What Makes the Body Healthy?
The natural effortless state of the body is health. From the smallest cell to the totality of its very existence, your body knows to be healthy, for that is its nature from it's beginning as a single cell to its existence as a universe of trillions of cells.
Each and every cell knows what to do and how to do it for it is a product of nature and a participant in the natural power of nature. As health is your body's natural state of ease, disease is not a natural state. Disease represents anything unnatural in the body that interferes with the body's natural state of health. This interference can take place from the moment of conception through the entire life cycle of the body and be considered normal, even though it is not natural.
Interference is energetic and can take the form of thoughts, word and deeds that ultimately do not support the natural healthy state of the body. What you think, say or do about your body influences it's state of health. It may not be obvious but it is never less true. Thoughts alone are so influential that they have to be taken into consideration especially when conducting a scientific clinical study on the body's response to the testing of drugs. The "Placebo effect" is the influence of thoughts on the human body. Spoken words also have an immediate positive or negative affect on the body. Substances produced by nature have a different affect on the body as compared to man made substances, and this is especially true of anything harmful to individual cells such as prescription drugs, most medicines and other synthetic or artificial substances.
Examples of beneficial vs. harmful words:
There is a natural energetic quality to any thought, word or deed that is supportive of health. The lack of that quality weakens the body. It's as if the weak thought, word or deed doesn't provide the full potential necessary for health to naturally express itself. Similar to the body being malnourished.
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Physical Health and Power
We become healthy, as well as wealthy, by being wise. But what is wisdom? According to our research, it's the result of aligning with high-power attractor patterns -- although we tend to find a mixture of energy fields in the average life, the pattern with the highest power dominates. We've now explored sufficient material to be able to introduce a basic dictum of nonlinear dynamics and attractor research: Attractors create context. In essence, this means that one's motive which arises from the principles that one is committed to, determines one's capacity to understand and , therefore, gives significance to one's actions.
The effect of alignment with principle is never more striking than in its physiological consequences. Vibrant health follows alignment with high-energy attractor patterns; alignment with weak patterns results in disease. That syndrome is specific and predictable, and can be proven through a demonstration meeting the scientific criterion of 100 percent replicability, is a fact that by now is familiar.
The human central nervous system clearly has an exquisitely sensitive capacity to differentiate between life-supportive and life-distructive patterns. High-power attractor energy patterns, which make the body go strong, release brain endorphins and have a tonic effect on all of the organs; adverse stimuli release adrenaline, which suppressed immune response and instantaneously causes both weakness and even breakdown of specific organs, depending on the nature of the stimulus.
This clinical phenomenon forms the basis for such treatments as chiropractic, acupuncture, reflexology, and many others. These therapies, however, are usually designed to correct the results of an energy imbalance, but unless the basic attitude that's causing the energy imbalance is corrected, the illness tends to return. People by the millions in self-help groups have demonstrated that health and recovery from the entire gamut of human behavioral problems and illnesses comes as a result of adopting attitudes correlated with high-energy attractor patterns (that is, spiritual).
Generally speaking, physical and mental soundness are attendant upon positive attitudes, whereas poor ;physical and mental health are associated with such negative attitudes as resentment, jealousy, hostility, self-pity, fear, anxiety, and the like. In the field of psychoanalysis, positive attitudes are called welfare emotions, and the negative ones are called emergency emotions. Chronic immersion in emergency emotions results in ill health and a gross weakening of one's personal power.
How does one overcome negative attitudes so as to avoid this deterioration of power and health? Clinical observation indicated that the patient must reach a decision: A sincere desire for change allows one to seek higher attractor energy patterns in their various expressions. For instance, one doesn't get over pessimism by associating with cynics; the popular idea that you're defined by the company you keep does have some clinical basis. Attractor patterns tend to dominate any field; thus all that's really necessary is to expose oneself to a high-energy field and one's inner attitudes will spontaneously begin to change. This is a well-known phenomenon among self-help groups -- it's reflected in the saying. "Just bring the body to the meeting." If you merely expose yourself to the influence of higher patterns, they begin to "rub off," or, as it's been said. "You get it by osmosis."
Traditional medicine generally holds that stress is the cause of many human disorders and illnesses. The problem with this diagnosis is that it doesn't accurately address the source of the stress. It looks to blame external circumstances, without realizing that all stress is internally generated by one's attitudes. I must emphasize again that it isn't life's events, but one's reaction to them, that activates the symptoms of stress. As we've already discovered, a divorce can bring about agony or relief; and challenges on the job can result in stimulation or anxiety, depending on whether one's supervisor is perceived to be a teacher or an ogre.
Our attitudes stem from our positions, and our positionality has to do with motive and context. According to the overall way that we interpret the meaning of events, the same situation may be tragic or comic. Physiologically speaking, in the choice of attitude, one chooses between anabolic endorphins or catabolic adrenaline.
The Power of Nutrition
It would be foolish to claim that the only impacts on our health are those originating internally, for impersonal elements of the physical world can also increase or decrease our strength. Here, too, kinesiological testing is valuable: It will clearly show that synthetics, plastics, artificial coloring, preservatives, insecticides, and artificial sweetener (just to mention a few) make the body go weak; whereas substances that are pure, organic, or made by human hands tends to make us go strong. If we experiment with vitamin C, for example, we find that organic is far superior to chemically produced -- one makes you go strong and the other does not. Likewise, eggs from organically fed free range chickens have much more intrinsic power than eggs from caged and chemically fed chickens. The health-food movement seems to have been right all along.
Unfortunately, neither the American Medical Association nor the National Council on Food and Nutrition have a history of being enlightened in the field of nutrition. The scientific community now finally recognizes that nutrition is related to behavior and health, but this simple observation caused quite a controversy 20 years ago when the book Orthomolecular Psychiatry stated that nutrition affects the chemical environment of the brain and bloodstream, influencing various behaviors, emotions, and mental disorders.(1)
More recently, a series of papers on a 20-year study showed that a regimen of certain vitamins prevented the development of a neurological disorder called tardive sykinesia, a frequently irreversible disorder that occurs in a high percentage of patients on long-term treatment with major tranquilizers.(2) In a study of 61,000 patients, treated by 100 different doctors over a 20-year period, the introduction of vitamins B-3, C, E and B-6 decreased the expected rate of this terrible neurologic disorder from 25 percent to .04 percent. (3) (Among 61,000 patients protected by high dosage vitamin therapy, only 37, rather than the predicted nearly 20,000, developed the disorder.)(4)
The paper was largely ignored by the United States because there was still no context to give it credibility. The medical profession has simply been uninterested in nutrition, and organized medicine has traditionally been less-then-kind to innovators. It's helpful to remember that it's a foible of human nature to stoutly defend an established position despite overwhelming evidence against it; the only healthy way to deal with such lack of recognition is acceptance. Once we really understand the human condition, we'll feel compassion where we once might have felt condemnation. Compassion is one of the highest of all of the energy attractor power patterns. As we shall see, our capacity to understand, forgive, and accept is directly linked to personal health.