Originally posted on Break the Norms
I’ve only seen my father scared once: when he was diagnosed with cancer. It was shocking for me to see him visibly overwhelmed and shaken by the news. Yet, what was even more startling was, despite his rattled demeanor, his confident words to the doctor:
Have you ever seen a miracle?” he asked the doctor.
“No,” the doctor replied.
“Well, you will see one now.”
And I knew he meant it. However, this disconnect between my father’s words and visage was a direct reflection of his mindset. Part of him fully believed he would cure his cancer (his conscious mind), and the other part (his sub-conscious mind) felt the cold fear of leaving this plane of reality.
Over seven months, my father worked to reprogram his mind to not only cope with the fear of death, but to shift those fear-based thoughts and his subconscious to be congruent with the part of him that believed the cancer was only an illusionary state that could be cured.From watching my father commit to reprogramming his thoughts and deeper subconscious, I’ve learned that, without a doubt, shifting the way you think and reprogramming your subconscious mind is the most important thing you can do when facing any health challenge.I know it’s a bold statement. But I won’t EVER retract it.
You’re probably wondering how the subconscious has anything to do with anything- especially beating a health challenge. According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, most of our behavior, decisions and emotions depend on the 95% of brain activity that is beyond our consciousness, which means that as much as 99% of the actions we take and emotions we feel are coming from our deeper, subconscious mind. Some doctors are even convinced that the subconscious mind is a million times stronger than the conscious mind.
Put that in perspective: even if you do everything else right, including treatments, medication, and healthy lifestyle, your entire mind must truly believe that you can cure your sickness- not just the tiny amount we’re aware of – to be truly effective. While your conscious mind could be guiding you toward what you want, your subconscious mind, which is so much more powerful, could be preventing it – based on fear. So while you’ve got the conscious brain telling yourself how strong you are, how confident you are in the miracle of healing, your subconscious mind could be dragging you down with thoughts of statistics, the doctors predictions, fear of death and so-forth.
When you think about it in these terms, the cause of sickness is based on an imbalance in our emotional state. Most of us carry around past traumas and internalize them, causing severe stress that roots itself in our subconscious and manifests itself in negativity and fear. In order to heal, you need to reprogram and become congruent with the thoughts of positivity and support that you cultivate in your conscious mind.
To continually feed your subconscious mind and analytically heal your illness, you need to shift away from fear, healing the belief system that has been ingrained in you, probably since childhood:Doctors are always correct. Sickness is bad. Dying is scary. Death is the end all.Below are several techniques my father used to reprogram his subconscious and that I now use to guide my clients to new frontiers of health and happiness to promote a healing mind-body connection:
- Meditation – During the process of quieting the mind, you detach from the sickness and any and all possible outcomes, which gets rid of emotion or the need to be in control. It is very difficult to have purely positive thoughts when going through a health crisis. Creating a space of no thoughts removes any resistance that you might be holding, which may be preventing healing from taking place.
Visualization – Several times a day, count backwards from five, being mindful of relaxing and visualizing yourself in a completely healed state. If your mind drifts, just focus the counting backgrounds from five. If you aren’t quite able to keep your mind focused on the healthy outcome, begin with a black chalkboard and visualize writing down all those fear-based words associated with sickness: death, dying..ect – anything you can think of. Erase them as you visualize your illness being healed.
Daily Affirmations – Choose a routine and daily affirmations to state during that routine. My father walked every day for one hour on a treadmill. During that time, he would think, over and over, “I am healthy both physically and mentally, mentally and physically. I am perfectly healed, both physically and mentally, mentally and physically.” Daily affirmations of being grateful for your health will shift your awareness and help create a new state of awareness. Every health challenge allows growth, which in and of itself is something to be grateful for.
Surround yourself with positive people – Surround yourself with ONLY people who TRULY believe you can beat your health challenge. Choose doctors, alternative healers, holistic health coaches, friends and family who will support you positively rather than pity you. There are thousands of doctors – so why not choose one that believes in miracles instead of a timeline. Choose to surround yourself by people who make you laugh!
Bless your sickness – Strange as it sounds, view your illness as a blessing. After all, it is teaching you to reprogram your subconscious and take control over your mind. It is helping you to bring your mind and body in balance and release a past trauma. In fact, you may want to stop using the label “health challenge” at all, and label it a “growth experience.”
Pick alternative treatments that resonate with you- Select treatments you believe will work. There’s nothing more important than believing in your treatments- after all, thoughts manifest themselves powerfully!
Remember, aligning your conscious and subconscious mind to be congruent is not easy, but the benefits of doing so can be truly miraculous.