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  • Lindsey Gordon

Believe You Can Heal


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If you are plagued by negative, self-sabotaging beliefs about your health, either consciously or subconsciously, any attempt to heal yourself will be limited. What you believe manifests in the body! As long as you believe your disease is incurable or as long as you believe you cannot lose weight, these will be self-fulfilling prophecies. You can change your physiology with the power of your thoughts. Quieting your mind makes it more receptive to changing beliefs. You can do this through meditation. Create statements that affirm how you want your body to feel, such as “I am whole, healthy and free of symptoms.” Visualize your healthy body and feel, see, smell, hear and even taste your new reality in as much detail as possible. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. The subconscious mind doesn’t process negation, so when you tell your mind, “I don’t want to be sick my whole life,” it hears, “I want to be sick my whole life.” There are simple techniques to help you on this healing journey.


Put Your Body in Healing Mode

4 things you need to Elicit the Healing Relaxation Response:

  1. A quiet environment

  2. A mental device (repeated phrase, word, sound or prayer)

  3. A passive, non-judgmental attitude

  4. A comfortable position


How to Elicit the Healing Relaxation Response:

Pick a focus word, short phrase, or prayer that is firmly rooted in your belief system, such as ‘one,’ ‘peace,’ ‘the Lord is my shepherd,’ ‘hail Mary, full of grace,’ ‘Shalom,’‘OM.’


Sit quietly in a comfortable position.


Close your eyes.


Relax your muscles, progressing from your feet to your calves, thighs, abdomen, shoulders, neck and head


Breathe slowly and naturally, and as you do, say your focus word, sound, phrase or prayer silently to yourself as you exhale.

Assume a passive attitude. Don’t worry about how well you’re doing. When other thoughts come to mind, simply say to yourself, “Oh well,” and gently return to your repetition.


Continue for 10-20 minutes. Set a timer so you don’t feel the need to check the clock.


Do not stand immediately. Continue sitting quietly for a minute or so, allowing other thoughts to return. Then open your eyes and sit for another minute before rising.


Practice the technique once or twice daily.


How to Elicit the Relaxation Response on the Go:

  1. Repeat a word, sound, phrase, prayer or muscular activity.

  2. Passively disregard everyday thoughts that inevitably come to mind and return to your repetition.

  3. Can do this while exercising, cooking, painting, shopping, driving, etc.

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