Accelerating healing with your mind
When you break a bone you go to hospital to get it fixed. But the hospital doesn’t fix the bone. They set it straight so that when your brain fixes it, it’s not crooked. If you have multiple injuries, that broken bone will be slower to heal.
So if you can accept that your brain fixes bones and if you accept that something can slow that process down, then you have to accept that it is possible to accelerate the healing.
Your subconscious keeps your body functioning without you needing to give it any thought. Your heart pumps oxygen around your body in your blood. Your lungs take in the oxygen when you breathe. You don’t have to think to breathe. But if you choose to, you can consciously take control of your breathing and speed it up or slow it down.
You can’t, however, hold your breath until you die. Your brain won’t let you. (please don’t try this!)
It keeps you safe and well to the best of its ability, at all times.
When you get a cold, the streaming nose is not caused by the cold, it’s caused by your body fighting the cold.
Have you noticed how a headache is worse if you are in a quiet room with no distractions? For those that suffer with chronic conditions like IBS or Chronic Fatigue, you will notice that stress makes it worse. If something can be made worse by environmental conditions, it can also be made better.
What does this all mean?
If we can accept that the mind is capable of healing, automatically, without any intervention from us, then surely we must also accept that with the right intervention we can have an impact on a healing process.
When the brain is damaged through accident, or a stroke, you can relearn how to do stuff using different parts of your brain. This is called neuroplasticity. Your brain physically grows and reinforces neural pathways as you learn, and other parts of your brain disappear as they become unused.
We can utilise this Neuroplasticity effect to make permanent changes to the mind body relationship.
The problem is that this is all too abstract.
Whilst it can be easy to accept the concepts of the mind body connection, it can be a little trickier to make deliberate changes without any sort of communication interface.
Visualisation is the language of the brain.
The answer is actually quite simple. We turn the abstract concept of a thought into something more tangible, through visualisation and metaphors.
For all of time, songs and stories have carried important lessons in life far more effectively than simple instructions around actions and consequences. From Aesop’s Fables to the Bible, stories are used to make lessons easier to absorb.
If you want to deliberately change your body, you need to talk to your mind in a language it understands.
Let’s go back to the example of bones healing.
For a moment, I want you to take a deep breath.
How did you go about that? Did you instruct your brain to send a signal through the spine to the nerves and muscles that inflate your lungs? How did you know when to stop?
It is likely that you didn’t think about anything technical. If you did, you undoubtedly would have missed a load of stuff that happens to allow you to take a breath.
Now, I want you to imagine your lungs are like balloons, or an inflatable object. As you take a breath, imagine the object inflating. That works just that same as deciding to breath in.
Your brain will execute on your visualisation automatically.
Now let’s go to the broken bone again. There is a complex automatic process to heal a bone. The key to accelerating a process is constant repetition of your visualisation. This is impossible if you are trying to remember a set of complex steps. So what would be a real world visualisation of bones being healed? Little men filling it in with plaster? Papier Mache? Something else?
Once you have worked out your visualisation, you just need to spend a few minutes every day repeating that visualisation. Again and again, on a loop, you should play it. It should be no longer than a few seconds and it should be very simple, otherwise you won’t send a clear message to your brain. Every day, for a few minutes a day, you repeat the visualisation. And you brain will act on it.
Ok so now let’s make another leap.
Hayfever is a nightmare for many people. It stops them enjoying nice weather.
Hayfever is a miscalculation by the brain. It interprets a grain of pollen as a threat and launches a defence. This is where the streaming nose and eyes come from – your body fighting off the ‘virus’. If you can find a way to communicate with your brain, you can tell it to treat pollen in the same way as it treats the other grains of dust that it filters harmlessly. No defence is activated and the symptoms of Hayfever disappear.
This approach to visualisation can be used on anything, from pain, to muscle tears, to running up steep hills. If you find a way to communicate with your mind, anything is possible.
If you want my help with visualisations for physical issues, just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org