The body knows how to heal itself. As I describe in Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, our bodies are beautifully equipped with natural self-repair mechanisms that fight cancer, prevent infection, repair wounds, protect us from infectious agents and foreign bodies, and even affect how our genes express themselves! But here’s what most people don’t know. These natural self-repair mechanisms get deactivated when your body is full of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine in “fight-or-flight” mode.
Makes sense. When your amygdala, the not-so-smart part of your brain that reacts to threats by tripping off the “fight-or-flight” stress response, signals the warning alarm, your body focuses all its attention on fighting and fleeing. Blood flow is shunted to your large muscle groups, your heart rate increases, your blood pressure goes up, and your body is on red alert. When your amygdala thinks you’re about to get eaten by a mountain lion, the body isn’t worried about preventive maintenance and the body’s self-repair operations halt until the threat is over.
But in modern day life, our warning alarms are ringing at least 50 times per day, flooding our bodies with cortisol and putting us at risk of illness. Your amygdala can’t tell the difference between a real threat to life and limb, like getting chased by a mountain lion, and a perceived threat, like fear of losing your job, worry that your loved one will leave you, or even anger that someone spilled red wine on your white carpet. (Are you at risk? Read here for 10 Signs That You Have WAYToo Much Cortisol).
The good news is that it’s easy to shift the body into the opposite of the stress response into the relaxation response, and when this happens, your cortisol levels drop and your body’s self-repair mechanisms get back to work doing what they do best - healing you. All of the following techniques have been scientifically proven to activate relaxation responses and return your self-repair mechanisms back to optimal operation.
In the blog I wrote about horse whispering with Martha Beck, I shared with you some of the magical experiences my business manager Melanie Bates and I enjoyed when we visited Martha’s ranch in preparation for the opening workshop of the Whole Health Medicine Institute Physician Training. But those stories were several among dozens. In this blog, I’ll share another story - about a fork, a handful of spoons, the “energy internet,” and the awesome power of your belief system - and how it shapes your reality.
In her book Finding Your Way In A Wild New World, Martha teaches the 1st Technology of Magic - Wordlessness - which is all about moving from left brain language-focused consciousness to right-brain “wordless” consciousness. She likens this state of consciousness to tapping into the “energy internet.”
The 2nd Technology of Magic - Oneness - builds upon the first and is all about communicating via the energy internet, which she likens to sending emails. One of the exercises she teaches is about how to become One with inanimate objects - like flatware.
How To Bend A Spoon
To bend metal you wouldn’t otherwise be able to bend with your own strength, Martha recommends getting Wordless, using a series of meditation techniques. She then suggests asking a spoon or fork if it feels like “playing.” If the silverware says “yes,” you use your hands to gently bend the metal as if it’s putty in your hands.
Easier said than done.
I spent six effin’ months with a spoon on my altar, asking it if it wanted to play. Even when it said “yes,” that metal just wasn’t budging, no matter how much muscle I put behind it. And it definitely wasn’t bending like putty in my hands.