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Positive Thinking and the Power to Heal

The power of positive thinking is so pervasive today that many doctors and nurses strongly recommend developing a positive mental attitude to prevent sickness, to help overcome medical setbacks like disease, and to assist in the recovery from surgery.

There is healing power in positive thinking. But can you heal yourself just by being positive, optimistic and focused? Yes! It is believed that positive thoughts are able to prompt physiological changes in your body that strengthen your immune system, decrease pain, and provide stress relief.

The “Power of Positive Thinking”, a self-help book by Norman Vincent Peale, published in the last century, first proposed the method of "Positive Thinking". It aimed to ensure that one could achieve a permanent fruitful and optimistic attitude through constant positive influence of his/her conscious thought. This was to be accomplished through affirmations/visualizations, thus allowing one to attain higher satisfaction and quality of life.

Similarly, in the book, “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, the Law of Attraction is explored and suggests that whatever energy, thoughts, or visualizations you put out into the universe, you will receive. So, if you send out negative vibes, or think something negative will happen, it probably will. If you send out positive vibes, positive things will be returned.

How to develop positive beliefs, and drive expectations to activate self-healing

Start by applying the right kind of positive thinking so that you direct your subconscious mind to help heal your body and improve your life.

1. Direct your conscious and subconscious mind to help you heal.

2. Apply positive thinking. Don’t worry, be happy. "Worry only takes the joy out of your day".

3. Find a way to focus on the positive. What are you grateful for? Start a mental list of the things and people in your life that you are thankful for.

4. Be optimistic.

Imagine you can see your cancer, take a deep breath, and now as you exhale, visualize the cancer floating away and leaving your body.

If you are experiencing pain after surgery, say “hello” to your pain, acknowledge that you can feel it, perhaps your pain has a particular color, or name. Experience the sensation, and then, tell your pain that it is time for it to leave and say “goodbye”.

Develop a positive attitude. By getting your conscious and subconscious mind to be more positive and optimistic, you tend to attract greater positivity into your life.

Migrate towards positive thoughts and positive beliefs.

The changes begin when one’s subconscious mind begins to pick up the new belief system. It then starts to guide you to those opportunities that help you improve your health. Once you begin to calm your mind the subconscious begins to calm the body leading to better health.

When your mind begins to focus on what you want and stops being negative you will begin to see dramatic changes. Try the following:

Create a belief system that allows you to heal.

Develop a new positive, optimistic attitude and outlook. Eliminate negativity. Surround yourself with people who make you smile, laugh, and are encouraging.

Remove limitations.

Remain focused on what you want. This isn’t to say never be upset or that you cannot have a bad day, we all go through our ups and downs; we all have our good days and bad days. However, the Power of Positive Thinking is a mindset a way of life.

You have to believe in yourself and get your subconscious mind and inner self working for you. You have to give them the right instructions and they’ll bring you what you want and more.

You can help to heal yourself and improve your life when you’re positive, optimistic and focused on improvement.

A tip of the hat to the following:

The Science of Positive Healing Thoughts -

Can Positive Thinking Help You Heal? | Psychology Today

Can positive thinking make you well? - CNN -

Healing With Positive Thinking - Affirmations For Positive Thinking

The Science of Healing Thoughts - Scientific American

Positive Thinking Improves Physical Health | Psych Central

Positive Thinking, Faster Recovery - ABC News

Can Positive Thoughts Help Heal Another Person?: NPR


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