Because I will switch from quoting the book back to commenting, book quotes will be in bold type.
Peace, Love and Healing is a book written by Dr. B. Siegel. The first miracle I shared was Evy McDonald’s, you can read her testimony about healing through body/mind conditioning by clicking on her name above.
Dr. Siegel states: “…unlike the old family doctor, clinicians don’t know their patients’ lives and don’t think it is relevant to ask about them. We must get to know the people we are taking care of…We should know the person as well as the disease, and take a special interest in those who have gotten well despite the odds. They are not just lucky. They have worked hard to achieve their healing, and we have much to learn from them…We are talking about possibilities versus probabilities…” (pg. 14)
A wise person said, “We should label our negative thoughts and then go in the other direction.” True, acknowledging is the first step and action is the next. As the old saying goes: “We have to get tired of being sick and tired.” We have to want the change so much that we are willing to abandon what has long been familiar and unhealthy, in the beginning that can make us feel very uncomfortable. Changes may include not going to old hang-outs, letting go of relationships that jeopardize our progress and denying our bodies toxins it has become accustomed to.
My daughter is a good example of changing a mindset that was destructive to her. While going through therapy she learned her mindset of alcohol being her friend was untrue. Kim viewed it as a friend because the substance had always been with her through whatever situation she was experiencing. I too know the calming affects alcohol has on the mind and body. This makes alcohol or drug dependency a tough chain to break, but as she and many others have proven, it can be done through a strong desire to be free. Kim also had to separate from those who drank alcohol or used drugs, even though she cared for these people they jeopardized her breaking free from the destructive habit. I am very proud of my daughter’s success, strength and her new outlook on life.
The Placebo Effect, Words and Mindsets
“Everyone who has experienced the placebo effect also has a role to play in the quest to understand the mind/body connection. These are people who, for reasons we are now beginning to understand, will show rapid healing and pain relief after taking a placebo…Sometimes the effect can be induced simply by the words or attitude of a doctor or other authority figure.” (pg. 14)
Not only is science beginning to understand this, but scripture backs it up: “Like golden apples set in silver is a word spoken at the right time.” (Prov. 25:11, ISV) “Life and death are in the power of the tongue…” (Prov. 18:21, HCSB) People believe many things about words while not accepting other truths concerning their use. People believe what has been proven to heal, such as prescription medications or surgery that remove the disease but do not believe words or positive mindsets can heal illness. The following paragraphs from the Dr. Siegel’s book is a good example of this point.
Biochemist Nick Hall of George Washington University is one of the researchers working on this possibility through research into meditation and positive visualizations on immunity. In a Discover magazine interview with Rob Wechsler, Hall described a lecture he once gave to a group he expected to be resistant to his mind/body marriage of psychology, immunology and neuroendocrinology. “I knew I had to do something to get their attention,” he said. I walked up to the podium, pulled out a book from my back pocket and began to read them an erotic passage from Lady Chatterley’s Lover. When I was done and they were all convinced I was crazy, I looked up and said, “If you can arouse the reproductive axis with purely mental processes, why can’t you do the same with the immune system?” (pg. 22)
Dr. Siegel continues…
As Hall demonstrated, presumably to his audience’s satisfaction, images of the mind can have just as powerful an effect as those in the external world. Blushing is another example of the body’s response to what may be purely a mental event. Everybody agrees that these are physical responses mediated by the mind. But what about the immune system? Can you really activate it with the mind? If you change yourself enough, can your disease be rejected as alien to the new you? I believe that you can change that dramatically; I have seen it many times. (pg. 23)
Other interesting points Dr. Siegel includes are:
- Yogis trained in Eastern meditative techniques increased their heart rate from thirty to three hundred beats per minute, as Swami Rama demonstrated to the satisfaction of a number of Western scientists at the Menninger Foundation.
- Dolphins who do not want to have blood drawn for experimental purposes can redirect their blood flow so that it is inaccessible to the probing needles of researchers.
- Mice have shown that even the immune response can be taught, or conditioned…When an immune suppressant or enhancer with a specific taste is administered to the animals, that same taste can later cause their immune systems to respond accordingly, even when the drug itself is absent.
- As cells in a fertilized egg multiply, they reach a stage… called gastrula. From that stage on, if you take a cell from the head… and place it at the other end, it will migrate back up to the head end again. It knows what it is, what it is to become and where it belongs.
Amazing facts aren’t they?
Dr. Siegel asks us to answer the following five questions.
- Do you want to live to be a hundred? He asked this to find out if people felt in control enough to be able to look forward to the future without fear. Only 15 to 20 percent said yes. Dr. Siegel relates that those who live very long lives are willing to outlive others around them. They learn to find new people to love and continue to live because they love others, life and themselves.
- What happened in the year or two before your illness? …this question was intended to get people to think what traumatic events might have occurred in the years leading up to their illness that could have made them susceptible to it. In other words, if your organs are speaking to you, what events in your life might they be talking about? But many people criticized me for making them feel guilty over having caused their own illnesses, which was not at all the point. I want people to realize that, although they may not be able to control all the events in their lives, they can control their responses…When people sit in my examining room and say things like, “I will make this marriage work if it kills me,” I want them to hear what they are saying and see what damage they are doing to themselves with these messages. …Stop killing yourself.
- Why do you need your illness and what benefits do you derive from it? Because this question upset many people, Dr. Siegel says that if he could change anything in his first book, it would be the wording of this question. Given what happened to you in the years leading up to your illness, what wishes do you think are being met by the illness, what benefits are you deriving from it? Freud long ago showed us the benefits of mental illnesses…psychiatric literature is filled case histories illustrating the erotic, self-punitive and aggressive needs that illness can meet. In looking at a physical disease, we tend to concentrate on the body and act as though a person and a mind do not come with it. But they cannot be separated, and to understand the patient’s illness we must always consider the possibility that it meets certain psychological needs that might not be met without it. I am not blaming anyone for using illness. Rather, I want you to look at how you might be benefiting from illness and then figure out how you can meet those same needs in a healthier way. Stop punishing yourself in order to get what you need.
- What does the illness mean to you? Does it mean we are failures? Is disease a form of punishment? Dr. Siegel asks us to examine how we view our illness and where these ideas originated from.
- Describe your disease and what you are experiencing. One friend of mine told me she had a pain her in neck for several days, until she started talking to it and asking why it was there. Then she remembered she always called her brother a pain in the neck, but he had died quite suddenly a year before and she had been missing him terribly. Once she realized she had brought him back to her in this form, she decided she could hold onto her memories of him without the pain—and it went away. Well, at least she said neck and not otherwise… Think about that folks, haha.
When a lady hospitalized for abdominal pain described the pain as being like a basketball inside, I told the medical student who was with me to ask her what pressures existed in her life. It turned out that she was chauffeuring all three of her daughters to basketball practice every day and she was worn out. I told her that if she found another ride for the kids, I thought the basketball would be removed from her abdomen.
Jungian psychotherapist and author Arnold Mindell often shares a little myth in which a child is walking through the woods and in the roots of a tree finds a bottle with a cork in it. When he picks up the bottle and yanks the cork out, a genie appears and says to him, “Aha, I’ve got you in my power now.” But the boy is no dummy and looks at the genie and says, “Well if youre so powerful and smart let’s see you get back into the bottle.” The genie goes back in and the boy slaps the cork back in so that the genie is now rebottled. Thinking about what the disease metaphor means in your life can be very empowering. When we turn towards our disease and ask, why are you threatening me, what do you want from me, why are you here? We can rebottle their symptoms and obtain their potential gifts. When we do that we begin to see the positive side of our disease.
“I don’t believe that a person actually creates a disease, but that the soul is expressing an important message through the disease,” Mindell says. This was common knowledge in other times and other cultures, but our own focus is so exclusively on the mechanics of disease that we ignore the message. When you start looking for the message, however, you realize that there is always one. (Pages 45-52)
I have skipped much of the material in the book on these pages and tried to keep the main ideas Dr. Siegel wanted to share without typing out every individual account he includes.
The first video below supports positive affirmations and a healthy lifestyle. I am including a Bible based video for healing also. Scripture requires us to have faith in Christ for our healing, however, this does not explain how people with a terminal illness are being healed who have not come to a faith in Christ as savior. The placebo effect has been seen in both believers and non-believers. I personally believe in Christ, but I am learning speaking the positive, love, and truth heal universally. There is absolutely nothing wrong with affirming the positive. The danger is in casting away Christ altogether and believing your soul is safe eternally without Him. Truth seems to contradict itself in this verse: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. How can truth be what does not yet exist? It is called blind faith (in something or someone), whether that be a placebo (a sugar pill, but the mind believes it is real and they heal), Christ or yourself. Though manifestation has not occurred, you have faith that it will. This faith begins in the mind and faith grows in the spirit of man until it is manifested physically.
If you would like to know Christ scripture states:…But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
…whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
The following video is Kenneth Hagin, I have read many of his books, you can trust him. After K. Hagin, is R.W. Schambach, I really enjoyed what the poster shared in this video. A lot of information, but helpful-they even include Yoda, haha.. The third video is all healing scriptures. These are followed by a testimony of a man who turned his life around through forming confidence in himself and working towards and accomplishing his goals.
Much love ❤