Isn’t it time medical treatment included both ‘conventional’ and ‘complementary’ approaches to healing. Does one without the other really only just bide time? With research into psychoneuroimmunology and psychobiology of gene expression both pointing to the importance of listening to and nourishing our hearts, surely the billions spent by drug companies into a ‘cure’ is at worst fruitless, and at best fleeting? Until we look compassionately at the whole person: their mind, body and spirit, we are avoiding what is at the ‘heart’ of the matter.
Neuroscience shows us that it’s your thoughts and emotions that determine much of the quality of your life, not your DNA. “You don’t have to be stuck how you are,” says Dr. Harvey Zarren, a renowned retired cardiologist, “you can change your body biology by changing your thinking.”
I was extremely fortunate to hook up with Harvey on a google ‘hangout’ a short time back. Harvey, now a consultant at ‘The Connected Healing Institute’ in Massachusetts, helps people to change their biology by changing their gene expression, to heal, on occasions from a seemingly ‘incurable’ diagnosis.
In the hangout Harvey explains that you have 21,000 genes, made up from only 2% your DNA. The remaining 98% of your DNA act as switches and dimmers, changing gene expression. By listening deeply and extensively to a person’s history, “you can tease out what are the most powerful things for that person. Once you do that and begin to treat a person in a loving compassionate way and teaching them some tools, like hypnosis, they can change their switches and healing happens,” explains Harvey. “Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social distinctions are not real inside of us, we made those up so we can talk about them. You have a biology, anything affecting inside any part of you, is affecting all of that biology, all of the time.”
The biggest ideology of people Harvey sees with physical complaints is that “their precious loving heart has never been acknowledged by themselves or other people. Your subconscious mind can use your body’s biology to get your attention, that something needs attention.”
So how can you help yourself lead a happy, healthy life? Start by taking responsibility for your thinking.
Take time out for yourself, time to listen, to really listen, to your own guidance system your own precious loving heart - to help you make those all-important decisions on life and listen deeply for the inner answers. As children, we’re incredibly intuitive, this heart love energy flows through us. As we grow up, we listen to and look towards others for advice, parents, teachers, doctors, the church, bit by bit we leave our intuition behind, and our heart’s feelings are cast aside in favour of social peer group thinking or learnt patterns of behaviour.
With new social media platforms popping up left, right and centre, we can be bombarded with do’s and don’ts, what’s good for us, what’s not, what to eat, what not to eat. Our brains can be hit by a barrage of information - and over stimulated, leading to chaotic and sometimes fearful thinking, suppressing our natural ability to make heartfelt choices.
I recently met up with Sara Davenport, health advocate and Founder of Reboot Health. When discussing my 1-2-1 personalised meditation work, Sara reflected on her 20 years of experience, as Founder of national breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Haven. She was quick to point out that many people have simply lost touch with themselves and when you ask them to ‘feel’ or ‘imagine’ something, their minds simply go blank. But we can reconnect: naturally and simply.
This is how my work is helping many people. With compassion, respect, attention, extensive caring and listening, I record the information you are happy to share. Reflecting upon this and your goals and aims, I use my gift to intuit a personalised meditation for you, one that will slowly start to dissolve blocked emotions and limiting beliefs. You simply listen daily, and the process opens up a pathway to help you fulfill your potential. And very soon you find you’re ready to hear your own inner voice. Perhaps for the first time.
As Mary Oliver writes in her poem The Journey
“One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.”
And that’s exactly what I had to do. Diagnosed with cancer in 2010, I went down the conventional medical route to rid by body of the disease, with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Whilst in recovery I asked myself why I thought I might have cancer. This lead me to extensively research the power of the mind-body, the astonishing information I collated and wished to share, lead me to found In Mind In Body (IMIB).
We try to follow Rachel Naomi's simple guidelines for life, taken from Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that heal
“1) Notice. 2) Be amazed. And 3) Share!”
At IMIB our logo is represented by the dandelion clock. In spiritual terms, the dandelion ‘reveals that which is hidden’ and that is exactly what IMIB is helping you do. Revealing to you your own profound capabilities - capabilities which over recent centuries have been lost – but miraculous capabilities which we are all generously and fully gifted with at birth.
Switch on your thinking, have faith and make your wildest dreams come true.
I'd like this opportunity to thank Dave Hampton for his wisdom and support in writing this article.