Mind Over Disease
with Sue Kira
How the mind creates and builds disease
There is a definite correlation between the functioning of the mind and the body, and the mind has the dominant role.
Conscious life has its beginnings within our own feelings, and emotions within our make-up and within what we make up; through what we imagine; what we hold in thought; what we perceive and conceive.
The term ‘psychosomatic’ comes from the Greek word psyche, meaning ‘mind’ and soma meaning ‘body’, and represents conditions in the body which have originated in the mind.
We all know that disease makes a person feel terrible, and it’s not so surprising that Western medicine has begun to understand that the reverse can also be true; feeling terrible can lead to disease.
Ulcers and colitis are obvious examples of the body-altering power of worry. Many other diseases, including cancer and arthritis, are believed now to have psychosomatic aspects.
Hate, fear, resentment, worry, anxiety, jealousy, anger, rage, and other powerful negative emotions disrupt the glandular system and stimulate chemical changes in the body which may act exactly the same as toxins.
Much has been written about stress as a factor in the development of disease. Modern living and working conditions are filled with stress producing factors of all kinds.
But, I believe it is not stress, but our response to it that determines whether it exerts a harmful or beneficial psychosomatic effect.
It is the hypothalamus of the brain where nerves stimulate the neurohormones which travel to the pituitary, the master gland of the body, and stimulate it to release other hormones which, in turn, affect other endocrine glands in the body.
We can say, in a sense, that the hypothalamus is the ‘stomach’ of the brain and what we put into it has a direct relationship to our mental and physical health and level of well-being.
Just as stasis in the body creates conditions for disease, so do bottled up emotions. Everything in the body must move, everything in the mind must move: that is the law of well-being.
The old must make way for the new.
- Compulsions, uncontrollable passions, for example, bring injury to the spleen.
- Worry and grief affect the functioning of the lungs, altering breathing rate and depth of inhalation.
- Fear is hard on the kidneys and adrenals.
- Sadness weakens the heart tissue.
- The thyroid, called the ‘emotional gland’, is also responsive to feelings, and can be overtaxed by strong emotions.
We find that anger and hate have effects on the liver. When an organ is under emotional stress, its primary chemical elements are depleted very quickly.
We know for example, that B complex vitamins are rapidly depleted under stress conditions, and, since B vitamins mainly act as catalysts for metabolic processes, it is clear that nutrients and chemical elements are being used up much faster than usual.
We must learn to digest, assimilate and excrete the ‘waste’ of our mental experiences just as we process our food.
All the best foods in the world cannot help a person whose digestive system is disturbed by mental turmoil. All the years of built up negative thought processes manifest in the body as a physical build up of matter in the bowel.
Whilst massaging the abdomen during a colonic one can often feel a predominant congested area in the bowel and reference to the emotional connections chart can facilitate joining the negative stored emotion to the physical congestion and thereby allow a release of them both together.
Colon Hydrotherapy can assist in the release of ‘the past’, literally releasing ‘old shit’.
Originally published in Here & Now magazine, written by Sue Kira, from True Vitality
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