Body Follows Mind

The body is a robot. It does what the mind tells it to do.

Imagine a large yellow lemon, one that is very heavy for its size because it is very, very juicy. It is so full of juice that once the skin is broken, juice will come pouring out over the sides of the lemon. The juice of this lemon is extremely sour. Just imagine the lemon sliced in half, with the juice dripping over the sides. You might even want to imagine testing the sourness of this lemon by bringing it up to your mouth, and sinking your teeth down into the pulp of the lemon, bringing the sour juice into your mouth and allowing it to swish around your mouth for a few moments, fully tasting it before the extremely sour juice slides down your throat.

Notice how your mouth is responding to this suggestion. Is it producing saliva? Are you swallowing? Perhaps your mouth is even puckering up. This is what the body is designed to do when you introduce sour tastes into your mouth.

Do you find your body responding to a scary scene in a movie by holding your breath, tensing up, or experiencing “fear” feelings? How does your body respond when someone tells you about a painful experience, or gives an explicit description of vomiting?

But wait! What’s going on? There IS no lemon here. There IS no juice swishing around in your mouth. So why is your mouth responding? Why is the body reacting to a scary scene when you know the person is merely acting? Why does it respond to someone else’s pain? Why does it respond to someone else vomiting?

Only the mind can think. The body is simply a robot controlled by the mind. What the mind perceives as reality the body respondes to accordingly. If you don’t like the way your body is responding, change your mind.

The body is a robot.  It does what the mind tells it.

The body is a robot. It does what the mind tells it.

 

 

 

Perhaps you can remember an experience that was very uncomfortable for you. Maybe you had to speak in public. Maybe you had an argument with someone. Maybe someone betrayed you. Maybe you felt hurt or mad after someone’s behavior toward you. Bring the memory to your mind and notice how your body responds. Notice what you feel in your chest, your throat, your shoulders, or your stomach when you allow your mind to focus on this uncomfortable memory for a few moments. Notice any constriction in your body, areas that are tense.

Now perhaps you can remember a very pleasant memory. Maybe you experienced deep satisfaction after accomplishing a goal. Maybe you received praise for something you did well. Maybe someone was especially kind to you, or showed you love and affection. Maybe you experienced a peaceful moment in nature. Bring the pleasant memory to your mind and notice how your body responds. Notice what you feel in your chest, your throat, your shoulders, or your stomach when you allow your mind to focus on this pleasant memory for a few moments. Notice the relaxation in your body, any areas that are softer now.

The difference in the way your body responds to these memories is what occurs when you change your mind. When you change your mind, you change your body.

All the examples mentioned here are ways in which we hypnotize ourselves daily. (We are all very good hypnotists, with or without awareness of it, and with or without formal training).

Through hypnosis (either by oneself or with the help of a trained hypnotherapist), we can bring awareness to what the mind is telling the body, and change these messages, allowing the body to respond accordingly. We can alter the way in which the body experiences pain. We can discover the subconscious motivations of unwanted behaviors and change the way we are responding to old perceptions. We can change the “fat thermostat” (weight regulating mechanism) for weight control. We can change the body’s negative stress responses.

Since the body is like a robot that does what the mind tells it to do, the mind needs to change in order to achieve mind/body wellness. Change your mind; change your body.



One Response to “Body Follows Mind”

  1. Vanessa says:

    I saw where this was going, and quit reading before my robot body was tricked into salivating like Pavlov’s dog! On the other hand, I like the idea of changing my pain and stress responses. I have some lower back pain right at this moment that I think I need to think myself out of…
    Vanessa
    http://www.wideawakeinwonderland.com

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