- Mental Health
From Healing Suggestions Down the Rabbit Hole of Quantum Success
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.