Using Soft, Conscious Visualization To Heal

Soft, or conscious, visualization is one of the most effective healing techniques around. Here’s how it is different from what I call hard visualization, and how you can use it to heal.

Many people have heard of and used visualization to accomplish a variety of things such as achieving athletic feats or growing businesses, and one thing they use visualization to attain is improved health.

The type of visualization I see people doing most of the time is what I call hard visualization. In using hard visualization, a person imagines an outcome, often in detail, and in this way sets himself or herself up psychologically or energetically to make the outcome manifest, almost forcing it to happen.

There are, however, significant problems with hard visualization.

It’s not that hard visualization does not work. It may work. At the same time, even if hard visualization does in a way work, it may not generate optimal results.

Here’s why.

Hard visualization may propel an outcome and at the same time it does not really address issues impeding the manifestation of that outcome, and hard visualization does not itself do anything to restructure one’s life overall so that that outcome fits in nicely.

In other words, the use of hard visualization can be a way to seek to basically ram an outcome through, and among other things one using this method can break other things in the process.

For instance, a person might use hard visualization to get more money. Sure enough, the person may end up with a bunch of money, only to experience new problems. What would have happened is that rather than addressing issues that were causing problems in the person’s life, the person just rammed through the more money outcome. So while the person now has more money, for what that’s worth, the person has not really solved things.

So a better method is needed.

The better method is soft or conscious visualization.

The idea of soft visualization is to use visualization to find, or become conscious of, the not so obvious obstacles to the manifestation of a desire, and to gently resolve things so that the desire manifests, and does so without blasting the rest of one’s life to pieces.

Here’s how you do it.

You visualize an outcome, and, rather than seeking to force it to happen, as you visualize the outcome you consider what you think of and how you really feel about that outcome. The purpose of this is to find what psychospiritual obstacles to that outcome you may be harboring. Then to get the outcome to manifest, you somehow resolve the issues blocking that’s happening and gently change things so that that outcome, or possibly a better outcome related to it, fits you and your life.

So for instance, a person having health issues would visualize being healthier, and see what comes up. Something will come up, and that will be a clue to why the person is sick and will be an issue to resolve to heal.

For instance a person visualizing being healthier may suddenly feel very angry about something. So that anger is related to the health problem, and to heal the person needs to do something about that anger and issues related to the anger, rather than repressing it all by being sick.

In other words, the person was angry, and instead of healing the situation, the person got sick. So now, even just by visualizing being healthier, the person essentially goes back to being angry and healthier. Now, being more aware of how these things work, the person somehow does something about the anger and heals the situation and then no longer has that whole thing underlying disease.

Alternatively, when visualizing being healthier the person could feel afraid, or sad.

Thoughts could also come up. Maybe when visualizing health, the person will think something like “That would be boring” or “But then I would have to go back to the job I hated” or “I am learning so much by being sick”. So here again the soft visualization has brought up factors or issues that are keeping the person sick and that are blocking progress toward better health. In order to get healthier, the person has to resolve these conflicts somehow, work things out within. For instance, now that the job thing has come up, the person could consider what it’s all about and maybe consider a career change. If the person thinks health is boring, he or she could consider why that might be and do something about that idea, resolve the inner conflict somehow.

So soft visualization can be used to bring up the hidden, less conscious stuff that is making and keeping a person sick, so that the person can do something about that stuff and heal.

I use this method constantly, to heal myself and others, and it works super well.

Someone Always Talking “Incurable”, And It’s Never Really True.

Ok. I can see it with so called ALS, a health problem I have been working on a lot lately. While a person so called diagnosed with ALS can solve the problem and heal, I can see why someone might get, or fall for, the incorrect idea that it’s incurable with any currently available method. For one thing, the mainstream organizations involved with so called ALS say this incurable thing constantly. For another, solving it can take a fair amount of knowledge and work.

The same could possibly be said for other problems, such as those called multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. While all are solvable, a huge proportion of people believe otherwise, and solving them can be challenging. So I can see why someone would fall for the incurable story there too.

Check this out though.

I had been bitten by a tick or something and so I started reading up on so called Lyme disease, and guess what. There it was again. While some were talking about what they had done to solve health problems so called diagnosed as Lyme disease, there was someone going on and on about how it’s “incurable”. Huh? This is just little old Lyme disease we are talking about, and while I realize some people so called diagnosed with Lyme disease experience chronic health problems, many do succeed in solving the problem and never again have Lyme disease related health issues. All the same, someone was maintaining that it’s “incurable”.

Same thing with diabetes. On a diabetes related discussion board and other places, I saw some were talking about what they were doing to solve the problem, both types, while one or two people were insisting nothing could be done. What?? Nothing to be done about diabetes even? Even the mainstream news has stories about people doing things about diabetes. Still somehow someone shows up saying otherwise.

I bet for every health problem, right alongside people talking about how to solve it one can find people who insist that can’t be done.

Why do people do this, even when information indicating the contrary is right there in front of them?

For a variety of reasons, such as these.

Some shy away from the idea that they are somehow responsible for the health problems they are experiencing. Others are addicted to their or someone else’s being sick and are terrified to think that they could heal. Others seem to enjoy playing expert by repeating what they have read somewhere or been told. Some who do medical research basically get paid to look for cures for the incurable and would much rather believe and promote the “currently incurable” point of view. Others seem to like the drama of the whole incurable thing, and there are plenty of other reasons people talk this nonsense.

Meanwhile, in close to twenty years of being involved in solving disease problems, I have never ever seen one that is not solvable. I have seen people solve cancer, autoimmune issues, allergies, infection types of problems, neurological problems, digestive problems, learning issues, all kinds of supposedly incurable stuff, and other problems that one supposedly one cannot solve just by changing diet or working holistically somehow. Even in the cases of health problems I have not yet seen solved, as soon as I look into them, I start finding clues to what to do about them.

So if, or when, you hear a story about something being “incurable”, don’t fall for it, and if you are being affected by some supposedly incurable health problem, do what I have seen many do successfully. Assume there is a way, or are ways, to solve the problem and start looking for them. Look into one thing after another. Look for people who say they have solved similar problems and find out what they did. Look and look and work and work until you too have figured out how to heal and once again demonstrated that where there is a will there is a way.

A Stark Choice – “Eat Healthy” or Be Sick

Recently I was talking with someone about what I eat and she said, “It sounds like you eat really healthy.” I hear this type of thing often and finally it dawned on me how bizarre the whole thing is.

I mean how else would I eat? Really sick?

I guess for many the answer to that question is yes, and that’s kinda amazing.

For one thing, while people often say that health harming foods are rather tempting, is that really true? What is so great about a fast food burger? or some cheapo, chemical filled cake type of thing? Sausage? I don’t particularly miss it. Hot dogs? Not so great, and anyway there are vegan versions. Artificially flavored popcorn, processed snack foods, sugary cereals, none of them are indispensable. Even steak or higher quality not so healthy foods are not sooooo great that I just have to have them.

So basically people who are not eating healthy food are for the most part trading their health for second rate experiences, a trade that does not sound worthwhile at all.

Maybe part of what is going on is that there is a disconnect in the minds of people who do this. Maybe they don’t realize that they will get sick.

So here it is clear as can be. If you eat foods that don’t work well with your system, you system will not work well, or not as well as it would otherwise. You will feel the effects. You will be less healthy than you would be. Do it enough and you will get super sick.

That getting super sick happens all the time, and then people who eat sick, let’s call it what it is, go running to get medical help or even go looking for a “cure”. They don’t really need medicine or a cure. They don’t need fundraising or awareness or more research. They need to wise up.

There is a reason why health food stores are called health food stores. The funny part is that the implication is that the other stores are sick food stores, and the truth of the matter is that to a large degree they are. So don’t be surprised if you get sick eating what they offer.

If you want to be healthy, you have to apply logic. To be healthy, eat healthy.

Sick? Face the fact that something is wrong with your ideas and ways.

Recently I was talking with someone who had been looking to reduce her weight for years. When I disagreed with something she said about how it works, she assured me that I have it wrong and she knows what she is doing.

The fact of the matter is that I have no trouble maintaining my weight right where it was when I was in high school. D’ya think it might be that I am onto something? On the other hand, if she has it all right, how come it’s not working for her?

I see this all the time, people who are having health problems and at the same time are convinced they know all about health.

A person experiencing cancer reacts to discussion of diet by saying he already has a good diet. A woman having trouble with cataracts says it has nothing to do with her way of living. A guy experiencing neurodegenerative disease totally freaks out when someone suggests he can solve it himself.

Here’s the deal. Whether it’s called or somehow blamed on cancer, Alzheimer’s, als, ms, psychosis, alcoholism, Parkinson’s, autoimmune, influenza, aids, poverty or anything else, disease happens because of things people do, things they choose, and the things they do or choose are based on their ideas.

So, as much as a person may feel that his or her ideas are right, as much as he or she feels that she is educated, competent, on the ball and doing all the right things healthwise, logic dictates otherwise. If you are sick, you have to consider the possibility, even face the fact, that something about your cherished ideas, something about your carefully or not so carefully chosen ways, is flawed and hurting you.

The key to getting healthier? Your ideas and ways have to change.

I see this type of thing all the time, and have been fooled by it myself.

Someone who is having major health problems will tell me about what is being done to solve them, “Well we are using acupuncture to strengthen my immune system.” or “Once this protocol kills off the Lyme disease, then my neurodegenerative problems will be solved.” or “I have been going to Mexico for stem cell treatment and I am already feeling stronger.”

So everyone, including me sometimes, is all optimistic. Then six months, a year, or whatever time later, the person is way sicker. Somehow, as cool as the methods being used may sound, they are not working.

What is it that goes wrong time after time?

The problem is that these people’s strategies for healing are missing or are light on one key thing. That thing is changing their ideas and ways. If you don’t somehow change your ideas and ways, which are what really underlie any health problem, then you are not really going to get healthier.

Consider this contrast.

Earlier this year I first talked with two people, both of whom had been diagnosed with als, a health problem involving progressive degeneration of motor neurons. Also, for both of them the picture has had an additional complicating aspect, the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium involved in the creation of so called Lyme Disease.

One of the two people has a sister who is professionally involved in the wellness field. Not only has he had extensive help and advice from her and her healing center colleagues, but also he has been working with others, and he has been using all kinds of seemingly sophisticated, heavy duty methods to solve his health problem.

The other guy, over the same period of time, has mostly just been working on changing his ideas and ways, and as part of that does regular meditation.

The result?

While the first guy, using all those resources and methods, is now much sicker than he was a year ago, is having trouble speaking, and wonders if he can heal at all, the second guy, just by changing his ideas and his ways, has seen improvement in all areas of his life, including his physical health, and has returned to work.

The same thing holds and similar examples can be found whatever the health problem may be.

There are always reasons, factors and patterns, that underlie the creation of a problem, and when a person’s diet, emotional patterns, mindset, beliefs, life strategies or any other aspect of the person’s life is somehow involved in the creation of sickness, in order for the person to heal, these things needs to truly change.

So while methods like massage, medical marijuana, hyperbaric oxygen, herbal treatments, antibiotics, radiation and reflexology might have their value and may help in some way, the real thing that matters is changing ideas and ways, and if you want to heal, you need to ask yourself how your ideas and ways are changing and how those changes are going to make you healthier.

Does Mountain Dew cause als? Well, in a way the answer is yes.

I keep seeing people arrive at this blog by searching on the question “Does Mountain Dew cause ALS?” At first I thought it was because I had mentioned Mountain Dew in a post on preventing als. Now I am wondering if others are seeing the Mountain Dew, als connection. So here’s what I have seen and my take on Mountain Dew and als.

When working with someone to help him or her heal, I generally start by talking about basic things that could be contributing to the health problems the person is experiencing. It’s a good way to get a person thinking and to find some easy changes that can be made to improve a situation.

So, a few years ago, during this process, a guy diagnosed with als told me that prior to starting to notice the nerve problems, among other things he had been drinking about sixty, yup, sixty ounces of Mountain Dew a day. That’s five cans or three twenty ounce bottles of the stuff every day. Wow. So anyway, he had been stressed out in multiple ways and, beyond staying high on sugar and caffeine, not taking good care of himself, and sure enough his nerves had started to break down and he was so called diagnosed with so called als.

Soon after that, I was talking with another guy diagnosed with als and I happened to ask him,”By the way, do you drink Mountain Dew?” He told me, “Yes. I love the stuff.”

Around that time I met with another guy diagnosed with als, and during the meeting I asked him if he drank Mountain Dew. The answer was “Yes”, and sure enough there in the kitchen was a case of it, next to a case of, I think it was, Coke. He too had been stressed in multiple ways around the time he had started noticing nerve problems, and had not been sleeping well for months.

I have seen other cases where Mountain Dew and other caffeine containing beverages seem connected to neurodegeneration, and, while it does not add up to a whole lot of data and I have not done a huge amount of research into the Mountain Dew, als connection, I am sure that Mountain Dew can be a factor in the creation of the problem known as als.

Here’s the thing. Als is really just really poor nerve health. So anything that’s not good for one’s nerves is going to factor into the creation of the cascading neurodegeneration known as als. So consider this.

Sugar, plenty of which is found in Mountain Dew, can help foster internal inflammation, which is part of neurodegeneration. While I have heard that small amounts of caffeine may have some benefit for some people somehow, continual intake of huge amounts of caffeine and sugar, using this high to remain on the go constantly, and sleeping poorly sounds like a great way to keep one’s nerves overexcited and stressed, which once again sounds like a great way to create als. Also, do the in some countries banned artificial color and the brominated vegetable oil in Mountain Dew have some specific qualities that contribute to neurodegeneration? That’s possible too. For instance, tremors, convulsions and breathing difficulty are associated with ingestion of bromide. In addition, there are other ways drinking Mountain Dew can figure into the creation of als.

Also, if a person is willing to drink artificially colored, caffeine laden, genetically modified corn syrup filled stuff day in and day out, it seems likely that the person is not being careful in other ways, in which case, in addition to being a factor in the creation of so called als, drinking Mountain Dew is an indicator of lack of awareness of how to maintain health.

Is drinking some Mountain Dew enough to create cascading neurodegeneration? Maybe. Maybe not. Even the guy who was drinking sixty ounces a day had going on in his life a host of  als creating things, such as relationship issues, use of disconnection strategies and military service related trauma. So his Mountain Dew consumption was just part of the als creation picture. My guess is that for most people most of the time, as harmful as Mountain Dew might be to their health, they are not going to experience als just because they drink some. Still, it can be a contributing factor, and in general drinking it is probably not a good idea.

So there’s my answer to that Mountain Dew causing als question. I guess I should be glad that one or two servings of Mountain Dew was enough for me to decide not to have any more. Maybe reading this post will be enough for others to decide the same thing.

That Ridiculous Idea That Genes Underlie Behavior

Yesterday I was talking with a friend whose son has been so called diagnosed as being so called autistic. I got the impression that my friend feels that genes are somehow causing his son to behave in that so called autistic way. No chance.

I’ve also heard that genes cause depression and that genes can cause people to drink too much, and I even recently read about someone whose so called criminal defense team said that he should not be punished too harshly because his genes made him do it. While so called punishing people may be ridiculous, the idea that genes make people do things is maybe even more ridiculous.

Here’s the deal. Genes are merely templates for proteins. When a protein is needed somehow within a body, a gene is used in the creation of the protein. That’s all. I am not sure how many people are aware of this. People ascribe all kinds of things to genes and maybe once they are aware of what genes really are, they will see how ridiculous it is to blame behavior on genes.

A person is a being manifesting in a body. It’s not the body calling the shots. It’s not the genes calling the shots. When a person has another drink, or chooses a white shirt, or runs for political office, or acts all freaky, or takes lipstick without paying for it, the person, not the person’s genes, is making that choice.

People have all kinds of reasons for doing what they do, or don’t do. They may have misconceptions about life, misconceptions upon which they base their strategies for handling life. So their strategies may be flawed and their behavior bizarre. It’s not genes. It’s misconceptions. They can have infinite reasons for what they do, from childhood trauma, to messages picked up from alcohol marketing, to things they learned from their parents and peers. Whatever it is, it’s not genes making  them make choices.

So this is a good thing to get clear in your mind, especially because so many have it so wrong. If you are dealing with a kid who is acting up in school or you are having a tough time changing a habit or you know someone who is having difficulty interacting socially or focusing on tasks, just remember, it’s not about genes. It’s about ideas, habits, strategies, unconscious desires or anything else that underlies choices people make.

A Key to Healing – Rather Than Blaming A Disease, Take Responsibility and Make Changes

I have heard this type of thing time after time, “Such and such disease makes you weak.”

Wrong. There is no such thing as such and such disease making a person weak, or numb, or tired, or shaking.

Nope.

So what’s doing it then? Why are people weak, or numb, or tired, or shaking, or whatever?

They and the people around them are making things that way, that’s why.

So a key concept in healing is getting to feeling responsible, and in control, of what is going on with your health.

For instance, in one case I dealt with, a guy diagnosed with als was talking about biting his tongue. He thought that als somehow makes a person bite his tongue. He felt out of control.

So I suggested he look at it differently, that rather than als making him bite his tongue that actually he himself was somehow making him bite his tongue. That put things into a whole different perspective. Now he felt much more in control and as if he could find a way to solve the problem.

Another one I have heard is that multiple sclerosis makes a person weak. Nah. Multiple sclerosis is not doing anything. Multiple sclerosis can’t do anything. Why? Because multiple sclerosis is just a name someone made up. What makes a person weak is people’s making choices that result in a person’s immune system attacking the person’s nervous system. Then the nerves don’t transmit signals and the person feels weak.

Diabetes does not make it difficult to utilize sugar. People make it difficult for themselves to use sugar.

Parkinson’s disease does not make people shaky. They make themselves shaky, by stressing themselves out and repressing emotions and doing other things that cause their systems to break down.

Adhd does not make it difficult to focus.

Alzheimer’s does not cause memory loss and dementia.

Asthma does not make breathing difficult.

Whatever a person has going on, the key thing to realize is that it is just a logical consequence of ways of living and choices the person is making.

Then it is clear what needs to be done to make things better.

If you want to be stronger, figure out how to get stronger. If you want to stop biting your tongue, figure out why you are doing it and make some changes. If you are getting shaky or are having trouble remembering things or if your cholesterol level is sky high, just get to work making changes that will make you healthier.

It was you, with the help of others, doing it all along, and it is you who can solve the problem.

Scent to the Emergency Room – The Perils of Air Freshener and Other Masking Approaches

What I saw happen last week was a classic case of non healing approaches creating a cascading downhill path to a crash.

It started off pretty simply, with a woman whose house had air quality issues, including those caused by someone’s smoking. She also had some other stressful things going on in her life.

So what did she do? Did she heal the situation? Did she do something about the underlying issues?

Oh no.

She whipped out a can of air freshener, and blasted away, a classic example using of a masking approach, one which covers up problems without really solving them.

“good for me” she said.

Maybe.

Now with the air quality issues buried under a haze of probably toxic chemicals made to smell good and other issues still causing stress in her life, sure enough the woman developed a heavy cough, which kept her up at night.

Did she react by dealing with the underlying issues and healing the situation? To a degree she actually did. She started working to get some of the stress and air quality issues dealt with.

At the same time she hurried down to the local pharmacy to pick up some medication. Once again she was choosing a masking approach.

So,

At one point after taking the medication, she lost her footing somehow and somehow was not even able to break her fall.

Slam, she planted her face on the floor, hard, possibly hard enough to crack her skull, and that’s why she decided to go the the emergency room.

The whole thing seemed connected. Was it the lack of sleep, or an effect of the medication or what that had caused her to fall in a way that she had not fallen in years.

However exactly it worked, it seems clear that masking issues rather than resolving them once again led to a crash as it so often does.

Getting Beyond the Genes and Disease Myth to Attain Wellness

(This piece is a version of one originally written as part of a post called “Inviting Controversy” on the blog, Making Connections.)

It’s going on all the time, talk about genes and the problems that they supposedly cause and how once a certain gene is discovered and somehow changed, a problem involving a disease may be solved.

The ethics and value of genetic testing are debated and people who carry certain genes live concerned that one day they will experience a particular disease. People who do actually experience disease often feel that they are at the mercy of something they can’t do much about beyond waiting and hoping for development of medical methods that will somehow stop their genes’ hurting them.

There’s just one thing.

Genes do not really cause disease.

Now I can just hear people saying something along the lines of, “Hey. I thought research shows that genes cause disease.”

Actually if you look carefully, you will find that that is not exactly the case.

What people researching genes and disease have found is that some people who carry certain genes sometimes experience certain forms of disease.

More significantly, while genes can be seen to be involved in the creation of problems, genes are not really the underlying cause of the problems. That difference, between being involved and being the cause, is a huge one.

To wrap your mind around this better, it may help you to consider that many different types of cells in a person’s body carry essentially the same genes. Liver cells carry the same genes as brain cells. Blood cells have the same DNA as skin cells. All these cells are different even though they carry the same genetic code. So, while genes are involved in the creation of all these various types of cells, clearly the presence of certain genes is not enough to determine what goes on.

You might point to this to demonstrate that genes cause disease. “Many of my relatives experienced the same form of disease through generation after generation.” Wait though. Do many of your relatives speak the same language? Have many of them in successive generations eaten with a fork? Are these things genetic too? The fact that something runs in a family does not have to mean that genes cause it.

So what does cause disease?

What underlies the creation of disease is the way people operate. Operate one way and you experience one form of disease. Operate another way and you experience another form. Operate another way and you experience better health, and this, ways of operating and living, is the key disease creating thing that gets passed down through generations, or not.

Yes, the upshot of all this is that, by, instead of continuing a family pattern of operating in ways that create disease, operating in ways that create health, anyone can experience wellness.

I’ll use myself as an example. On both sides of my family, people have experienced problems diagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. Am I worried that I may experience that type of thing as well? Not really. I don’t operate as those people did. Another thing that runs in my family is hair loss. Am I losing my hair? Not any more. I changed the way I was operating and my hairline is now moving forward rather than backward. Allergies, solved. Prostate cancer, doubt it. Als, no chance. All these things that others in my family have experienced or are experiencing are not things I am experiencing or likely will.

There is plenty of information available on how disease is created and how to create wellness instead, including my work, the work of Gabor Mate, and the work of people involved in the field of functional medicine such as Dean Ornish. Also, by looking carefully and analytically, you can find the logic to these things yourself. So if you really want to experience wellness, rather than continue a family tradition of disease, my suggestion is that you get to work, learn how this all works and see just how healthy a life you can create.

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