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A WEE TALE OF HEALING: LOVE AND BE LOVED
Once upon a time, a researcher at Harvard Medical School decided
to test the effects of thinking about love on the immune system.
To do that, he showed a group of students a documentary film
about Mother Teresa caring lovingly for the sick.
Before and after the students viewed the film, the researcher
tested each student and measured an immune antibody (immuno-
globulin A, or IgA) that fights infections like colds.
What did he find?
Immune function, as measured by the level of IgA, rose significantly in the students, even those who thought Mother Teresa was "too religious" or
That means that their bodies' ability to fight off colds or other infections improved by viewing the film.
The scientist then duplicated this effect by asking students
simply to THINK about loving and being deeply loved by another
Think about THAT!
[Note: The researcher was David McClelland, PhD, and this story
is told by Larry Dossey in his book, Healing Words.]
WALK THROUGH A DIFFERENT DOOR
The Usual Door
The usual routine when a person goes to the doctor is to bring a
list of complaints -- all the things that are wrong with you,
that aren't working, the things you are worried about.
Then the doctor's job is to ...
1. Find out what else could be wrong. For example:
* Your cholesterol is too high,
* You have a suspicious mole on your back,
* Or ???
2. Find out what else isn't working right. For example:
* Your blood pressure is worse than you thought,
* You have diabetes or hepatitis or some other scary disease,
* Or ???
3. Scare you into taking action to prevent even WORSE things.
* Quit smoking
* Exercise every day
* Take pills
* Eat better
* Get another lab test
* Have surgery ...
And on and on and ...
So, most of us are used to thinking about our bodies like this:
1. What's wrong?
* Aches and pains and allergies and high blood pressure and
being too fat ...
2. What will go wrong?
* Aging and disease and degeneration and failing vision and
memory loss and ???
3. What we don't like:
* One part or another is too big, too small, too wrinkled,
too fat, too short, the wrong color ...
Does any of this sound familiar?
What it all boils down to is that we are used to finding fault
with our bodies and even getting angry at them for failing or
If we only had the perfect shape, size, skin, hair, and function,
then life would be so much better! Then we'd have confidence!
We'd be attracting the perfect mate, a better sex life, the
perfect job, more money, fame.
It's all our bodies' fault for getting sick and interfering with
For many busy people, finding time to eat healthy food or to
exercise is a nuisance -- not to mention dealing with the
inconvenience of colds and flu and, for many women, monthly
"things to deal with."
Can't I just take a pill and make it all go away????
The basic thought patterns lurking under all this are:
* I don't like having this body!
* It's too much trouble to take care of!
* I have more important things to do!
* I wish I could just trade it in for a newer model that
doesn't require any maintenance!
A Different Door
Here's what I often say to my patients:
"So we've just explored what it's like for
you to live with this body of yours.
"Now, what's it like for your body to live
Imagine for a moment that your body is like a beloved child, or
your favorite pet dog, or an expensive car.
How would a child behave if she or he got the amount of
criticism, judgement, care or neglect that your body gets?
How would a dog behave if it got the amount of exercise, fresh
air, and loving attention that you give your body?
How would a car run with the quality of fuel and mechanical care
that matches the quality of food and health care you give your
The thing is, your body is ALIVE!
You are a living being whose health depends on its connection
with LIFE. You are physically designed for REQUIRED interaction
with fresh air, pure water, sunlight, and living beings that
provide food, shelter, clothing, companionship, and love.
Your unique, one-of-a-kind body is the perfect vehicle for life.
It's perfect for learning about love, relationship, forgiveness,
trust, power, compassion, success, tolerance, beauty, acceptance,
patience, joy, peace, abundance, creativity, wonder, the
magnificence of life.
It's the perfect feedback model to learn the power of your mind.
It's the perfect model to learn every principle of creating
wealth and happiness.
And it's YOURS.
Why am I telling you this?
My purpose in creating the Science of Being Well NETwork website,
publishing the BE WELL! ezine, giving away the ebook, recording
the audiobook, providing the discussion forum and offering
private coaching is to help you get the most out of your
experience of having a body.
You've probably heard it said, "It's not the destination, it's
the journey that counts."
Well, how about enjoying BOTH?
Perfect health is not required for you to have an incredibly
wonderful experience of life -- but it helps! And the journey
in PURSUIT of perfect health and the unfolding DISCOVERY of
what it means for you are overflowing with splendid treasures!
Please join me on this journey, and let me help you learn how
to find the GOLD!
Where the journey begins is right where you are. It begins now.
We start with what you have, what you know, and build on that.
If you accept this invitation, my job as your guide is to
introduce you to ideas that may be new to you, explain things
in many ways so we can find one that works for you, invite you
to try things so you can learn for yourself, share stories and
examples so you can learn from others, try to inspire and
motivate you to challenge yourself to have a better experience
of life than you have known up 'til now.
You may not like everything I offer.
Some things won't fit for you, or you won't be ready to receive
them. Some things may seem strange or uncomfortable.
My invitation to you is simply to let yourself experiment. Try
not to judge or turn away from things that don't fit your way
of thinking until you've given yourself a chance to experience
You may be surprised!
As Rebecca Fine of our sister site, The Science of Getting Rich
NETwork*, always says, "In THIS science, your life is your
*If you don't have your free copy of Mr. Wattles' first book
in the series (The Science of Getting Rich), go here to get it:
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like to learn faster, consider getting the AUDIOBOOK on MP3,
tapes or CDs.
EAT YOUR VEGETABLES! (BUT FIRST ...)
I couldn't resist sharing this little story. (If you were THERE,
please let me know!)
A couple of weeks ago in Hamburg, Germany, the nine-member
Viennese Vegetable Orchestra performed a variety of original
compositions on instruments made out of ...
Concert-goers commented on the lovely aroma accompanying the
The orchestra included a flute made from a carrot, a saxophone
carved from a cucumber, and a double bass that was once a
pumpkin! (Look out, Cinderella!)
In all, 90 pounds of vegetables, also including leeks, potatoes,
radishes, and peppers, were carved and tuned an hour before the
performance. After the concert, everyone enjoyed delicious
That certainly gives new meaning to the idea of "playing with
your food." ;-D
Copyright (c)2004 Alexandra Gayek, ND. Please notify me via the contact form on this site if you would like to reprint any of these articles.