Are you an excessive worrier? Perhaps you unconsciously think that if you concern yourself over every little detail you can prevent bad things from happening. But the fact is, worrying can affect the body in ways that may surprise you. When worrying becomes excessive, it can lead to feelings of high anxiety and even cause you to be physically ill.
Worrying is allowing one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles without effectively dealing with any of them. Worrying often centers on problems that cannot currently be solved. Worrying may interfere with your appetite, relationships, sleep, and job performance. Worrying can lead to habits such as overeating, cigarette smoking, or using alcohol and drugs.
Stress can be beneficial. If you have an upcoming job interview or test, it can help you rise to the challenge and prepare for it. But excessive worry leads to fear and one can become so irrational that you cannot focus or think clearly. This leads to physical consequences of the fight-or-flight system:
In 1998 study, they began following 30,000 people for 8 years. They found that those that reported the perception that stress affects health was associated with an increased likelihood of reporting psychological distress. Those that reported a lot of stress and perceived that stress affects health a lot increased the risk of death by 43%.
Even more intriguing, those who reported high levels of stress but who did not believe their stress was harmful were not more likely to die. They actually had the lowest risk of death of anyone in the study, even lower than those with little stress.
So, it is not the stress that has been killing us but how we interpret that stress.
Just trying to change your belief system from the surface level of the mind does not work well.
One of the most effective ways to change one’s relationship to their thoughts and beliefs is through the Ishayas’ Ascension. In the process of the Ascension techniques, a specific and highly individualized thought is created by the teacher working with the student as a “vehicle” to “ride” inward to the Source of all thought.
Using these techniques to retrain the mind, it becomes unnecessary to try to undo the previous beliefs and judgments; the power of this wholly beneficial inward process is sufficient to remove all previous false perceptions and understandings and replace them with the direct experience of the transcendental beauty and perfection of the Source within.
Are you looking for transformation? Have you found that affirmations are not working for you?
In Analysis of the Art of Ascension Maharishi Sadasiva Isham (MSI) said, “Simply deciding with the surface mind that “I am well” is not only useless but potentially mentally deranging. Affirmations repeated by the conscious thinking level of the mind, although occasionally soothing distraught emotional states, are all but worthless for bringing about a deep transformation of perception of Reality. An affirmation repeated a few times a day does little to counteract the intensity of the habitual patterns created by the average adult human’s 50,000 daily thoughts.”
Dr. Joanne Wood at the University of Waterloo examined whether affirmations made students feel better. 68 students were asked to repeat to themselves every 15 seconds, "I am a lovable person." Those with high self-esteem felt better, those with low self-esteem felt worse. She theorizes that those with low self-esteem feel worse because they did not believe the statements and also they could not resist negative thoughts. First, they felt bad because they had not responded to the affirmations as they thought they should and secondly they had negative thoughts.
Targeting beliefs at the conscious levels of the mind only go so far. As Einstein said, “"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."
In Enlightenment MSI said “There are a number of different teachings today that encourage a constant repetition of positive or idealized statements. One unfortunate effect of this is a polarization between conscious ideals and the unconscious belief systems of the destructive internal programming. If we fail to recognize, accept and change unconscious emotional and psychological imprints, these forceful tactics of the ego will only serve to create tension and resistance in the personality and can lead to a dangerous split between the conscious and unconscious minds”
Trying to deal with duality from the surface of the mind only divides the mind. The only “cure” for a divided mind is to Ascend. Every time we use the Ascension Attitude, which has no opposition, the mind returns to the One Source of Everything. Even if it is brief, as it may be when one first uses the practice, the mind moves out of duality for that moment. Unity or duality? If one learns The Art of Ascension, there is choice.
The placebo has a lesser known flip side called the “Nocebo”. Placebo means “I shall please” whereas the nocebo means “I shall harm”. When the doctor tells you ‘you have an incurable illness’, or that you’ll be on medication for the rest of your life; if you believe it, they are invoking the nocebo effect.
Nocebo is at least as important as the placebo effect and may be more widespread.— Ted Kaptchuk, Program in Placebo Studies, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University.
In an oft-cited case from 1886, John Mackenzie, a surgeon in Baltimore, obtained an artificial rose of such superb workmanship it was like the original. He exposed a woman with severe rose allergy to the fake flower. Unaware that it was fake, the woman had a full-blown allergic reaction, including a running nose, swollen nostrils, and a tight chest.
The nocebo effect is not confined to clinical trials. A school in Tennessee was forced to evacuate after a teacher reported smelling gas fumes and became dizzy. Ultimately, over one hundred people were admitted to the Emergency Room; 38 were so sick they were kept overnight. Later, after an extensive investigation, no evidence was found of a chemical or any problem at the school.
After treating over 1000 melanoma cases at Sydney Hospital, Dr. Milton warned of another form of the nocebo effect. Upon delivery of a cancer prognosis, many of his patients became so disheartened, they died a premature death before the cancer had developed enough to cause death.
A study showed that “patients about to undergo surgery who were “convinced” of their impending death were compared to another group of patients who were merely “unusually apprehensive” about death. While the apprehensive bunch fared pretty well, those who were convinced they were going to die usually did.”
Other studies have noted that study participants became “addicted” to their placebo and had to be weaned off of it. In a chemo-therapy study, 30% of the participants receiving a placebo lost their hair.
The power of suggestion can have tremendous effects upon the unsuspecting mind. Did you know that our society has even given us a standard time to die? There is a day and a time when it is more likely you will die than any other? 9 AM on Monday morning. Why is that? Possibly, it just seems easier to die than face another week of this horrible job! This is a truly remarkable achievement of our species. Presumably no other species recognizes which day Monday is.
The power of the mind is everything.
Beliefs hold sway over our lives only as long as we give them power. But through a regular practice of Ishayas’ Ascension these faulty belief systems begin to collapse. By redirecting the mind with this practice, to perfect statements of Truth, one is lead to the Source of Everything. Through choice, one can break up these belief patterns and restructure the mind back to an innocence, back to its original design of perfection.
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