The Mind Body Spirit Connection

By Val Silver

The mind body spirit connection is a wondrous thing. Understanding, supporting, and tapping into its power are three pillars of holistic healing and manifesting your true desires.

For thousands of years, indigenous peoples have understood the unity of mind and body within and individual as well as the individual being a connected part of 'all that is'.  You could no more separate an individual from the whole of creation any more than you could separate mind from body or spirit. It has been part of their belief and healing systems for thousands of years. To strengthen and reinforce this understanding, they took part in elaborate rituals to make the mind work to heal the body. 

But there was more to it. Ancient peoples also understood that a healthy mind helps create a healthy body and a healthy body is important if you want a healthy mind.

Even when it appears that only the body needs healing, the cause may trace back to the mind or spirit. When that is the case, healing the mind can bring healing to the body. These understandings have also shaped modern day mind body medicine as well. For example, medical researchers know that mental stress is a contributing cause behind the majority of diseases.

Mind body dualism

In the 1600's the philosopher Descartes popularized the notion of mind body dualism. This means that the mind and body are separate entities.  This influenced religious theology as well well as medicine. Our conventional allopathic medical model is one of treating parts instead of the whole person. 

Despite this erroneous teaching, people seem to have an innate knowledge of their mind body spirit connection.

You have probably heard or used expressions like these: "He has a broken spirit" or "I knew it in my gut" or "I feel it in my soul." If your hair ever stood on end when you felt afraid or excited, or felt love in your heart, you have experienced the mindbody connection.

Before they learn to mask their feelings, children demonstrate how the body and mind integrate in perfect synergy. Shrieking screams, tears, red face and flailing arms and legs clearly express their feelings of anger and isolation. Sparkling eyes, full rosy cheeks, cackling laughter, and clapping hands express their delight.

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Mind Over Body?

Experts used to believe that the mind was another name for your brain. Now they realize that your mind is also in your body. Our language speaks to this knowing. You say you have butterflies in your stomach to describe feeling anxious. Babies who have not yet learned to mask their feelings show every nuance of emotion in their faces, bodies, and behavior at the same time. When a baby cries, arms and legs flail, and the face turns red. You can watch how quickly their emotions change, ebb and flow by what their bodies are doing. 

Although your brain, clearly exerts a powerful influence over your body, there is much more to the mind-body connection than a master-slave relationship. The belief that mind powers and consciousness belong to the brain alone is a belief of the past. 

Our intelligence goes far beyond the power of our brains. The brain communicates with the body, and the body communicates with the brain. Each affects the other on a continual basis.

Cells and the mind body spirit connection

Cell biologist Bruce Lipton, PhD likens cells to miniature people.  Since they have the same systems and receptors as skin,  they perceive their environment and the community of cells at large. Their environment is affected by nutrients, toxins, and the perceptions of the individual.  These factors influence how genes express themselves more than the DNA. It is not a matter of nature versus nurture, but nurture over nature. 

Cells are constantly communicating with each other via photons of light in the layer of the human energy field right outside the body. They receive information from the brain and energy field and respond accordingly. When we experience an emotion, our cells experience the same emotion through energy vibrations and changes in body chemistry. Each cell in the body functions independently and as a member of the community that makes up your body.

Heart intelligence

Your heart has thousands of its own neurites that initiate communication with the brain via the vagus nerve and vice versa.

In mammals, both brain and heart are involved in receiving, decoding and processing intuitive information, but it appears that the heart receives this information first. Unlike Westerners who place great importance on thinking and learning via the brain, some indigenous cultures teach youngsters to perceive and think with their hearts. Only when they are older do they learn to access information with their brains as well. 

Did you know that your heart has a much larger electro-magnetic field than your brain? It is the intelligence and energy of the heart in its peaceful, coherent state that positively affects you and others.

Scientists have also found brain-like structures in other systems throughout the body. The gut is sometimes called the second brain.

Manifesting and the Mind Body Spirit Connection

We have much to learn about harnessing the potential of the mind body spirit connection for healing and manifesting our heart desires.

The mindbody works in mysterious ways. People who have experienced spontaneous healing know healing can and does happen without any conscious effort on our part. The same holds true of people who believed they are cursed. They can literally act as zombies, writhe in pain, or be scared to death for no other reason than a suggestion and the subconscious belief in its power.

You can also use intention to influence your health and well-being via the mind body spirit connection.  For example, resolving negative mental and emotional patterns releases stress and frees up healing energy. 

Techniques such as visualization, hypnosis, and energy flow techniques get your subconscious mind to accept suggestions that you want to heal or improve a life situation. 

The beauty of working with the mindbody connection is not only in its ability to help you manifest improvements in your health, but to also achieve more of what you want in other areas of your life.

Fans of the law of attraction and manifesting techniques understand that unless the energy of your mind, body and soul are fully aligned with your purpose, you can affirm all you want, but what you magnetize energetically will win every time.

Tap into your mindbody connection

Some individuals and metaphysical practitioners use muscle testing or pendulums as a way to access the wisdom of the subconscious for information about anything from which remedies and techniques are best to which foods are harmful, and so on.

Recent scientific discoveries on the ever-changing quality of the brain have led to a lot of research on how to rewire the brain for healing, achieving goals, becoming more compassionate, and so on. Subconscious mind power  techniques including visualizationhypnosis and emotional releasing techniques are popular methods of positively and purposely tapping into the mind body spirit connection. These techniques are used to deprogram and shift outdated patterns and limiting beliefs. They are used to offer new suggestions to your mind, neutralize the charge of troubling emotions so that mental, spiritual, and physical energy can be freed up. Together with mentally rehearsing new ways of being and taking action, the brain and body have the energy, circuitry, and practice needed to create a healthier, happier, future. 

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The mind body spirit connection is more than just an abstraction or a way to get what you want. It is who you are as a wondrous whole being. When you see yourself as a whole being instead of conglomerate of parts, the philosophy of holistic healing and health make perfect sense. The need to support and care for your whole self becomes as obvious as the need to feed, clothe and wash your body. When you love and care for mind, body and spirit, your whole self will benefit.

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Source: Heart Math Institute

Mind Body Spirit Connection updated 10/2019

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