it is to deny its existence. Dr. Siegel also mentioned in one of his works that.." If you view illness as an opportunity, then when you get sick, you can ask yourself, "Okay, what can I learn from this disease. What do I need to look at first?"
When he began working with cancer patients, he noticed many of the group lived longer than their doctors expected. He found the long-term survivors were the ones who began to pay attention to their feelings. If they were allowed to expressed their emotions and make wise choices their bodies benefited. The physical changes were the side effects of an altered life, a more spiritual one that used the power of the mind to heal. Siegel offers three ways to deal with illness, or dis-ease: accept, retreat and surrender. Accepting means you accept that the disease exists in your life and you are a participant in it. Retreating means withdrawing to a quiet place where one can be aware of ones thoughts and feelings. The quiet place may be anywhere; the source of true peace and quiet are inside me. In my retreat I withdraw from all the demands of life, but at the same time I am fully alive to myself and my loved ones. I do not always retreat alone.Lastly, surrender the outcome. If you can turn all of it it over to a higher power, surrendering the pain, the fear and the worries there will be love, hope and joy in your life.
It is difficult for many people who are dealing with chronic illness to accept and surrender and much easier to just deny we really have it. Eckhart Tolle writes: "Whenever any kind of disaster strikes, or something goes seriously wrong, illness, disability, loss of income, home or socially defined identity, a breakup, death or suffering,even your own impending death...know there is another side to it, and you are just one step away from something incredible in one single step, this one step is surrender".
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