The Power of Thoughts & Health
Our minds are very powerful in how thoughts are interpreted and turned into actions via our bodies. Author Ted Andres sums up this process perfectly: There is a level of our subconscious that “takes our thoughts, feelings, and expressions, and sets them in motion so they can manifest. When we make such statements as “I get two colds every winter,” that aspect of the mind begins working with our physical energy. Then, as winter approaches, we are more susceptible to catch those two colds. Our thoughts, feelings, and words become self-fulfilling prophecies, often playing themselves out within the physical body itself.”
I am very guilty of saying I get sick once or twice every winter. And guess what, I would get sick. Sure we can take into account the colder weather, suppressed immune systems and reduced sun exposure; but our thoughts add yet another layer towards manifesting those very words we utter each year like a mantra.
Though it may not seem like it, we hold the key to our overall health. Western medicine is backing this belief up as mankind continues to explore the depths of the body, mind, spirit and energy. The Mayo Clinic lists some benefits that come from positive thinking and optimism, some of which includes:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
The Mayo Clinic recommends focusing on positive thinking and identifying negative self-talk and changing them to positive thinking/statements. Adding to this, I recommend repeating a mantra or affirmations daily and focusing on it until you fully believe and embody it. Remember to be specific about what you want.
- I am balanced and my mind, body and spirit are in perfect harmony
- I enjoy perfect health
- I am capable and prepared to heal my body
- I deserve to live a healthy life
- I attract pure health and wholeness everyday
- I choose happiness and health in my life
About two weeks ago I got fed up with the constant headaches I’ve suffered. Throughout my adult life I’ve often stated that I am sensitive to the change in the barometric pressure, which results in a headache. For approximately 20 years I had cemented those thoughts into a self-fulfilling belief system that was true.
After reading that opening statement by Ted Andrews in his book called The Healers Manual, I decided to change my thought process and began with the affirmations of, “I am pain free” and “My body is sensitive, but in a good way.” I put every ounce of belief and energy into those statements and repeated them throughout each day. Those repeated statements have resulted in two blissful, pain free weeks.
Believing in the power of the mind is not one of those “easier said than done” things. It’s so simple I wish I had learned it years ago! If you chose to make it difficult, it can be; but like with any habit it may take time to root and take hold. So find the words that support your new health and wellness beliefs and repeat them daily until your subconscious manifests them into reality. You have nothing to lose, yet so much to gain.
Until next time, discover the power of thinking your way to better health and wellness.
Andrews, T. (1993). The Healer’s Manual: A Beginner’s Guide to Energy Healing for Yourself and Others. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications
Attract Healing Energy Into Your Life With Positive Affirmations for Health. (n.d.). My Dreams Matter. Retrieved from www.mydreamsmatter.com/affirmations/affirmations-for-good-health/.
Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress. (2017, February 18). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950.