The Mechanism of Illness
Our body out of ease
How many times have you heard these phrases:
“I’m going to be ill”, “I feel like I’m coming down with a cold”, “My joint pains always come on in winter”, “I’m always coming down with some illness”.
Throughout my life, there has never been a time when I have not heard people complain about one physical ailment or another or the possible onset of an illness.
What do I mean; a small group of people complaining about bad backs, aching joints and the impossibility of getting better. Or that man or woman who, somehow amazingly, is able to predict when they will get ill next – when the weather changes, when autumn turns to winter, in the coming of spring.
A few years ago I used to suffer from bad hayfever. I mean BAD. Streaming eyes, nose running continuously, like a perpetual motion machine, difficulty in breathing. I decided I’d had enough so I chose not to have hayfever again. I know – it sounds crazy. But that is exactly what I did. The following year – a snuffle or two. It’s been like that and it will stay like that, because I refuse to accept anything but a healthy state of being. And this year is no different.
My point is that I altered my mindset from believing in illness to one believing in a healthy state of being.
The “No-cebo” effect
We’ve all heard of the placebo effect – you give someone a sugar pill telling them that it will cure whatever illness they have and there is a psychosomatic effect, where the pill miraculously works and the person is healed. It’s a fake pill. There’s no medicine in it, but, somehow, the illness disappears.
The “no-cebo” effect is the opposite – it’s when people tell themselves that they are or will be ill and, again “miraculously”, they have predicted the outcome of their health. Needless to say, this can also be brought on when someone who is easily influenced, can be made to believe that they are getting ill or are ill, by another person.
When you tell yourself that you are ill or suffer from an illness, you are forming a belief in your subconscious.
I figure there are two main ways we bring on any illness by ourselves.
The first approach is the pure psychosomatic effect. A person installs the idea in their mind that they will get ill with such and such an illness, at such and such a time or date, and the subconscious goes about creating the physical symptoms of that illness WITH NO EXTERNAL INFLUENCE. In other words, they literally make themselves ill.
The other mechanism is remembering what the subconscious is – a goal seeking mechanism. It will go after any target that is believed, emotionalised and as a result internalised. All negative thoughts carry with them a corresponding feeling and belief, because it’s how we are wired in this society that we live in and ancestrally; we are natural pessimists.
Consequently, our subconscious will find a way to make it happen so that we get the illness that we have claimed as something that we own.
For example, getting a common cold. You could decide to sit next to a heater or a wood fire during cold weather, dress well, protect yourself as well as you know how. Taking the first approach, no matter what you do, you will still get ill, because you previously convinced yourself that the weather will cause it. Your subconscious will cause it to happen regardless.
The second approach is that your subconscious will find a way to make it happen by creating the circumstances; for example, you need to go and get firewood, but “forget” to put on your jacket or decide that you’ll be fine without it and you get a chill, that becomes a cold.
Unrealistic? Not really. It’s all the same movement, it’s all the same laws and principles, just a different concept. The internal mechanism, our mind, must obey the laws we give it and the laws of nature.
Can this be reversed or stopped? Of course it can. Stop thinking like a pessimist and start being optimistic. It won’t happen without effort. It needs constant practice.
Will this stop you from ever getting ill? No, but when you do, your mindset will be that your natural state is being healthy, because it’s your divine right to be that way, it will kick in and your return to health will be faster than before.
This is not hocus-pocus. This is not magic. It is miraculous, our bodies are amazing. And so is our mind.
So, today, what are your beliefs about your health and your state of health? What are you telling yourself and your subconscious about your state of health? From this you can predict your future health.
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
Someone asked us recently… “Is there any limitation to the body’s ability to heal?” And we said, “None, other than the belief that you hold.” And he said, “Then why aren’t people growing new limbs?” And we said, “Because no one believes that they can.”
Esther Hicks – Abraham Hicks