An American named Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) was nicknamed “The Sleeping Prophet” for his ability to enter a sleep-like state and answer the health questions of thousands of people who came to him for answers. Although he died 66 years ago, his teachings are widespread today, with hundreds of books written about him and his work. The Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach continues to teach what he brought forth.
Although there are thousands of valuable pieces of information collected from his work, there is a theme that runs through his teachings. Cayce placed an emphasis on keeping a balanced mental attitude in order to maintain wellness. For instance, “Through diet and exercise,” he said, “the greater portion of all disturbances may be equalized and overcome, IF the right mental attitude is kept.” Similarly, he stated, “What we think and what we eat – combined together – make what we are, physically and mentally.”
The question, then, is how to maintain the right mental attitude and turn our minds toward thoughts that heal? Can this become a habit, and if so, how?
The first step is to have an ongoing practice of mindfulness – of noticing and managing your thoughts. This isn’t easy to do if you’re addicted to electronic media culture, with its never ending stream of violence and negativity. Or if you like to get online and read the daily headlines followed by stories of horrific occurrences around the world. Or if you like to “trauma share” with friends and colleagues about the annoying things that happen to you.
In the case of serious physical illness, we might find ourselves in a doctor’s office listening to negative possibilities and statistics that don’t sound promising. Because we are susceptible to these predictions, we often believe the bad news and accept it as fact when it isn’t. This can hinder the ability to heal because the mind is powerful enough to create what it believes.
We hear stories about people on their “deathbeds” whose families don’t tell them what the doctors have said about their dire situation. The mind doesn’t have the opportunity to grasp onto the prospect of doom and instead believes in wellness. The person gradually heals and goes on to live a full life. Our inability to really integrate this into mainstream medicine is a huge hindrance to our nation’s overall health and well being.
Any negative thought can be transformed by focusing on its opposite. Writing down the opposite thought, even drawing it out, can help change the thought pattern.
Notice what you think about. Are you hooked in to the latest gory or fear-based story on the nightly news? Do you have people around you who enjoy talking in negative terms, going over and over the same dark topics? Do you do this yourself? If so, noticing these times and making an effort to change them is your path to making a positive mind a habit.
The best conversation I had over the past holidays was with a friend at a dinner party who said, “I’m focusing all of my attention on seeing the best in people. I’m simply not talking negative about things. My challenge is to practice this even when others around me are being negative.” Isn’t that the challenge for us all?
That was one conversation I’ve had lately that could have carried into the wee hours of the morning. When you find another person who’s on board with you, it is inspiring, uplifting and life-affirming. It’s refreshing! And this is where true healing begins.
Read more by Dr. Grant on her blog, Dr. Grant Holistic