We all know what the PlaceboEffect is; it is a form of self-healing that is done unconsciously. For example, Tom has a mental, emotional, or physical problem, sees a doctor or therapist and receives fake medication, treatment, or surgery; yethe completely recovers. In other words, the recovery was not brought about by the treatment, but by Tom’s subconscious. The cure was triggered by his belief and expectation.
As long as we believe a particular treatment will work, it will. This phenomenon (the placebo effect) is identical to that of a patient in a remote African village that sees a witchdoctor. The differences are just window dressing. Here, the treatments often take place in temples called hospitals. No matter how elaborate the healing ritual is, it’s the subconscious of the patient that determines whether the treatment will work.
Our body’s ability to heal itself is phenomenal, but what is puzzling is how scientists use the placebo effect. They merely use it as a measure to test the efficacy of drugs. Why are they studying how to ‘cure’ people with toxic substances and invasive procedures when they should be studying how to harness the power of belief and make it accessible to all? Cynics may say it is because there is no money to be made in teaching everyone how to heal themselves. But I wouldn’t be so harsh on the medical community. After all, what do doctors do when they get sick? They don’t heal themselves, but see other doctors. That’s because, like the rest of us, they have not been taught how to do it or they have been brainwashed into believing that we cannot heal ourselves.
Yet, if we care to, we can learn how to tap into and apply the amazing power of self-healing. Where and how do we begin? We first need to undo the brainwashing, propaganda, and pharmaceutical sales pitches we have been subjected to. But before we can, we have to be willing to challenge our assumptions and beliefs. You have to be willing to believe the truth rather than what makes you feel comfortable. Whenever researching a new subject, we are tempted to believe what we like and reject the rest. But when we act in such a manner, it is not the research we believe, but ourselves. So, if a new subject raises doubts in your mind, follow the example of author Gareth Stubbs and ask yourself, “What will happen if I doubt this doubt?” Remember, if you don’t change your beliefs, your life will remain unchanged. Is that what you want?
Assuming you are willing to approach this subject with an open mind, you are now ready to explore 8 steps to producing placebo power; that is, 8 steps to harnessing your body’s ability to heal itself. But before starting, I will give a quick synopsis of the cause of disease and why the placebo effect works.
Essentially, all disease is caused by stress. When under stress, the body tightens up and this tension blocks the proper functioning of the body. But where does stress come from? The source of stress is resistance. That is, we fight with, struggle against, and battle life. Instead of accepting and embracing what is, we rebel against it. Instead of living in joy, we live in anguish. “My boss is unfair! My coworker is mean! The weather is horrible! The economy is a disaster! Politicians are liars and crooks! The world is a dangerous place! Life is a rat race! Life is a struggle!” These and other remarks, as well as our constant grumbling, complaining, and whining, leave us in a permanent state of stress. No wonder we get sick!
Our refusal to take life on its own terms and resist it is a mental act. So, it is not something “out there” that causes us to get sick, but our own attitude. Thus, the cause of all disease is mental, and so is the cure, for those who accept whatever comes their way, live stress-free lives. And a life without mental, emotional, and physical stress is a life without illness.
Even if, at first glance, something appears to be undesirable, the wise not only accept it, but embrace it. After all, by embracing our challenges, we grow stronger, sharper, and wiser. Of course, sometimes we need fight against the course of events. We certainly should not accept intolerance, injustice, or, for example, terrorism. But those who just complain and do nothing about it feel weak and hopeless, living under stress. Yet, those who become activists to create a better world feel powerful and have a cause to devote themselves to. Although they fight negativity, they live with hope for the future and remain in a positive frame of mind, leading relatively stress-free lives.
Our body is programmed to heal itself, but stress prevents that from happening. However, if we change from a state of stress to one of calmness, peace of mind, composure, serenity, and tranquility, we give our body the opportunity to start healing itself. How does the placebo effect cause a healing? It does so by changing our state from stress to calmness and relaxation. Remember, the placebo effect is caused by the belief and expectation of a cure. If you thought you were going to die from some dreaded disease and a doctor told you that the new drug he was administering to you would cure you in one or two weeks, how would you feel? Wouldn’t you breathe a sigh of relief? If you believed in the drug and expected to be cured, wouldn’t your stress change to relief and peace of mind? Isn’t that the cure for stress? And isn’t the cure for stress, the cure for disease?
If disease could be turned on and off with a switch, the ON switch would be stress and the OFF switch would be equanimity or calmness. Now that we have a general understanding of the cause and cure of disease, how can we tap into placebo power? By placebo power, I mean our body’s natural ability to heal itself; so, how can we heal ourselves naturally, thereby avoiding the nasty side effects of drugs and the dangers of invasive medical procedures? Here are eight steps you can take.
8 Steps to Producing Placebo Power
Step 1.Believe in placebo power (the body’s ability to cure itself). Yes, I know, you already know about the placebo effect. You believe in it. But what kind of belief do you have? How deep is it? Is it intellectual or experiential? That is, do you believe it because of something you read or something you experienced? There is a big difference. If your understanding of the placebo effect is just a scrap of information stored in your memory, it’s not very effective. You must assimilate that belief, making it a part of you that affects how to see life and how you behave. If you’re not sure how to make your belief so powerful, don’t worry because bythe time you finish watching the following must-see videos, you will be a firm believer.
2.Placebo — Healing the Body with the Mind
Step 2.After watching the above videos, you will be convinced of the power of the placebo effect, or the power of the body to heal itself. But that belief isn’t sufficient. You must make it personal. In other words, you must believe that you can heal your problems: mental (such as headaches), emotional (such as anger), and physical (such as lower back pain). If you’re not sure how to do this, not to worry, for as you go through more of the steps you will begin experimenting, and each success you experience will increase your faith in you, in your body and mind, and in the process.
Step 3.As mentioned earlier, it is our subconscious that does the healing. Most of us, even if we know about the subconscious, don’t know how to communicate with it. But since ancient times, ritual has proved to be a valuable resource to help men and women believe they are going to be healed. In the distant past, witchdoctors, shamans, mediums, and magicians helped instill confidence in the members of the tribe that they would be cured. Today, we are more sophisticated, but nevertheless lulled into belief by the costume, rituals, and surroundings provided by physicians, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, acupuncturists,chiropractors, homeopaths, naturopaths, hypnotherapists, as well as practitioners of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Reiki, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), TFT (Thought Field Therapy), and many other forms of healing.
This raises the question, if we have a mental, emotional, or physical problem that we wish to heal, who or what should we turn to? The answer is it doesn’t matter! You see, it is not the healing method, but the belief in the method that elicits the cure. So, Step. 3 is become familiar with various forms of treatment (ritual) and pick one that you’re comfortable with, one that appears the most credible or believable to you. It doesn’t matter which one you choose. Later, as you grow in experience and confidence, you will be able to switch to simpler and simpler forms of treatment, until you become a master self-healer. In the meantime, here are sources you can turn to:
Sources of Healing
1.The Secret of Instant Healing by Frank J Kinslow
2.Instant Healing by Serge Kahili King
2.Tapping Into Ultimate Success by Jack Canfield and Pamela Bruner
The Divine Matrix
1.The fastest and easiest way to learn auto hypnosis. Outstanding book.
The ZPoint Process:
Step 4.There are two types of intention, your body’s and your mind’s. Your body already has the intention to heal itself, but it is blocked by stress. Now that you have acquainted yourself with various methods of healing, it is time to pick one and make a mental intention to apply what you learn.
Step 5.After studying a healing method and applying what you learned, it is time to actas if you are already healed. Don’t waste time waiting for results; rather, Act As If you already have them, for this will speed up the process.
Step 6.Now that you are working on a healing regimen,keep a HealingJournal. That is, remain alert and be sure to observe all signs of healing, no matter how small. Record all your observations in your journal. This will keep you focused and assist in your success.
Step 7.Apply your healing regimen to all areas of your life, emotional, mental, and physical.
Step 8.As you grow accomplished, start teaching others everything you have learned.Master healers teach others, and it is because they teach others that they have become master healers.
Healing from Within by Dennis T. Jaffe
RITUALS OF HEALING: Using Imagery for Health and Wellnessby Jeanne Achterberg and Barbara Dossey
The Future of the Body by Michael Murphy
Project Sanctuary III by Dr Silvia Hartmann
The Power of Thought to Heal (A Ph.D. dissertation)
Chuck Gallozzi lived, studied, and worked in Japan for 15 years, immersing himself in the wisdom of the Far East and graduating with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Asian Studies. He is a Certified NLP Practitioner, speaker, seminar leader, and coach. Corporations, church groups, teachers, counselors, and caregivers use his more than 400 articles as a resource to help others. Among his diverse accomplishments, he is also the Grand Prix Winner of a Ricoh International Photo Competition, the Canadian National Champion of a Toastmasters International Humorous Speech Contest, and the Founder and Head of the Positive Thinkers Group that has been meeting at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto since 1999. His articles are published in books, newsletters, magazines, and newspapers. He was interviewed on CBC’s “Steven and Chris Show,” appearing nationally on Canadian TV. Chuck can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. View his photography at https://500px.com/chuckgallozzi. This article cannot be re-published without permission.