After years of interviewing people who have experienced spontaneous remissions and healings, I have discovered they share four specific qualities or beliefs.
Coincidence #1: A Belief That An Innate Higher Intelligence Gives Us Life And Can Heal The Body
Everyone who experienced a spontaneous remission believed that a higher order or intelligence lived within him or her. Whether they called it their divine, spiritual, or subconscious mind, they accepted that they could direct it to work for them.
This is nothing mystical. It is the same intelligence that organizes and regulates all the functions of the body. This power keeps our heart beating without interruption more than 100,000 times per day. This happens automatically, without care or cleaning, repair or replacement.
Just now, some 100,000 chemical reactions took place in every single one of your cells. Now multiply 100,000 chemical reactions by the 70 to 100 trillion cells that make up your body. Do you have to think to perform even one of those reactions? Many of us can’t even balance our checkbooks or remember more than seven items from our shopping lists, so it’s fortunate for us that someintelligence smarter than our conscious mind is running the show.
Some intelligence is at work in us that far exceeds our conscious abilities, it’s incredibly complex workings take place virtually behind our back. Yet the only time they become significant to the conscious mind is when something goes wrong.
This intelligence knows how to maintain order among all of the cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the body because it created the body from two individual cells.
My subjects’ came to understand that if they tapped into this intelligence and used their thoughts to direct it, it would know how to heal their bodies for them. Their greater mind already knew how to take care of business, if they could only make contact with it.
The abilities of this innate intelligence, subconscious mind, or spiritual nature are far greater than any pill, therapy, or treatment, and it is only waiting for our permission to willfully act.
Coincidence #2: Thoughts Directly Affect The Body
The way we think affects our body as well as our life as expressed in the phrase“mind over matter.” The people I interviewed shared this belief and used it to make conscious changes in their own mind, body, and personal life.
A science called psychoneuroimmunology demonstrates the connection between the mind and the body. Your every thought produces a biochemical reaction in the brain. The brain then releases chemical signals that are transmitted to the body, where they act as the messengers of the thought that is matched by a feeling in your body. For example, when you anticipate an experience that is pleasurable, the brain immediately makes a chemicalneurotransmitter called dopamine, which turns the brain and body on in anticipation of that experience and causes you to begin to feel excited. If you have hateful, angry, or self-deprecating thoughts, the brain also produces chemicals called neuropeptides that the body responds to in a comparable way. You feel hateful, angry, or unworthy.
The more we think the same thoughts, which then produce the same chemicals, which cause the body to have the same feelings, the more we physically become modified by our thoughts. What we think about and the energy or intensity of these thoughts directly influences our health, the choices we make, and, ultimately, our quality of life.
Applying this reasoning to their own lives, many interviewees understood that many of their thoughts not only did not serve their health, but also might be the reason their unhappy or unhealthy conditions developed in the first place. Many of them had spent nearly every day for decades in internal states of anxiety, worry, sadness, jealousy, anger, or some other form of emotional pain. Thinking and feeling, feeling and thinking like that for so long, they said, is what hadmanifested their conditions.
One’s attitudes create a state of being that is directly connected to the body. Thus, a person who wants to improve his health has to change entire patterns in how he thinks. To do this, he must break free of perpetual loops of detrimental thinking and feeling, feeling and thinking, and replace them with new, beneficial ones.
It takes effort to break the cycle of a thinking process that has become unconscious. Through contemplation and self-reflection, we can become aware of our unconscious scripts. Ultimately, we can exercise control over our thoughts, neurologically breaking apart thoughts that have become hardwired in our brain.
When these individuals became inspired and diligent about changing their thinking, they were able to revitalize their health.
Coincidence #3: We Can Reinvent Ourselves
Motivated as they were by serious illnesses both physical and mental, all of those who restored their health to normal did so after making a conscious decision to reinvent themselves.
Breaking away often from daily routines, they spent time alone, thinking and contemplating, examining and speculating about what kind of people they wanted to become. What if I stop being an unhappy, self-centered, suffering person? What if I no longer worry or feel guilty or hold grudges? What do I want to change about myself?
As these individuals explored possibilities for a better way of being, they also learned new modes of thinking. Letting go of these familiar, comfortable habits of thought, they assembled a more evolved concept of whom they could become, a new, greater ideal.
They persisted in attending to their new ideal until it became their familiar way of being. They became someone else, and that new person had new habits. Theybroke the habit of being themselves.
Coincidence #4: We Are Capable of Paying Attention So Well That We Can Lose Track of Relative Space and Time
This approach requires great effort. The first step was the decision to make this process the most important thing in their life. That meant breaking away from their customary schedules, social activities, television viewing habits, and so on. Had they continued to follow their habitual routines, they would have continued being the same person who had manifested illness.
Instead, these mavericks sat down every day and began to reinvent themselves. They made this more important than doing anything else, devoting every moment of their spare time to this effort. Everyone practiced becoming an objective observer of his or her old familiar thoughts. They refused to allow anything but their intentions to occupy their mind.
Nearly everyone commented that this level of mind is not easy to attain. But with experience, they found that whenever they reverted to being their former self, they could detect this and interrupt that program. The more they practiced paying attention to their thoughts, the easier this process became, and the better they felt about their future. Feeling peaceful and calm, soothed by a sense of clarity, a new self-emerged.
Interestingly, all the subjects reported experiencing a phenomenon that became part of their new life. During extended periods of introspection on reinventing themselves, they became so involved in focusing on the present moment and on their intent that something remarkable happened. They completely lost track of their body, time, and space. Nothing was real to them except their thoughts.
Our everyday conscious awareness is typically involved with three things:
• First, we are aware of being in a body in terms of physical sensations.
• Second, we are aware of our environment. The space around us; objects, people, and places in our surroundings.
• Third, we have a sense of time passing.
However, when people inwardly focus through serious self-reflective contemplation, they are capable of becoming so immersed that their attention is completely detached from their body and their environment. Even the concept of time vanishes.
In this state, the human brain, through the frontal lobe, has the ability to shut out the stimuli from the body and the environment, as well as the awareness of time. This ability to make our thoughts more real than anything else is what allows us to begin to rewire our brains and change our lives.