This article does not contain affiliate links. The majority of the points in this article are from the book “Healing Power – The True Mechanism of Mind and Illness” Ryuho Okawa
The mind is truly amazing, much of the mind’s workings and powers is still not understood even with the current progress of medical sciences. The mind has the power to create, certain thoughts held through a long period of time will create certain tendencies in our deep subconscious mind. Eventually, these tendencies govern our actions, with the power to manifest itself as reality. Louise Hay, in her book, “You can heal your life” explains about the use of the power of thoughts and affirmations to heal the body.
Master Okawa further explained that when the root cause of mind is known, there are many cases whereby illness are healed by knowing the root cause or correcting the mind. The challenge in harnessing the power of the mind is the difficulty in diagnosing the aspect which requires to be corrected. Nonetheless, there are some actions which we can take to unleash the healing power of the mind.
1.The Power of Faith
Health is the sine non qua of everything. Without a healthy body, it can be difficult to feel true happiness in our daily life. With regards to healing, while the approach between science and religion differs, there is increasing scientific evidence that faith can bring us health. Healing will be immensely sped up with the strength of faith. In the bible, when Jesus healed two blind men, he asked them, “Do you believe I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith, let it be done to you.” He is questioning the person’s faith as the sole criteria. A private relationship of worshipping and trusting God, allowing the will of universe to unfold, is tremendously powerful in our healing, spiritually and physically.
2. Heart of Self Reflection and Feeling of Gratitude
We are all creatures of habit. Over long periods of time, certain tendencies form in the depth of our subconscious mind. When the tendencies become deeply rooted, it can be an uphill task to be aware of them, not to mention to correct them. This can be achieved by self reflection. Every day, look into your minds to correct any negative tendencies little by little. Just as we can create the illness with our negative minds, we can heal our bodies by steering the mind towards a firm positive directive. The body is changing everyday, reconstructing itself as it functions. By correcting your mind to a positive direction, your body will start to follow suit.
The challenge in the correction of the mind often lies in identifying the root cause of the issue. One way to approach illness is to treat illness as a koan, to reflect on our life for any possible reason that could cause the illness and reflect on anything that comes to mind.
The feeling of gratitude is a powerful force for creating genuine inner happiness and positivity. Rejoice in the truth that we are given this life for this adventure in this world. As we cultivate this practice continuously, the fullness in our heart will allow us to expand our vision, to move beyond our obstacles with love and courage. There are several ways to practice gratitude in our life, one of my favourite means is to maintain a gratitude journal.
3. Correct Self Justification
Our surface consciousness and subconscious mind do not always align. On a conscious level, we might be telling ourselves that we want to lead a positive and healthy life, whereas subconsciously, our minds are seeking illnesses. Sometimes, when the stress of the modern society pushes us too far, when we experience setback with no outlet for our stress, subconsciously we may create the illness to allow us to escape the responsibilities of this world. A person with repeated setbacks in his/her career may fall ill with the true reason to avoid the responsibilities at work. It may not be apparent or we may even feel offended by this reasoning, how can it be possible that we choose to create our own sufferings. As all humans have self protection mechanism, this can sometimes occur as a form of self preservation. It is important to check the mind to such tendencies – justifying ourselves and running away from responsibities. Correct the tendencies by adjusting our thoughts as well as take practical actions to reduce our stress or unhappiness.
4. Practice Kindness, Giving Love and Gratitude
The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful—great and full; that you are alive, and you enjoy it.” -Yogi Bhajan. Gratitude allows us to celebrate the goodness in our life. Gratitude tunes our mind towards positiveness, surfacing the beauty of our surroundings, the people around us, rejoicing in the simple fact that we are alive and we enjoy it. When we express this kindness and love, with gratitude in actions, we are reshaping the negative “mold” in our mind. In other words, we are shift the direction of the compass needle in minds towards the north. When we experience discomfort or pain in our body, it is inevitable that we become self centered, focusing on our physical sufferings. In the midst of this, if we can ask ourselves on the possibility of doing something to help others, albeit small, we are already on the path to redirecting our mind.
5. Golden Orb Meditation
Buddha teaches “Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” We are essentially spiritual being in our physical body. Our body is a physical vehicle that enables us to continue with our spiritual training in this world. The condition of the physical body and the spiritual body are closely related. Daily, meditate on a perfectly round golden orb. Restore your spirit body to that of a “golden orb” – perfectly round and flawless.
6. Plant Positive Seeds in your Subconscious Mind
In the final stage of illness, many people become self centered and pitiful. We can influence the outcome by planting positive seeds in our subconscious mind. Daily, create an image in your mind which is the opposite. Create an image of a healthy, joyous and active in your mind daily. Consistent message in your mind will surely tune your subsciousness, and your physical body will surely follow suit.
“We cannot think of two things at once, so we have to choose one. So it is essential to choose to picture a better or image in your mind and to move toward that direction.” Ryuho Okawa
7. Vision of the Future
There are cases when one falls ill, especially after retirement due to the sudden vacuum in one’s life. If you wish to keep on working happily in good health, construct a clear future plan and vision.