Your lungs allow you to breathe. Your heart pumps blood through your body. Your brain is the place where intellectual decisions are made, nervous activity is controlled, and sensation stems from. All of these things work at a subconscious level. You don’t need to pay attention to them in order to experience their benefits. They expand, pump, and function without your conscious help.
Your mind, however, is one thing that you can make work for you with a conscious awareness. It is the part of you that allows you to think, feel, and understand the world around you. The brain and mind are often called the same thing, but there are many people who have a brain and are not able to think things through and feel emotions from their experiences.
The mind is something that is often taken for granted by people who are capable of using it. This leads to a life of ignorance and limitation.
The truth is that the power of the mind goes beyond thinking, feeling, and being aware. With your mind, you have the power to create the body and the life you want.
The Power Of The Mind Over The Body
This is fascinating stuff. Before I get into it, I want to share a personal story.
I have always known that the mind has a lot of power over the body. I’ve seen it firsthand in my family. For instance, someone in my immediate family has Lupus. He has lived with Lupus for over 30 years. I have always noticed that his thoughts and his symptoms match up. When he is focused on negative things, he breaks out in rashes and fatigue. However, when he is happy and thinking positively, he has energy and his symptoms outright disappear. In fact, a few years ago he was told by a specialist that his Lupus may have been cured. He believed her, and for the next few months he was healthier than I had ever seen him. He didn’t just act healthy, he looked healthy. But, when he went to visit his old specialist (who I believe is really keeping him sick), he told him “Of course you still have Lupus!” And that same day he became tired and sick again.
There are two ways that the mind affects the body. First, being aware of the body and what it needs allows you to do the things that benefit it the most. You understand when it needs food, needs care, needs exercise, or needs rest. When practicing awareness like this, you are able to give your body what it needs before it gets run down and sick.
But, you can also influence the state of your body’s health once you do get sick, physically or mentally. This is often called the placebo effect, which is used when something positive happens because of someone’s mind rather than a drug or treatment.
After reading ‘You Are The Placebo’ by Joe Dispenza, it becomes clear that the mind is powerful. When faced with the options of paralysis or surgery, Joe chose the placebo effect. According to him, this placebo effect signaled new genes and reorganized cells in his body, which is what healed him. He discusses how scientists have discovered that most of our genes (up to 85%) can be turned off and on by signals from the environment. And, some of those genes can be changed very quickly, which is likely the reason behind miracle healings that happen quickly.
Joe understands that emotion is the power behind turning these genes off and on, and the mind is the power behind your emotion. By translating thoughts into emotion, you have immense power over your body. The way he describes it, everything starts in the frontal lobe of the brain, where all the cognitive skills occur, such as emotional expression, judgment, and memory. From there, chemical messages are sent out into the body and turn genetic switches on or off.
He discusses how our bodies can renew themselves, and how we can harness the power of the mind by becoming in control of our mind rather than letting it control us.
In his book, he discusses real stories that demonstrate how powerful the placebo effect is – both in a negative and positive light.
For instance, one woman with depression started feeling dramatically better when she started taking placebo pills, while a man who thought he was cursed got sicker and sicker to the point of death until a savvy doctor used the placebo effect to convince him that he had lizard eggs inside of him and with a simple drug (placebo) he could remove the only hatched lizard for the man’s body and he would be cured.
The first real evidence of the placebo effect is often noted being in 1978 during a study does on patients who had their molar teeth extracted. The study found that some people had pain relief simply from a placebo pill instead of the usual narcotic painkiller. Since then, researchers have been trying to figure out how the placebo effect works.
In the 1990s, it was discovered that the amount of connections in a neural bundle can double when stimulated. This can lead to the repair of the body. For instance, repairing the neural networks in stroke victims, who lost the ability to access parts of their brains, may help them regain all of their lost functionality. [Source: http://energypsychologyjournal.org/the-dark-side-of-neural-plasticity/]
Moreover, it has been shown that if you think a thought repeatedly, you rewire you brain in the direction the thought was aimed at. For instance, if you think a positive thought repeatedly, you rewire your brain in a way that helps you maintain that positive thought, which will have an impact over your entire being.
How To Make The Power Of The Mind Work For You
There is plenty of research to support the fact that our attitude, beliefs, and perception affect our personal reality. Optimistic people are shown to live longer and health can improve with positive changes. In other words, you can shift your current reality by changing your attitude, beliefs, and perception.
As Joe points out, it is important to have an intense emotion behind changing so that you can convince your body that what you are telling it is really happening so that it can make the changes it needs to make. While reading Joe’s book, it became clear that visualization is the key to affecting your mind in a way that affects your entire body.
How To Make Visualization Work For You
Joe used visualization when he was unable to move by visualizing himself taking a shower, sitting up to use the bathroom, or taking a walk. He found that as he was able to improve his visualization with deeper clarity, he began to signal the new genes in his body and he started to get better quickly. His mind and the potentials in the quantum field (his visualizations) worked together to bring about the changes that he wanted in his body. (Sounds like the law of attraction to me!)
To use visualization, you have to combine a clear intention with emotion that conditions your body to believe that what you are visualization has already happened. The emotion is important because when your visualization has a lot of energy behind it, you are able to override the programs in your brain, change the brain, and affect your body’s genetic expression.
You can supercharge your visualization in a number of ways.
Meditation – Try a guided visualization meditation to help you see what you want more clearly. I once had a friend guide me through visualization to a place where I could receive some powerful answers. There, I found some answers to my future that made me cry during the meditation, and I now believe that the powerful emotion was what helped me believe that those answers were real, impactful, and doable for my life. And because of that, what I saw came true!
Hypnosis – As far as I’m concerned, this is also a guided meditation. During hypnosis, you are guided to visualize places and scenarios that help you overcome issues you are having. For instance, during a stress hypnosis session that I have, you are guided to a place where you can see how to view your stress from a new angle, and at the end of the session, the stress you feel is minimized greatly simply by this visualization.
Vision boards – When it comes to emotion, vision boards that have pictures, words, and music are the best. Research has shown that music powerfully influences emotional responses, and the emotions from music can spread from one sensory system to another. So, as you see the picture and read or say the words, the music influences how you feel about everything.
Daydreaming – When I was a teenager, I was able to daydream with the best of them. In fact, I would spend hours daydreaming about my ideal relationship, career, and experiences. Not surprisingly, I would usually daydream to music (now I understand why it felt so powerful!), but I also daydreamed in school and before bed. As I grew up, I lost the ability to daydream because I was so busy doing ‘grown up’ things. But, once I remembered how much I used to enjoy daydreaming, I incorporated it back into my life, and you can too. Instead of jumping on YouTube or your phone when you have a break, try daydreaming instead. But instead of dreaming about aliens or traveling in time, try daydreaming about your perfect life and get emotional about it. Laugh and use the power of your mind to make daydreaming time a time of change in your body and life.
Your Dominant Thoughts And The Power Of Your Mind
If you want to add even more positive emotions in your visualizations and daily life, then positive thinking is your ticket. It’s interesting that we are taught what to think, but not so much how to think. For instance, our mothers teach us what is right and wrong according to them, but they don’t teach us how to view things from an outsider’s point of view and make up our mind about how we think about things.
Positive thinking is all about raising our level of consciousness to view things in a more positive and complete way. As Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved with the same level of consciousness that created it.’ In other words, you can’t change any problem in your life without developing a higher level of consciousness.
You can use positive thinking to change your consciousness and your mindset, which will impact your habits and actions, which will impact the way you feel about yourself and life around you at every moment of the day – not just when you are visualizing.
Your brain will rewire itself as you consistently practice new, positive thoughts. You will strengthen the areas of the brain that promote positive feelings. And soon your whole life will be affected by this ‘new brain’ that you have created.
Everything above, including meditation, hypnosis, vision boards, and daydreaming, can all have a beneficial impact on your thinking. But, other tools can help as well to get at the subconscious thought patterns that you don’t even know you have and create new, positive dominant thoughts.
For instance, subliminal messages are a tool that can help you subconsciously soak in new and improved thoughts and impact your beliefs positively. The idea is that the more you say something to yourself, the more it becomes imprinted in your mind and affects your brain, but if you are like most people, you don’t have time to sit around and say positive things to yourself all day. But you can listen to music or sounds as you actively move through your day. Subliminal messages are recorded behind music or noise, where your subconscious mind can hear them, but your conscious mind can’t, and they are repeated over and over again to help change the way you think at a subconscious level.
Another way to raise your consciousness and change your dominant thoughts is by practicing gratitude. You will often hear me talk about gratitude because it is so important to developing the mindset that affects your brain and life in a positive way. Once you start practicing gratitude consistently, you start to become aware of how lucky you really are in life and you start to enjoy your time here. All of that influences the power of your and what happens to you now and in the future.