28. (Eng.) The placebo wonder

This blog again covers a ‘mind-over-matter’ subject. Blog 26 was about what occurs at the most subtle level, in the quantum field, when you focus on an intention for yourself or for someone else, for a wish that will hopefully come into concretion.

Now the question at stake: What occurs in your brain that causes this effect to occur? And how are your conscious and unconscious thoughts involved in this process? What is needed to ‘make your mind matter!’? I learned more about this topic while reading ‘You Are the Placebo: making your mind matter’ (2014), by Dr. Joe Dispenza.

His story is remarkable. About thirty years ago, when he was 23, he was injured in a dramatic traffic accident in which he was wounded in 8 parts of his thoracic vertebrae. Doctors said he would have to sit in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, unless he agreed to an operation … but he declined both possibilities. Instead, he opted for a third approach.

‘If there exists a vital principle that is able to create our wonderful bodies, why might this principle not be able to heal my body?’ He started to concentrate on his body and its wounds on a daily basis, entertaining an internal focus, searching for contact with that intelligence. He visualized that he would fully recover…

It was after six weeks that Dispenza felt a special ‘click’. Something made him feel at home with that higher principle in which he had put his trust and faith. Simultaneously, his injured vertebrae began to heal. Finally, he could imagine a future with many possibilities again. In his mind, he visualized his future – via the quantum field.

And ‘a miracle’ occurred: After 9.5 weeks he got up and walked, without support. After 12 weeks his health allowed him to go back to his work as a chiropractor. This incredible healing experience gave him an invaluable knowledge. Dispenza has reflected upon it deeply, written several books and explained how such a healing is really possible, one of which books is ‘You Are the Placebo’. His vision is that, in principle, each human can achieve such a healing, provided that…

In his book, Dispenza talks about the many placebo-studies that have investigated how and why placebos have a positive effect. At the same time, he refers to the flip side of this phenomenon: how negative expectations may hurt a body. This is called the ‘nocebo-effect’.

Both terms were coined in 1960 and derive from the Latin language. (Placebo = I will please. Nocebo = I will harm.) At the time, scientists found that in human beings, something stronger must be at hand than simply the efficacy of an active compound in medicines/drugs, due the following observations:

  • In cases that showed the positive effect of a drug tested on patients, the patients in the control group (taking a placebo) responded almost as positively.
  • Looking at the side effects of a particular medicine, patients in a control group, who – without knowing – took the placebo, turned out to also be hindered by the (expected) side effects of the medicine tested.
  • Even when patients had been told and were aware that they had taken a placebo, this appeared to have a healing effect on them.

Thus, the most prominent Dutch dictionary, Van Dale, is right in stating: the placebo-effect is based on the auto-suggestive influence, brought about by taking the placebo as such.

Likewise, Joe Dispenza writes that the placebo-effect is related to the expectation patients have towards a pill! The power of that expectation, as well as the coupled emotions, bring about a noticeable effect in the body – noticeable for both patient and physician.

Therefore, Dispenza says, it is possible to evoke a placebo-effect on yourself, without taking a pill. That is the core of his message: trust the power of your expectation and imagination, and the placebo-effect works! So, miracles may occur: let go your old self and create a new self, with a ‘new’ mind and a ‘new’ body.

Spreading this knowledge and intrinsic experience has become Dispenza’s life purpose. In the workshops he gives all over the world, he inspires people to start the process in themselves. Through giving explanations and meditations. Meditations help the person to leave their comfort zone, to let go of the adverse impact of his or her history, and to focus on certain desires for the future, whether health related or otherwise. This has led to wonderful recoveries and transformations in many people!

Visit his website at: https://drjoedispenza.com/

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