Thoughts and Beliefs Influence Health

Kara Bauer Health Guide
  • Most of us have heard the expression “we are what we eat”. However, we’re now becoming increasingly aware that our health and susceptibility to illness goes much deeper than that. These days we might even go so far as to say “we are what we think and believe about ourselves”. Emotional wellbeing plays a big role in our body’s ability to prevent and heal from disease and other health conditions and is just as, if not more so, important than diet alone.


    Louise Hay is arguably one of the most well known authors in this area. After being diagnosed with cancer, she was able to aid in her healing by addressing deep emotional distress that she believes contributed to her illness. In her published books, you can find a list of the mental causes for most physical diseases as well as positive thought patterns for reversing these health conditions. She teaches us that illness is our body’s way of telling us that it’s out of balance and that something emotional or a negative belief pattern needs to be healed.  Feelings like resentment, criticism, guilt and fear tend to cause more problems than anything else.  In these instances, it is important to find a way to not only forgive others, but to also love, accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are. Once our negative thought patterns are healed, illness and disease naturally disappear.[1] 

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    Another great book that addresses healing at the cellular level is called, The Healing Codes by Dr. Alexander Loyd. He states that when our internal immune and healing systems are functioning properly, there aren’t any physical or non-physical health conditions that the body can’t heal itself. However, health experts and authorities agree that almost all illnesses and diseases are caused by stress. When the body stays in a constant “fight or flight” response brought on my chronic stress, the organs become damaged and the body’s natural defense systems break down. Although one might believe that they can solve the problem by eliminating external circumstances related to the immediate stress, this usually is not the case. Dr. Loyd informs us that disease is related to deep-rooted stress, which arises from conscious and unconscious issues of the heart leading to insufficient energy at the cellular level. Many of these heart issues are rooted in wrong beliefs that cause stress on the body and eventually leads to physical and mental illness. The only way to prevent and treat disease and other negative health conditions therefore is to heal these cellular memories, which Dr. Loyd gives techniques for in his book.[2] 


    At this point, many might be asking about genetics and how your genes play into disease. After all, they must have just as much of a role or even more so than emotional distress alone. Even though it’s true that genetics are intimately involved in our health throughout our lives, researchers are now discovering that the DNA molecule can be altered. An experiment done by the Institute of Heart Math found that intentional thoughts and positive emotions, utilizing a heart focused state of love and acceptance, could indeed change the shape of the DNA.[3] Gregg Braden, New York Times bestselling author who is known for bridging science, spirituality and the real world, has been actively communicating this message as well. In his books, he shares several experiments in which very specific types of human emotion have the power to alter the structure of the DNA in our bodies.[4]  


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    Dr. Bruce Lipton, a cell biologist and author, has also studied this phenomenon at great length and reminds us that we are not a victim to our biology. He explains that the environment, again including our thoughts and emotions, controls the character of our cells. However, positive thinking will do very little to solve the problem because 95% of our mind exists in the subconscious mind. We have to take responsibility for our health and develop consciousness around our behavioral patterns to find out what are our underlying self-sabotaging thoughts and beliefs. To undo this negative programming, it’s a necessity to create new perceptions, interpretations and attitudes about life as well as recognize our role in the circumstances we attract towards us. According to Dr. Lipton, this may require techniques such as meditation, hypnotherapy or other reprogramming therapies.[5] 


    For me this information is great news because it allows us to take personal responsibility for both preventing and overcoming any physical or mental illness that may arise in our lifetimes. If indeed our thoughts and beliefs are as powerful as these experts are telling us, we no longer have to be a victim to our circumstances or our genes. I believe that if we are already ill, we owe it to ourselves to look at the underlying emotional cause of the symptoms we’re experiencing to determine what we can change within ourselves to heal. For those who are well, addressing the areas now where we feel we have chronic stress will help us achieve balance, so that we can improve the quality of our life today as well as prevent disease and illness from arising in the future.


    [1] Hay, L. (1984). You can heal your life. (2nd ed.). Carlsbad: Hay House.


    [2] Loyd, A. (2011). The healing code: 6 minutes to heal the source of your health, success, or relationship issue. New York: Grand Central Life & Style.


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Published On: January 14, 2013