Basically, science has proven that each emotion, thought and expression of belief, has an affect on the nervous system, which in turn has an affect on the body's defense mechanisms. You become what you think, feel and project, so it is just as integral a part of healing to adjust your way of thinking as it is to take medication or modify your diet.
Experts in this field of mind-body healing include Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra and Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, to name a few. In one Ohio State University study Kiecolt-Glaser was part of, they noted a spectrum of diseases "whose onset and course may be influenced by proinflammatory cytokines, from cardiovascular disease to frailty and functional decline; proinflammatory cytokine production can be directly stimulated by negative emotions and stressful experiences and indirectly stimulated by chronic or recurring infections."
Louise Hay is the author of You Can Heal Your Life, an international best seller. After learning firsthand how to heal herself from cancer, she realized that "If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed."
As a Holistic Health Practitioner, I offer workshops on mind-body healing which has helped hundreds of people reach an even greater sense of wellness beyond supplemental or dietary therapy. By recognizing that each ailment or injury your body presents reflects subconscious aspects hidden within yourself, you are able to put an end to needless suffering that 'everything else hasn't helped' thus far.
For example, Krista kept stubbing her left big-toe on the bed-frame at least several times per week. While this seems like small suffering in the big picture, she wanted to understand why this keeps happening. After a brief discussion on the women in her life, we concluded that she had a feminine influence in her environment that inhibited her from progress. After regaining her personal power and readjusting her perception on this situation, the toe injuries stopped.
Another client went through treatment of breast cancer and while she came to be for nutritional guidance to create an inhospitable environment for cancer to grow, we also worked with her emotions on motherhood (not being a mother but controlling other people).
One of the most famous characters who perfectly demonstrates healing from the inside out is Dr. Adams. "Patch" Adams is the founder of the Gesundheit! Institute, plus he's an M.D., clown and author. He was made famous by the movie called Patch Adams starring Robin Williams. "The Gesundheit! Institute is a project in holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the world, and the health care system itself." He healed people through laughter and by changing the minds of ailing clients to a more positive and healthy outlook rather than sick and diseased.
Write the word "Smile" on a piece of paper and below it, draw a happy, smiling face. Tape this paper to your ceiling or wall beside your bed so that it is the first thing you see when you wake up. BELIEVE yourself happy, healthy and prosperous and you will create this from the inside out. Science says so!
Stephanie Austin, HHP
Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach
Wellness by Mother Nature
Stephanie Austin, H.H.P. now writes a Wellness Column for the Atascadero News so feel free to write in with your questions and she will address them in the blog and/or weekly column. Forward all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or post comments on the blog!