What Does a Thought Have in Common With a Lion?

The myriad of different personal/spiritual growth books and self-help programs available today all concur on at least one primary tenet – that our thoughts are far more powerful than we realize. Thoughts do indeed have the ability to create form, and if one doubts this to be true, they simply need to look around them and acknowledge that literally any man-made thing in existence had to first begin with a thought. And thought, coupled with strong emotion, leads to even faster manifestations.

The power of thought to create form also applies to our bodies. Through our thoughts and the emotions that emerge from them, we can either create healthy bodies, or we can develop illnesses and diseases. Anyone who has read the alternative healing information I’ve shared on this blog is aware that I am totally convinced that negative thinking/emotions are at the foundation of all physical problems.

The fact is our amazing bodies were expertly designed to protect us from legitimate, physical threats. As you probably know, whenever we are presented with one, such an impending attack from a lion or other wild animal, the hypothalamus area of our brain initiates a sequence of nerve cell firing and chemical release that prepares our body for running or fighting (i.e., the infamous fight or flight reaction with its accompanying rush of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol, as well as other physical reactions, such as the temporary suppression of the immune system).

This hard-wired reaction has obviously been a key to the survival of our species, however, these days the vast majority of us rarely have to face such life-threatening situations. And yet, our bodies continue to generate such aggressive responses to far less alarming circumstances, including traffic jams, disagreements with others, financial stresses, work pressures, etc. In the end, the events themselves don’t actually cause our body to generate stress hormones; it is our thoughts about them that do so. As such, just a thought held in our consciousness for more than a passing moment is enough to cause physical reactions within our bodies. And, these reactions, if repeated frequently, often lead to the manifestation of illnesses and diseases due to the immune system suppression referenced earlier.

The reality is we unconsciously create our physical dysfunctions by thinking thoughts that automatically trigger fight or flight reactions. It’s therefore clearly in our best interests to develop the ability to remain truly “conscious” in all circumstances by swiftly assuming the perspective a “witness” to our life, rather than solely being the participant. In my book Spirituality Simplified, I quote Fr. Anthony DeMello, who described this as the ability to “step outside of yourself and literally observe whatever is going on in you, and around you as if it were happening to someone else.” In essence, this means the higher part of you (i.e., the “I” in DeMello’s teachings) observes “me” (i.e., the ego).

Over a period of years, and with a lot of practice, I’ve developed the ability to shift into that witness perspective, however, there are times when negative (e.g., fearful) thoughts manifest the fight or flight response almost instantaneously in me. Under such circumstances, it almost feels as if I am “being thought” by an outside force rather than it being any type of conscious decision on my part. In such instances, it can be extremely challenging to shut down the fight or flight response once it’s initiated, and that nasty feeling in the pit of my stomach takes hold followed by even more negative thoughts and additional stress hormones. To address these types of situations, I’ve found that applying the following steps have been of great value to me:

Begin taking slow, deliberate, and very deep breaths down into the abdomen (as opposed to breathing into the chest).

Next, start asking questions of yourself either silently or out loud (e.g., Am I safe right now? Is what I am afraid of actually affecting me now? Are my basic needs being met at this moment? Do I have a money problem right this minute? These are just examples, as you obviously need to determine the questions that best suit what you are experiencing.) The answers will usually serve to bring some peace to you, as in most instances the only threat you’re actually facing is the lion in your own mind! If necessary, repeat the questions and keep answering them until you feel your body calm down.

If after completing steps one and two the stress response continues to trouble you, then try repeating a mantra such as, “no thought, no thought, no thought, no thought” for at least one and half minutes, or until the calm comes. You also can close your eyes and picture a large movie screen with in front of you with nothing displayed on it and repeat “blank screen, blank screen, blank screen” for a comparable amount of time.

It may take a couple of minutes, but eventually the physical symptoms of stress do taper off for me when I apply this technique. It is important to note, however, that although this process can be very helpful, it does not solve the source of the problem; rather, it’s more of a “coping” mechanism. In the end, to get to the heart of the matter and release whatever lies at the foundation of the stress response requires some type of energy healing modality. In this regard, I recommend you consider the following two tools, each of which I have used and found value in:

Emotional Freedom Technique [EFT]
ZPoint Process

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Saying No to Worries

A while back I read a book by John Selby called “Expand This Moment,” which I found to be a wonderful spiritual growth resource. Here’s a passage from it that I felt was really insightful:

“My experience is that, with a little bit of training, most people most of the time do have the power to just say no to their worries. Ultimately it’s a matter of choice – and action. But please note that I’m not suggesting you try to turn off your primitive fear center altogether. There are times every day when it’s vital to respond to the wake-up signal of fear. And a certain amount of time spent imagining potentially dangerous situations can keep you from getting hurt. But almost always, habitual worrying about the future is dangerous to your health, for four reasons:

Every moment spent focusing your power of attention on an imagined future event is a moment when you’re not here in the present to deal with dangers that might appear right now.

When you’re caught up in worry, your body reacts with a host of fear-based neurological and hormonal secretions that, if not released in immediate physical action, generate stress conditions that make you weak and dizzy, cloud your brain, and leave you unable to successfully deal with danger in the present moment.

When you’re stuck in worry mode, your overall performance at work drops, your ability to relate successfully is reduced, and your capacity to feel compassion is lost. Both your company and your family suffer as a result – and so do you.

At deeper levels, anxiety prevents you from receiving insight, love, power, and guidance from your spiritual core. Your consciousness contracts, and you’re all alone – which in turn makes you feel anxious and depressed.

To see these facts clearly is to evoke positive change in yourself.”

John Selby, in “Expand This Moment”

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How to Physically Heal your Body Today

A friend forwarded me a very interesting article about physical healing that was excellent. Below I’ve posted a portion of that article along with a link to the website it appeared on. From a cursory look at the site it looks like a great information resource for anyone on the spiritual path.

How to Physically Heal your Body Today
Written by Jafree Ozwald and Margot Zaher

“Your body is an amazing healing machine that has automatic processes built into it to ensure that it maintains a state of perfect health.  Science has found that your body’s cells naturally regenerate themselves at different speeds, depending upon where they are located in the body.  For instance, the cells of the eye take only 48 hours to regenerate themselves, whereas the cells of the liver take about 6 weeks to completely replicate themselves.  In one year from today, your entire body will contain 100% brand new cells where you will physically not be the same person that you are today!

Now you may be wondering how can a person create or maintain any illness past one year if every cell in the body will be completely regenerated and brand new?  Doctor Deepak Chopra asked the same question and through extensive research found an amazing discovery.  The reason unhealthy cells continue to replicate themselves is because negative emotions from life experiences become chemically trapped in the cell causing it to “remember” itself to be unhealthy.  The negative feelings in these cellular memories cause a healthy cell to replicate as “unhealthy” which leads to the perpetuation of an illness or disease.

“When negative emotion is dissipated our physical vehicles will vibrate in much greater harmony with nature and much disease will no longer consume man.”  ~ J.J.  Dewey

Other scientists such as Candace Pert, Joseph Ledoux, and Elliot Drucker have also found that the chemicals caused from your emotions are stored within the walls of the cells.  They’ve found that when you express positive healthy emotions (such as love, peace and gentleness) the cell walls respond to these positive emotions and their communication receptors remain open, receptive and healthy.  On the other hand, when a traumatic event occurs, chemicals called peptides flood into your blood stream and attach themselves to your cell receptors, hindering chemical communication from taking place. As long as the traumatic memory from these chemically blocked cells is not healed, they end up protecting themselves and cutting off healthy necessary communication with other cells in the body.  Blocked communication of cells in the body eventually over time leads to the development of physical illness showing up in the body.”

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Healing Related Quotes and Musings on the Self-help Industry

Healing Related Quotes

These two passages are from a book called Potentiate Your DNA by Sol Luckman. I have found this to be a fascinating work, one that presents a solid case for the position that it’s time for the world to embrace a new paradigm as to how physical healing actually occurs, and which also specifically recommends what that paradigm should be.

“In the words of the creators of one of dozens of websites devoted to telling the ugly truth about vaccines, “The most effective marketing strategy on the planet is to convince the consumer that if he doesn’t buy the product, he’ll die!”

“Many reputable studies have offered convincing evidence based on historical data that in all probability, vaccinations actually trigger a rise in infections and death.”

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Musings on the Self-help Industry

As the author of a book related to spirituality, and as person who has read numerous books on that subject as well as personal growth related topics, I have the experience of being both a vendor and consumer of the self-help industry’s wares. As a consumer, I have clearly benefited from content developed by various authors and speakers. As a vendor, however, I can say wholeheartedly that the way business is being conducted in the industry as a whole is incongruent with the idea of being truly committed to helping people to completely heal.

Yes, I know, this is my judgment, nonetheless, I feel compelled to write about this because it’s reached the point where the self-help industry is no different than any other business – it needs to keep customers buying in order to sustain itself. ‘So, what’s wrong with that?’ one might ask? Call me a purist, if you will, but in my view the goal of the industry shouldn’t be to have content providers focus on “growing their email lists” so they can sell more and more content to essentially the same segments of people.

In addition, in many instances the marketing appeals used are fundamentally rooted in fear-based tactics such as “limited time offers” and web pages that automatically pop up with a warning that says “Are you sure you want to navigate away from this page?”Honestly, whenever I encounter a page of that nature it completely sours me on that content provider. And yet, according to the Internet marketing experts, this is the most effective way to gather customers and sell one’s books and other products. It’s my sincere hope that someday soon self-help content consumers will see through this type of manipulative marketing, and refuse to purchase any product that is presented to them with this type of fear-based motivational appeal.

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A Beneficial Affirmation/Prayer to say prior to Eating or Drinking

A while back I came across this very nice affirmation/prayer to say prior to eating or drinking any type of food. For the life of me I can’t seem to recall where I read it, but here it is:

“I give thanks and honor to the plants and animals I am about to consume, and I intend that the nutritional and vibrational levels in this food be raised to meet my body’s needs. I also intend that any and all negative energies and ingredients in this food be released from my body leaving it unharmed. Thank you!”

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Self-healing Resource: “The Secret Language of Your Body”

If you’ve ever read or heard of or read You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, the book “The Secret Language of Your Body” by Inna Segal, which I mentioned in an earlier post, is similar in concept (i.e., illnesses and diseases are energetic patterns caused by emotional blockages). The difference is this book is a far more comprehensive healing resource as it’s packed with all sorts of valuable information and practical tools to use for self-healing. If you have any interest in this subject, I highly recommend this book. The following are the major sections in the Table of Contents:

I.     The Secret Language of your Body
– Healing the Emotional, Mental, and Energetic Causes of Disease
– Ten Basic Principles for Healing
– A Guide to Physical Disorders and Suggestions for Healing
II.   The Secret Language of Physical Ailments
– List of Ailments
III.  The Secret Language of Your Emotions
– Understanding and Healing Emotions That Cause Disease
IV.    The Secret Language of Color
V.     The Secret Language of Your Body Systems

Here’s a quote from the book:

“You have the opportunity to work with thoughts, words, feelings, beliefs, vibrations, touch, movement, visualization, and breath to create changes in your body and in your life. Remember, pain and discomfort is your body’s way of communicating that you need to make changes. The more you are in tune with your body, the easier, more joyful, and more rewarding your life will be. You have the opportunity to tune into your own Divine Wisdom and receive all the guidance you require. This guidance is not only relevant to your health but to your relationships, your career, your mental and emotional well-being, and your spiritual expansion.”

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DNA and Love, Anger & Negativity

I found the following two quotations regarding DNA very interesting, and was therefore inspired to share them here. Those who read this blog knows that I’m a big believer in the concept that how we flow our energy (i.e., feelings) has a huge effect on our physical bodies. These quotes provide even more evidence to support this position.Bye for now.

“Dr. Glen Rein, an American scientist who took placental DNA from a human placenta, put it in a test-tube and had people trained to create certain emotional states. They’d hold the test tube and they’d feel the greatest anger and rage you can imagine, or they’d feel the love of a mother for her newborn baby, the most pure, unconditional love. What Dr. Rein found is, that when you feel the love, the DNA unwinds, and when the helix unwinds, the messenger RNA can go in and grab the code, and build life, build healing, build the healing of your body, the healing of cancer, diabetes, whatever. The anger, causes the DNA to knot up like a braid of hair, and then you can’t get healing at all.”

David Wilcock

“When you’re on the negative path, meaning the path where you create fear, and you are trying to manipulate and control others, eventually you get to a point, where your soul cannot hold its charge. Your soul begins dissolving, and it actually affects your DNA.”

David Wilcock

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Our Wishes and Intentions Do Indeed Create Our Reality

“The model suggested by Braud’s work is of a universe, to some degree, under our control. Our wishes and intentions create our reality. We might be able to use them to have a happier life, to block unfavorable influences, to keep ourselves enclosed in protective fence of good will. Be careful what you wish for, thought Braud. Each of us has the ability to make it come true.

In his own casual and quiet way, Braud began testing out this idea, using intentions to achieve certain outcomes. It only seemed to work, he discovered, when he used gentle wishing, rather than intense willing or striving. It was like trying to will yourself to sleep: the harder you try, the more you interfere with the process. It seemed to Braud that humans operated on two levels – the hard, motivated striving of the world and the relaxed, passive, receptive world of The Field – and the two seemed incompatible. Over time, when Braud’s desired outcomes seemed to occur more often than expected by chance, he developed a reputation as a “good wisher.”

Lynne McTaggart, in “The Field”

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The God Who Dwells in All

The following passage from Swami Muktananda is one of my all time favorites, and as such I wanted to post it on this blog.
Bye for now.

“There is only one God for everyone in this world. It is not that God lives in the seventh heaven or that He dwells only in a temple, in a mosque, or in a place where bigots who have forgotten the true essence of religion follow the teaching of one sect or another. God is one for all. He lives in all groups, in all temples, in all mosques, and in all churches. Although He is everywhere, He dwells specifically in the human heart. The heart is the divine temple of God.

There are many religions, and each one is fine in its own right. But, how many Gods are there to bestow their grace on the followers of all these religions? Is God Hindu? Is He Jewish? Is He Muslim? Is He Buddhist? Is He Black? Is He White? Is He Red?

Although he has many names, He is One. Therefore, we should learn how to cultivate the awareness of universal brotherhood. We should not pursue religions in order to murder one another with distinctions. All countries, all languages, all races, and all religions belong to Him.  He exists in all religions, but He did not create them. If He had, we could not call Him God; we would have to call Him a politician. Why would God create so many religions and make people fight with one another? It is we who have drawn religious boundaries.”

Swami Muktananda, in “Where are you Going?, A Guide to the Spiritual Journey”

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The Value of Music and its Ability to Evoke Emotion

If you’ve read my first book, Spirituality Simplified, you know that certain song lyrics have played a key role in my life by both inspiring me and providing important guidance as well. The music of various artists also has served as an important tool for helping me to process negative emotions out of my body. There have, in fact, been many times in my life when just listening to a particular song has brought a flood of tears to my eyes, and yet I really have no clue as to what event(s) in my past may be the source of all that emotion. Based on books like “Dying for A Change” by Will Murtha, however, I’ve come to believe quite strongly that it is absolutely critical for all human beings to fully express their emotions (i.e., let them flow and let them go), so it really doesn’t matter what is coming up to be cleared – what matters is that it is indeed cleared once and for all. And, it’s not only about releasing negative emotion, it’s also about music’s ability to bring happiness and joy to the surface and spring to our steps as well (i.e., dancing).

A key thing about music, though, is that obviously not everyone is drawn to the same type. In my case it happens to be song lyrics and music in the pop/rock-n-roll category, whereas for you it might be something totally different. In the end, what is important is to listen to music that serves to evoke emotions within you that would otherwise remain hidden, as these buried emotions could ultimately express themselves in a negative way physically.

Of all the musical artists I’ve listened to over the years, there is no one whose work has affected me more powerfully than that of the eccentric and innovative Todd Rundgren. If you don’t know of his work it wouldn’t surprise me, for although he’s been in the business for perhaps 50 years he’s not a household name. Nonetheless, he has written hundreds of songs during his career, with several of them having some very profound spiritual messages. One of the most inspirational and thought-provoking of them is called “I Love My Life.” I’ve pasted in the lyrics to this song below and have italicized certain parts that I feel are the most insightful. Click on this link to reach a page on YouTube site where you can access this song. It’s quite a rousing number, which hopefully you’ll enjoy.

I LOVE MY LIFE – Todd Rundgren

Every day I hear the news, seems like people worship pain. All your Oprahs and Donohues, they just can’t explain. As you reap, you shall sow, I looked high, I looked low, now I know that I love my life, I love my life.

I said me and my Creator; we got a funky love thing. It’s happenin’ now and not later, yeah, that’s why I sing. First came thought then came deed, I got caught; now I’m freed. All I need is to love my life, I love my life.

Time, the topic of the summit tonight is T I M E. Time, the thief of hope. Time, the ameliorator of all our endeavors, Time.

What would we do, with Time off our back? We would make this world a perfect place. We would make our lives a perfect play, if not for Time. But I tell you now, Time is an illusion. Time is not real, Time is an illusion. Time is what is the dividing line, between what is true, and what is not true, between what is real, and what is not real, between what is so, and what is not so.

But who? I said who, who stands for time? Who stands at the threshold? Who stands at the threshold of time? Who decides what is true, and what is not true? We do, you and I.
You and I we decide, what is true and what is not true.

But what shall be, our guiding light?
Happiness, I say happiness…

But in a world, I say people in a world, fully of misery. In a world full of sorrow. Why should we be happy? Tell me why should we be happy?

We need a message. We need a message from above. Look over there. Look over here. I can see it; there is beauty in the world. There is beauty, beauty, beauty in the world!

First came thought, then came deed. I got caught, now I’m freed. As you reap, you shall sow.
I looked high, I looked low. Now I know, that I love my life, I love my life!

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