Melisandre: “What do we say to the God of Death?”
Arya Stark: “Not today.”
–Game of Thrones
Isn’t it amazing how our body effortlessly heals itself when we have a bruise, a cold, or a cut? There is nothing that we need to do for this healing to occur, it just… does. Sometimes, in fact, the more we do, the more we actually prevent our body from healing—such as how picking a scab slows down or delays the healing process, reopening the wound each time. This is similar to how our conscious mind can negatively impact our health and healing. When we continue to entertain negative or fearful thoughts, it’s an internal version of picking on our wounds.
Many of my clients continue to live in fear about the Coronavirus, now expressing concerns about the new strains being discovered. While it’s understandable to be concerned, once all the safety precautions have been taken, there’s not much more we can do. Or is there?
Continuing to fret, fear and worry does nothing to help us. In fact, it does the complete opposite. But a powerful antidote to ill health lies within us: our mind. And it can work for us or against us. When we tap into the power of our mind in a way that is positive and affirming, anything is possible, including the strengthening of our immune system and the catalyst for profound healing.
Science journalist and researcher Erik Vance, who has studied extensively in this area, notes that “as many as 70% of doctors admit to occasionally prescribing remedies that are more psychological than physiological” for their patient’s health. I have personally witnessed numerous clients miraculously recovering from physical ailments like pain in their joints, muscles, back, stomach, or head, or gleefully overcoming injuries they feared would require surgery or continuous medication. The process of their recovery typically required a belief that the desired outcome is possible, some visualization, releasing emotional issues associated with the illness, and a trust in their body’s innate ability to heal.
We were born with this innate ability to self-heal. While we may seek guidance, we don’t need to search outside of ourselves (or down a drugstore aisle) to get healthy or heal. We don’t even need to learn many new or special skills. If anything, we need to unlearn what we have been taught: that the only way to heal is to seek solutions outside ourselves. While this is sometimes needed (and should be honored in those cases), we must try not to instinctively default to it.
Strengthening our immune system and health requires calmness, the practice of positive thinking, and most importantly, a belief that our body can heal itself as assuredly as it heals cuts and bruises. Fear, negativity and stress are the adversaries of healing, nefariously working together to lower our immune system, enabling viruses and bacteria to enter our bodies, like a lowered drawbridge allowing enemies to enter our kingdom. It’s our conviction in the defending power of our potent and positive mind that strengthens and seals the protective “drawbridge” to our body.
To strengthen the potency of your mind, believe that you are powerful beyond measure. Believe that what has been labelled as “miraculous” healing is your inherent capability and birthright.
Believe that you are the sovereign ruler of your body. It’s time to reclaim your throne and rule your kingdom.