The Power of Your Mind in Healing Part 4: Imagination and Healing
Dr. Martin Rossman, MD, a mentor of mine, stated, “The Mind may be the most underused healing tool we have.”
My own healing began in my imagination.
After the birth of my 5th daughter, I started to experience severe pains, like knitting needles entering my body. Nightmares and panic attacks became daily occurrences.
The day before giving birth to my 6th daughter, I fell off the steps of our motor coach, landing on my coccyx. Broken or bruised? I still don’t know. We lived in isolated settings, two hours away from the nearest hospital. All my babies had been born at home, with the assistance of a midwife. This time, she arrived late, yet in time to stop a hemorrhage.
I had lost a lot of blood and became very weak. My time was spent in bed, nursing two babies. No strength to get up. I would drop from the bed and crawl to the bathroom and back. My oldest daughter, 10 years old, took care of her siblings, as my then-husband was rarely home.
I was exhausted, at the end of the proverbial rope. My mind was in turmoil.
Who would take care of my children if I were to die? At last, peace enveloped me. I knew it was the end and that somehow, my children would be taken care of. I could simply rest.
Bill, a neighbor, brought a videotape on which he had recorded a documentary: Healing and the Mind, by Bill Moyer. It was interesting but too late for me. Bill also recorded the first few minutes of the next show, on the economy. The speaker stated, “We are all going to die, why not die doing something we enjoy?”
What a concept! I was just lying in bed, waiting for death to take me. Why not die doing something I enjoyed?
Three things came to mind: when I was healthy and happy I was eating healthy, studying, and doing yoga. I was still eating nutritious meals. Studying was a way of life and since I was home schooling my children, I was not doing yoga.
Within a few days, I received a magazine in the mail. The back cover advertised yoga tapes. I called the 800-number. The lady at the other end of the line told me about their special offer, a set of tapes on Personal Excellence. I believed I had about two weeks to live, why not indulge? I got the yoga videos and the special offer…about goal setting.
I had dreamed of being a doctor, a neurosurgeon. I set the goal of getting a doctorate within 5 years. How? I had no idea. I started to call myself “Doctor.” “Come on, Doctor, you can sit up. Come on Doctor, you can stand. Come on, Doctor, walk to the kitchen, eat, fix a meal.”
Little by little, strength came back. I started yoga again.
Out of the blue, I was accepted into two doctoral degree programs. One of my theses was on The Power of the Mind in Healing. Within three years, I hung two doctorates on my wall and started a practice as a naturopath/natural health doctor, focusing on holistic approaches.
For further studies on the mind, I enrolled in the Academy for Guided Imagery program. Einstein had wisely stated, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
From personal experience, then working professionally using a client-centered type of hypnosis, I got to observe the healing power of the mind.
When used properly, imagery can:
- Promote relaxation
- Relieve stress
- Stimulate healing
- Balance emotions
- Enhance body-mind communications
- Resolve problems and conflicts
- Lead to the discovery of untapped potential
- Remove blockages
- Map your road to success
- Find and dissolve emotional genetic baggage
- Dive into “the Field”
- Energetically track prime causes
- Bring up treasures of wisdom
My seven children (the youngest one is a boy) are now grown and gone. They too use the power of their imagination to heal and succeed.
Psychoneuroimmunology, the study of the interaction between psychological states and the nervous and immune systems, started with the beginning of modern medicine. In 1915, Walter Cannon, a professor of physiology at Harvard University, observed that any change in an animal’s emotional state, such as anxiety, distress or rage, was accompanied by total cessation of movements of the stomach.
If anxiety, distress, and rage can stop the movements of the stomach, what can love, joy, and peace produce? You can use the power of your mind to heal and succeed.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this series.