Two weeks ago I wrote the following in a post entitled, “Another major breakthrough is on the horizon”:
I now think there is something very important that will come from integrating
the ability to stop giving meaning,
the almost total absence of stress (which has been implicated in almost every minor and major health problem),
experiencing unconditional love for people,
the fact that our language and the words we use to objectively describe reality already contain meaning that produces significant changes in the body,
being able to access the WAIR? altered state of consciousness at will, and
the placebo effect (the body healing itself as the sole result of absolutely believing that some activity or event outside the body will be effective).
I have a sense that using all these elements and perhaps additional ones will lead to an explicit protocol or process that will enable us to make radical changes in the body—including curing a host of illnesses.
The mind-body connection
The mind-body connection is now indisputably clear. The mind has a significant influence on the body and vice versa. I don‘t think anyone seriously doubts this. The placebo effect is just one of many pieces of evidence for this.
But although it is clear that our thoughts, beliefs, and feelings play an enormous role in determining how the body functions, it is still not clear how to consciously and explicitly use the mind to affect the body.
That is what I was hinting at in the post I quoted from above. I am still not sure exactly what to do and how to do it to consciously get the body to do what we might want it to do, for example, cure an illness. Nonetheless, I do think the six elements I named above will play an important role.
But knowing intellectually what needs to be done is only the first step. For example, merely knowing that the ability to stop giving meaning can have a major effect on the body (as I explain below), that knowledge doesn’t change anything. You actually have to stop giving events meaning.
So in today’s post I am going to give you some instructions on how to achieve each of the six “skills” or states I named in the earlier post. I don’t guarantee that being able to achieve the six states or skills will enable you to cure illness; I do guarantee that you will live a happier, more fulfilling life.
The ability to stop giving meaning
I’ve written on many occasions about how and why we unconsciously and automatically give meaning to meaningless events and how to stop giving meaning.
If you follow the instructions and dissolve meaning enough times, you will actually create new neural pathways in the brain. With sufficient practice we eventually will stop unconsciously and automatically assigning meaning to events and we will start to perceive events without meaning.
I rarely give meaning to events any more and others who have taken the Lefkoe Freedom Course (where I support people to stop giving meaning) have told me that they too have pretty much stopped giving meaning most of the time.
So it can be done and you can do it. Read the two posts I linked to above and try it. You will be amazed at the mental and physical changes in your life.
The almost total absence of stress
One of the first things you notice when you stop giving events meaning is the cessation of stress. As I’ve explained on many occasions, events are not inherently stressful; all stress is the result of the meaning you give events.
For example, getting fired from your job is not inherently stressful. If you give that event the meaning that you will have a hard time finding another job, that life is unfair, that things will never turn out for you—you will feel stressed. If, on the other hand, you give the same event the meaning that you will now be able to find an even better job, one that you will enjoy even more, that will give you more opportunities, that will give you more money, etc.—than you will NOT experience stress from being fired.
So the fastest and simplest way to stop your stress and mental suffering is to stop giving meaning. Here are links to a couple of blog posts that explain how and why your stress will stop when you stop giving meaning.
By the way, stress has been implicated in almost every minor and major health problem. So eliminating stress from your life will certainly improve your physical health as well as your mental health.
Experiencing unconditional love for people
It’s hard to explain in words what it’s like to experience unconditional love for most people most of the time if you haven’t already experienced it. For me, when I am in touch with my love for people (which is happening more and more often), I am usually moved to tears.
Unconditional love is very different than loving someone for a reason. When you love for a reason (because someone loves you or shares your values, or you have fun with him/her, etc.), then you stop loving when the reason disappears. In other words, if you love someone because of something (anything), then the love stops when that something is not present.
When you love unconditionally, you love because you get on a very profound level that who we all really are, underneath our unique personalities, is a universal spiritual/consciousness/energy. And when it is experientially real that who I really am is who you really are—in other words, we are the same underneath our personalities—then all there is is the experience of profound unconditional love
Here is a link to blog post about unconditional love. The post even includes an exercise that will enable you to experience unconditional love. And if you practice the exercise enough, you can get to the point where you experience unconditional love for most people most of the time.
Our language determines what we are able to perceive
Our language and the words we use to objectively describe reality already contain meaning that can produce significant changes in the body.
Beyond that, you would be amazed at how the words we use, even the structure of our language, determine what we perceive, even what we are capable of perceiving.
Here’s just one example. If you say you are in pain, you think you are objectively describing reality. In fact, you are not. You might have a pinching sensation in your left elbow, or a throbbing sensation three inches in back of your right eye, or a rumbling sensation six inches below your breast bone, etc.
As soon as you use the word “pain” to describe the actual sensation, all the connotations you have for the word get added to the sensations. “Pain is bad.” “Pain means something serious is wrong with me.” “Pain will make it difficult to do my work.” Etc.
Can you see how those connotations will affect your mental and physical state, totally apart from the actual sensations you are experiencing?
Here are a couple of blog posts that explain how language determines our perception and ultimately our physical and mental states.
An altered consciousness where you experience you create your life
There are many different altered states of consciousness, but what they all seem to have in common is a sense that we are something more than our body, our thoughts, and our feelings. We are not merely a “creation”; we also are a manifestation of some universal spirit/consciousness/energy.
Usually people reach an altered state of consciousness through meditation or mind-altering drugs.
Many years ago I developed a process that most people can use to reach an altered state of consciousness in which one experiences that anything is possible, that one has no limitations, and that there is nothing missing.
It is a state which people have described “free, blissful, limitless possibilities, and openness.” It is a state in which you can experience yourself as the creator of your life, not merely a “creation” with your name.
Trying to create something—bringing something into existence by distinguishing it from something else—produces very different results when done while experiencing oneself as the unlimited creator of one’s life as opposed to when one experiences oneself as the limited creation.
Here is a link to an audio recording of this short process.
The placebo effect is the body healing itself as the sole result of absolutely believing that some activity or event will be effective.
This is usually accomplished by having someone in authority whom you believe to be telling the truth tells you that some pill or procedure will produce a specific effect on the body. So people who are told that a certain drug will reduce their blood pressure will have their blood pressure go down even if the “drug” is an inert sugar pill.
The placebo effect has even resulted in people experiencing less pain after being told that an operation will fix whatever is causing the pain, even if there is merely an incision in the skin, which is then closed without any actual surgery being performed.
The placebo effect’s existence has been acknowledged by doctors and scientists. The question is: How can one take advantage of the placebo effect, in other words, how can one heal himself by convincing himself that he will heal in the absence of any medical intervention?
I don’t have the final answer to this, but I suspect that the placebo effect is largely responsible for my own healing from a diagnosis of fourth stage metastatic colon cancer on April 8. As of two weeks ago on May 7th, my blood work showed a reduction in the primary marker for the cancer (CEA) from 77 to 7.9. Normal is under 5, which I expect my CEA reading to be when I get a new CEA reading tomorrow.
I took advantage of several things outside myself: I had three rounds of chemotherapy; I took a lot of herbs and supplements; I ate a strict anti-inflammatory diet; I had a lot of energy work; etc.
But I think what made the biggest difference in my healing is creating as absolutely true for me the fact that I was not in any danger, that I would be totally healed. I experienced no stress; I was continually in touch with my unconditional love for people (and I experienced the love others felt for me); I walked around in an altered state of consciousness much of the time, experiencing on a very deep and profound level that I was totally okay the way I was and that there was nothing missing in my life; I was passionate about living but was not at all attached to living.
This is NOT medical advice
Nothing I’ve written is meant to serve as medical advice. It is just my experience of how certain mental/spiritual elements have a profound influence on the body. And I’ve provided you with some exercises that will enable you to experience those elements.
Read the posts I recommend and try the exercises. If you practice them regularly and get to the point where you are able to live them, not merely understand them, you might discover you have the ability to heal yourself. And you might not. What I can promise is that you will experience a level of peace, of joy, of happiness, and of fulfillment that you can’t even imagine is possible.
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