…»mInd OVer maTTeR- Dr. Moses Simuyemba

Mind over matter – introduction
Are you still in doubt about the power you possess in
your mind? Are you ruining or building your life by your
thoughts?
As “enlightened” human beings we always look to
science to give us the answers or to “prove” that
something is true. However, it is often the case that
whatever science discovers or proves has long been
known by the more wise people around us and even
revealed and talked about long before science ever
thought to investigate it.
Mind over matter – ageless wisdom
The theory of mind over matter is one example. The
teachers of positive thinking and those who believe in
God’s word have long said that the mind and thoughts
have the power to influence the physical and to bring
about what we think about. This belief has been based
on nothing more than faith and has worked for countless
numbers. Now science has jumped on it and is starting to
“discover” what has already been known for thousands
of years to those that are truly enlightened.
Mind over matter – scientific support
“Researchers are just starting to appreciate the power
that the mind can have over the body,” says Tor Wager,
an assistant professor of psychology at Columbia
University in the States. This statement was made after
it was found in studies that some people actually got
better when they were being given placebo drugs,
which are actually not real drugs but harmless pills meant
to make the patient think they are taking medication for
their illness. Chuck Park was a depression patient who
got better after a few weeks of taking sugar pills
which he thought were antidepressants. After he was
told that he was not getting the real drug Park said “I
guess I wanted it to work — and in a way, it did.”
In a very big way it did. Just the thought that he was
getting medication and the expectation that he would
get better actually made him better. “There have always
been people who have said that we could make
ourselves better by positive thinking,” says Dr. Michael
Selzer, professor of neurology at the University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine. “After pooh-poohing
this for years, here are studies that show that our
thoughts may actually interact with the brain in a physical
way.”
Just to add more understanding to this phenomenon,
science has taken this knowledge a step further. Using
PET scanners and MRIs to look at brain activity in
patients who respond to placebo; researchers have
found that the dummy drugs actually lead to changes in
brain chemistry. So the thoughts that these patients
have of getting better actually leads their brains to get
better physically in a very visible way.
“An emerging idea right now is
that belief in a placebo taps into processes in your brain
that produce physical results that really shape how your
body responds to things,” says Dr Selzer. “The brain has
much more control over the body than we can voluntarily
exert.”
Mind over matter – positive thinking works
The point is that positive thinking and mind over matter
work. All you need to do is believe this truth to utilize its
immense potential. The book of Proverbs says of a man,
“as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Many people have
utilised this truth that don’t even believe in God and it has
worked for them. Now science is starting to understand
the immense power of thought. Do you still doubt,
Thomas? You do so to your own peril and destruction.
Believe in the truth that your thoughts are the key to
your destiny and your future. It cannot be put any
simpler. But you must first be clear on what your
thoughts are. What is your dream? Have you thought it
out in all the detail that is required to enable your mind to
feed on it and bring it to pass?
Mind over matter – practical application
Jim Rohn gives a great example of this process of being
clear on your dreams and your thoughts. He says before
he built his first home he would take friends and
associates over to the vacant property and give them a
tour of the house. That wasn’t just pointing out to them
where the house would be, but actually taking them
through the house room by room and describing
everything in the house in great detail. He says “One day, I
made the house so real that one of my friends bumped
his elbow on the fireplace. I mean, it was that real.” In his
mind it was so real that he started interacting with it
long before it was physically there. Needless to say he
did actually build the house in no time.
That is how clear you need to be with how you want
to live your life. Leave nothing out. Make it detailed in your
mind. Fill in all the gaps. Whether it’s a wonderful family, a
successful career, a thriving business or a luxury car you
want, you must have it very clearly in your mind. Most
importantly, once you have the right thoughts, you must
think them often and believe that they will materialize in
the physical world.
Mind over matter –turning nothing into
something
Rohn calls this turning “nothing into something,” but he
goes on to add that thoughts are really something and
belief or faith is also something tangible. “Faith is the
substance of things hoped for and the evidence of
things not seen,” according to the Apostle Paul. So if you
believe something, then you have its substance and you
have evidence that it exists. It’s just a matter of time
before it fully manifests. As long as you don’t give up and
don’t doubt this fact.
Mind over matter – amazing power
So powerful is the realization that thoughts have the
ability to influence the physical that scientists are now
using this knowledge to control pain. Using the same MRI
techniques, one patient who was having severe pain for
years following an injury she had had to her arm was
made to watch images of her brain and see which areas
are most active when she was feeling pain and then to
see which areas became more active when she thought
pleasant thoughts that lessened the pain.
Over time she learnt how to voluntarily switch on the
parts of the brain that relieved the pain through her
thoughts. The patient later said “I think the most incredible
thing was to see that scan of my brain constantly
producing pain. And then to actually gain control over the
pain, to see that I had that power — even when I was
making myself feel worse — was amazing to me.”
Mind over matter – conclusionWilliam James gave a
great conclusion to the matter when he said: “The
greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery
that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of
their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”

You are all you can be.
Go on and be it.

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