The Power of Your
I first became aware of the positive
power of the mind about fifteen years ago when I was in the middle of a lengthy
book promotion tour. I'd visited dozens of radio and television studios and had
answered the same questions a thousand times. I'd travelled constantly - by
train, plane and car. I was exhausted. And then, with five days to go, I woke up
with the flu. Headache, bad throat, aching muscles - the lot. I should have
abandoned the rest of the tour but the book was selling well and I wanted to
continue. So, feeling rather foolish, I made a deal with my body. I told it that
I needed five days more before I succumbed. I then got out of bed, had
breakfast, left the hotel and headed off for the next interview. Miraculously, I
felt fine. The symptoms of the flu had all gone. I got through the next five
days with no trouble.
When I finished the tour and went home I had
forgotten about the flu. But my body hadn't. I had hardly taken off my shoes
before the symptoms returned. My mind had successfully suppressed and delayed
those inconvenient symptoms until they became more convenient.
people (and that includes most doctors) still believe that the body is like a
machine. It isn't. Forget all those analogies about bodies being like motor cars
and needing nothing more than good fuel, regular servicing and expensive check
ups. Your body is much more complicated than any machine imaginable. And your
mind has an enormous influence over your health.
I can illustrate the
power of the mind over the body most dramatically by referring to some research
which was done with patients who were suffering from Multiple Personality
One patient suffered from high blood pressure when one of his
personalities was dominant.
But when another personality took over his
high blood pressure problem disappeared!
It was the same body. But the
mind change had resulted in it becoming a different, healthier body!
Another patient suffered from diabetes when one personality was
dominant. But the diabetes vanished when a different personality took over.
At least 90% of all illnesses are caused - or made worse - by mental
influences. The corollary is that all of those illnesses can be cured - or
prevented - by the power of the mind.
We have only just begun to find out
how powerful the human mind can be.
In the future the greatest
breakthroughs in healing and health care will not come from scientists working
on new drugs but from those few doctors who are investigating ways of harnessing
the power of the human mind more effectively.
Sadly, most research is
paid for by drug companies (who are only interested in finding profitable new
drugs) and governments (who are controlled by drug companies) so progress is
But you can use the power of your mind yourself.
you're feeling a bit low try telling your body that you're really feeling strong
and healthy. Instead of concentrating on the aches and pains make an effort to
concentrate on feeling well again.
I don't pretend that you can cure all
illnesses this way.
But you can get rid of - or suppress - minor
symptoms. And you can increase your chances of recovering from more serious
Your mind can make you ill. But it can also make you well again
if you give it a chance.
Vernon Coleman's book
Mindpower explains in detail how you can use your mind to keep you
healthy - and to help heal your body when you are ill. Mindpower is
available in all good bookshops and libraries or from the shop on this Web site.
Copyright Vernon Coleman 2005