Can you heal your body with just your thoughts?
Most of us have a constant stream of thoughts running through our heads at any given moment.
Our thoughts make up who we are and create our reality, but what if you could control that rampant stream of consciousness to live a better, healthier life?
In an episode on his podcast, physician and bestselling author, Mark Hyman, interviews Dr Joe Dispenza about how you can use the power of your mind to heal your body.
In this particular episode, Dr Dispenza animatedly discusses his work in the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics. He explains how changing our thoughts and behaviours creates new neural pathways that can fundamentally change the physiology of our brain and our body.
What we think, we become
Living in a world so preoccupied with productivity causes our stress levels to be off the charts. Our bodies are on high alert constantly - and can we blame them?
We can be living the healthiest lifestyle possible, but if our thoughts are often centred around fear and negativity, our body’s cells will always be in a state of emergency. This leaves us with very little resources for growth and repair.
Dr Dispenza posits that, “We only accept, believe and surrender to thoughts that are equal to our emotional state.” That means that if we’re feeling rushed and stressed out, our thoughts will mirror those emotions, creating chaos within our bodies.
If we really want to live better, healthier lives, we need to reprogramme our thoughts and teach our bodies to self-regulate.
But how can we do that?
Dr Dispenza recommends two very important tools - meditation and gratitude.
Whilst they might sound a bit vague and fanciful, these practices can significantly increase your overall health.
For example, Dr Dispenza conducted a study where 120 workshop participants were asked to move into an elevated emotional state, such as gratitude, for nine to ten minutes, three times a day throughout the four-day workshop.
Researchers measured their levels of cortisol and IgA (Immunoglobulin A, an antibody that plays a crucial role in our immune function) at the beginning and end of the workshop, and discovered that the cortisol levels of the participants dropped by three standard deviations, and their average IgA levels increased from 52.5 to 86.
That’s significant growth, just from changing the way we think.
Disentangling our old patterns
Although its benefits have been widely touted, meditation can still seem confronting to some people. Sitting alone with just you and your thoughts? Terrifying.
But the purpose of meditation as Dr Dispenza sees it is to ‘disentangle’ your current programming. If you can become more aware of your thoughts, you can start to notice where your energy is being directed; you can see which thought patterns are just not serving you anymore, and change them.
The best thing about all of this is that we actually have within us the power to change, to create new thoughts, patterns and behaviours. We can embody the energy of who we want to be - the best version of ourselves, without pain, without suffering.
Want to get started? Every morning when you wake up, write down 3 things that you’re grateful for. They can be whatever you like - your house, your bed, a partner. This way, you’ll begin the day in a positive state of mind and be ready to tackle whatever thoughts come your way!