Saturday, September 27, 2008

Thoughts Can Heal

The “new biology” is challenging many long-held beliefs that affect us in the areas of psychology, physiology, and spirituality. As the quote below indicates, mind-over-matter was an idea advocated in the 18th century, but it came to be regarded as a fantasy, a theory that received very negative reviews in “modern” times.

“The basic cause of illness is unhappiness; therefore the great healer is joy.”(Rabbi Nachman, late 18th century)

Once DNA was discovered, genetic paradigms gained influence over every phase of our lives. When a large number of illnesses and disorders were blamed on genes inherited from parents, it provided an excuse for our distress.

We have learned that negative emotions such as fear and stress not only make our bodies more susceptible to disease, but can actually cause the disease. Conversely, the same biochemical mechanisms that work against us may also be utilized to work for us.

The placebo effect has been shown to heal a fair percentage of patients whose belief in the cure was enough to actually rid their bodies of disease. This effect works by the power of suggestion; patients have believed they had surgeries for cancer when they have not had any and the cancer cleared up, or they have been given sugar pills that cured them.

The word epigenetics literally means “above the genes”, i.e., the mind controls the genes. Dr. Bruce H. Lipton says our minds can re-write our genes. He compares the cell to a computer chip, as each is a bit of information. Both can receive information through different routes and cause a reaction.

Epigenetics changes our paradigm of control. The old physics believed the universe is based on matter. The new biology is based on the idea that the universe is governed by energy. Read the entire article.

Personal Ponderings:
The Bible records Jesus healing as He taught and walked this earth, but you will find that many times He said things such as, "Your faith has made you whole" and "only believe." It is recorded that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed we could move mountains. What we believe is powerful ... and what we speak is not always what we believe.

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