your beliefs create your world.
what you see, hear, think, feel, taste, and know are all, simply, because of your thoughts and expectations. there is no universal reality; we each have our own. we each view the outside world through our own eyes, our own individual experiences, and our own unique thoughts, a filter that no one else can ever share. our stream of vision must first flow from heart to mind, before it can flow through our eyes. what we see in our lives cannot separate from the burdens, joys, fears, and loves that live within us.
and i don’t just mean ‘woo woo’ positive thinking here, im talking about the real stuff. the stuff that feels so real you scoff at the mere suggestion that it is not; the sourness of a lime, the warmth of the sun, and the pain after a fall. im talking about everything…
in 2002, a study was conducted to evaluate 180 patients who were said to “need” arthroscopy of the knee for osteoarthritis. Without knowing which group they were in, half of the patients received the complete corrective surgery, while the other half received a placebo surgery (an incision was made, but no corrective procedure was performed). Patients were then assessed in both pain and function for the next two years. the two groups, wether they received the actual corrective surgery or not, experienced NO DIFFERENCE in pain or function of their knee.
in 1999, Japanese researchers tested 57 high school boys for their sensitivity to allergens. The boys filled out questionnaires about past experiences with lacquer trees. Boys who reported having severe allergic reactions to the poisonous trees were blindfolded. Researchers brushed one arm with leaves from a lacquer tree but told the boys they were chestnut tree leaves. The scientists stroked the other arm with chestnut tree leaves but said the foliage came from a lacquer tree. Within minutes the arm the boys believed to have been exposed to the poisonous tree began to react, turning red and developing a bumpy, itchy rash. In most cases the arm that had contact with the actual poison did not react. (Morse 1999)
The stories like these go on and on. In the 1970′s a man was told he had liver cancer with only a few months to live. a few months later, true to form, he passed away. however, an autopsy revealed that the man had been misdiagnosed and, besides being dead, was otherwise healthy enough to be alive. in the UK, a group of cancer patients who thought they were receiving chemotherapy, when in fact, were merely being injected with a inert saline solution, promptly began experiencing the universally expected side effects of chemotherapy, including headaches, violent vomiting, and even hair loss.
your beliefs can limit you or they can serve you…
in 1954, Roger Bannister also held a belief; he believed he could prove everyone wrong. he believed “the impossible,” was possible. up until this point, doctors, physiologists, and every other easily influenced member of society believed that it was, not only impossible, but also downright dangerous for any human being to run a mile in under four minutes. ’it could not be done,’ they said; and so far, they had been right. until Roger bannister toed the line and choose to believe they were wrong. 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds later he had done it. 49 days after that, another runner clocked in at 3:57.9, and by the end of 1957 16 more runners busted through the ribbon in under four minutes. When the world believed a four minute mile was the ceiling, it was; when Roger Bannister showed them differently, those limiting beliefs dissipated and possibility itself, quickly created a new reality.
good or bad, up or down, left or right, you do have the power to control the direction of your life. challenge any limiting beliefs you hold, challenge everything you have ever been told, challenge the media and the guys in white coats. no one can possibly know for certain what you are capable of, not even you. open your mind to all that is possible for you, and be prepared, changing your thoughts may cause you to experience miracles.