The mind can cause us to do astonishing things. When at the core you believe something nothing appears to be impossible. In several hypnotic demonstrations, people have shown to have the ability to control pain. The displays of pain control were so intriguing that doctors began testing the technique on chronic pain suffers. The results surprised everyone.
David Spiegel, M.D., Associate Chair of Psychiatry at Stanford University conducted a study with breast cancer patients undergoing treatment. The results showed that patients who receive "hypnotherapy" had significantly less pain and recovered faster than patients who didn't get the alternate therapy.
In a 1992 study, scientists discovered that burn patients who received hypnosis for the treatment of pain also reported significant reductions in pain.
What we're learning is that body obeys the mind. Any thought accepted as true in the mind is believed by the body as real and can override common assumptions, like "It's going to hurt."
The reality you hold in your mind is many times more potent than the reality you see with your eyes. In a real sense, we only live in our mind, and the realities we know internally is what we experience outwardly.
The famous apostle Paul once wrote, "For we walk by faith, not by sight." With this verse, the apostle Paul states that we are beings who have the unique ability to live from an internal reality, and scientists are now admitting its existence and are continually marveling at its supernatural effects.
The ability to manifest outcomes that defy logic has captured the imagination of experts. Today science is plunging into fields of research never seen before.
The excitement revolves around scientific documentation about how the brain works during periods of relaxation. There is tangible evidence that the brain was purposefully designed for the owner to temporarily turn off its sensory perception from the physical world while turning on the mind-body connection which translates envisioned concepts into the body.
On July 28, 2016, the Stanford Medicine News Center released a fascinating article reviewing the brain scan analysis of subjects under hypnosis performed by Dr. Spiegel.
The doctor and his colleagues identified three hallmark brain activities. First, there is decreased activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate. This part of the brain organizing multiple streams of information and sometimes memory. During meditation or hypnosis, your mind stops worrying or trying to make sense of rapidly incoming data.
Secondly, they observed increased connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the insula, the brain-body connection. This link helps the brain transfer information into the body for execution.
Finally, Spiegel’s team noticed reduced connections between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and our default network, which includes the medial prefrontal and the posterior cingulate cortex.
The team theorized that the decreased connectivity in the area likely represents a disconnect between someone’s desire to do something and actually doing it, mentally. Let me explain, during a relaxed state, you can engage your brain to experience mental images as something real.
This kind of supernatural focus allows a person to enjoy the unlimited bounds of the imagination freely. When suggestion guides the vision, clinicians can work on managing untapped potential in patients.
"It’s a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies," said Dr. Spiegel.
A more simplified explanation comes from Jesus. "If you have faith and do not doubt, whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." (Matthew 21:21-22) In other words, we will receive anything we can perceive as real in our mind.
Science is converging on the fact that the fingerprints of intelligent design are everywhere, and where there is design, there is a designer.
The truth is that most people live at the lowest potential because there is a misalignment between the belief mechanism in the subconscious mind and the outer mind where we think of goals and outcomes.
If the inner mind where you hold the reality of vision, and the outer mind where you calculate everything with awareness, are unified with one overriding truth your entire being and all its energy becomes focused in one purpose.
By relaxing, meditating, or entering a state of deep prayer, you can form a substantial reality that your body follows to completion in any endeavor.
Another verse comes to mind, "Everything is possible for him who believes." (Mark 9:23)