The Mind Body Connection
It’s amazing how much our mind can cause us to identify with self imposed limitations. There’s a lot that’s been written about the mind body connection – how our thoughts create our reality. “The Power of Now” emphasizes the importance of tapping into and experiencing the Now by reining the mind in from concern over the past and anxiety about the future. There’s “The Secret”, which focuses on how our thoughts create our reality – if we visualize abundance in our lives we can actualize it through the power of attraction; and if we house negative energy, we broadcast negative frequencies attracting more of the same.
There’s revolutionary wisdom in all of this. But there’s nothing quite as powerful as putting this wisdom to the test and actually seeing it at work in your life.
Dr. John Sarno shares some deep wisdom about the epidemic of back pain, and other modern day ailments extending to neck pain, allergies, skin rashes and other forms of disease.
The idea is that we all house painful emotions in our subconscious mind. And the brain, acting in self defense, distracts the mind from bringing those painful emotions into consciousness by creating diversions through the experience of pain in our physical body. And, that the pain we experience is caused by a lack of blood flow and oxygen, rather than a structural abnormality.
As the command center of the body, the brain regulates the flow of blood and oxygen throughout. As an example, when a person encounters a lion in the jungle, in self defense, the brain increases the heartbeat and directs the flow of blood to the muscles and legs to prepare the body to run or fight. The “thought” of fear generated by the sight of the lion, affects our “reality” – the blood flow in our body.
The most vulnerable target for this operation to play itself out is in an area of our body which we believe houses a “structural abnormality” – like a bulging disk. In reality, most adults over 40 will show some type of disk “abnormality”. It’s a sign of aging, like gray hair and wrinkles – but most are not experiencing pain. So why do so many of us experience this as ongoing and progressive pain? We are taught and believe that we are limited by an “abnormality”. Society reinforces it. It becomes a very convenient place to hide behind. So many others do. It’s socially acceptable. And that’s just where it starts.
We then start to identify with forms of relief from our limitation, and become further limited by empowering them over us. “Whenever I drive, my spine is compressed and I’m in pain for a week” – so, whenever I drive I experience pain for a week. “Whenever I put my socks on, I experience tightness in my lower back”, so as soon as I grab my socks and sit down to put them on, guess what? “I only feel a sense of relief after I get acupuncture”… “ Surgery is the only way to get out of this pain”, etc…
But we are playing a game of whack a mole. We may find temporary relief in treatment, but until we deal with what’s going on in our subconscious, the mind will continue to create diversions – enforcing our limitations. And we will continue to identify with, and be enslaved by these diversions – wherever in our body they may show up next. The brain can be a powerful tool in the hands of the adversary.
The sensation of pain I experience is real! But in reality, the sensation I’m experiencing as pain, is really the sensation of the reverberation of painful emotions manifesting themselves as tension in familiar target areas of my body – resulting in a lack of blood and oxygen flow to my lower back. I’m “holding onto” and housing subconscious stress in my body. But when I confront my brain, and identify my painful subconscious emotions and sources of tension, I blow its covert operation. I bring my emotions to mind, no longer hiding behind tension in my back. My thoughts create a new reality. The acquisition of this wisdom redefines my physical reality.
I injured my back moving a granite table on New Years Eve. Up until yesterday I was in constant pain – and it was escalating daily. I decided to have a soul to mind conversation with myself. I identified the causes of tension in my life. I recognized the “pain” as reverberations of this tension. I then had a pep talk with my brain and blew its covert operation. I decided that I am just fine. That the pain I was experiencing was caused by the tension I’m housing in my lower back – and that while I did injure my back from lifting a table, I wasn’t gonna let that become my new identity.
I immediately started to experience results – and from that point there’s no turning back. Life has changed. It’s like once you acquire wisdom, you’ve reached a point of no return.
This is a major lesson in life – in our spiritual journey. “I’m not a leader”, “I’m not a good writer”, “I don’t have time to exercise”, “I always lose my temper with my kids”, “I don’t feel a connection to Source through my prayers” — all create limitations and all become real. They are all manifestations of self imposed limitations stemming from subconscious fears and false ideas – many times originating from childhood. And, we can change them.
The brain is a tool we need to use, not who we are. It’s the command center and we are the general.