All in our head?
Most of us have ailments or physical complaints that seem to sneak up on us once in a while. Sometimes they are nothing more than a seasonal cold or allergy, sometimes it’s a broken bone, or sometimes it may be something even more severe. It’s part of being in the physical world… Isn’t it?
… Or is it? Various mystics across the ages (and even some Quantum Physicists) have suggested that our realities are created by our thoughts. If this is the case, do we then make ourselves sick, creating these illnesses and conditions for ourselves?
Sometimes, it may be nothing more than a passing, often unconscious thought -something along the lines of “Great… my co-worker is sick, now the whole office is going to get sick”. And sometimes it’s part of something bigger – a bigger lesson that we were meant to learn this time around… a grave illness that teaches patience, or forgiveness, or another Life Lesson… something that at some point we consented to learn (past-life karma, perhaps?). The bottom line is, however, that yes, we do bring these things upon ourselves and yes, we do create our own realities.
So if we create these ailments and ‘undesirable’ conditions, can we “uncreate” them as well? Can we really choose another reality, one of health and happiness and well-being? Yes, we can. The power of our minds is unlimited – especially when combined with the power of our heart (which is the real power). And really, we are already whole and healthy and happy; we just forgot that’s the case.
To use the example given above, have you ever noticed the mental dialogue when somebody in your physical environment has a cold? Chances are, you find yourself saying “so-n-so is sick, it’s only a matter of time before I catch the cold”. And what happens? You get sick. But what happens if you are mindful and instead of catching the cold, you catch that thought? If, instead of internalizing and personalizing it, you dismiss it as irrelevant to your experience and consciously choose to keep those thoughts at bay…? Have you had a headache, or a muscle spasm that with a few minutes of quiet concentration, you have dissolved, restoring yourself to health?
Has it occurred to you to try?
“What should I be but just what I am?”
– Edna St. Vincent Millay
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