For more than 20 years I have been fascinated with how the mind works. It started not long after I graduated from Graduate school. I was in a large bookstore chain looking through the self-help section, when a book caught my attention. The Power of the Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy intrigued me. I had always suspected that the power of the mind was stronger than I knew. And I knew that I wanted to learn more, so I bought the book.
I went home and read it in one night. I was absolutely fascinated to learn just how powerful the mind can be. One story in the book talked of a man who went to see a fortune teller who told him that one year from that day he would die. While the man tried to brush off what the fortune teller told him, he couldn’t. This man had never been ill in his life but as the year progressed, he began experiencing some nagging symptoms. His stress grew as the date got closer…and he progressively got sicker. When that day arrived, he did indeed die.
But was it because of some unforseen external event? No. His belief that he would die became a self fulfilling prophecy. His stress level became so chronically high that it broke down his body, ultimately ending in chronic illness and death.
And stories like this are not uncommon. In fact, many experience healing because of the power of belief. The term for this is the placebo effect. The placebo effect is commonly seen in drug studies. Often one group is given a pill that contains no drugs. And many times, up to 40% of participants taking the placebo experience lessening or even full remission of their symptoms. How can that happen when they haven’t even received medication? They believed that the “medication” they received could help their illness. It was the power of belief.
I have now been studying the mind for more than two decades. I became a certified master hypnotist because I wanted to learn more. Of course, I spend a good deal of time learning about epigenetics and how beliefs can impact the expression of genes. I’ve learned about quantum physics and the role it plays in our lives. And I’ve been studying neuroscience and learning more about how the brain functions.
While I’m not a scientist, I do want to share some of what I’ve learned with you. I’ve had some profound “aha” moments over the years. And there has been things I’ve learned that completely made me question everything in my life.