by Dr Deryck D. Pattron
Introduction: Many medical professionals, scientists and
researchers are now devoting much more
attention to the mind and
body connection with relation to restoration of health. It is now
believed that as many as 90% of health problems have psychological
roots. It is estimated that about 9 out of 10 illnesses are
psychosomatic. Psychosomatic means the PSYCHE (mind) wrongly
influencing the SOMA (body), or a disorder having physical symptoms
but originating from mental or emotional causes. The mind and body
work closely together. They regularly influence each other.
Understanding this process can be very helpful in improving our
mental and physical health.
Psychosomatic problems can result from many reasons, which are
interrelated. Many are related to the way we think, to the way we
react to certain situations, to prior programming and to our belief
Negative Thinking: This negative thinking develops from
previous programming, which normally occurs at a young age. For
example, if a person thinks negative and believes that he is going
to get a sore throat because he steps on the cold floor with bare
feet chances are that it will happen. This person will create a
mental image of getting a sore throat after stepping on the cold
floor and his brain will instruct the body to comply with what the
person is imaging, believing or thinking.
Traumatic Experiences: Traumatic experiences can create
problems rooted at deep levels of the mind such as a threat. When
this happens the survival mechanism takes over to protect the person
from experiencing serious pain or injury. The traumatic situation
could be physical or mental; however, it may take years to manifest
as a psychosomatic health problem. The brain records all the
conditions present at the time of the experience and in the future
if several of these conditions such as sound, temperature, smell,
place, time and other circumstances are present this could trigger
the same reaction. The reaction could be in the form of a seizure if
that is the way the survival mechanism responded to the traumatic
One of the best ways to correct an experience like this is by
getting help from an experience hypnotherapist that can regress the
person to the time the experience took place and make the necessary
corrective actions from there.
Fear: Fear exerts a great influence on our bodies and can
create many different health problems. Some people break out in
hives, or have stomach problems, headaches or other problems simply
because of fear of doing something like public speaking or anything
else that they fear.
Endocrinologists are now finding out that negative emotions and
feelings can have serious effects on our bodies. Our emotions create
mental images of fear, sadness, etc., that cause the release of
stress hormones that when prolonged cause a person to get sick.
Similarly, if our mind can cause our brain to instruct our bodies
to get sick, then it can also help us to get well. Many scientists
and researchers use placebos to treat people when they don't really
know what is causing the health problem.
If a person has faith in the doctor by the time they get the
medication they are on there way to recovery simply because the
doctor said the medication or placebo will get them well.
What Can We Do To Help Ourselves? It is worthy to remember that
we are what we think, what we say, what we hear and what we do. So
if we think, talk, hear and do negative things we are going to end
up with negative results. The best way to cancel negative situations
is to immediately clear the negative situations from the mind and
replace it with a positive image that corrects the negative one.
Learn to always be positive, happy and lovable and you will attract
those things to you. Learn to and practice the importance of
relaxation, which can serve to help neutralize stress. Controlled
relaxation that uses imagination at the correct levels of mind could
help guide the brain to stimulate the body to correct health
Meditation can be done with the eyes opened or closed, or even as
a focused walking meditation in nature once it has become familiar.
It can help reduce stress, connect you to healing energies in the
natural world and increase energy and magnetism. Mediation done a
few minutes every day could improve your state of being and health.
It could be practiced anytime and almost anywhere. Breathing is an
important component of meditation and should be slow, gentle and
Meditation With The Elements On The Breath Earth: (i)Breathe
in through the nose and out through the nose. (ii)Bring your
attention to the bottom of your feet if you are standing or sitting
on a chair. I (iii)Visualize the molten core deep within the Earth.
(iv) As you inhale, draw the magnetism from within the earth up
through your feet into the cells of the entire body. (v)As you
exhale, radiate the energy out through the pores of your body in all
four directions as well as above and below. (vi)Repeat four times.
Water: (i)Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
(ii) As you do, imagine a clear stream of pure water gently pouring
from above over the crown of your head and washing over your entire
body. Cleansing you of environmental toxins, internal negativities,
and tension. (iii)Repeat four times.
Fire: (i)Breathe in through the mouth and out through the nose. (ii)Imagine
a pure white flame burning in the solar plexus (three or four inches
below the navel). (iii)Breathing in through the mouth fan the flames
into a burning fire. (iv)Allow the white fire to rise and ignite the
heart centre. (v)Breathing out through the nose, radiate the fire's
energy from the heart centre out through your upper back and
shoulder blades. (vi)Wrap the energy like a cosy blanket around your
shoulders, upper back and over your head. Inhale fire. Exhale light.
(vii)Repeat four times.
Air: (i)Breathe in through the mouth and out through the mouth. (ii)Imagine
a warm breeze caressing your body and penetrating through the spaces
between the molecules of your body like a soothing balm. (iii)Repeat
- Pattron, D.D. Recent Research in Public Health. Scientific
Publishers, New York, 2004
- Solberg, S. Will Your Way To Better Health. APLA Positive
Living Newsletter, L.A., 2002.