Healing Mindset: Health, Healing, and Disease

It’s cancer. Two words that will challenge your healing mindset. Two words that convey so much emotion. I have been writing about and coaching people on how to master their mindset and create a healing mindset for some time. One of the most valuable by-products of the work I do with students and athletes is the benefits to their overall well-being or healing. When you hear those words it’s cancer, whether it is about you, your spouse, a child, or other loved one, your ability or skill at mastering your healing mindset is put to the test. I know. I heard those words.

I am going to be sharing the journey my family and I embarked on as my wife of twenty-eight years worked to beat a formidable foe – negative beliefs, negative emotions, and limiting decisions linked to those two words, it’s cancer, and.. we shall soon discover what else. She has been diagnosed with colon cancer which has metastasized to her liver and pelvis. The real enemy is the ultimate source – negative emotions and their impact on health and healing. Let me explain.

Over the past fifty-years alternative medicine has gained in popularity. With the popular writings of Dr. Norman Cousins and Dr. Deepak Chopra among many others, people have become more interested and fascinated by the possibilities of the mind-body connection when it comes to healing and maintaining optimal health. Three great healing mindset obstacles to optimizing our full potential for optimal health are negative emotions, negative beliefs, and limiting decisions. These all can be quickly and relatively easily dealt with. The next great obstacle is building the habits into your life that foster healthy emotional management and attitude to your health and healing. These typically fall into the realm of “alternative” or holistic medicine.

We must not ignore, however, the great medical advances we have made and are making. We have learned a great deal from molecular biology, which has led to great advances in medicine. In fact, Dr. Ray Stevens, who I am privileged to call a friend, has started another new company (ShouTi) that has just started its first clinical trials on a new pill that they believe will allow diabetic patients the same or improved benefits at a much lower cost and much greater convenience than current pharmaceutical methods. In another example, in the New England Journal of Medicine a report on a small but very promising study on a new cancer treatment was published. It reported:

“…all 12 patients had complete tumor resolution with dostarlimab. At a median follow-up of 1 year, none of the 12 patients had needed other treatment, and none had had cancer regrowth. None of the patients had adverse events of grade 3 or higher.

These results are cause for great optimism…”

While we have made great progress in approaching the treatment of cancer and other diseases, the number of people who die from cancer and other diseases each year is heartrending. I know. One understanding the medical community now seems to be in complete agreement on is the power of the mind to assist the body and the medical approach chosen in the healing process. Essentially, your healing mindset is crucial in fighting disease.

We now know that stress, nutrition, lack of exercise, and negative thinking can have profound impact on the formation of disease. Conversely, low levels of stress or the proper management of stress, good nutrition, regular exercise, and positive thinking can have a profound impact on healing and the brain.

Let me begin as a way of introduction with my thoughts on what I have deemed the mindset of a champion arch, which pictures a foundation of love, piers of faith and faithfulness, voussoirs of family, friends, mind, body, and the keystone of the human spirit or spirit of a champion. All those working together contribute to maintaining health or optimizing the process of healing disease – optimizing a healing mindset.

While science is now beginning to understand how love, faith, and faithfulness may impact healing through the production of biochemicals, people have long intuitively understood that those three things and the hope that comes with them had a powerful influence on healing. They were essentials to a healing mindset. Yet, many of us know people of great faith who were deeply loved and loving people who died of some disease such as cancer. Why? That question I will address later in this article.

We also understand that positive family and friend relationships are invaluable for shaping a healing mindset, as are thinking positively and good nutrition and exercise. The keystone to it all is the spirit of a champion. It is this aspect that can be hard to define. While it has obvious religious connotations, there are many people who consider themselves spiritual but not religious. We also have the notion of someone with a “fighting” spirit or the indelible human spirit. When you meet someone like that, you remember them. That kind of spirit can be trained.

In this article the ideas shared touch upon religious or faith based beliefs and values that some of you may share, or may not. The intent will be to inform by sharing what I have learned and continue to learn from the fields of psychology, biology/medicine, theology, and spirituality. I hope the knowledge, wisdom, and experiences that I have gained and continue to gain will prove invaluable to others. A healing mindset is the end goal, which should never be taken lightly.

I am asking and encouraging you to invite to our websites Growth Mindset Training Academy and Success Institutes as many people who may have been or may be touched by those dreaded words – it’s cancer – so they can either gain hope or maybe even ad their own wisdom, knowledge, and spiritual understandings to the “conversation.”

The key to training any mindset is applying HEAT to your life – habit, emotion, attitude training. It begins with simple shifts to thinking patterns. For example, on the way to the first doctor’s visit to find out if the masses on her liver were cancerous my wife said, “well, today is the day we find out if it is terminal or treatable.” My response was all cancers are treatable. I don’t know one that is 100% fatal.” Somebody always survives cancer. She is somebody. She can survive. She agreed. “It’s cancer” does not mean it is death.

Learning to let go of past negative emotions and limiting decisions has a profound impact on your health and well-being. 

Healing Mindset and the Mind-Body Connection

Over the past couple of decades or so, we have learned much more about the mind-body connection - what you need for a healing mindset. The new understandings are helping change how we treat and respond to disease and how we go about preventing disease. Twenty-eight years ago when I became certified as a Master Practitioner in Time Line Therapy I saw the potential for its use. My trainer, Dr. Tad James who is the originator of these techniques, has used these techniques as a therapist and to assist in people in their struggle with disease. I have used them primarily to assist in learning and athletic performance. Many of the concepts were new at the time.

What follows is not without controversy even after nearly three decades of use by therapists around the world. This article may change your beliefs about your mind and your body. It may shift your understanding of a healing mindset. This change in our belief systems is necessary if we are truly going to master our growth mindset around health and healing to create a healing mindset.

The Mind and Quantum Biology

Deepak Chopra’s writings found their way into the mainstream health movement back in the 1990s. He has written several books on health and spirituality. Chopra was one of the new breed of healthcare practitioners who began reframing how we understood the mind and the body. Chopra had the credentials that were needed to allow this shift of beliefs to take root. The beliefs that are at the core of a healing mindset.

At the time of his early writings he was an endocrinologist, and the former chief of staff of the New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He claims the title of a quantum biologist, which means he applies the theories of quantum physics to biology. He states that the body is a quantum mechanical device, and that it is subject to the laws of quantum physics and not Newtonian physics. Quantum physics is the study of matter and energy at the most fundamental level – the level of atoms, electrons, photons and quarks.

Chopra wrote in Quantum Healing, about how often the body renews itself at the cellular level. Chopra estimated that in roughly one year approximately 98% of our cells are new. According to these estimates, you have a brand new stomach lining every 4 days, new skin every 30 days, a new liver in 6 weeks, even the skeleton is replaced every three months. Given this, we need to ask important questions. Why do injured or diseased cells regenerate themselves as injured or diseased? Could it be that the answer lies in perhaps a more important notion of quantum biology which is consciousness is not localized to any one place? Could it be that the core information in these cells has changed or maybe the communication network between or within cells is being interfered with?

The discovery of neuropeptides indicates that what we commonly thought of as consciousness does not just reside in the brain. The idea is that consciousness resides in the mind and the mind permeates the entire biological system. With neuropeptides, we know that every time you have a thought or a feeling, a desire, an instinct, or a drive, each of these affects our nervous system by means of specific messenger molecules – neuropeptides. Science once believed the nervous and immune systems were two separate systems. Recently, it has been determined that these two systems are linked through a strong bidirectional connection.[1]

When the scientists began looking at t-cells and other cells in the immune system that protect us from cancer and infection, they found neuropeptide receptors. Knowing this led Chopra to state, "The immune system is constantly eavesdropping on our internal dialog." According to the NLP communication model, our immune system will respond to the internal representations we make in our mind which are influenced by deletions, distortions, and generalizations. Our immune system will react to what we think but what we think is not reality. Your healing mindset is all about thinking about your well-being.

Since the unconscious mind controls the systems of the body, it is also the connection between the conscious mind and the immune system. One of the major presuppositions of Time Line Therapy®, NLP, and Hypnosis is the unconscious mind can communicate with any part of the body at any time. It appears that these neuropeptides are one of the biological mechanisms used in this communication.

The conscious mind is the primary domain of rational thinking while the unconscious mind is the domain of ideas, dreams, and communication between systems. There are two other minds found in humans: intuitive thinking, and emotional thinking. The rational mind is the “thinking” mind or the “brain” mind. Intuitive thinking may not be centered in the brain at all. Metaphorically we often use “gut instincts” to describe this type of thinking and science indeed has discovered the “second brain” in our gastrointestinal system.

Personally, I believe this level of thinking is directly connected to communication that is spiritual in nature and based on spiritual concepts and truths. There is one other metaphorical level of thinking and unconsciousness and that is the heart. Our heart can ache because of emotions and emotions are primarily in the realm of the unconscious and spiritual. The unconscious mind then controls the body in part by listening to your rational mind, emotional mind (heart), and intuitive mind (gut instincts). Our healing mindset must address all of these "minds".

Every internal representation you have, your emotions, your attitude, is monitored by your immune system. Your immune system reacts to the messages you unconsciously send it! Ruminating has very high correlation to depression. Our thinking, our healing mindset, influences how our body systems perform. It should not be hard to see how cancer and other diseases can be triggered by emotional events.

Knowing this, we should be very interested in understanding how negative emotions may get trapped in the body and why releasing all of a person's negative emotions using Time Line Therapy® techniques can be so profound on so many different levels.

[1]Ganea, Doina. “Neuropeptides: active participants in regulation of immune responses in the CNS and periphery.” Brain, behavior, and immunity vol. 22,1 (2008): 33-4. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2007.06.014

Significant Emotional Experiences and Disease

Another major theory of the Time Line Therapy® training I went through with Dr. Tad James is that many psychological and physical “dis-eases” are directly connected to a negative significant emotional experience (SEE) which would be stored in the person’s memory and physically somewhere in the body. These significant emotional experiences that get stored negative impact your healing mindset. If the experience is negative and the intensity strong enough, the SEE could be the source of some emotional, psychological, or even physical disease occurring in the body.

The term SEE originates from the work of sociologist Dr. Morris Massey, in his book The People Puzzle. Dr. James describes it this way. “First event means the very first time that an experience happens, or the root cause of a first event occurring (this is also called root cause). Significant emotional experience is any major, fully associated, highly charged emotional event wherever it occurs. Emotional chain is the process that the unconscious mind uses to connect experiences of a similar nature.” (The term used in Time Line Therapy and The Basis of Personality [1988, Tad James, M.S., Ph.D.] is gestalt which means a collection of memories around a certain subject.)

Adding to this idea, the work of Dr. Paul Goodwin, a neural physicist at Alaska Pacific University, indicates that these trapped negative emotions that have not been released may create what amounts to a block of the flow of information within or between our biological systems. It may act as a “computer virus” to our biological communication systems. To add to that, there is biblical (and other spiritual) evidence that there is a purpose to storing of these SEEs. In the book of Job chapter 14:17 it is written, “My transgression is sealed up in a bag…” If you read the commentaries the general idea they present is that the passage “express[es] the carefulness with which God treasures up a man’s sins lest any of them should be lost, in order to visit the full tale of them upon him.” [Emphasis mine.] Your healing mindset needs to understand how these negative emotions can impact your well-being so you may properly deal with them.

I have a slightly different perspective. While the SEE may well be a “sin” and the guilt that comes with it, it may not have anything to do with our “sin” but simply has to do with storing this emotion in the moment because you are not ready to understand the lesson that needs to be learned. If we had the fellowship with God that he desires us to have with him, we would then commune with him when we are confronted with that memory in the future (“visit the full tale of them upon him”) and we would learn from it and let it go. We would turn it over to him. We would release it from our mind and body. In our broken relationship, we don’t know how to “turn it over to God” and we often hold onto the emotion and create a whole gestalt of these emotions. A healing mindset has a spiritual component that must not be ignored.

Releasing the emotions from our memory, opening the “bag” and dealing with the lessons, theoretically opens of the neural pathways and allows proper communication and functioning of the body’s systems. Time-Line Therapy® techniques provides a psychological process for doing that. From a spiritual and theological standpoint the danger of this is the possibility of removing God from the process and focusing solely on the idea that it is a psychological process, which would maintain the broken relationship with him. If the reason all of this was created in the first place was so we humans would learn to commune with and recognize God’s sovereignty in all matters, we would be missing out on the ultimate source of all healing power and living a truly joyful life.

If you recall a specific bad memory and you can still feel the emotion in your body, get a physical response no matter how mild, [Warning: Do not try this with memories which contain trauma or phobia.] then you still have the emotion stored. If you simply know you had the emotion, but do not feel the emotion, you have dealt with it and let it go. The trapped negative emotion that you can feel – no matter how mildly - is the basis for the creation of disease in the body. Your need to work on strengthening your healing mindset so you can properly deal with those emotions.

When I coach people in our Peak Performance Program, whether it is an athlete or a student, or professional, getting rid of stored negative emotions is essential. Besides your health, ridding you mind of these stored negative emotions, along with limiting decisions and beliefs, is essential for performing consistently at your best. For example, imagine a salesperson, who wants to make more money and achieve more recognition. The salesperson is well trained, knows how to sell, and has the motivation to succeed. Now, imagine that every time this person goes to close the sale, fear comes up. That salesperson is not going to perform at their best and get their best closing percentage.

Imagine a student who feels frustration at the first sign of a challenge. He or she will not perform up to his or her full capability with that frustration regularly popping up.

Imagine an athlete who worries about letting people down. They will perform better without that emotion of worry.

Some people have claimed the negative emotion is what motivates them, but in my experience it is not the negative emotion that is motivating them. In fact, they have reframed that negative emotion of fear, or worry and turned it into a new emotion such as determination. It is no longer the original emotion.

Likely, but not necessarily, the creation of a disease entails more trapped negative emotions or more intense negative emotions than the previous examples. The mind-body process is the same--the unconscious mind puts into its “bag” memories with unresolved negative emotions. The health and well-being of the conscious mind in that moment necessitates this. The emotions that are put in the “bag” become stored physically in the body and aren't released.

Having a mental health "cleansing" session once a year may do more for your health, productivity, and relationships than anything else you can do.

The Controversial Ryke Geerd Hamer

A highly controversial German medical doctor Ryke Geerd Hamer believed there were five medical laws which he applied in treating cancer patients. Hamer was imprisoned after refusing to stop practicing medicine after having his license revoked because of his use of these controversial ideas. At least two of Hamer’s laws, however, “the psychosomatic ‘iron law of cancer’ (Hamer’s first ‘law’) and the principle of pathogenesis being reversed into salutogenesis (Hamer’s second ‘law’), are well established principles of holistic medicine today.” [2] The first law essentially lays the claim that all cancer forms arise from a significant emotion experience.[3]

Hamer’s second law, “Every Disease has a Pathogenetic and Salutogenetic Phase,” simply says

that the process of getting a disease (pathogenesis) needs to be reversed by “focusing on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease.” In other words, salutogenetic phase is a healing phase that is concerned with the relationship between health, stress, and coping.

Hamer’s third law, “Cancer Development Follows a Simple System of Symbolic Transformation from Psyche to Brain and the Organs of the Body” has interesting, if not yet well established ideas. The idea that cancer begins in the mind or psyche, moves to the brain, and then the organs of the body is not the controversial part. The idea that there is a “simple system of symbolic transformation” is not scientifically well established though there is anecdotal evidence [Healing Cancer with NLP and Time Line TherapyTM Techniques Copyright © 1996, 2002, Tad James, M.S., Ph.D.]

Hamer’s fourth and fifth laws, “Bacteria and Virus are Controlled by the Body and Help the Body in the Process of Healing” and “All Diseases are Rational and for the Benefit of the Patients” are the least supported in literature.

If we assume the first two laws of Hamer as valid and even the third law’s idea that cancer begins in the psyche, manifests itself in the brain, and then the body as valid, we can theorize that the releasing of negative emotions as well as limiting beliefs and decisions from the mind and body would improve physical health while also having the potential to improve the mental and emotional health of the person. It would be a foundational component of a healing mindset.

According to Hammer the SEE that triggers the onset of the cancer usually occurs on the average [emphasis mine] of one to three years prior to the onset of the first symptoms of cancer. The theory is that when the SEE occurs it begins in the mind and then the emotions that are created from the representations we have made in our mind become trapped in a certain spot in the brain, and the way Hammer described it, a "short circuit" happens. Hamer has even related the spot in the brain, with the tumor location in the body, with the type of trauma which caused it.

According to Hammer, when a major SEE like this occurs, there is a physical manifestation of this in the brain which causes the brain to begin sending wrong information to a certain part of the body, and then a cancer growth starts in that area. The nature of the SEE determines the area of the brain, and the type of cancer. The SEE also impacts the rate of growth of the cancer. Once the SEE is released, there is an immediate edema, or swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body's tissues, that occurs where the negative emotions were “bagged”. The edema can be seen on a CT-Scan.

Apparently, once the edema occurs, the cancer growth stops, and healing begins. A skilled MD can see the edema on the CT-Scan, and know about the area of the brain and, therefore, the type of cancer. It is typical for us to forget about our conflicts and SEE's (we store them in the “bag”), so we do not tend to pay attention to that aspect of the healing process. A CT-Scan would show these areas as "old stroke" areas.

Based on what we have learned about molecular and quantum biology as well as psychology it becomes even more clear that your mindset regarding maintaining health, and healing disease is vital. If you are about to embark on typical cancer treatment plan wouldn’t it behoove you to optimize the body’s ability to communicate internally between systems? I think so. It is this step that is essential in forming a healing mindset.

Hamer’s theories would explain why some people who have certain lifestyles that are highly correlated to cancer don’t get cancer. These people may lack the trauma that “causes” the cancer. It is also important to understand that according to this research it is not an old trauma but it is a more recent trauma that triggers the onset of cancer. Having said that, from the theories of TLT we need to understand that the first event begins a chain of events of which the final SEE that triggers the cancer is connected to. It is the more recent SEE that will create a lesion in the brain, but it may require the previous chain of emotions to get its power from. Hamer has observed in his research that even an imagined SEE is sufficient to bring back a relapse of the cancer symptoms. Tad James’s experience is that the recurrence of the cancer can be prevented if the first event is also released, and cleared.

It is important to note that, according to Hamer, an apparently small or inconsequential SEE can be enough to start or restart cancer symptoms. The SEE can be as “innocent” as the loss of a pet, a financial stressor such as stock market losses, being laid off or fired, or even listening to work place gossip or griping. From TLT, we would argue that for any of these events to trigger the onset of cancer would depend on your own personal history, and whether there is a chain or gestalt of emotions present for the SEE to connect to.

As far as lifestyle choices and carcinogens are concerned, these choices and carcinogens we bring into our bodies do play a role in the communication of the immune system, but according to the previous research it isn’t until the SEE occurs in the brain that all the ingredients are in play for cancer to develop.

Personally, I believe that many lifestyle choices are actually habits that are created to deal with negative emotions and over time the body has stored up more “bags” than the system can handle and a SEE occurs which triggers the onset of cancer. The idea a SEE is needed to trigger the growth of cancer would validate why someone with a typically healthy lifestyle may still develop cancer or conversely, why a person with a typically unhealthy lifestyle does not develop cancer.

The metastasizing of cancer can also be explain with this notion of a SEE triggering cancer. Hamer says that the metastasizing of the cancer is actually a result of a new SEE. When a patient learns they have Cancer a patient may become terrified creating a new SEE. In this example the fear causes lymph cancer, and the fear of death will start lung cancer (two of the major places to where cancer is "known" to metastasize).

Imagine a person who as a SEE associated with a relationship issue and the resolution of that may trigger a SEE associated with being a failure or loneliness or any number of other SEEs which could trigger another location for cancer.

In another scenario, a patient undergoes surgery, and feels a lack of self-worth. If it is the reproductive system that is operated on, the patient may feel like less of a man or woman, and may say – another SEE, another cancer. The process is not the spreading of cancer, it is the spreading of SEE's.

[2] Ventegodt, S., Andersen, N.J., and Merrick, J. (2005) Rationality and irrationality in Ryke Geerd Hamer’s System for holistic treatment of metastatic cancer. TheScientificWorldJOURNAL 5, 93–102.

[3] Hamer, R.G. (2001) Kreft – Gåten som ikke fines. Amici di Kirk Verlagsgesellschaft für medizinische Schr., Ediciones de la Nueva Medicina S.L., E-Fuengirola, Spain. [Norwegian], page 12.

Application of these principles in Creating a Healing Mindset

There are two main stages in the process of cancer:

Stage one can be referred to as the “Dis-ease Phase.” In this phase, a SEE has occurred and the client has not adequately dealt with the SEE or is even aware that the unconscious mind made a SEE. The primary emotion became trapped in an area of the brain, the brain began to send wrong signals to the area of the body, and cancer growth began to occur in a corresponding area of the body. There are physical symptoms such as the patient feeling uncomfortable, tense, sometimes sleepless, often with cold hands and feet associated with this phase. Dr. James says this, “This indicates activity of the sympathetic nervous system. (The sympathetic nervous system is the system that we use in thinking, planning, action, etc.) A healthy person can switch from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system at will. During the Dis-ease Phase the client is in the sympathetic system only.”

The second phase is the healing phase. During this phase negative emotions are released, conflict is resolved, an edema occurs, and the tumor stops growing. In this phase, the client immediately switches to the parasympathetic system. A typical result is that the client will feel more relaxed, tired, and will need more sleep and want to eat more.

A healing mindset is both preventative and healing. It can aid in the prevention of the dis-ease phase and can definitely aid in the healing phase if a SEE does occur and is not properly dealt with in the moment. It is important to understand that a healing mindset is a mindset where you are regularly, daily, working on identifying and properly addressing stress and the negative emotions we experience from time to time. Even with as much preventative care as possible and a well established healing mindset a SEE, such as the death of a loved one, can occur and get stored in the body. A healing mindset will be more attune to your body and more likely to recognize when a disease may have started because of SEE that has not been dealt with. The recognition that comes from this healing mindset then causes you to take action and work on releasing the negative emotions and helping your body's immune system begin functioning properly.

The following case study was recorded by Tad James in his article Healing Cancer with NLP and Time Line TherapyTM Techniques Copyright © 1996, 2002, Tad James, M.S., Ph.D.

“My experience with clients leads me to say that you can tell which phase a client is in. "Marlene" had several bouts with cancer before she came to me. (In fact the Medical Doctor who referred her to me said that he had little hope for her.) The first session, Marlene could barely walk into the room. Marlene looked gray; she could not hold her head upright for more than a minute or two; and she spoke so softly that I had to strain to hear her.

“The first assault of this dis-ease was in August 1984 with breast cancer. The first tip-off was a lump in the right breast in 1983. Between 1984 and 1990, she had cancer in the mid-back, hip, right shoulder, back, pelvic area, left shoulder, neck, and liver. She had surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy in the process of treating all these cancers. Of course, by the time I met her she was very weak, and as I mentioned, she looked gray.

“In taking her history, I found that she was suffering or had suffered all her life from a number of negative emotions including depression, sadness, fear, guilt, anger, hate, anxiety, hurt feeling, pain, low self-esteem, and jealousy. So I asked her what had happened one to three years prior to the lump in 1983. She gasped and said that in 1980, she and her husband had first met, and had gotten together. In 1981, in spite of a number of fears and misgivings, and even though he was extremely aggressive, she had married the man. He had then systematically cut her off from all her friends and family.

“During the first intervention, we released all of her negative emotions including depression, sadness, fear, guilt, anger, hate, anxiety, hurt feeling, pain, low self- esteem, and jealousy. In addition, we cleared her decision to have the lump in the right breast, and any subsequent choices for less than perfect health.

“During the intervention her hands became hot. She felt tired, sleepy, and extremely hungry. That night she had the best night's sleep she had in five years. During the therapy, she shifted over from the Dis-ease Phase to the Healing Phase. The next day she came in alert, smiling, and all trace of the gray had disappeared.”

Healing can be uncomfortable. We all have experienced that with itchy scabs or other minor irritations from a healing wound. Healing cancerous cells may magnify that discomfort. The longer the cancer has been growing the greater the chance the client will not be totally comfortable during the Healing Phase. A healing mindset plays a role here as well.

During the Healing Phase, the client needs to be comfortable. The Healing Phase ideally should have a minimum of stress on the client. While healing, get away from it all, take a nap each time you yawn, exercise daily, and eat and drink moderately. Above all, no responsibilities except healing. This becomes increasing difficult with the traditional medical route, but the principle is the same. A minimum mental and emotional stress is needed because the body will be under stress from the traditional treatment.

In my ideal world, the use of TLT would be done prior to the beginning of whatever medical treatment the doctor and patient have decided on, but it can be done at any time.

Tad James says that “we have had results that now prove the theories we have been using in the processes of healing various symptoms that produce the illusion of dis-ease.”

How are my wife, Donna, and I going to handle this as part of developing a healing mindset?

Action step 1: Donna and I did a detailed history to determine what events may have triggered the cancer. With that information we then cleared all of the unresolved negative emotions we discovered as well as limiting decisions and beliefs. When compared to Dr. Hamer’s chart connecting the emotion to the type of cancer, the emotions uncovered matched perfectly with the type of cancer. That triggered the healing phase.

Action step 2: Regular daily prayer, individually and corporately (family). A particular emphasis on being "in the spirit" during this time of worship and prayer - not just reciting words. In my research, this state seems to be deeply connected to our breathing - slow , relaxed, yet controlled.

Action step 3: Follow the doctor recommended plan of action.

Action step 4: Begin building step by step lifestyle habits for healthy living with an emphasis for Donna on stress management habits.

Update: We did the four steps above. Tragically, we began the process much too late. By the time we discovered the cancer and got the diagnosis it had spread to the liver and had already begun doing its damage. My wife of 28 years lost her battle just 44 days after getting the official diagnosis. The work we did was too late. I will be sharing important lessons learned on other pages.

Mind-Body-Spirit: East meets West

“May the force be with you.” For all the countless Star Wars fans these words have had a subtle influence on their world view - and yes their healing mindset. Here is a description of “The Force” as described by Yoda: “[M]y ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us, binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force flow around you. Here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, yes, even between the land and the ship.” Hollywood has become enamored with eastern philosophical teachings. Popular culture and education are two of the most powerful forces shaping an individual’s worldview and eastern teachings are increasingly finding their way into those two institutions. Your world view is essentially the beliefs and values that drive your actions at the most unconscious level. They will impact your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. It influences your healing mindset.

There are seven or eight major world views depending on whether you separate agnosticism from atheism. Regardless, these worldviews answer four foundational questions upon which our systems of values and beliefs emanate. The questions regard origin, purpose, morality, and eternity. How did I come to be? What am I here for? How do I know what is right and wrong? What happens when I die? How you answer those questions shapes your attitude toward living and dying, which in turn shapes your healing mindset. We do create answers to those questions.

When you answer the question of origin, you also end up addressing the other three questions. If you believe humans are created versus just a product of evolution, your attitude toward living and how you face death will likely be different from a person who believes we are a product of natural laws that govern the universe. Those beliefs will influence how you answer the question of purpose, morality, and eternity. They also begin to influence your understanding of mind-body-spirit and the interconnectedness or lack thereof between those three concepts. It will shape the essentials behind your healing mindset.

A person raised in Eastern philosophical traditions such as Buddhism would likely have a different take on the notion of the force than would a Christian. If you listen to guided meditations from these eastern traditions you will often hear metaphoric language related to your connectedness to the universe and the energy that is in us and surrounds us. This philosophy is infused in the introduction to The Cosmos by Carl Sagan as well as Star Wars philosophy of the force. Christian meditation would more likely be focused on “listening” for God, being quiet before the lord, or focusing on God’s word.

Each tradition understands the human body in different ways. Western medicine has long been focused on the measurable biochemical composition of the body and has produced amazing medicines and surgical procedures for healing broken bodies. Eastern healing practices have long focused on “natural” remedies and utilizing the mind to bring in balance the energy systems that have been thrown out of balance. There are far more similarities than many Christians, in particular, care to admit between eastern and western traditions including this idea of the force. The healing mindset between east and west is not as far apart as one might think.

Essential elements for daily rituals include movement, reflection, planning, emotional management and spiritual practices.

In the Beginning

Was there a beginning? Astronomers tell us there was a beginning. Biologists tell us there was a beginning. Some worldviews have argued that the universe is eternal, or at least the energy that binds everything together was eternal. The major monotheistic religions teach that there was a beginning and God is eternal. The preciseness of the laws that govern the operation of the universe point to a mind behind the cause. The complexity of even the simplest living cell also points to a mind behind the origin of life. The evidence for a beginning to all things seems to be overwhelming.

There is just one chance in 1076 for “a random chain of amino acids [to] have the special physical properties needed to fold into a stable structure that’s suitable for a particular function.” That is an astronomically small chance. If these amino acids could try a different combination every nanosecond (billionth of a second) and began that process when scientists estimate life began on earth 3.7 billion years ago they would have only gotten through 1.688322 x 1026 combinations. In the scenario just described the amino acids were purposefully trying different combinations to get one that worked. That process is not random. It is akin to you or I going through all the possible combinations to a highly complex padlock. We are not simply randomly choosing numbers. It presupposes a mind.

Even if the process of creating a stable structure out of a chain of amino acids that had a special function denied all odds and got it right in one of the first attempts, you would need to replicate that feat over and over and over for all the different proteins within a single cell. We haven’t even begun to talk about the mutations required to create different cells that would join together to create different functions within more complex life forms. Evolution has no logical or rational explanation for the origin of the information needed to make life possible. Yet, very intelligent scientists want us to believe that through this magical process of natural selection new proteins, cells, parts, and systems can all randomly occur to create the variety of life we see around us. They want you to believe humans, all life, evolved from a single celled organism in only 3.7 billion years. Why do people choose to believe all plants, animals, birds, fish, insects and we humans could possibly have evolved from a single celled organism, especially given the mathematical improbability shown by the complexity of creating just one working protein?

The claim of the major monotheistic religions, in particular Judaism and Christianity, of which over 65% of Americans claim to be, is all things, and all life was created. It was designed and created. Specifically, Christianity claims all things were made by the word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.” The word is Jesus Christ. In the book of Genesis it says man was made in the image of God. That should have a profound impact on how you look at humanity.

If you look at a computer generated image of the big bang shown on the NASA website, you will notice that there is no thing outside the boundaries of the big bang. All of time, space, and matter begin with the big bang. Outside of that were the laws that acted on and act within the universe yet they predated the universe. They are non-material and eternal. They presuppose a mind. They presuppose a law giver. They presuppose God.

Precision indicates a mind. When there are such precise physical laws needed throughout the universe to allow the universe to exist that presupposes a mind. When the preciseness of many factors coalesce into one planet to create a habit perfect for life to flourish that presuppose purpose and a mind. Knowing indicates a mind. Within every cell there are protein molecules that know they are to decode DNA. These molecules not only know what they are supposed to do they also know how to do it. There is a mind at work. Cells are listening in and communicating instantly with other cells through the entire body. All of this presupposes a mind inherent throughout the entire life system. Traditionally, we had no problem referring to this mind as God. Behind a healing mindset is a spiritual component - the idea of God.

The Mind

How do we define mind? The dictionary definition is the mind is “the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought.” The Unifying Theory of Psychology (UTP) has been trying to better conceptualize this idea of the mind. It has embraced the computational theory of the mind which provided a huge breakthrough, because “it allows us, for the first time, to conceptually separate the mind from the brain-body. How? Because we can now conceive of "the mind" as the flow of information through the nervous system, and this flow of information can be conceptually separated from the biophysical matter that makes up the nervous system.”[4]  The mind then is an information and communication system. Information is only information when the meaning of that “information” can be communicated to and understood by a receiving entity.

There is evidence of a mind operating throughout the universe. The existence of physical laws that govern the operation and stability of the universe is evidence of a mind in action. Laws presuppose a law giver. As already mentioned, these laws predate the universe, acted on the creation of the universe, and act within the universe. The fine-tuning of these laws, the precision required to sustain – to create – the order we find is indicative of a mind. Indeed, “Almost everything about the basic structure of the universe — for example, the fundamental laws and parameters of physics and the initial distribution of matter and energy — is balanced on a razor’s edge for life to occur.”[5]  These laws are information and the essentials of matter, time, space, and energy respond to the information embedded in these laws – a mind permeates the universe.

To repeat, living things exhibit a “mind” because they have cells that receive and respond to information. Animals to a certain extent have exhibited a mind as they respond to their environment through their senses and respond. Humans though have a mind that is far greater than any other life form we have found anywhere. A mind exists within every living cell. Every cell requires “machines” to decode information and build proteins that are essential for the operation of every cell. These machines “know” they are supposed to decode the information in the DNA molecules – among other information – and they know how to decode the information. A mind permeates every cell in every living thing.

Within humans we generally only refer to two “minds.” We refer to the conscious mind which is where our ability to reason and make decisions – to think, create, and solve problems – originates. There are parts of our brain that are responsible for these different conscious functions. The second of these two minds is the unconscious mind which is primarily responsible for maintaining the proper functioning of our body’s systems. It is also the place of dreams and may connect two other minds with our consciousness. One of those other minds we often refer to as intuition and is literally located in our gut – gut instincts.[6]  The other “mind” is our heart and our emotions. It is the source of our emotional intelligence.[7]

There are many people who say it is impossible to “prove” the existence of God. Many philosophers and scientists, including Christians, say you cannot prove the existence of God. Is that true? How do they mean prove? In math, we learn mathematical “proofs.” One such proof was if A=B and B=C then A=C. If a person wants to “prove” the existence of the Christian God that person would need to be able to define that God they want to prove exists. To know who this Christian God is we would have to turn to the bible because that is the source to defining God for Christians. It doesn’t matter if a person doesn’t believe in the bible, understanding who the Christian God is depends on the bible. The bible says God is love. A simple proof then of the existence of the Christian God would look like this: Love exists, God is Love, therefor God exists. Another would look like this: Light exists, God is Light, therefor God exists.

An argument for the existence of God is the idea that the evidence indicates a mind exists throughout every aspect of the known universe. A mind appears to be omnipresent – it is everywhere. A mind that is behind all the laws that make the universe possible for life and is behind the creation of life – the information that makes life possible could be said to know everything or be omniscient. A mind that controls all the laws and processes of life could be considered to have unlimited power or able to do anything. In other words this mind would be omnipotent. A mind that is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent has also been called God throughout the history of the Jewish and later Christian traditions.

[4]Henriques, Gregg, Henriques Ph.D. "What Is the Mind? Understanding Mind and Consciousness via the Unified Theory." Psychology Today, 22 Dec. 2011, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/theory-knowledge/201112/what-is-the-mind. Accessed 20 June 2022.

[5]Collins, Robin. "The Fine-Tuning Design Argument a Scientific Argument for the Existence of God." Discovery Institute, 1 Sept. 1998, www.discovery.org/a/91/. Accessed 20 June 2022.

[6]"The Brain-Gut Connection." Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-brain-gut-connection. Accessed 20 June 2022.

[7]Soosalu, Grant, et al. "Head, Heart, and Gut in Decision Making: Development of a Multiple Brain Preference Questionnaire." SAGE Open, vol. 9, no. 1, Jan. 2019, p. 215824401983743, https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244019837439

The Human Body

You have one chance in 10E77 to get something right or “death” is the result. Seems highly implausible that life will happen, doesn’t it. According to experiments done by molecular biologist Douglas Axe, the idea that a new functioning protein can evolve from genetic mutations is essentially mathematically impossible. He writes, “assuming a particular new capability that can be achieved with a new protein fold would benefit an organism, and that a genetic mistake in that organism has produced a gene sequence that differs substantially from what existed before, this fraction is the probability that the new gene happens to encode a new protein that performs the desirable new function. Using the results of my experiments on the penicillin-resistance enzyme, I estimated this probability to be in the ballpark of:

1/100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.”[8]  To put that number into perspective, if these amino acids tried one combination every nanosecond (billionth of a second) and started that process when scientists say life began – 3.7 billion years ago, they would have only gotten through 1.866382 x 1026 combinations. They wouldn’t have even got through half the possible combinations. Highly implausible that what we observe in our own bodies is the product of evolution through natural selection.

Given the information provided earlier, along with the staggering improbability of natural selection to explain the “evolution” of life from single celled organisms to human beings, it seems far more reasonable to believe that the human body was designed. That belief has enormous implications when it comes to your well-being, the onset of “dis-ease”, and healing. It will shape your healing mindset. According to the Judeo-Christian teachings, humans were made in the image of God. If that is true, it shouldn’t seem far-fetched to imagine that God also created communication systems within the body and gave us different “minds” that allow for communication between mind, body, and spirit. It is this communication and understanding it that is at the heart of creating a healing mindset.

Let me introduce an idea to you that is symbolic in nature. The mind-body connection is becoming well-documented in the medical or scientific literature. If we consider the idea that mind is simply a reference to the God of the bible and we presuppose for a moment that God’s son became flesh – became “the body” – we now have a symbolic as well as historical reference to the mind-body connection and the healing mindset.

God not only has designed a mind-body connection, his son fulfilled that connection, experienced it in actuality, when he became human flesh. He became the body. If we now consider the mind-body-spirit, the spirit becomes a reference to first, the breath of life from God and second, the holy spirit for those who have professed their faith in Jesus and received the holy spirit. Outside the religious aspect of that, understanding the importance of the breath and establishing healthy breathing practice and its implications for maintaining health and fighting disease becomes important in the formation of your healing mindset.

How does disease happen? The explanation can come from a western medical or philosophical perspective, an eastern medical or philosophical perspective, and a theological perspective. The western medical approach has traditionally been about understanding how viruses, bacteria, trauma, and other factors that occur within or to the body impact the operation of the entire system. Because of this perspective we have been able to make amazing advances in medicine, surgical techniques, and machinery or equipment to help a patient fight disease, overcome trauma, or diagnose disease.

Chinese and Indian medicine are two of the primary traditions in eastern medicine and they both are concerned with balancing different systems. The Indian system of medicine known as Ayurveda is concerned with balancing the different chakras that comprise the human system. Ayurveda was made popular in this country by Deepak Chopra among others. Chinese medicine is also concerned with balance, and they focus on energy flow throughout the body. The energy is how communication happens between the systems and if there are blockages to that flow of energy disease can result. At the risk of being overly simplistic, in both of these systems if our energy or our chakras are out of sync our immune system won’t function properly and disease results.

Preventative medicine considers what we can do to optimize our body’s immune system so it is fully capable of fighting off disease. While that is certainly an approach each person would be wise to consider and look at, the great advances made by western medicine have had a profound impact on prolonging life through surgical care and medicines that fight viruses and bacteria that have commonly killed millions should not be ignored when trying to heal from disease or in preventing disease. Think of the impact of vaccinations for diseases like smallpox, and the measles.

Looking at lifestyle choices and preventative care, there are three (or four) general areas one can focus on. Nutrition is obviously one such area. A mantra you may hear in some of the wholistic medicine approach to wellness is food is medicine. Properly fueling the body influences the energy flow and provides necessary nutrients for every cell of the body. There are volumes of books you can read on nutrition, but they can be summed up in three key principles.

Principle one is do not overeat. Overeating has been associated with health risks such as the storage of excess body fat, disrupting the hunger regulation system, increased risk for disease, and impaired brain function. The adage everything in moderation certainly can be applied to this principle and be an important component of a healing mindset.

Principle two is the less processed the food the more nutrient rich it is. Eating whole foods provides nutrients in their most natural state and most readily accessible to be used by the body. The greater a portion of your diet that is made up of a large variety of fresh foods the better for your body’s systems.

Principle number three is to practice mindful eating. Learn to listen to your body. Not everyone’s digestive system works the same. Some foods may cause you discomfort but for someone else they create no problems. Learning to be aware of the impact of various foods on your energy level and digestion can help improve your short and long-term health.

Beyond nutrition, exercise is vital. Learning to embrace exercise is part of a healing mindset. Exercise impacts the flow of energy in your system and improves the functioning of every system in your body. We are learning so much on the impact of exercise on the brain [I recommend reading Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey, MD]. Fitness should be a goal for all of us. Like nutrition there are some basic principles for exercise that can shape how you choose to exercise.

Principle number one is to move through a full range of motion. There are seven basic movement patterns the human body does and ideally you would like to be able to move through those movements with a comfortable full range of motion. Those patterns are pulling, pushing, squatting, lunging, hinging, rotating, and striding (your gait). You want to work those movement patterns.

Principle number two is you want to maximize your cardiovascular systems ability to move oxygen through your system. There are numerous ways to improve your cardiovascular health beginning with simple activities like walking. In terms of maximizing the impact on your ability to improve your emotional state cardiovascular work would ideally be no lower than 60% of your maximum heart rate.

Principle number three is to maintain, or improve your strength. The ability to move weight through a full range of motion is important to a well-functioning body. It becomes especially important as we age.

Principle four is to maintain or improve your flexibility. Your flexibility is crucial for being able to stay active as you age and still minimize the risk of injury.

Principle number five is to work your balance. Our balance decreases with age but with a proper exercise program can be maintained or improved.

The next lifestyle choice(s) and the one in my professional opinion is the most overlooked and yet, vitally important in training your healing mindset. It really is all about caring for your spirit. Part of that is learning to control and harness your breathing. Breathwork could be considered a separate principle for caring for your body and I wouldn’t argue against that, but it is so connected to spiritual practices and your spirit which I will include it the next section.

[8] Axe, Douglas, PhD. "Can New Proteins Evolve?" Evolution News and Science Today, Discovery Institute, 8 Oct. 2021, evolutionnews.org/2021/10/ can-new-proteins-evolve/. Accessed 21 June 2022.

The Human Spirit and Spirituality

The human spirit is something we write about, talk about, but do we really understand it? A person’s spirit is tied up in their personality and we have many tools available to help identify personality types. Understanding personality would be one way we try to understand human spirit, but it is so much more than that. 

The human spirit is where our emotions, values, beliefs, and attitude reside. It is where our metaprograms and memories and all the factors that go into making our personality reside. It is where dreams, thoughts, ideas manifest themselves. It is where intuition begins. It is where the power of prayer and faith reside. It is the mind that makes them tangible but it is the spiritual realm where they begin. It is in this realm, where our well-being is ultimately controlled. The mind-body-spirit working together and spirit connecting us with the mind behind it all. You cannot have a healing mindset without caring for your spirit.

To review, we have a conscious mind, unconscious mind, intuitive mind, and heart mind. The human spirit connects or communicates between these minds and the mind of… God(?). According to teachings of NLP, there are several prime directives of the unconscious mind. They include:

  1. Managing emotions
  2. Storing memories
  3. Organizing memories
  4. Repressing memories with unresolved negative emotion
  5. Presenting repressed memories for lessons to be learned.
  6. Keeping emotions repressed for protection
  7. Running the body’s systems
  8. Maintaining the well-being of the body and your mental well-being
  9. Controlling your conscience – it is highly moral, maintains integrity with the values and beliefs you have developed.
  10. Serving is its ultimate purpose, needs clear orders to follow

As you ponder these prime directives, you can begin to see how the mind can direct healing or be a catalyst for disease. When we have internal conflicts from unresolved emotions, or between what we think we believe and really believe, or what we value and what we are actually experiencing, we are taxing our unconscious mind’s ability to maintain our well-being. Notice how memories play into the job of the unconscious mind. When you work to create a healing mindset, you must be prepared to deal with your memories.

As mentioned previously, when we experience significant emotional experiences (SEE) it actually causes lesions on our brain that can show up on a CT-scan. The lesions interfere with the flow of energy and communication within our system. It can lead to cancer. If we do not feed our minds and our bodies with positive energy through nutrition, thoughts, emotions, breathing, we become susceptible to disease – physical, mental or emotional.

Our spirit being the “force” that communicates between all the minds including the “mind of God,” we need to understand the importance of prayer. Prayer is more than simply talking to God. According to biblical teachings and Christian tradition, we are to worship God in spirit and in truth. In John 4:24, it is written, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” What does it mean to be in the spirit?

From many spiritual traditions, including many Christian traditions, being in spirit is a process of meditative thinking and breathing. There are far too many scriptural reference about the importance of prayer in scripture for me to list them here, but there is one scripture that has deep meaning when it comes to healing. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” That is exactly what we do when we release stored negative emotions, limiting decisions and beliefs. In our training a healing mindset, we show you how to “cast your cares on the LORD.” 

Probably all of us know of someone who died far too young because of a disease. We can probably imagine or know for certain that people prayed for healing. I have on a number of occasions and the person still died. When my grandfather had a stroke and my prayer for complete healing went unanswered and my grandfather remained partially paralyzed, I began to turn away from my Christian upbringing. I was only 11 at the time. For many, they claim those “unanswered” prayers are either evidence that God doesn’t exist or that he doesn’t interfere in the affairs of man. All of this begs the question, how does faith and healing come into play?

Faith is in part a manifestation of our beliefs about what is true and what is possible. Placeboes work because people believe. that what they are being given will do what they have been told it will do. They have faith in their doctor or medicine or science. Their body responds. Faith is the agent of miracles. There is a two volume scholarly work on miracles by Craig S. Keener entitled Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, 2 Vols. The conclusion is miracles do happen, which really begs another very difficult question, “Why would God perform a miracle in some situations and not others?” Or, similarly, “why do some people overcome disease and survive while others don’t?” I don’t have the answers but I can still surmise.

First, it is important to note something that is written in the New Testament. If we look at two different scriptures we might have some evidence for what happens in this spiritual realm of healing and begin to get an inkling of how that impacts a healing mindset. The first scriptural reference is from Luke 4: 22-24.

22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.

The second reference is Matthew 13:57-58.

57 And they took offense at him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”

58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

These two versus indicate that miracles require faith from whoever is to receive the miracle. They need to believe a miracle is possible. It is also possible that they need to believe they are worthy of receiving a miracle. Couldn’t we also assume that beyond a miracle, simply maximizing the healing potential of the human body’s systems would require faith – faith that we are capable of healing, faith in our doctors, faith in medicine, faith in God – or believing we are worthy of being healed or wanting to be healed. Isn’t it possible that sometimes people may not be ready to “turn things over to God?”

One final idea to ponder concerns this power of belief. Using NLP or TLT techniques we can change someone’s beliefs. The results can obviously be quite profound. When I have helped students, athletes, or others change their beliefs, they have been able to improve their learning, athletic performance, let go of their phobias and a host of other benefits. The theoretical framework for this work is based on the idea that for your brain to recognize the difference between a belief and a doubt, you must code it. You can change that code. There is something else though that is at work besides simply changing your code which goes beyond the psychological process. It is deeper and more profound. This “something”, I believe, is spiritual in nature.

You can convince someone, get them to believe they can walk on burning coals without being burned and that can happen. I have walked on burning coals three different times. Contrarily, I have yet to find anyone who can change their belief and walk on water. We do have a historical record that two people did – Jesus and Peter.

If you think about the Star Wars teachings of the Force we see Jedi’s being able to move objects with “their mind”. They learn to control “the Force.” From a Christian perspective, the problem with that teaching is the Jedi leaves God out of the picture. The Jedis’ faith is in their ability to control energy. Jesus, though, said this was possible. In Matthew 17:20 it is written, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” With faith, you can control “the force.” Or maybe more accurately, with faith you can work with God.

To conclude, our well-being is dependent on our ability to manage our mind, body, and spirit. A healing mindset then will be one that causes us to manage and care for our mind, body, and spirit. It means training our faith, turning things over to God, managing our emotions and attitude, properly caring for the body by feeding it, exercising it, developing our balance, and maintaining our flexibility. We must pay attention to all three domains. We cannot know for certain all the factors that will go into the healing from dis-ease. “We can predict that a certain percentage of elderly people (over the age of 75) with several comorbidities are likely to succumb to a respiratory virus such as Covid, but we cannot predict who and when. Some people who seem like prime candidates for mortality may survive while others who seem healthier may succumb.”[9]

To repeat, from a Christian metaphorical or symbolic view, we need God (mind), the son (body – the word became flesh), and the holy spirit dwelling in us to master our well-being and maximize our life span, which by the way science says is roughly 120 years [10]  and so does the bible (Genesis 6:3, 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with[a] humans forever, for they are mortal[b]; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”). Of course, when we are sick we should also seek out the best medical care available to complement the mind, body, spirit work you do aside from that specific medical care. To conclude, developing rituals (habits) in your life that bring the mind, body, and spirit together is the master key to mastering your mindset and mastering your life, which is a lifelong process that has greater value the younger we start. Start training a healing mindset now.

[9] Koops, Roger. "Did Covid Vaccines Save Tens of Millions of Lives?" Brownstone Institute, 24 June 2022, brownstone.org/articles/did-covid-vaccines-save-tens-of-millions-of-lives/?utm_medium=onesignal&utm_source=push. Accessed 24 June 2022.

[10] Eisenstein, Michael. "Does the Human Lifespan Have a Limit?" Nature, vol. 601, no. 7893, 19 Jan. 2022, pp. S2-S4, https://doi.org/10.1038/ d41586-022-00070-1

We are what we repeatedly do... excellence, therefore, isn't just an act, but a habit and life isn't just a series of events, but an ongoing process of self-definition. - Aristotle

A System for Wellness

Finding joy in life is all about your mindset. One summer when I was in high school I worked for the Police Athletic League baseball program. In the pee wee division there was a young boy who had a stump for a hand and walked with a severe limp. He was all smiles and you could see his joy every time he came to the field. He was a delight to be around.

Watch videos of Nick Vujicic and look at the joy he has despite being born with no arms or legs. I have worked with students who have been born into some extremely unfortunate circumstances whose mindset was such that they struggled academically, behaviorally, and or socially. They had a hard time finding joy. While they were young, they were still not very healthy – emotionally, spiritually, or often physically. As you are aware, the physical well-being is directly connected to the emotional and spiritual well-being and the spiritual and emotional well-being can be impacted by your physical well-being. It is not enough to teach them about risk factors for poor health. We need to help them to develop the habits, beliefs, and attitude for wellness. We need to help them create a healing mindset. Doing this will impact every area of their life.

What is the difference between taking a course and taking a training program? In my opinion, a course provides knowledge while a training program provides knowledge and a system for implementing and applying that knowledge. A course on mindset will teach you about the important aspects of having a growth mindset or financial mindset or healing mindset or any mindset someone is trying to teach you about. Articles, books, and most courses – including some I offer – are knowledge based. You learn what you should do and why you should do and maybe even how to get started, but it does not provide a system to help you get started, stay engaged, and most importantly build the habits necessary to make the knowledge part of your life.

As a teacher and coach, the most difficult part of my job is getting people to follow through and do what they say they want to do. There are usually far more reasons in their mind for them not to do than there are to do. The delicate balance is in giving enough knowledge while at the same time making it simple and easy enough so people can do it with a minimum of time and effort. The whole structure of this mindset of a champion really is about wellness as much as it is about performance. If your mind-body-spirit are not in sync, not balanced, not performing optimally your outcomes will not be in sync or balanced or optimal.

The entire process of building this mindset begins by clearing the ground and creating a system for wellness. It is building this discipline – the habits – that are essential. The longer you wait the more challenging it becomes; I know from personal experience. The process is easy. The knowledge is easy to understand. Applying the knowledge and making it a habit is not easy. The commitment necessary to do that is not easy.

The first order of business for anyone looking to master their growth mindset, which includes having a healing mindset, is to let go of the past. You must find and deal with unresolved negative emotions. You then need to address limiting decisions and beliefs. Time Line Therapy techniques are the tool of choice for us because of its ease of use, speed, and transferability (once done you can often do it on your own as a “maintenance” process). The next component would be to align your values and your dreams. With those tasks done you can then focus on the daily rituals that will allow you to then build the mindset of a champion, which is a healing mindset.

Let’s be clear about one thing. We must understand how we spend our time, why we spend it the way we do, and what that says about our values and quite possibly what we fear. There is one resource that has been divided equally to every one of us. Time. We all have 1440 minutes a day to spend. We will spend it. We may spend it by choice – conscious or unconscious – we may spend it by circumstances, but those minutes will be spent. We have to get control of that time and time is something many families feel stressed about, especially when their children are young. Within those 1440 minutes you have to meet your personal, professional or school, civic, and spiritual responsibilities as well desires. Many of our health and performance related issues stem from the stress of how we try to spend that time – we get out of sync or out of balance.

Our rituals are about trying to create systems that will either maintain balance or bring us back into balance when life knocks us for a loop. There are key elements that should be in place. These elements include:

  • Prayer-mindfulness-meditation [morning & evening]
  • Preview of the day including your mission statement, your stand, and your calendar
  • Movement [morning & evening]
  • Personal growth – learning
  • Family/partner communication
  • Reflection – journaling

Prayer, mindfulness, meditation can all be connected. Personally, I believe meditation is about being in a physiological state where your minds (plural intended) and body systems are in complete sync. Technically meditation is said to be about thinking of nothing or completely clearing your mind. Mindfulness is about learning to improve your awareness by focusing on one specific thing. Prayer is about communicating with God.

You can communicate with God by directing your thoughts toward God, but I also believe that there is another level of prayer where you can listen to God which would be connecting your internal minds (unconscious, conscious, heart, and intuitive) with the mind of God. Prayer can have several preventative health benefits and while more controversial may have direct healing benefits [for a very academic look at this idea I refer you once again to the book Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, 2 Vols.].

Meditation and mindfulness also have numerous direct health benefits. While not technically meditation, mindfulness, or prayer, the daily use of time line therapy techniques to preserve life lessons that may need to be learned and letting go of any negative emotions or limiting beliefs that may have tried to take root is incredibly valuable for managing your emotions and attitude. One of the ideas behind meditation is to learn to declutter your mind. Decluttering your mind can be about letting go of negative emotions or it may entail letting go of items on your “to do list”. Some people have strategies where they put “too much on their plate” and get overwhelmed and stressed. Meditation can help by helping you deal with the feelings of overwhelm, but it won’t necessarily help with “putting too much on your plate.” Decluttering your actual physical environment can be stress reducing and it can help with environmental health issues such as dust and mold.

Previewing the day along with your purpose statement and stand helps to ground you and get your mind focused on what you have coming up for the day. It helps minimize “surprises” that can create stress. Planning and knowing your plan for the day helps you be more productive which decreases stress. Reminding yourself of what your purpose is and what you stand for can help fend off potential values conflicts or temptations.

Personal growth means learning. It requires seeking knowledge, wisdom, and truth. Those three things stimulate the mind and a healthy mind helps make a healthy body. Beyond simply “exercising the mind” it can aid in your ability to earn money [depending on what you do with that knowledge and wisdom]. Seeking to become better aids in your ability to make decisions in the moment and improve relationships that are crucial to every area of your life.

Family or partner communication greatly improves those relationships and when done well reduces conflict which reduces stress.

Reflective journaling when coupled with the use of TLT techniques to process events of the day is an incredibly powerful tool for bringing stability. The habit of journaling brings the TLT work to the material by getting thoughts on paper. That process simply reinforces the connection between the unconscious and conscious minds that was done during your TLT work. This daily practice creates stability and better prepares you for managing your life when more serious events happen.

Addressing your fitness, the movement in this list of rituals may or may not be an actual workout but at a bare minimum some deliberate and purposeful movement patterns when you first get up and before you go to bed are incredibly valuable in getting your body ready for the day and ready for sleep. Beyond that general movement you do want to factor in time for a well-planned and thought out fitness program that incorporates the principles discussed earlier. You may want to seriously consider looking into learning Yoga and or Qigong as those practices may have more direct impact on your body’s energy systems or qi or chakras depending on the philosophical background you are looking at.

The other lifestyle elements that need to be factored into a wellness lifestyle would be nutrition, eating habits, anchors, family time and me-time. People need to find a system for making sure they eat well both from a nutritional standpoint and process standpoint – remember the ideas of eating slowly, mindful eating, and not over eating. Planning meals, preparing meals, and eating together requires time and communication. Building anchors into your lifestyle that link positive emotions cannot be overstated. Two very powerful anchors that are easy to incorporate are the use of music and aromas. A home with pleasant smells and sounds is good for the mind and spirit and thus the body.

The challenge is building these into your life. The challenge increases the more members of a family you have living at home. The rewards are priceless and possibly lifesaving.

Applying HEAT to Your Life

Applying HEAT to your life is all about the habits. The habits we create allow us to manage our emotions and attitudes. Developing these habits around emotional management and attitude building skills requires training. As I have written, experts say creating this daily ritual so it becomes a habit takes on average 66 consecutive days. We all know how challenging that can be.

There are several steps we do in our coaching program. You first want to identify the limiting beliefs and any stored negative emotions that may be interfering with the building of good habits. It is once again that Peak Performance or Personal Breakthrough training the every one of our courses builds off.

Second, you want to identify your values and the hierarchy of those values. You will behave in accordance with what you value so if you want to lose weight or get fit and health as a value is down on your list of values, it will be an extra challenge to consistently do what you need to do to lose weight and or get fit. This step is also part of our Peak Performance or Personal Breakthrough training.

Once we have removed obstacles and aligned values, you can begin the process of building the habits. One secret for building habits is to take baby steps. The mantra is easy +1. You want to begin building the ritual one habit at a time and when it seems to be easy (not necessarily a habit yet, but easy to follow through on) you can add the next ritual component.

One of the ways to make it easy is to make it short. For example, when you start journaling you take 2 minutes max to journal. You start a breathing routine - 2 minutes max. You start your morning with a stretching or body movement practice - 2 minutes max. Once the root of that habit has been established you can “graft” onto it.

Another aspect of our coaching entails looking at environmental factors and existing habits. Environmentally, if you want to lose weight and eat right you need to do a kitchen inventory. Having junk food around will entice you to eat it. You want to have less screen time make it harder to access. In other words, make changes to your environment.

The other thing you can do is add to an existing routine. You want to get more steps in during the course of a day and week, park farther away when you go to work or go shopping. Is there a place you drive by everyday where you could stop and go for a walk? Even if it is just for two minutes you are creating a new pattern.

In our coaching, we sometimes have to really focus on bad habits and interrupting those. We begin with removing the beliefs and decisions around how they started - remove those obstacles to new and better habits. We then have to elicit the strategy of the old habit - what is the internal process they do to perform the behavior? We can then design a plan to try to consistently interrupt the behavior and create a new one.

There are tools that can help interrupt that pattern of a bad habit. One such tool is a SWISH pattern. Another is a visual squash. Yet another tool is hypnosis. In really extreme cases, you may even need a partner who can help interrupt the behavior consistently and have you do a new one.

There are different types habits I have been referring to in this article. There are the daily habits or routines we have and then there are habits such as biting your finger nails, snacking on certain foods, playing games on your phone or many other behaviors that can occur multiple times in a day. The principles for creating better habits are the same. Interrupt old patterns of behavior and do new ones repeatedly over time. The more you repeat it the more the old gets canceled out by the new.

Having a coach sometimes is vital. There are many behaviors or habits that are so unconscious trying to deal with them on our own is nearly impossible in part because we cannot always remove ourselves from the problem.

For example, for years I have had a stress induced skin rash. It is called neurodermatitis. It has moved locations over the years and I have identified the different stressors in my life with the different locations it appears on my body. I have gained control over it for short periods of times in my life but have not been able to eliminate it. In part, the reason I have not eliminated it on my own is I am operating at the same level as the problem.

In short, there are times you may know what needs to be done, how to do it, and even have the will to do it and not get results because there are layers to the problem that you can't get to without outside help. Thus, therapists and coaches get clients. The therapist or coach can guide you and help you release some of the unconscious obstacles but the bottom line is the formation of new habits are entirely on you. A coach cannot be with you 24/7. Ideally, they will put the system in place, and help hold you accountable for your actions, but the responsibility of success or failure is entirely yours.

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