By Sheila Singam
Have you ever woken up feeling ill but couldn’t afford to take medical leave because you had an important presentation to deliver or a potentially life-changing meeting to attend?
So then you drag yourself out of bed and go through your morning routine of getting ready for work: you put on your power suit, have your breakfast, pick up your briefcase and notice, as you step into your shiny shoes that — voila! You don’t feel ill anymore! In fact, you feel quite ready to face the day.
What just happened there? How could a person who was filling unwell an hour ago experience such a miraculous recovery?
It all has to do with the relationship between mind, physiology and state. The word state here refers to the overall emotional, physiological and psychological condition of an individual. In other words, our thoughts, feelings and physiology (our posture, movement and the way our bodies function) are closely linked and have a big influence on one another.
Changing any one of these variables will have an impact on the others. For example, have you noticed how easy it is to get depressed when you are physically tired or in pain? That’s an example of your physiology influencing your thoughts and feelings.
Alternatively, going through a bad emotional experience can actually cause your bodily functions to go awry. There are people who go through a lot of stress and end up with conditions like hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, skin allergies, medical problems related to the nervous system and even more serious diseases like cancer.
Break down the word disease and you get dis-ease – implying a state of not being at ease with one’s self. Metaphysical healer and lecturer Louise Hay says both the good in our lives and the dis-ease are the results of thought patterns that form our experiences. Our consistent thinking patterns create our experiences. Therefore, by being in control of our thinking patterns, we can take charge of our experiences.
When Hay was diagnosed with vaginal cancer, she applied all her knowledge of healing and realised that her disease stemmed from the traumatic experiences she had gone through. She was raped when she was five years old and she was a battered child.
Being aware that cancer can come from a pattern of deep resentment that is held for a long time until it literally eats away at the body, she postponed the surgery recommended by the doctors and went to work clearing up her thought patterns. She released the anger and resentment she had carried for years and forgave her abusers. At the same time, she went to a good nutritionist and went on a detoxifying diet. Between the mental and physical cleansing, she got rid of the cancer within six months.
Now, I’m not advocating that you discount modern medicine as a means to cure your ailments. What I am saying is that while you go through medical treatment, it’s also a good idea to go through coaching to release negative emotions and limiting beliefs about healing and to forgive, so you can approach the healing process on all planes: mind, body and spirit.
When negative emotions are stored as tensions in the body, they can block the body’s natural flow of healing energy. In his book Quantum Healing, Deepak Chopra says that “the immune system is constantly eavesdropping on our internal dialogue.”
Proponents of Neuro Linguistic Programming believe that the Unconscious Mind is the controlling intelligence in the body and can communicate with any part of the body at any time. Every thought, every emotion, every desire, every internal representation you have is monitored, overheard and viewed by your immune system.
That is why it’s so important to understand that negative emotions, which are trapped in the body, are not conducive to health. So what do you do if you have negative feelings that are having an impact on your health (and don’t doubt for a minute that they are)?
Well, the best thing is to go for an inner cleansing process to let go of negative emotions and heal your mind. Time Line Therapy™ techniques, which involve treating the Unconscious Mind, have proven to be extremely effective in this respect.
Sheila Singam is The Agent of Change and a certified trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Time Line Therapy ®. She is also the founder of The Human Equation, a coaching, training and communications consultancy dedicated to unleashing human potential in corporations and individuals. Sheila is deeply committed to helping people change their limiting beliefs. Go to www.human-equation.com for more information.