Is your thinking the cause of your illness? I see all types of people in my practice, but they all have one thing in common. Every one of them is suffering with some sort of chronic disease. Whether it be obesity, or cancer, all of these physical issues originate with a thought. Our mind is a powerful thing, and while my clients initially like to argue that they didn’t wish illness upon themselves, there is enough science supporting the conclusion that they may have contributed much more than they originally thought.
Louise Hay is a pioneer in what would eventually be known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In working with thousands of clients, she was able to pair a physical ailment with a thought that corresponded. As an example, let’s look at addiction. Addiction is a common issue, so even if you don’t have any addictions yourself, you probably know someone who does. Perhaps you will be able to apply this and see if it rings true in your case. According to Hay, when someone has a problem with addiction, they are running from the self and they have fear. They struggle with not knowing how to love the self. Hay recommends affirmations to change the underlying thought that is causing the illness, and in this case, the affirmation would be: I now discover how wonderful I am. I choose to love and enjoy myself.
So basically, even if we were to eliminate the addiction through separation and supplements, that addict still would not love herself. By using the affirmations daily, we are attempting to change the underlying thoughts of unworthiness. Fear is an interesting emotion, because it is completely manifested in our mind. By projecting our ideas of what might happen, we raise our blood pressure and stress levels, creating a host of opportunities for illness. When we think about how hard our life is, we are setting in motion the process of manifesting a difficult life.
So, regardless of what ails you, consider the following tips to change your mind. First, monitor your thoughts. Nobody likes a whining complainer, right? How many times do you think, “this always happens to me”, or “I’m so stupid”? Those words are thoughts, and thoughts create things. What should you say instead? How about, “next time will be better” or “I learned my lesson, and that won’t happen again!” Second, do what you love. “Terrible” things rarely occur when we are engaged in an activity that makes us happy. Doing what you love makes you smile, and then other people smile back. Spread the joy, it’s contagious! Last of all, but most importantly, love yourself. There is only one you. You were created exactly the way you are supposed to be…the perfect you. When you start to see just how perfect you are, literally as a child of the most high God, others won’t be able to help but see it, too. If you are having a hard time seeing the perfection, I can help!
Love to your perfect self!