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Gratitude: Law of Mind-Body

Written by John Demartini, DC   
Sunday, 01 March 2009 00:00

You’ve certainly heard and read about the idea that the mind and body are interconnected. More than 30 years ago, when I first began studying healing processes, certain factions of medicine were debating whether the mind and psychology had really anything at all to do with the body and healing. When I was 18 years old and just beginning to learn about psychosomatic illness, there were only a handful of diseases that came under that course of study. Today there are more than a hundred different conditions known to be influenced by the mind. In fact psychoneuroimmunology is a huge field today because of that. There’s no way to deny that your mind and body are interconnected.

Here’s my experience. If you have an imbalanced perspective on life, and you’re infatuated or resentful, elated or depressed about some event, it’s impossible to have that emotional state without also having a physiological reaction and response to it. In fact, if someone were to tell you that a stove is hot, and you put your hand on it, your body would probably prepare to burn. In some studies, it’s been shown that if subjects are blindfolded and told that they were going to hold a hot poker, and then an ice cube is placed in their hands, most actually burn and create a blister from the expectation of heat alone.

Your perceptions affect your body. If you have imbalanced perceptions, you’ll have a physical over-reaction or under-reaction and create disease. Your body responds to those emotions. Garbage in, garbage out. Balance in, wellness out.

If you have emotions of fear and guilt, you produce disease. That is the beauty and magnificence of the body. Your body is doing whatever it can to teach you where you have imbalanced perceptions. Your body is giving you feedback, with every sign and symptom, about where you’re lying about the equilibrium and seeing imbalance. Disease isn’t terrible; it is an essential guide.

The mind-body connection works together for us to grow in gratitude and love. It has been said that gratitude and love are the two greatest wellness promoters in life. You cannot find anything more powerful than that.

The mind-body connection works together for us to grow in gratitude and love. It has been said that gratitude and love are the two greatest wellness promoters in life. You cannot find anything more powerful than that.

The body and mind are inseparable in their interactions. Keep this in the forefront of your thinking, whenever you get a sign or symptom. Look inside yourself, rather than blame something outside. Own your accountability and see what in your psychology is affecting you. If you change your perceptions and bring yourself to balance, gratitude, and love, your body takes care of itself.


About the Author:

Dr. John Demartini is a human behavioral specialist, educator, and author. His vision is to contribute to the expansion of human potential globally; to seek out and activate further educational opportunities in every country; to empower and awaken leadership in others; to inspire a love of learning; and to assist people in creating authentic, empowered, and inspired lives. This article was an excerpt from his book, Count Your Blessings. Dr. Demartini can be contacted via: www.drdemartini.com.


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