Emotions and your overall sense of illness or well being are felt and expressed in your body. Your general feeling of illness or wellness is a purely subjective evaluation which you make for yourself. Often it relates to your general emotional state. You can physically feel, as well as speak of or act out, the emotions of happiness, joy, anger, sadness or grief. You feel happiness when you laugh or smile. Anger is felt as muscle tension, a churning in the gut, or even a rise in body temperature. Tears give physical expression to sadness, joy or grief.
You are the creator, who gives a meaning to everything that you feel, see and sense. You have the capacity to discover the why of each physical sensation. Pay attention to your body and think about what a feeling means to you. Body conditions reflect emotional attitudes. So, people with severe illness such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, AIDS, should be treated for underlying emotional distress. Even if their seedthoughts remain a mystery, healing will still be facilitated.
Citing numerous studies and case histories, dr. Paul Pearsall (Dr. Pearsall received numerous awards for his research on the relationship between the brain, heart, and immune system and his ground-breaking research on heart transplant recipients receiving the memories of their donor led to the formation of the Cleveland Clinic’s new Heart/Mind program.) demonstrates the roles of mind and emotion in all disease, the crucial link between your state of mind and your health, and the need to allow healing occur by knowing, loving and accepting yourself.
Dr. George Valiant conducted a similar study published in 1974-1977. In his study, a large population of Harvard students was followed for 30 years, and the relationship between emotional maturity and disease vulnerability was clearly shown.
There is scientific evidence of a direct physical mechanism uniting the brain, the mind, the emotions and the immune system. Messenger molecules called neuropeptides, transmitted through all the body fluids (blood, lymph, etc) seem to link the immune, endocrine and central nervous system.
For example, working with a woman that had rashes and burning up, we discovered that the physical symptoms were related to being impatient and the unacknowledged anger. She felt ugly and unclean. This is an example of how we can work with seedthoughts and transformed them, once we discover the underlying emotions:
Seedthought and Symptom: I am itching.
Core Belief: she felt emotionally at odds with herself. “I was itching to move on to the next cycle of my life”
Mental Antidote: “I am moving as fast as I really want to. I am more patient each day.”
Seedthought and Symptom: I am ugly. The rash was gross looking.
Core Belief: I felt as if poison was coming out of me – physically and spiritually; the poison of self hate and anger.
Mental Antidote: I am beautiful and purifying my soul.
I believe that the skin is an easily viewed mirror of our unconscious state. I have seen it many times in my practice, read studies and cases and also experienced it myself.
It can be restored to health by changing our thinking. Dr. Pearsall writes of a boy with a so called incurable skin condition called congenital ichthyosiform erythrodermia, which results in hardening and blackening of the skin. He writes “all major dermatology textbooks report no known cure for this terrible disease. Hypnotist Dr. Mason saw the boy and offered mental imagery suggestions to relax him and to help him learn to see his skin as becoming normal. Within 10 days the skin has return to normal. Dr. Mason’s results were later verified by three other medical researchers.” Other physicians later obtained positive results in improving other skin disorders. Dr. Pearsall concludes: “We know that T-cell- mediated skin response relates to our emotions and beliefs, that the skin reacts intensely to our feelings.”
When we are able to work consciously to observe our thoughts, experience our feelings and see the effect of each on our bodies, then we become self-aware. This self-awareness enables us to live a happier, more peaceful, productive life. Words are mental things which we embody with meaning. We can unmask our body and discover the meaning it has. If our words and thoughts can make us ill, they can also make us well.
In today’s self help experience #3, I presented the “Mirror Feedback”, which purpose is to gather information about yourself by really looking at your body. This experience is meant to provide you practice in observing yourself as you look at others. This enhanced self- awareness often leads to healing without doing anything. The next experience is called “Names as Seedthoughts” and its purpose is to realize the power of memories.