Most people believe they shape their lives and their futures with their thoughts.
And yet, most of those same people have never written down what they would like to achieve in their lives, they believe their happiness is dependent on circumstances and events beyond their control, and they think their beliefs and emotional states don't have an impact on their health.
In other word, most people, while intrinsically knowing the power of creation embedded within them, give this power away completely and choose to sleepwalk through life.
This week, on the Unleash Your Peace Podcast, we discuss one aspect of the internal world that continues to be a point of frustration for many: the connection between the body and the mind, and the role our Inner Being plays in facilitating well-being.
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What inspired this theme was that last week, I started to feel ill. I woke up with a slight tingle in my throat and body aches.
Now, I've learned over the years that we create illness in our bodies by blocking the energy that naturally flows through it. We are, after all vibrational beings. Energy does not only make up a large portion of our anatomy, it also flows through us constantly and at all times. When we block the natural movement of this energy with our internal resistance and contradictory thoughts, it can manifest itself in aches, pains, physical sensations, and illness within the body.
So, waking up with a sore throat was my body's way of telling me that I was carrying some internal resistance on some topic in my life. It took me two days to get to the bottom of it, and when I did, it took my body about half a day to eradicate the symptom, which was the illness itself.
There are a few important aspects of the relationship between our minds and bodies embedded in this simple example. So, I'll share it here as a vehicle to guide us into these more fundamental discussions.
For starters, I have history with illness. When I was in my early twenties, I had an experience with recurring strep throat that lasted over six months, cost me my job, and left me dangerously close to a stroke or heart attack. At the time, I got strep throat back to back, until, six months into this saga, my doctor (for some strange reason) stopped prescribing to me antibiotics that my body clearly needed. The bacteria spread within my body, affecting my joints. My arms swelled up to the size of pillows, my knees and ankles were so swollen I could no longer walk. I could barely get out of bed, and had to quit my job and stop attending school -- I was at the university at the time.
Eventually, seeing that my doctor didn't seem to know how to treat me, my mom took me to a family friend who was also a doctor. One look at me, and he had me on the table, administering a shot of an extremely potent antibiotic. He said I was lucky the bacteria had not hit my heart, which would have caused a heart attack, or my brain, which would have caused a stroke. He also prescribed some very aggressive antibiotics that cleared everything up within days.
Once I regained my health, I made a pact with myself that I would never get sick like that again. And, in the fifteen years that separate me from this incident, I have not.
After this incident, whenever I started to get sick (like last week), I'd simply tell myself, "No."
"Nope. We're not going there. We're not doing that. So, you might as well get well -- and do it fast."
I didn't realize it at the time, but I was, in that dialogue, speaking to my subconscious mind, asking it to take over and giving it permission to do whatever it needed to do, in order to achieve my desired outcome: health.
I have used this technique in other aspects of my life as well. During the years that I owned a ballroom dance business, I often had chats with my subconscious mind, especially before private lessons with particularly difficult students.
"Let me say and do the right things at the right time," I'd start, "so they have an enjoyable experience. Let me explain these movements and concepts in a way that is fun for them and helps them understand with ease what I am asking of them. Let this class flow smoothly."
Later, when I was helping people with their internal work, I'd say a similar prayer: "Let me listen intently and understand thoroughly, and let me say and do the right things at the right time to be of service -- to help this person resolve this internal block and find peace and clarity within this conversation."
The words, the insights, the metaphors, the connections that flow out of me after this simple internal request often amaze me. I will use metaphors I've never used before. I'll explain concepts in ways I've never explained before. And at times, I hear the words coming out of my mouth as though for the first time -- they're not my words anymore. It is my subconscious mind translating a knowledge beyond the comprehension of my consciousness.
So, the first takeaway of this simple story is this incredible connection between the mind and the body, and the suggestibility of the subconscious mind that can be focused so powerfully by simply asking of it what you want.
Unfortunately, most people use this powerful suggestibility of the subconscious mind to create and validate situations they do not want. By not monitoring the requests they are sending to their subconscious and by cultivating a default state of blame and helplessness, they actually create a situation in which they validate the illusion that they are not the creators of their reality.
I hope this article inspires you to be more deliberate in your dialogue with your subconscious.
Now, going back to getting almost sick last week, let's talk about a different aspect of this incident. Mainly, why and how did I block the flow of energy?
I believe I introduced internal resistance when I got scared by the momentum with which this Peace Unleashed project is expanding. Actually, if I'm perfectly honest, I got scared by the live Q&A sessions I recently started doing on Instagram.
You see, I'm one of those writers who has a hard time putting the pen down and even a harder time putting content into the world. For instance, I have several completed books and screenplays on my hard drive that I think need several more rewrites before they are sharable.
Sharing my writing on a daily basis through the Peace Unleashed Instagram account was a HUGE step for me, and it took much self-convincing to pull that trigger. These weekly articles, too, were a big step, and the Unleash Your Peace podcast an even bigger one.
Still, none of these was as terrifying as live Q&A's.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not scared of speaking -- that comes quite naturally to me. What makes me incredibly uncomfortable is that I cannot pre-record and edit the session before I post them -- that I am put on the spot, and that not only will my responses be seen by complete strangers across the globe in real time, but that they will also live on for 24 hours on my feed, and they'll live on forever on the Teachers of Peace Facebook account.
Now, I do realize that I don't have to make these live videos available beyond the recording of them, however, I also understand that it is through pushing against the walls of our comfort zone that we actually grow and expand -- and what is the value in doing a live question and answer session, if I'm not willing to share those answers with people who might need them?
Still, this internal struggle -- knowing that it's the right step forward and feeling extremely vulnerable and exposed by it -- is what was the root cause of my illness. It created tension within me, which blocked the flow of the energy flowing through me at an accelerated rate due to the momentum of this project. When this happens, it's very much like hitting a tree in the middle of the freeway. If we're not careful, it can drop us.
Fortunately, I've learned to ask the right questions whenever I see the manifestation of blocked energy within me. I was able to do the necessary work of looking inward and asking myself this very important question: "What is making you uncomfortable? How are you blocking the flow of energy?"
And because our subconscious mind will give us the answers to all the questions we ask of it, I was able to find the root cause of my illness.
Within hours of this realization, my physical symptoms started clearing up. Energy began flowing freely once again, and I felt lighter and more at peace -- which is why we do all this work anyway: to attain peace, happiness and wellbeing.
I hope you found this article empowering. If you are interested in diving deeper into the connection between our minds and our bodies, check out the Unleash Your Peace Podcast this week, and listen along as we explore as many aspects of this connection as our five days together allow.
Sending you much love.