The mind/body connection – how your thoughts affect your physical body, was not a difficult concept for me to grasp, for I had experienced it first-hand with my father. I find it a fascinating field and an absolutely essential element to healing. But for many this idea that your thoughts are in essence energy particles that talk to your body’s cells is intangible, hard to believe, not considered “mainstream” or “popular thought,” and since it cannot be seen, heard, or felt by even our most basic senses, at least not consciously, most people put the field of mind/body medicine in an “out there” realm and don’t utilize this incredibly powerful tool for healing themselves. But when you really look at the mind/body connection, there is nothing “out there” about it at all. It’s simply how we are wired, and most of us are just unaware of it.
Remember back in high school physics we learned Einstein’s famous formula E= mc2?
Energy= mass X light (squared)
Energy = the physical
Everything physical is made of energy.
Way back in the early 1900’s, Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein said, “…mass and energy are… different manifestations of the same thing — a somewhat unfamiliar concept for the average mind. Furthermore, the equation E is equal to M times C squared, in which energy is put equal to mass, multiplied by the square of the velocity of light, demonstrating that very small amounts of mass may be converted into a very large amount of energy and vice versa. The mass and energy were in fact equivalent…”
What does this mean? Everything is energy. All physical things in our world emit a vibration and everything around us is moving energy. Everything we hear, see, taste, touch, and smell is in fact energy. If we were to look at our desk, our food, our bottle of water, our dog – under the appropriate microscope, we would see they are all operating at various states of energy, frequencies, or degrees of vibration. We are energy. We may look down at our hands, for example, and see no movement, but the electrons that compose our hands and our entire body, for that matter, are in a constant state of motion, vibrating, oscillating, and quivering at various rates. Our body in its smallest form is simply just energy: our body¬organs¬cells¬atoms¬electrons¬energy.
You are already familiar with this concept from so many sources whether you realize it or not:
Everything we hear is transmitted to the eardrum (tympanic membrane) to three tiny bones in the ear called ossicles that vibrate fast or slow depending on the level and pitch of the sound we hear. A very high-pitched note from an opera singer, for example, travels into our ear and vibrates the ossicles very fast. A low note creates a slow vibration of these tiny bones. There is a little more to hearing sound than described above, but the basic idea is sound is an energy wave – a wave we cannot see.
Think of the homemade chocolate chip cookies your mother made you as a child or that apple pie baking at grandma’s house. You could smell them because the aroma was actually a wave traveling through the air to your olfactory nerve in your nose. We know from high school physics that light is a form of energy, as is color. We see the different colors because we are able to view the various wavelengths or frequencies in which these colors are found in the electromagnetic spectrum. These colors are wavelengths of light measured in nanometers in the spectrum of what the human eye can see, called the visible spectrum; a wavelength of 400-700nm. Other wavelengths were eventually discovered outside of the visible spectrum; UV waves, x-ray waves, radio waves, infrared waves, and gamma rays – they are all there, but we cannot see them.
Heat is another form of vibrational energy referred to as thermal dynamics. If you recall from high school physics, heat can be transferred through conduction, convection, and radiation. Some wavelengths of energy are completely out of touch with even our basic senses, but are present regardless of whether we sense them or not. Modern day technology has found a way to sense many of them. For example:
EKG/ECG (electrocardiograph) – measures the electrical impulses or waves emitted when the heart contracts.
EEG (electroencephalograph) – measures the electrical activity or waves discharged by the brain. Scientists have unveiled several waves – alpha, beta, zeta, and delta, all corresponding to brain waves of various frequencies.
Ultrasound – A diagnostic technique which uses high-frequency sound waves (above the range we hear) to create an image of the internal organs by making echoes that bounce off of our internal organs creating a picture (a sonogram) of our internal body tissues and organs.
Oh, and recall those “silent dog whistles” which operate at a frequency greater than the upper limit of human hearing? Your dog can hear it but you cannot. Other animals, such as whales, dolphins, mice, and even rats and bats have an upper limit of hearing that is also greater than that of the human ear and thus can hear the whistle as well as other sounds we cannot.
X-rays, MRIs, acupuncture, chiropractic, far infrared saunas, H-wave machines, and even yoga all work with energy frequencies in one way, shape, or form. These are all examples of energy we have come to accept, so why is the concept of our thoughts affecting a disease process, positively or negatively, so hard to comprehend? Most likely because we have no paradigm of reality with which to comprehend it. We have been so brainwashed by modern conventional medicine with its limited validity and “educated” illusions that everything is based in the “physical” and centered around disease symptoms alone. We are taught to believe the only way out is a pill, chemotherapy, or some other expensive treatment protocol, or possibly that the disease is simply incurable or even terminal. The fact that we ourselves could have any control over our bodies, our minds, our disease processes, or even our healing is incomprehensible under this standard. As Terry Lyles, PhD, author of Good Stress: Living Younger Longer puts it, “we are wired for success, but programmed for failure.”
Amit Goswami, Ph.D and author of Quantum Doctor: A Physicists Guide to Health and Healing refers to physicians of the “old ilk” practicing “machine medicine” and believes the real physician of today and the future – “The Quantum Doctor”- brings “the message of quantum physics to their practice of medicine…. and practices conscious medicine designed for people not machines.”
So what is this quantum physics? It’s the study of energy waves, wavelengths, quanta, or frequencies, and this evolving “new physics” reveals that our thoughts are energy. Our brains are not just organs encased in our skulls, but rather the most powerfully complex electrical-energy instruments ever known to man.
Through the stimulation of various brain centers our organs, glands, heart, voluntary and involuntary movements are all controlled. That’s a concept we all can understand. But our brain is also the place where frequency transformation of energy takes place. What most people are not familiar with is the connection between our body’s “thought vibrations” and the rest of our life, including our health. Quantum physics, cell biology, and neuropsychology are showing us that it all comes down to what you think: your thoughts and emotions help you to create your life and your health.
“Quantum physics’ effect on biology and medicine is enormous,” says quantum physicist Fred Alan Wolfe, PhD, in his book, Doctor Quantum’s Little Book of Big Ideas. “The biggest scientific problem facing the 21st century culture is the relationship of mind to body. With all of the new medicines coming out, and the new insights we’re gathering about what constitutes health, quantum physics may be just what we need to really grasp how ancient spiritual views of the body and modern scientific views prove that consciousness (thought) can alter reality, and so illness may become as outdated as smallpox is today.”
We’ve all heard the saying, “you are what you think,” and if you’re like most people you probably haven’t taken that too seriously throughout your life. Well, today is the day to change all that. Brain science has shown us this is really true. You help create your reality, including your health, through your thoughts and emotions.
Every thought you have has a frequency or vibration. Your thoughts actually send out magnetic energy. You’ve probably experienced “thought energy” a thousand times in your life but didn’t even know it. Think about it. How many times have you been around someone who is unpleasant and you just don’t want to be in their presence? You are “feeling their energy.” You have entered their “sphere of negative vibration.” You may get “bad vibes” about that person because of their pessimism and “negative energy.” But then there’s that person you love to be around; they are always upbeat, positive, and have a zest for life. Their optimism and “good vibes” make you feel good. Your thoughts literally talk to your cells. Neurobiologist, Candice Pert, Ph.D., author of Molecules of Emotion: The Science behind Body-Mind Medicine says our body’s brain, immune, and endocrine chemicals literally form an information network uniting your body with your mind and emotions. She says, “Your mind is in every cell of your body.”
Bruce Lipton Ph.D., author of the best-selling book, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles; winner of the Best Science Book by the Best Books 2006 awards, also reveals a startling fact to most – that genes do not determine our health, but rather “genes are turned on and off by influences outside the cell. These influences include our perceptions and beliefs… our beliefs, true or false, positive or negative, affect genetic activity and actually alter our genetic code.” It seems we have more control over our bodies and our health than we ever imagined.
Biofeedback is another area shedding more light on the mind-body interconnection. William A. Tiller Ph.D. of Stanford University reveals studies in the area of biofeedback show “a directed mind (your thoughts) can not only control various autonomic body functions such as skin temperature and pain, but can also repair the body.”
The placebo is a great example of this. A placebo is a “sham medication,” often simply a sugar pill, given to an unknowing patient who thinks they are taking the real medication and their condition improves simply because that person has the expectation (the thoughts) that it will benefit them. This is called the “placebo effect.” Even the former head of the FDA’s Office of Drug Evaluation, Robert DeLap, M.D. concedes, “Expectation is a powerful thing…. the more you believe you’re going to benefit from a treatment, the more likely it is that you will experience a benefit.”
Scientists today also know negative thoughts and negative energy attract more of the same, just as positive thoughts and positive energy bring more positivity. In physics this concept is called ‘resonance.”
Here’s an example you may be familiar with: Think of that champagne glass that can vibrate with a certain musical note and no other. When two objects’ energies are in harmony, even if they are made from different materials, their electrons move together; they resonate together because their magnetic fields are of the same frequency. The same is true for your thoughts.
Bob Proctor, philosopher, author, and the main commentator in the number one selling DVD (and book) The Secret affirms this, “..As soon as you choose certain thoughts, your brain cells are affected. These cells vibrate and send off electromagnetic waves. When you concentrate on those thoughts, you increase the amplitude of vibration of those cells, and the electric waves, in turn, become much more potent… your whole being is put into that particular vibration.”
In The Attractor Factor, author Joe Vitale, Ph.D., describes it this way: “If you don’t consciously select where you want to go, you go where your unconscious wants you to go. In that regard, most of us are on autopilot. We simply haven’t realized we can take the controls. Your energy sends off signals that attract more of what you are sending off. Change your signals and you will change your results. Change your energy and you will change what you experience. The energy you give out is the results you get. That’s the Attractor Factor.” Our bodies are literally broadcasting stations “tuning in” to our thoughts and emotions and all the energies around us.
So how can you put this information into action; ignite success in all areas of your life, especially your health? Wrap your mind around the idea that whatever path you choose to take on your road to wellness should at the very least involve you working with your own mind, your thoughts, and your emotions. Surround yourself with positive people, laugh, and don’t focus on the disease, but rather envision what life will be like when you are healthy. Don’t accept a diagnosis of “incurable,” ‘terminal” or the fact that you have to be on drugs for the rest of your life. If your doctor has not kept up with the latest mind/body science and is stuck in antiquated “machine medicine” ways, fire your doctor; there are plenty of physicians and other healthcare practitioners who are “quantum doctors” (whether they go by this terminology or not) who readily embrace mind/body interface with their patients and see astounding results. And finally, live a life full of good intentions, gratitude, faith, forgiveness, and joy and you will watch miracles become a daily happening in your life.
Dr. Ginger Southall is a consumer health advocate, investigative journalist, and an instructor in the Hippocrates Health Educator Program. She can be reached at email@example.com
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