The Mind Body Spirit Connection

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.

Indigenous peoples understand the concept of the mind and body as one It has been part of their belief and healing systems for thousands of years. Elaborate rituals often strengthen belief to make the mind work to heal the body.

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

It is not only the body that needs healing, but sometimes the mind or spirit. The body may be sick, but the mind or spirit may be the reason. When that is the case, healing the mind brings healing to the body. These understandings have also shaped modern day mind body medicine as well.

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 in their faces, bodies, and behavior at the same time. 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 mindbody 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. They have the same systems and receptors as skin so they can perceive their environment and the community of cells at large.

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 and vice versa.

Both brain and heart are involved in receiving, decoding and processing intuitive information. It appears that the heart receives this information first.

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. 

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 purposely 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 achieve more of what you want in other areas of your life, as well. 

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.

Subconscious mind power techniques like visualization, hypnosis and emotional releasing techniques are popular methods of positively and purposely tapping into the mind body spirit connection for healing and manifesting.

These techniques are used to deprogram and shift outdated patterns and limiting beliefs. They are used to offer new suggestions to your mind and neutralize the charge of troubling emotions. This frees up mental, spiritual and physical energy that can be used for creating 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.

Source: Heart Math Institute

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