The caregiving experience can become better. “When you change the way, you look at something that something changes.” Understand why.
Our conscious mind is the director. It makes decisions and responds to our environment and the actions of our other mind. Our subconscious receives this information, retains it and acts upon it automatically, it’s the program.
Imagining and visualization are conscious acts which send information to our subconscious mind, causing it to react to what we think or imagine is true. To visualize or internally view what we imagine is a powerful method to create something in our external world. This especially applies to our physical health.
When we visualize, the brain produces physical reactions. Whatever we imagine will affect not only our mental state, but also our physical body.
According to biologist Bruce Lipton, one of the early pioneers in stem-cell research and an international leader in bridging science and spirituality, “The moment you change your perception is the moment you rewrite the chemistry in the body.”
Our cellular structure and even our DNA respond to what we visualize and imagine. For centuries, visualization has been part of indigenous shamanic healing, and much modern-day holistic practice incorporates visualization. Many therapists and even some hospitals use visualization techniques to help patients ease chronic pain or heal faster. The body responds to what we see in our mind’s eye.
Read through the following instructions then close your eyes and follow them.
1. Take a minute to imagine a ripe juicy yellow lemon.
2. Visualize slicing it in half. Watch the juice flow out.
4. Smell the sourness of it.
5. Imagine squeezing one of the slices into your mouth,
6. Feel the juice flow over your tongue.
Did you get a puckering sensation or feel your jaw tighten? The intensity of your reaction would depend on your ability to visualize. Your real salivary glands reacted to the sourness of an imaginary lemon. The brain perceived an imaginary scenario and responded physically.
When we are ill, we can get worse or heal faster depending on how we perceive our condition and visualize its outcome. People diagnosed with a genetic predisposition to a condition often believe they are destined to get it, and commonly the illness does manifest.
But predisposition to a disease doesn’t mean the person will get it. It simply means there’s a probability because of the gene. The new science of epigenetic is revealing that genes can be turned on or off by environmental conditions.
After my mother’s glaucoma operation, I stayed with her to help. She suffered many post-op complications, and it was a stressful time for both of us. Mom repeatedly told me I would probably get glaucoma too, because the doctor had told her it’s genetic.
A few months later, I was diagnosed with glaucoma. My eye pressure had been normal before caring for my mother. Maybe I would have gotten it anyway, but I often wonder whether it was triggered because I was immersed in Mom’s circumstances and believed what she said.
If we believe we will die or suffer the rest of our life with something incurable, we probably will. Fear immobilizes, causing feelings of helplessness which can prevent us from questioning the diagnosis, researching information, or making informed decisions.
We need to study the problem, get every fact we can, and look at it in different ways. When we consciously focus on the result, the subconscious can actualize what we hope to achieve.
At present there is no cure for Alzheimer’s and certain other cognitive diseases. Innumerable family members of those with such disorders are living in fear of getting the same diseases. How many patients, after a dementia diagnosis, just give up and fall into denial and depression, just waiting for the inevitable decline? What happens to everyone’s quality of life?
As with the ghost in the basement, their perceptions affect their experience.
Regardless of the condition, even when they’ve been told it’s chronic and incurable, a person can always improve their quality of life.
Lisa is 72 and the bravest person I know. After caring for two husbands who eventually died of Parkinson’s, she also has been diagnosed with it. In spite of her first-hand experience and knowing where Parkinson’s eventually leads, she consciously decided to live her life to the fullest, instead of falling into fear. She’s always on the go, taking classes, meeting new people, and regularly traveling abroad. She’s a happy person. Her bucket list has become very short.
We are responsible for our own quality of life. Anyone can create a good one, no matter what challenges get in our way.
Excerpt from my book: “Journey through the Infinite Mind…the science and spirituality of dementia.”