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From Healing Suggestions Down the Rabbit Hole of Quantum Success

Updated on June 25, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of psycho-philosophy of living, and a devoted practitioner of many techniques enhancing personal evolution.

If this Lemon Fills Your Mouth with Saliva  -  Start Believing in Power of Suggestion
If this Lemon Fills Your Mouth with Saliva - Start Believing in Power of Suggestion

The Mind-over-Body Power

It has become a common knowledge among medical scientists and health providers that an enormous percentage of all ailments and conditions are generated by a prolonged stress including dominating negative attitudes, beliefs, thoughts, and emotions.

There seems to be a much stronger connection between nervous and immune systems than it was previously suspected. So it stands to reason that any mindset and therapeutic modality which lessens or eliminates stressful response to life offers a hope of healing, or at least contributes to it while combined with any of the more orthodox approaches.

The power of so called placebo effect, or an intense positive expectation of recovery is becoming more and more suspected behind the success of many pharmaceutical treatments, and even surgical procedures. Expression "mind over body is almost daily picking new convincing evidence, as even some unexplained recoveries from terminal diseases beat all medical prognoses.

Hypnotized and Told that Water in Bottle Was Whiskey
Hypnotized and Told that Water in Bottle Was Whiskey

Just Good, Old Hypnotism

Outside of the medical circles there are innumerable and worldwide examples of so called spiritual healings that successfully apply the power of suggestion. The propagators of that type of healing, and healers themselves like to ascribe its success to a divine intervention, and whoever wants to agree with them - I don't mind one bit, but in my book it's all just the old, good hypnotism with its deepest reach.

Namely, consider for a moment how powerful suggestion can be if it can affect the physiology to make a hypnotized subject drunk if he is told that the glass of water he is drinking is pure whiskey.

Or think of that well documented case of the last stage cancer which went into a complete remission because the patient believed that the "experimental and powerful drug" he was given would heal him. At a later date when he heard that the drug was actually not effective at all, his cancer returned and he died.

There is a huge documented record of similar cases, but these mentioned might suffice to all those of you who may have any doubts in that area - so that it's easier for you to imagine the real nature of the power behind those spiritual healings.


Ambient May Be Extremely Suggestive
Ambient May Be Extremely Suggestive

Clarifying the "Spiritual" in that Procedure

However, let us not go too hasty in dismissing the name "spiritual" from it. In reality, the patient in such a procedure is supposed to have a deep trust in the intervention "from above", and also a strong positive expectation, which is by itself a precondition present in a placebo, or self-healing.

You see, it ultimately doesn't matter what medium we are using in our self-healing - is it a "new, highly promising" drug, or a chant, a hypnotist, or - in this case the ambient of an evangelical setting. Every hypnosis is self-hypnosis, so technically it really is a "spiritual healing", but the one generated in the mind of the recipient, not the healer.

As the congregation is shouting out the religious slogans, and the evangelist is calling upon the power of Jesus Christ to "heal this poor sheep and make him whole again", the recipient is under enormous pressure to accept that healing. In the process, some deeply stored negative energies of past emotional hurts - which had found an expression in a physical sickness - get discharged, allowing the body to regain a healthy function.

Indeed, folks have stood up from wheelchairs, threw away crutches, lost symptoms of arthritis, and so on. Mind is really extremely powerful - more than most of the people are willing to believe.


Inner Censor - Saving Us from Being Total Suckers (just Partial)
Inner Censor - Saving Us from Being Total Suckers (just Partial)

Once that "Censor" Is out of the Way

I have personally seen some mind boggling feats of hypnosis where the subject was fully awakened but unable to shake off the post-hypnotic suggestion, no matter how silly he felt by doing what he was suggested to do. Actually, the harder he tried to regain control of his hand or foot or whatever was involved, the more he found it impossible.

Now, most of the folks may not be willing to accept that some 90-plus percentage of all our mental activities are stemming from our subconscious, out of their automated nature. Once that an outside suggestion is accepted to be our own and as such bypasses our "censor", even a most ridiculous lie may become true to us.

Let's have a look at this "censor". For starters, it's one hell of a useful function, indeed. It's a part of our defensive mechanisms attached to our arsenal of strategies for survival, mainly composed of "beliefs" about what is beneficial for us. We might as well say it the other way - what is "believable" to us.

So, if I ask you to buy my pack of toothpicks for hundred dollars, that censor will make you laugh. But if I somehow succeeded to lull that censor into sleep, you might even offer me two hundred dollars, all enthusiastic about that "steal of a buy". Now you know what advertisements are doing to us with all their suggestive trickery.

But equally impressive results are seen in all types of healing, self-healing, bed-side manner of a doctor...life is so loaded with its use that it would take a book to only start listing it all.

For, as far as our mental dynamism is concerned - what we believe actually is our self-hypnotic material which we are acting out in the drama called life.


With All those Folks there at Lourdes Expecting to Be Healed  -  Who wouldn't Have Faith in Their Own Miracle?
With All those Folks there at Lourdes Expecting to Be Healed - Who wouldn't Have Faith in Their Own Miracle?

When Censor Is Not Working in Our Favor

Having all that in mind, it's easier to understand, for instance, why privately done prayers for health are not as effective, if at all, as those of evangelic settings, or those at shrines like the one in Lourdes, France, with Lady Fatima, or in Medjugorje.

Namely, the mere mass of the attendants is enormously suggestive. It's called "mass-hypnosis", where we get under a spell of something that I would call a "mental stampede". We just can't help but believe what everyone around us believes. That's where that censor in us gets run down by the "stampede".

However, all that is missing in a solo performance of a prayer. You see, we can't help consciously screening out all our statements that sound like mere "wishful thinking". It would take a skillful procedure of self-hypnosis or a blind belief to make effective our convincing ourselves that we are on the way to recovery.

The problem in all that is our mindset prior to it, which is in most cases focused on "removing" something, on a "lack" of something, on a desperate "need" to fix something. Well, that's not the way to do it.

Our censor doesn't understand negation, and when we say "I want to get rid of my smoking habit", it doesn't get the idea of an "absence" of something which is a negation, so it only gets "having a smoking habit" which is affirmative. So it's bound to make stronger your habit instead of removing it. If you said instead: "Every moment of my life I am enjoying clean, fresh air entering my lungs"...you see the difference? Smoking is not mentioned at all.

So, basically that would be the reasons why prayers for health don't usually work that well. If you pray for someone else, the same mechanism is at play. But that is taking us to another realm altogether - down the rabbit hole of the quantum reality.

This Bunny Looks like He Came up from a Place where Anything Is Possible
This Bunny Looks like He Came up from a Place where Anything Is Possible

So Down the Rabbit Hole We Go

Now it's time to leave placebo effect with power of suggestion, mass and single prayers, and set our foot down the rabbit hole of that elusive and mysterious realm that physicists are enthusing about - quantum.

Not a single word about "how" it all works because no one knows for sure, but the rumor has it that everything in that invisible realm is interconnected, or "entangled" as they call it, which enables our properly expressed wishes to reach a "universal mirror of fulfillment" which sends us back the manifestation of those wishes.

Someone came up with an idea to call it the universal Law of Attraction - much earlier called "Karma" in the Far East, and in this part of the world we are satisfied with a simple saying "what goes around - comes round".

There is nothing to "prove or disprove there" in some kind of a discussion, but suffice it to say that all of us could testify from our own experience that "there is something to it." At times it's spooky, and at times it's just hitting us with a lesson not to be too negative, because we'll get a hell of a negative experience out of it.

But, well, I am a sucker for this quantum version of it, and it seems that some quite popular, rich, and possibly even happy folks share my enthusiasm.

Not the Only Way to Be "Spirit-ed" for Success
Not the Only Way to Be "Spirit-ed" for Success

The Alleged Formula : Nothing about "Hard Work" or "Luck"

Namely, this Quantum stuff is something that made Oprah Winfrey, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, and so many other celebrities - by their own admission what they are today. Since I am not enough of a skeptic by nature, I am not inclined to see anything dubious in their respective success stories.

Now let's think for a moment about these and other celebrities around the world who could attest to the effectiveness of this "sending a clear demand to the universe and receiving its material equivalent". Are they really all that attractive, that unique, that smart, that talented - so that a next dude or dudese could not duplicate it with their abilities?

What was it that worked for them that wouldn't work for so many others? Something which made Danny de Vito a star, despite the obvious fact that the guy looks like any other bald shorty on the street. Guys like that simply amaze you, because they didn't have George Clooney's face for that first audition.

Well, all that may not look so mysterious once when we consider their innate or acquired ability to do three things:

First, stay focused on what they wanted, while dismissing from their minds and hearts what they didn't want.

Second, give a positive emotional charge to what they wanted, while seeing their objectives as already manifested.

Third, allowed it to happen, without sabotaging it with skepticism and pessimism.

All those hopefuls in casinos and on their way to Hollywood must be making one of these three links too weak - and as the saying goes: "The chain is only as strong as its weakest link."


Sometimes It Takes a Magician to Stand Above the Crowd
Sometimes It Takes a Magician to Stand Above the Crowd

If It's Nothing Short of Magical - then Be Your Own Version of a Magician

How does their success translate to our ability to heal ourselves, you may ask. The same applies. Really, it doesn't matter what we wish for, universe seems to be ready to cater to it, as long as we have in our hearts and mind that special flexibility to just dive down the rabbit hole with a trust.

There is no manual at a corner store to buy with detailed instructions, we have to get into the spirit of it, and then we just might be the next one to drop a sickness, a condition, a string of lousy experiences traumatizing us into an emotional inability to move on in life.

If the abilities to do those changes in life seem to be something out of our resume, then let's rewrite that resume. Let's do the impossible. The world is full of those who give up, but we don't have to join them.

Indeed, if it takes magic to make that huge step - then be a magician by knowing that you CAN.

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      Vladimir Karas 15 months ago from Canada

      Allen. my old buddy - It's for the wonderful human beings like you that keep on searching, seeking, and finding big pieces of The Puzzle - that my mind keeps bringing up those thoughts that you find helpful.

      Thank you for nice comments, but I am not taking credit for any of it - those thoughts get "cooked" in my mind by my spiritual intuition which I was born with, and which has kept pushing my mind in its chosen direction. Be well, my friend. - Val

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      Aliswell 15 months ago from Iowa

      Val My Friend- I find my 'early morning pick me ups' are influenced more so from reading ANY of your wonderfully logical (me,myself, and I logical ness), than from my strength #4, Seattles Best cup of Jo!!

      Keep your pen sharp my friend and let All those eloquent thoughts, somehow formed and shared in such structurally sound cadence-Continue to soothe this 'ole boys' ache of ignorance!!

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      Vladimir Karas 16 months ago from Canada

      Alex - Well, sometimes life is throwing at us more than we can handle, but from what you are saying I guess the condition is improving, or altogether O.K. now. - Be well, my friend. - Val.

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      AlexK2009 16 months ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Great article. Stress in small quantities can be good but I have suffered from long term stress and burned out. It nearly damaged my bodily health as well as causing cognitive impairment till the stress was removed

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      Kim Power Barnes 16 months ago from St. John's, Newfoundland

      Thanks Val...great advice! I'm still a student of positivity and I'm certainly going to apply your advice!

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      Vladimir Karas 16 months ago from Canada

      Kim - There was a time when people of my life with their negative outlook affected my own "frequencies of positivity". Then it all changed when I implemented something like "stubborn following my own bliss". Instead of preaching, I kept serving as an example, and that alone brought some of those folks to an embarrassed realization of "how crazy they must have looked in my eyes".

      The main trick of insisting on happiness is exactly that - doing our own thing and not being affected by what others are doing to themselves. There are no buttons on us to be pushed - if we don't install any. May these additional few words inspire you a little more on your positive quest. - Be well my new friend. - Val

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      Vladimir Karas 16 months ago from Canada

      Hello Linda - Your positive outlook is a dear gift to my hubs. May all that positivity return ten-fold to you, my friend! - Be well, Val

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      Catherine Tally 16 months ago from Los Angeles

      Hello Val. What a positive way to start the day! In this process of changing my mindset, I have been putting my focus on each day so I won't get overwhelmed with future concerns that may never come. I have always been happy, enthusiastic and thankful at heart , yet I allow my positive and creative spirit to sink under the weight of sensibility, often afraid to move forward and take risks. Your insights and suggestions are so helpful and so simple. Thank you so much!

      My best to you,

      Cat:)

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      Kim Power Barnes 16 months ago from St. John's, Newfoundland

      A fantastic and easy-reading Hub without all the 'mambo jumbo'. For several years now I've been preaching to just about anyone who will listen to me, but in particular my children and husband, the power of positive thinking and consciously training yourself not to put negative energy out into your universe, whether by action, spoken word or thought. It's not always so easy to do and, unfortunately, all the positivity of one can be lessened by the negativity of another in the group when it comes to mutual goals and aspirations. I would suggest another element to the great successes of some might be the presence of like-minded individuals striving for the same goal with the same certainty that it will happen or is happening.

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      Linda Robinson 16 months ago from Cicero, New York

      Hey Val wow another exceptional hub, just love them, they all give such insight to so many fascinating subjects. Just really enjoyed reading. You do such an excellent job in making you feel what you read. Take care Val. :)

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      Vladimir Karas 16 months ago from Canada

      Dr. Pran Rangan - It's a true pleasure to see yet another advanced medico who doesn't stay stuck in the paradigm of the old schools but allows his mind to explore beyond their set limits of "what is scientifically acceptable". My admiration to you sir.

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      Dr Pran Rangan 16 months ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Very nicely written article.

      There are some natural healing practices that evoke the spiritual power of a Higher Self or the Universe to heal oneself or others.

      Although I am trained in modern medicine, I have experienced myself that one has enough power - inherently spiritual one - to heal oneself or others if one knows how to tap the power adequately.

      It has been proven beyond an iota of doubt that there exists a mind-body connection that so strongly influences us.

      The more positivity we have in us, the less likely we are to suffer from illnesses.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Vladimir Karas 16 months ago from Canada

      Nadine - It's for the minds and hearts like yours (and mine) that the huge wheel of consciousness evolution is slowly turning. Isn't it sad that folks are finding all kinds of excuses to stay locked within the old paradigm whose results are visible on the daily news and in the statistics of sick population.

      It's my true pleasure to have heard from you, and thank you for being yourself. - Val

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      Nadine May 16 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a fantastic and well written article. My subheading on all my novels: What we can imagine we can make real is for me pure truth. It's my experience that any type of belief we hold on to that would contradict this statement, that will be the very obstacles we all have 'freely chosen' to experience! Our FREE WILL lies in our imagination skills so long as they are not poisoned by structural beliefs we have allowed others or society to burden us with.