In my last post I mentioned that the mind was one of the primary tools for helping us build healthy lives. I was basically refering to the conscious mind that helps us regulate our impulses and gives us some flexibility when we need to try to change aspects of our life that are causing us grief, suffering, or pain. Today I would like to talk about the effect that the subconscious mind has on our health. Here I am speaking about all of those subliminal messages (as well as others not so subliminal) that are constantly flooding our brain, creating perceptions and developing impressions that flash through our subconscious minds while we sleep or daydream. In order to impress upon our brains the kind of information that will penetrate our subconscious, we must learn techniques for developing a control over our willpower and thoughts.
The simplest way to understand any idea is to visualize it. Like the old saying goes, 'A picture is worth a thousand words', because something that can be seen, can also be understood and experienced more vividly in the mind's eye. What is important to understand- and here is where the curing powers of the mind lie- is that the pictures that form in your imagination are real and can come to pass if you are faithful to that mental picture. Much like a building contractor envisions the type of building that he wants to build, designs it, and develops it throughout construction, this mental imagery is first transferred to paper and later through vision and action into a creation from the mind's eye.
If we can learn to build a mental picture of our body and health (and anything else for that matter) into something very tangible within our mind, so that we can actually see ourselves the way we want to be, we are on the first step to developing healthy subconscious messages that can influence our bodies.
There are many types of practical techniques for mental healing and alot of good books and articles on this subject. I would recommend the book "The Power of the Subconscious Mind" by Dr. Joseph Murphy Ph.D. to anyone that is looking for a place to start on the road to developing a deeper understanding of the ways we can teach our brains to influence our bodies.
One of the keys in harnessing this power is the well kept secret that if we can build inside of ourselves a burning desire, one that we believe in and are truly passionate about, we hold within ourselves the key to establish real connections between our minds and bodies.