Science is rewriting many of its theories and concepts because of some amazing new discoveries. Hold out your hand and imagine a marble resting in your palm. Think of this marble as the mass, the nucleus of an atom. Now look up toward the horizon...to imagine it's closest electron whizzing around the nucleus...a total of two miles away! And what is in the space between...they used to say nothing, but we're closer today at not much!
If everything has so much empty space in it, how come we can't move through a wall, or place our hand through a table? Well, the answer is simple: because of the density of the energy. It would be like trying to drive your car through a tornado. And what this means is that everything is...just energy. What does this mean to your spiritual quest?
For my spiritual quest, it means that I am energy. I vibrate at a unique frequency that can be influenced, just as sound and light and electricity can be influenced. And, the best part is that I can influence my own energy...which means I have the power to heal myself.
Dr. Lisa Rankin, MD, in her recent book; Mind Over Medicine, takes a close look at the power of the human body to heal itself. Although Dr. Rankin doesn't quite make the spiritual connection in her research, she certainly has the medical community scratching their heads. She writes;
"Positive belief and nurturing care may also decrease the body's acute phase response, a type of inflammatory response that leads to pain, swelling, fever, lethargy, apathy and loss of appetite." (15)
Although she is taking a medical look at a spiritual miracle, Dr. Rankin clearly links the brain, thoughts and emotions to ill health and disease.
She acknowledges the powerful effect of placebos. In fact, Dr. Rankin even claims that a placebo can be as effective, or more effective, than drugs. She relates how happiness, being in a supporting relationship and feeling safe all contribute to our health...because of the brain. During stress, which we all feel everyday in our fast-paced world, the body releases stress hormones which, if left running and unchecked, will continue to course through our bodies. This can become an unnatural and deadly state to be stuck in.
"Some studies show markedly improved disease recovery rates in happy people." (137)
Dr. Rankin stepped ever so carefully out of the medical model box, and jumped into my favorite box: spirituality, and the energy that fuels our every instant. She validated my understanding of the power of the mind, not the brain.
We have a brain, but our brains only operate the biology. We also have a Mind, and our Mind is what connects us to the Matrix, the low-energy field that is everywhere...between the spaces. The Mind connects us to the Universe, to everyone and everything in it, to you and to me. The Mind isn't housed inside our head. Our Mind is directly connected to the Energy of the Universe.
"When you make efforts to increase your happiness, the health of the body tends to follow." (142)
This is the good news. The great news is that we can connect with the healing energy of the universe, and we can influence our DNA, our atoms, our body and our world.