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The mind and the body are not separated. Emotions influence physical health, and thoughts set the stage for how the body will perform. “Our minds possess the power of healing pain and creating joy. If we use that power along with proper living, a positive attitude and meditation, we can heal not only our mental and emotional afflictions but even physical problems,” says Tulku Rinpoche, a Buddhist scholar.

Within the process of living, we automatically heal. The healing system is always one step ahead, determined to restore balance. All we have to do is become aware of our own internal healing capabilities. Your system will repair itself whenever it becomes damaged and actually does a good job covering up the effects of most traumas.

We also have internal systems of rejuvenating our bodies. If we become fatigued from fighting a cold or have gone through chemotherapy, for example, our physical bodies will correct the problem.

Nerves will regenerate, poor vision is often corrected given the proper stimulation, a broken bone will mend itself and your immune system packs a mighty punch when needed.

Andrew Weil, in his book Spontaneous Healing, cites several basic activities of the healing system:

  • Healing is an inherent capacity of life
  • The system operates continuously and is always on call
  • The system is diagnostic and will recognize damage
  • Damaged structure will be removed and replaced with normal structure
  • The system will direct moment-to-moment corrections that maintain normal structure and function

Advances in mind-body medicine in the past decade have been enormous. The power of positive thinking, as coined by Norman Vincent Peale, was just the tip of the iceberg. His famous process for building a sound life on a positive mental attitude was a model for future mind-body science.

Further study opened the door to the wonderful world of meditation, visualization and affirmations. Yoga, self-esteem classes, biofeedback, cranial sacral balance, gestalt therapy and process-oriented polarity therapy directly relate to the understanding of how the mind influences healing.

Many cases have been reported on the nature of what is now being called “spontaneous healing.” The medical profession often uses this term when it cannot explain a sudden cure considered impossible through current medical science.

Several years ago I participated in a case study of a client diagnosed with advanced prostrate cancer along with tumors in the bladder. He began an integrated program that involved both holistic and traditional medicine with a heavy emphasis on meditation.

Sam, who delayed his surgery by several months to put his healing program into effect, was determined and focused on only one concept—to burn that cancer from his body. His visualizations included enveloping the affected areas of his body with different colors that had certain known effects and empowering his immune system to be strong as steel. While doing energy bodywork such as polarity therapy, Sam would send energy into the tumors and mentally repeat over and over again certain healing affirmations.

After three months of intensive non-stop work, Sam went to the Cleveland Clinic for his intended surgery. He had been working with several top surgeons at the clinic who previously diagnosed his condition as advanced prostrate cancer with separate bladder tumors—without a doubt.

Shortly after the surgery, an urgent message came in to Sam’s support team from his wife. It read: “Sam is cured—surgery successful—no signs of any tumors in the bladder—completely disappeared.”

Several weeks later Sam reported that in a conversation with his head surgeon, he asked, “Well, what do you think happened to the tumors?”

The surgeon shook his head remained silent and then said, “We don’t know. Probably

spontaneous healing!”

The role of the mind in healing is profound. Once the mind-body connection is absolutely accepted by medicine there will be no limits placed on the potential of true healing. Western medicine has just begun to understand what ancient healing systems have known for centuries—why the mind is so important!

The book Mind/Body Medicine, edited by Daniel Goleman, makes the scientific case for the connection between mental and emotional states and people’s physical states.

Goleman concludes that our emotions affect our physical health as well as our psychological health.

Here are a few basic tidbits of information for focusing the mind to heal: develop concentration, visualize clearly, be mindful in your daily activities, learn the artful law of detachment, resolve negative thoughts and, whenever possible, breathe deep and meditate. This may be a good time to enroll in that yoga class you’ve always wanted to take.

As the Buddhas say, the journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first thought. You have billions of cells in your body that are capable of generating mountains of healing energy, so enjoy!

May the longtime sun shine upon you.