Return to Health
Health is a state of harmonious chemical balance in a living organism. It arises from dharma, observance of natural laws and everything that makes life worth living.
Good health is exhibited when you have plenty of energy (no fatigue), have a good appetite, digestion, assimilatoon and elimination, go to sleep and wake easily, have a good memory, good humour, are precise and clear in your thoughts and actions, and live from humility, forgiveness, honesty, gratitude and love.
There is a type of subconscious behaviour that manifests when our self-image is off kilter. We either can’t see ourselves being healthier or we can’t see ourselves doing and enjoying healthy things. A lot of this is related to our self-esteem. We are often hypercritical of ourselves at a deep subconscious level, even if we are not aware of it at a conscious level. We have an image set in our mind of how healthy we can be and what we are capable of, usually ordained by years of bad habits, and can’t progress beyond that image.
In the 1960s, Dr. Maxwell Maltz, a cosmetic surgeon, discovered that his reconstructive surgeries didn’t cure the insecurities and unhappiness many of his patients were experiencing. He soon realised that how people saw themselves in their own mind was the true cause of their lack of contentment and success in life.
Dr. Maltz developed a system called 'Psycho-Cybernetics' which explains why many people are not successful in meeting their health goals. He also developed a process he called 'Theatre of the Mind'. Essentially you visualise yourself, as if watching a movie, doing, accomplishing and enjoying those things that you’ve otherwise felt were out of your reach.
If you struggle to meet your health goals you can use the 'Theatre of the Mind' technique to visualise your life as it would look when you do achieve those goals. Use this technique to visualise yourself experiencing improved health. Some suggestions would include visualising yourself:
- Going about your business with great energy at those times of the day when you usually feel low.
- Sleeping deeply and waking up refreshed.
- Preparing, eating and enjoying healthful foods.
- Sitting down morning and evening to practice meditation, prayer or other tension–releasing periods of silence.
- Being able to think clearly and produce brilliant results in your line of work.
- Losing weight if you are overweight and developing the physical appearance you always wanted.
You see, right thinking isn’t enough. Or maybe it is. But right–thinking doesn’t happen if the subconscious mind is programmed otherwise.
Sure you can exercise your willpower and try to override the subconscious actions and thoughts that get in the way of you being healthier. But willpower tends to only work if you are already feeling completely rested, content and stress–free. Otherwise, you won’t feel up to exercising willpower and you just allow your subconscious mechanisms to take over.
Have you ever decided you would limit a certain food? Everything goes well for a while. Then challenges or temptations begin to mount, and the next thing you know your mind has convinced you that you deserve, need or just might as well give up and have that which you had decided you would go without.
This is partly because you are constantly still seeing yourself as eating the forbidden food. Your subconscious mind may even guide you into a situation that puts that forbidden food within arm’s reach.
As you probably realise, there’s a bit of disconnect between the conscious and subconscious mind.
The conscious mind says, “I will not drink coffee anymore.” The subconscious mind only knows that every morning you drink a big cup of coffee. It’s like a computer program that has been set to go off every morning at 8am and make you a cup of coffee. When it’s met with resistance from the conscious mind, it continues to operate trying to find some way to get that cup of coffee.
Instead, visualise yourself as someone who not only doesn’t drink coffee (or at least not often) but otherwise doesn’t really care for it. Now your subconscious mind will work differently. You are essentially reprograming it. You’d delete the instructions that say you are supposed to have a cup of coffee at 8am.
And while you are reprogramming your mind to help you meet your health goals, be sure to give your body everything it requires to stay well nourished through periods of change. Think of health in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. Everything in the universe is energy. Your body is a sea of energy, vibrating at difference frequencies.
Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.
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