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Your Mind Has Its Own Healing Power

You have the power to heal your body with your mind, or mentally improve your body’s natural healing mechanisms through willed effort. Your mental healing power is so effective you can react to a placebo positively, even whilst knowing it is a placebo. This is the conclusion drawn by scientists from Harvard Medical School.

Now I can hallucinate what all the millions of spiritual healers from various traditions are saying as they read the above paragraph: “But Alex, we already knew that!”  Yes indeed – this is just another case of scientists finally catching up with us and daring to suggest that there is a basis in science for what spiritual healers have been saying for centuries. I did a review of spiritual healing techniques in a previous blog post. Since then my own observations would seem to indicate that such practices continue to be effective – although I cannot say that I have observed an unequivocal miracle … yet.

Spiritual and magickal healing undoubtedly has the power to produce an immediate sense of increase in wellbeing. I have personally observed this in a number of healing rituals in which I have participated, in which recipients who were present as the ritual progressed reported a sudden benevolent feeling as energy was directed towards them.

I have also tried distant healing, although I recognise that none of the circumstances were in controlled double-blinded conditions. I have seen it happen on many occasions where a healing ritual was done for a person known to be ill, who later turned up in person reporting to feel better. I have written about two occasions previously (here and here), although in both of these the patients had loads of other people praying for them at the same time. Distant healing therefore is the next big objective for scientists to prove.

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How to use Dreams to improve learning

You are able to make difficult tasks easier, improve the rate at which you take in, retain and understand information, and generally improve your mental capabilities – all through the power of dreaming. So says a group of Harvard scientists in a newly published study.

Of course – those who have already investigated the art of lucid dreaming must now be saying to these same scientists: “Told you so!” The fact is that these scientists are finally realising what lucid dreamers have been saying for years.

The basic principle to what the researchers are saying is this: you work on a mental problem or challenge late at night. You then go to sleep and have a good night’s rest. During the night your unconscious mind actually gets to work. In the morning when you wake up, and attempt to solve the same mental challenge – and suddenly it seems easier! The reason being, say the scientists, is that the power of dreaming frees up the power of the mind to apply itself to tasks in a way that is only “dormant” whilst you are awake.

However, lucid dreamers claim that the power of dreaming goes even further than what these scientists have been able to show in their experiments. History is replete with a number of creatively-minded people – artists, writers and others – who have attributed their inspiration to dreaming.

The author Robert Louis Stevenson consciously caused his dreams to inspire him with new plots for his novels. This is how he got the idea for “The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde,” as well as a number of others. In fact, Stevenson’s approach was that he characterised the powers of his unconscious as “brownies” (helpful spirits) and then told them to send him a message in his dreams – which is basically Magic by any other name.

John Coltrane “dreamed up” his masterpiece, A Love Supreme. Indeed, Paul McCartney has stated that he believes in the existence of magic simply because his greatest song, Yesterday, came to him in a dream. It is even said that many of Albert Einstein’s great ideas came to him through dreaming. So really the latest research by these scientists is not surprising at all but simply validates what many people have intuitively know for a long time.

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