How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body

by Polly N on October 2, 2010

Seven months ago when I decided that it was up to me to heal myself of cancer naturally, I’ll be honest with you, I only had a vague idea as to how I was going to do this! It’s not like deciding that you’re going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or become the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion because at least there are clear actions that one would take to achieve these things! Cancer, on the other hand, is whole different ballgame or cellgame I should say!

There are no rules with cancer and there is no map. What works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. I do the things I do and I hope to God they’re working. They have to because I refuse to go anywhere other than right here right now!

Since my first diagnosis back in 2005 I have read a lot and I mean a LOT. I have been fortunate enough to meet a lot of people that know about healing, the body and that are connected to what I call the “real world”. The world that has an open mind and where anything is possible. Experts say that we only use a tiny percentage of our brain and that as we evolve to become more conscious of our abilities and the effects we have on Mother Earth, will we only then realise our true potential.

One of the books I read back in February was “How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body” by Dr David Hamilton. Now I don’t know about you but I never did have a mind for science, but Hamilton manages to clearly explain how we can use our mind to improve the state of our health. He explains that “the brain doesn’t seem to know the difference between real and imaginary, which is great if we want to visualize ourselves recovering from an illness.” (This is on my book list on the left as it’s a book I recommend for anyone wanting to empower themselves to improve their own health. He also provides the reader with guided visualisations for many different illnesses to be tried at home.)

He goes on to list numerous case studies where people have dramatically improved their health using visualisation. We can take advantage of this information by using our brain to promote health and well-being by just imagining it. It sounds too simple to be true but when you consider that every single function our body carries out, whether a conscious decision or not, does so because our brain tells it to. By just thinking about it, this gives us the power to become healthier. Neuroscience studies have now conclusively shown that if we think about moving a part of the body, the area of the brain that governs that movement, is stimulated. Hamilton says “Several recent studies have shown that stroke patients and people with spinal cord damage could regain some movement by imagining themselves moving.”

Visualisation and working with the body rather than against it, loving all of our cells, even the rogue ones is, I believe, key to healing. When diagnosed with cancer, or any illness, we must accept that it is a part of us whether we like it or not. So to continue to resist it, hate it, curse it, we send our body the message that part of us is unlovable, unacceptable – how can we ever heal and be whole again if we are at war within?

To quote Hamilton quoting Einstein, “We still do not know one thousandth of one per cent of what nature has revealed to us”. I’m relying on this fact….

The shift is in the thinking. When we can change our negative thoughts and refrain from buying into the story that we are telling ourselves about our body, we live in the moment and accept now for what it is.

The truth is, you can die from cancer, or you can live with cancer. I, am certainly living with cancer and I’m the happiest I have ever been. I’m in it for the long haul and I have an amazing life ahead of me I’m “sure”, but right now, I’m concentrating on the here and now, this very moment, writing this for you, as that is all I can really be sure of.


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Jane upchurch October 5, 2010 at 1:08 am

Oh Polly —so good to read this article. I also have this book amongst many other inspirational reads BUT YOU ARE SPOT ON. You may not realise it but YOU ARE HEALING . We are at exactly the same place.
I have a brain tumour but I love it- it has been protecting me ( as opposed to trying to kill me) I have had tremendous success with maple syrup/bicarbonate of soda therapy and later today I go into Addenbrookes for surgery to remove the rest of the tumour as I no longer need it .
I am happier than I have ever been in my whole life. I am excited for the future. I am so very grateful for all that having cancer has taught me and I want to thank you for what you do for others like myself
God Bless you


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