There’s a vast amount of research from a number of different fields to suggest that just changing the way we think about a situation, even if we don’t feel differently straight away, can help conquer fears, Addictions, Anger, Anxiety, panic disorders, compulsive behaviours, guilt, insomnia, grief etc.
Even more interestingly there is a process that has actually been known to rapidly change a whole range of physical conditions too, from back and neck pain to Fibromyalgia (Phil Parker ‘The Lightening process’)
I found this very interesting because in Kinesiology, although we initially use muscle testing to figure out exactly where in your body issues are arising, a big part of the healing process is acknowledging and releasing emotions and misguided belief systems.
Thinking positively is powerful but so is the opposite. I’ve spent a lot of time arguing with myself recently, telling that whiny voice in my head ‘ actually….No. It is NOT unfair that I have to do my own washing up or take my daughter to school or do the weekly food shop, it’s a part of life and I definitely don’t need to get my knickers in a twist over it!’ Once I actually realise what I am stroppy about in my head and that I don’t actually feel that way it’s like a fog has been lifted. I realise that I was spiralling because of situations that had happened in the past that I no longer felt the same about.
‘There are two types of people: those who think they can and those who think they can’t, and they are both right’ Henry Ford
I haven’t actually studied The Lightening Process but have been practising positive thinking for a while now and to me there are two places healing has to begin, they are the Brain and the Gut. Interestingly there is also something referred to as our gut brain or enteric nervous system. In my mind this is the key to understanding just how much what we eat/ are prescribed effects our mental and physical health. I love the way this man explains things!
Another Holistic helper working with the powers of positivity are Bach flower remedies. They help guide you from whatever negative emotional state you are feeling or supressing to the positive state where you have the power to deal with whatever was troubling you. These little beauties have helped me more than I could actually put into words. My knowledge of emotions used to be quite lacking. These remedies actually helped me to understand what I was feeling and, with a little talking to myself… why.
Something else that I found interesting; Stockholm University did a study of 50 adults to see if a Virtual Reality training app could ease fears of public speaking. The participants reported feeling significantly more confident after just 3 hours and less shaky and sweaty when given a real life exercise to try (Journal of Anxiety Disorders doi.org/cvkn)
Just imagining that they were confident made them feel more confident. This is the power of positive thinking. If you think of being happy/healthy (even if you may not feel it) you are allowing the body to start working toward this reality. Every time you think negatively about your future you are creating a mental block, not allowing yourself the future you desire.
You are coping, you just don’t think you are!