Our mind and body are resilient and have the innate healing power.

You might not be who you think you are. Your very perception or idea of who you are has been weaved into your mind over time.

Surviving an accident was the easy part; coping with the chronic pain would prove more difficult. Danna Pycher shares her story about trauma and the transformative insight she gained that allowed her to harness the healing power of the subconscious mind.

We, all of us, are born as blank slates. Through our experiences, we are programmed to have certain beliefs about who we are, what we can achieve in life and what type of person we should be. From birth until six we’re essentially living life in a hypnotic trance. It’s why we learn languages so quickly at this young age. We are sponges just joyously absorbing everything around us.

At this precious age, we set up the rest of our lives. What we learned from the age of zero until six is essentially the patterns or programming we begin to develop from adolescence or from then and repeat again and again from adolescent into adulthood.

We are patterns. Sometimes our patterns do not serve us. Those patterns are called disease, depression, obesity, and the list unfortunately goes on and on. The mind and body, the disease and thought are all interconnected.

When events happen in life they’re recorded. When a stressful event happens it is recorded as is. And that creates a certain level of shock on the mind, which therefore sends the stress signals down the nervous system, which in turn will tell the endocrine system to increase adrenaline and cortisol, and while those levels are increased, our immune levels are lowered.

The fact that we have these stress responses initially is not a bad thing. And the fact that our minds compound all of these situations over time without ever letting them go, every situation builds upon each other.

So the real reason we experience stress in reality as for our own good, for our own safety. So, the initial stress isn’t bad, the continual attachment to this stress is bad.

When we experience stress, there’s a recording in the subconscious mind and enough of this recording over time will cause havoc and an overstressed nervous system, which in turn cause an overproduction stress hormones and a suppression of immune function.

So, now the gold question: How do we reverse all of this?

There’s a new study dedicated to all of this called psychoneuroimmunology. The best way that Danna has found to take the study off the paper and into real life to intervene in the influence of stress on immunity, is hypnotherapy.

The mind and body are resilient and have the innate healing power, yet sometimes they just need a bit of guidance.

Her message is: If you can heal your mind, you can heal your life.

In the video below she exposes the connection between your mind, who you think you are and the potential onset of disease:


Credits: The words of this article are of Danna Pycher.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx.

About Danna Pycher

Danna Pycher is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist specializing in chronic illness and trauma. She is also a motivational speaker and coach. Her first book 3rd Generation and Beyond is a beautiful, powerful book of life philosophies according to a third generation Holocaust descendant. ” A must read for the young and old who are trying to find an identity or just need a reminder on how to appreciate the little things in life.” She enjoyed many years in broadcasting as an on-camera host, reporter, and producer working in the fields of health reporting and corporate productions. Her curiosity about the nature of human beings is what guides her professional pursuits. Visit her website.

It would seem strange if you hear about controlling illness through meditation?

Meditation is an ancient method that originally had a mystical character, but is now used by millions of people worldwide. More and more studies show the benefits of an emotional and physical level (eg. stress, blood pressure, negative emotions).

It seems that scientists will continue for a long time to deal with the “phenomenon of meditation”, since the findings of their studies are constantly confirm how much power lies behind this simple technique. Lately, scientists in Switzerland have announced that for the first time succeeded in creating a network of genes which controlled only by our thinking and that those who do meditation are achieving it a much greater extent.

What’s the relationship between the power of our thoughts, meditation and its effect on our body? Actually, this is just the way meditation works: controlling our thoughts, experts say, we can intervene in our body functions. The team of Dr. Martin Fussenegger, professor of Biotechnology and Bioengineering at the University of Basel, announced from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich: “for the first time, we were able to gain access to the waves of human brain, transmit them wirelessly to a network of genes and control the expression of a gene according to the kind of thought. The control of genes expression through the power of thought is a dream which we were hunting for over a decade.

The idea came up from a videogame, Mindflex, where the players wear a special helmet which records brainwaves and through their thoughts control a ball on the screen, leading it through various obstacles.

In the research of Dr. Fussenegger, some volunteers gathered just as when one plays Mindflex, while others were meditating. To evaluate the results of their research, the scientists measured the production of a particular protein. All volunteers were able to remain focused on producing the protein and thus affect with their thinking the corresponding genes. But those who were in meditative state, produced through their thoughts much larger amounts of protein.

Simply put, this study proved that our thoughts affect matter and that this affection becomes stronger with meditation.

The lead of the research said he hopes that by using brainwaves, soon we’ll be able to tackle diseases such as chronic headaches, backaches, and epilepsy.

All this looks like science fiction and perhaps remind some Star Wars, but the announcements of scientists leave no room for doubt: the power of our thought is huge and we already use it even if we don’t realize it; and meditation is a powerful tool to learn how to use this power to make our lives better. It’s no coincidence that Mayo Clinic, the hospital that was voted No1 in the US, is already using meditation techniques in the patient therapy.








By Nansy Kallikli

Emotions are characterized as complex psychological and biological reactions.

They are related to what we think and what we feel, although many times we fail to consciously deal with various stressful situations caused in everyday life.

In this our brain helps, which constantly restores the negative emotions to the surface using as means of resolving the difficulties that cannot ignore. Since our non-constructive thoughts often proliferate, we often magnify the problem leading to a dead end, or in isolation.

Sadness can Incur Even our Physical Health

According to British scientists, prolonged periods of sadness are able to weaken our immune system. Immunologists of the University of Birmingham discovered that developed levels of stress and depression affect the functioning of a type of white blood cells, neutrophils, which are responsible for the impugn of bacterial infections, such as pneumonia.

Several times, we have heard of couples who were married for many years and when one died, after a short time the other died from unhappiness. Janet Lord (Professor of Immune Cell Biology at Birmingham), who led the research, said: “There are a lot of anecdotes about couples who were married for 40 years when one of them passes away and then the other dies a few days later. It seems there is a biological basis for this. Rather than dying of a broken heart, however, they are dying of a broken immune system. They usually get infections.

According to analysis findings of the immune system and hormone levels in 48 healthy volunteers aged 65 and older, of whom half had lost a loved one within the past 12 months, there was a significantly reduced antibacterial activity of neutrophils and the individuals had elevated cortisol (hormone produced by stress and suppresses the activity of neutrophils).

Emotions in Numbers

In addition, research conducted at the University of Leuven in Belgium showed that sadness lasts up to 240 times more than other emotions, such as feelings of shame, disgust and fear. More specifically:

The sadness for some good reason takes on average 120 hours, while the feelings of shame and disgust 30 minutes, and fear 42 minutes. Next comes the feeling of hatred that lasts 60 hours, while the feeling of joy lasts 35 hours.

According to this study, the scientists point out that depression is the most prolonged feeling because is caused by events with a huge impact on our personality as divorce and illness, so we need more time to manage it.

The above study was conducted on 233 students who were asked to remember emotions they recently felt, the events that caused them and the duration. Of the 27 emotions that reported overall, it was noted that:

Boredom and surprise subside in about two hours. The frustration takes 1.3 hours to leave, same with compassion. Instead, stress need 3 hours to subside, guilt 3.5 hours and pride 2.6 hours. The feelings of relaxation on the other subside within 4.3 hours while the excitement takes 6 hours to subside. Relief recedes in 8 hours and envy in 15 hours. Finally feelings like despair, hope, anxiety, frustration and satisfaction subside within 24 hours.

As stated by the head of the Department of Psychology, emotions that have short duration usually caused by events that have little significance as opposed to long-term emotions caused by events that stigmatize the one directly concerned.

Of course, it is possible to not become directly visible but to come to the surface after a long time. In these cases, when one recalls the events that occurred and their consequences, depressive feelings revive thereby extending their duration.

It is important to recognize the causes of sadness, unhappiness, our anger and hatred because this way we treat them effectively. Finally, it is necessary to avoid the analysis of past hard situations, whose impact causes our psychological entrapment.

A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air.

~ Walter Winchell

According to a British-German scientific research, negative thoughts are able to suspend the effectiveness of even the most powerful analgetics, as they don’t expect to reduce pain. In contrast, there was twice the physical or biochemical efficacy for medications combined with positive thoughts on the part of patients.

In addition, psychology studies have shown that people are born with an appeal either towards optimism or pessimism. In this contributes the social environment and the conditions in which we live.

Therefore, It’s important to understand the significance of a positive or negative attitude toward things that we have in our lives. Do we see the glass half-full or half-empty?

Can we turn pessimism into optimism? The answer of course, is yes.

Let’s just take a look at some habits of optimistic people:

  • They have a positive attitude towards life.
  • They face obstacles, frustrations and failures with the hope that everything can be corrected for the better.
  • They feel gratitude.
  • They smile often.
  • They’re trying to make those around them happy.
  • They have better social relations.
  • They stay informed and read about topics that inspire them and make them feel better.
  • They do exercise and watch their diet.
  • They socialize with happy and positive people.
  • They make more positive thoughts.
  • They realize the “good” things in their lives and make dreams.

One may reasonably wonder whether people with a greater tendency toward negativity change everything in a heartbeat. The answer this time, is no. The main precondition is the will to change their perception about life.

There should be a regular practice for some time to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, so they will approach stressful situations they face in their daily lives with optimism and realism.

To become better understood, the process could be likened to a diet. It requires willing, a nutrition program, systematic exercise, perseverance and patience. Similarly works and psychologically, to achieve an approach and understanding which will contain more optimism to achieve harmony and balance in their lives.

Below I will mention some negative thoughts that plague all people and how they can be replaced with positive thoughts that will bring about change and thus achieve optimism, hope and confidence. For example:

  • instead of saying “it’s complicated“, they can think let’s see it from a different perspective,” or in other words using the motto of psychology «think out of the box» · to think unconventionally
  • rather than worry that something “will not succeed” they can say let’s try it, and you never know
  • instead of saying “I have no time” they may think that “I need to rethink my priorities”
  • they can replace the expression “I can’t do itwith the phrase I will ask for help”
  • finally, rather than worrying because “I get nervous and I can’t do anything,” they can form the reasoning “I will defeat my anxiety”

As Aeschylus said, “It is pleasing to prolong the life of a man with beautiful hopes that with joy and optimism are filling the soul.”

Age-old practices backed by modern science.

No matter the tradition, as skeptical Americans, we require empirical evidence before we embrace any philosophy.

When science catches up with the physiology behind the experienced effects of any medicine, there is reason to drop pre-conceived ideas and consider.

Such is the Case with Meditation

Practiced for millennia in other cultures, only those with direct experience can tell you what it does for them–“yoga pants” have become a fashion fad but it’s no joke or passing fancy. They may not understand why (or care), they only know it works for them.

Hundreds of studies have been performed on the physiologic effects of deep relaxation, most showing significant positive results and none with side effects. If only our pharmaceuticals could say the same thing.

The brain changes with regular meditation. Mind-body therapies (e.g., meditation and yoga) reduce markers of inflammation and promote virus-inhibiting immune response in the body. These practices reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, fibermyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.They are proven to reduce the effects of stress, depression, insomnia, and neurological disorders.

Practice Mindfulness

“Mindfulness” is the term used for being present in the current moment, allowing thoughts to pass through your consciousness without dwelling on them or judging “good” or “bad”. It is the state of mind that allows to you release yourself of pressure and stress by clearing thoughts that plague your everyday routine. By becoming mindful, you allow yourself to feel without your brain getting in the way. It can be achieved through meditation, guided visualization, yoga, repetitive prayer and mantra.

Watch: Increase Your Conscious Awareness

Here are just some of the benefits of deep relaxation that put you in a state of mindfulness. They mean much more than just decreasing stress, although relaxation is the conduit through which all the other systems in the body react.

1. Anti-inflammatory

It is scientifically known that chronic inflammation in the body causes serious disease like cancer, arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and psoriasis. Deep relaxation has been found to reduce stress-induced inflammation.

2. Calmness

In the practice of meditation, we do not dwell on thoughts but allow them to pass through our consciousness. When an upsetting thought pops in, rather than stopping and poring over it, we recognize it and allow it to flow out of the mind. This management of thought brings a general state of calmness and serenity.

3. Emotional Balance

Meditation transforms the level of consciousness, allowing us to let go of ego and any unpleasant emotion arising from its exercise. The result is balance and a greater ability to handle the emotions we feel, applying them in a more direct and appropriate way.

4. Increased Fertility

As anyone who has had trouble conceiving knows, stress is a factor in inhibiting the natural process of reproduction–in both women and men. Reduction of stress has been found to improve fertility for both sexes.

5. Increased Immunity

Daily progressive muscle relaxation reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence, supporting the immune system to resist tumors and viruses, and results in less sickness, anxiety, and depression arising from chemotherapy.

6. Lowers Blood Pressure

Studies have shown that meditation reduces blood pressure and generally decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease by mediating the release of stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. As one doctor put it:

When we were cavemen, that adrenaline helped us be ready if a tiger was going to attack. Today, all the tigers are in our heads.


7. Relieves Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Many people suffer from IBS and its causes are many. Apart from changes in diet and lifestyle, meditation relieves the severity and symptoms of IBS by reducing stress levels.

So how do you access deep relaxation and mindfulness?

All you need is a little time (2-30 minutes a day) and a quiet place, free from distraction. You may choose the method(s) that is most comfortable for you; there is no right or wrong.

Body Scan

Starting with your head and working down to your arms and feet, notice how you feel in your body. Taking in your head and neck, simply notice if you feel tense, relaxed, calm, or anxious. See how much you can spread any sensations of softness and relaxation to areas of your body that feel tense. Once your reach your feet, work back up your body.

Breath Focus

Sit comfortably. Tune into your breath, follow the sensation of inhaling from your nose to abdomen and out again. Let tension go with each exhalation. When you notice your mind wandering, return to your breath.

Guided Imagery

Imagine a wonderfully relaxing light or a soothing waterfall washing away tension from your body and mind. Make your image vivid, imagining texture, color, and any fragrance as the image washes over you.

Mantra Repetition

The relaxation response can be evoked by sitting quietly with eyes closed for 15 minutes twice a day, and mentally repeating a simple word or sound such as “om”.


Original source: dailyhealthpost.com