There is no doubt that the human mind has exquisite abilities. Besides its biological functions it offers a whole palette of mental functions. Probably the most valuable and powerful of all is thought: it drives action, creates matter, basically it influences everything a human being feels, does and is. Thought is a generator, a reality creator! Everything created by humanity started with thought. Imagination and ability to fantasize are the driving horses of human action and without them it is very likely that it would be very difficult (if not impossible) to move forward, to evolve and to create something new. The power of thought is undeniable!
Ancient wisdom teaches us to look at human health as a whole, a united picture of all its intermingled parts. For Hippocrates, the father of medicine, all illnesses are considered to have psychosomatic origin. This means that nothing is happening by chance or randomly; on the contrary, every pain or disease is a clear message sent from inside to inform where and what is out of balance, which particular parts are not working properly. It is wise to listen to such signals as they identify the disconnects within the body and call for changes needed to be made to the way one thinks, feels, behaves or generally lives. Psychosomatic approach helps us understand that whatever one is feeling and thinking directly affects the inner state of vital organs and the overall functioning of the body. The way one thinks about oneself and the relationship to surrounding environment influences the very well-being of a person and the inner processes of the body.
For the past decades the interest in such a holistic approach to human health is increasing. Researchers are looking for those scientific evidences and connecting strings of psychology and diseases as well as psychology and self-healing. The placebo effect is wide known: patients who are given ’empty’ drugs (but thinking they were given the ‘real’ remedy) occur to get better as fast (sometimes even faster!) as patients who are treated with conventional pills and procedures. What does that suggest? Is there something more to health than we thought? Is our thinking really so powerful? The answer is certainly yes! The way one thinks and uses the imagination has consequences. If one is constantly worrying or has negative thoughts and emotions it is very likely that sooner or later such negativity will reflect in the physical body. Anger, disappointment, fear, distrust, jealousy, stress – all of these disrupt the natural flow of life energy. On the other hand, love, gratitude, trust, tranquility and general positive attitude towards life itself may easily improve the overall health of a person, it helps to rebalance and heal the body, alleviate pain, it opens the path towards fuller and happier life, empowers and even prolongs it!
Let’s look at the link between health and thinking from our everyday perspective. What can we do to help and strengthen our physical body? Can we ‘program’ ourselves for better? How can we engage in conversation with our body? Fortunately, there are numerous techniques! In this series of articles we’ll get to know with one of the most powerful tools – visualization. It is tightly connected to imagination and using it is easier than one might think. Visualization is not a new tool; many ancient cultures used techniques to harness the power of imagination as they recognized the importance and necessity of using it consciously. All children have and use it every day in many different ways for various purposes but as adults people tend to consider it useless or see it as a child’s game. But taking into account numerous benefits it may bring one should rethink the attitude towards it. Note that by learning to take control of imagination and by expanding awareness of it one can get surprisingly awarding and astonishing results.