You can use
Positive Remembering to Improve Your Health
In the last chapter you learned what
Positive Remembering was and what kinds of powerful
abilities you have stored in your memory.
chapter I want to show you the specific
you can use Positive Remembering to release
your body's natural abilities to Boost Your Health.
I want you to
see two sides of the story. The first is the ability
of the body to heal itself and the second is the
destructive ability of the body and mind to destroy
it's health and even kill itself. It is very
important to see both sides because then you will
know the full power of your memory.
The Doctor Who
Thomas, who called your mind "a
kind of super intelligence", was very interested
in the cure of warts. Why? Because he had noticed
that warts could be cured by the body with some
pretty unscientific methods.
can be made to go away by something called thinking,
or something like thinking"
He and many
other doctors had found that if they put some kind of
worthless colored ointment on a wart and told their
patients the wart would go away, to their amazement
it usually did. So they reasoned that if the
ointment was worthless the body itself must know how
to cure warts.
thing to them was the paint seemed to turn on the
body's natural ability to heal the warts. Doctor
Thomas called this natural
ability of the body to heal itself a kind of
superintelligence within us which must have all of
the abilities of "a surgeon, a skilled engineer
and manager, a chief executive officer, and a cell
biologist of world class."
So why did the body not go ahead and heal the warts
without the ointment?
Maybe because the body was operating under the group
of memories that told it you have to have medicine to
get rid of warts. After all you remember Aunt So-and-So
having to go to the doctor to get rid of hers', right?
But the ointment was medicine and now the opposite
group of healing memories is called out of storage.
Although you don't know how the body does it, this
group of memories gives the body the order to destroy
The Power of
does the body occasionally kill itself.
Have you ever
known someone who just gave up after a doctor told
them they had just a short time to live?
Do you remember the woman from Florida who was incorrectly told she had AIDS. Her
health immediately deteriorated and she began showing
the signs of sickness. Only months later when she was
told the test results were wrong did she make a
complete recovery. I would be willing to bet the
woman would have eventually died with AIDS like
symptoms if she hadn't found out the truth.
What's going on inside these people's bodies we can
only speculate about but we do know what's going on
in their thoughts and imaginations. All the
memories and learning about death, disease, and fear
have been activated by the words of a medical doctor.
The group of memories about how to be healthy and
maintain health have been put into storage and as we
say FORGOTTEN. Every memory of their own
sicknesses and the sicknesses and deaths of people
they've known are called out of storage and are now
giving their bodies the order to be sick and die.
Believe me this is not that far fetched because when
you think of all the germs and viruses we are all
subjected to every day you'll realize that if you turn
or turn off your body's immune
system you would be overcome by sickness in a few
you have ever heard of "Voodoo Death"?
Many years ago
when Christian missionaries were sent to remote and
isolated tribes to convert them they noticed a
terrible phenomenon among the people, a witch doctor
would curse someone and the person would die shortly
An example of this was the case of a young tribal man
who came to a hospital and told the doctor he would
die in a few days because a curse had been put on him
and nothing could be done about it. The doctor had
known the tribal man for many years so he decided to
run every test he could to give the man some peace of
mind and assure him he would not die. The tests were
run and the man was found to be totally healthy but
this knowledge didn't help. The man lay in bed and
grew weaker. The next day at eleven A.M. the
apparently healthy man was dead of no known cause
except sheer terror of the curse.
Modern scientists have actually identified a part of
the brain which might be responsible for these sudden
unexplained deaths. A small area of the brain called
the insular cortex has been found to
cause heart damage when it is stimulated by extreme
hopelessness or fright.
And don't think for a minute we who live in the
modern world are immune from this kind of death from
fear. Every time there is an earthquake or some other
natural disaster several people die of sudden heart
What you think may determine
how long YOU Live
Let me ask you
another question that has to do with what we've been
Which is a
better predictor of future health; how a person rates
their own health or a doctor's objective report of
how healthy that person is?
Which is better the person's
or the Doctor's report?
A few years
back in Manitoba, Canada 3500 senior citizens were
asked the question,
"For your age would you say, in
your health is excellent, good, fair, poor, or bad?"
one of the 3500 were also given a complete exam by a
doctor and a report was made. For seven years each
person was monitored to see which was the most
accurate predictor of actual health;
the person believed his/her health to be?
what the doctor reported their health to be?
The results were amazing:
the person believed he/she was in good health but the
doctor's report said he was in poor health -- the
person lived longer anyway.
And if the person said he was unhealthy but the
doctor said he was in good health -- the
person was three times more likely to die.
Robert Ornstein summed these results up by saying,
"People who tend to rate
their health poorly die earlier and have more disease
than their counterparts who view themselves as
So we can see
from this study that as far as predicting health, what we
think may determine how long we live.
Whatever feelings and thoughts we Remember are the
same feelings and thoughts that are giving orders to
A CHANGE IN ATTITUDE
Let me tell
you about an amazing study that illustrates the POWER
OF POSITIVE REMEMBERING.
1970's a research couple named Elmer and Alyce Green
looked through a stack of 400
documented cases of spontaneous remission of cancer.
about cancer that just went away, people completely
cured without an explanation. The Green's were
looking for any healing factor
common to all these people that might explain
their complete recovery. They looked at the methods
those people said they used to get well. Some had
went to Lourdes Cathedral for a miracle, others used
a vitamin C cure, and so on.
Can you guess
what they found in common with each case?
only common factor they found was a change
a change in
ATTITUDE from a feeling of helplessness and
negativity to positive feelings of HOPE
of memory groups were these people triggering when they started
to have feelings of hope.?
I would say that hope
for recovery got these people to begin to actively search for
a cure. And as you know by now if you are looking for health
what you are really doing is calling it out of storage and
automatically putting the unhealthy and helpless feelings
back into storage or in other words - FORGETTING THEM.
Let me say it again -
your looking for a cure, if your looking for health-you are literally
commanding the body to recall the vast
storehouse of learning your body has accumulated over your
entire lifetime about how to be healthy.
Searching for a cure that
you fully expect to find causes you take action. And the action
of looking gives your mind the command to hope. So hope fuels
action and in return action fuels continued hope.
your brain in the same way as actually EXPERIENCING
When you are looking at
someone or something, groups of neuron cells in your brain become
active. The more often you hear, see, smell, taste or feel the
more these groups of cells expand. As we learned in the last
chapter, when you "exercise" your brain it grows more
The Greens and others have
also found that when you just remember or imagine something or
someone the brain activates the same groups of neuron (brain)
cells that it does when you actually see, smell, taste or touch.
The same pattern of neuron
cell activity occurs in each of the following:
- When you are
actually seeing, hearing or feeling an experience.
- When you are only
remembering an experience.
- When you are
imagining an experience.
If you can remember what
you did when you were healthy or imagine what you will do when
you become healthy again - your brain will establish the same
patterns of activity that it would as if you were actually seeing, hearing
or feeling these experiences.
that Blow Up Cancer
Actually your body does
have memories of how to destroy cancer and many other diseases. Without your
knowledge your body has been destroying cancer cells all your
Achterberg explains how your body fights:
blood cells, called T-cells, are targeted to
identify and demolish any and all cancer cells they encounter
in a most wonderful way. Picture a mighty midget, full of
lethal toxins, stalking its prey. Finding the dreaded cancer
cell, it thrusts itself inward like a missile, releasing
its chemicals. Blisters form on the cancer cell, making it
look as if it has been roasted on a hot grill. The blisters
grow bigger and, within a millisecond, the cancer cell
into oblivion. The macrophages are called onto the scene as
part of the clean-up team; they swell up, join forces, and
head for the site of destruction, programmed to digest any
So your body already knows
how to destroy cancer cells. The problem is sometimes your immune
system gets turned down because of stress, disease, lack of sleep
or many other reasons.
When this happens how can
you get it to take action?
The answer may be to imagine your immune system
Jeanne Achterberg has
found there are basically three kinds of cancer patients;
- one is resigned to their fate, passively
for the end
Those who accept their fate of dying of cancer
survive the shortest time. By giving up they somehow
order their immune system to also give up.
- the second is a
person who is worried, struggling and anxious, but
they have no direction in their
Those who struggle want to live but they don't
actively imagine themselves fighting the disease and
winning have much less success.
- the third is the
person of purposeful action, they shake their
fists in the face of death, they are fighters who
believe they can beat cancer and actively
look for ways to do it.
These people, the fighters, live the longest. They
order their immune system to fight and their T-cells
to go to work.
Sheri Lewis the creator of
"Lamb Chop" illustrates this important point. She wrote
after her total recovery from breast cancer that hope and action
work both ways.
you are hopeful, of course you can take action. The miracle
occurs when you don't feel much hope, yet you push yourself
into action anyway. Perhaps it is the brain,
stimulated by action, that brings you back to hope. I don't
know why it works. I just know that it does."
This is the perfect
definition of THE POWER OF POSITIVE REMEMBERING - The Miracle Occurs
When You Take Action Without The Feeling Of Hope Then The Brain
Must Supply The Feeling Of Hope -if you don't have hope right now go ahead
and take action confident that hope will shortly follow.
action if you want to survive
But you might ask what
kind of action can a person take with a disease like cancer? The
answer is to take imaginary action. Do you have any memory or
learning that could know how to destroy cancer? The answer is yes
as we learned above, our immune system knows how to destroy
cancer. How can you get these memories active - by seeing,
hearing, doing or imagining something related to the memory you
At about the same time as
the Green's were doing their study another research couple named
Carl and Stephanie Simonton were teaching cancer patients to use
visualization to aid recovery.
They found ALL, patients who recover from
cancer had used a common weapon: They had ALL been
visualizing themselves being well. To me this is darn amazing!!
These people were taking action in their imaginations and
automatically turning on feelings of hope.
They found that all
survivors believed they had the power to exercise "some
influence over the course of their disease."
Survivors not only
wanted to live but believed that they had to live
and needed to live in order to accomplish some goal. They believed they could beat
the disease by not only refusing to give up but by defying cancer
by planning to live. The Simontons studied these people and
developed a program to teach other patients to do what the
successful patients were already doing.
your crayons to Remember
The Simontons taught their
patients to imagine and draw their immune system killing their
- Imagine and draw
their cancer cells as "very
weak, confused cells" which their body has
been destroying all their life.
- Imagine and draw
the radiation treatment as "a
beam of millions of bullets of energy hitting any
cells in its path." Normal cells can
repair themselves because they are strong, cancer
cells can't because they are weak.
- Imagine and draw
the chemotherapy as a drug which acts
like poison, the normal cells are to smart
to take the poison but the cancer cells are weak so
it takes "very little to kill" them.
- Imagine and draw
the cells of the immune system [your white blood
cells] as little samurai
that roamed around the body hunting down and killing
the invading cancer cells. Imagine them as a "vast
"very strong" and "aggressive"
and "very smart". Imagine and draw the fact
that there is no contest the immune cells will win
- Imagine and draw
the cancer "shrinking" and the dead cells
being carried away and flushed out of the body. They
taught them to imagine cutting off the blood supply
to the cancer tumors so they would starve to death.
- Imagine and draw
a picture of yourself "well,
free of disease, full of energy."
- Imagine and draw
a picture of yourself as reaching your goals in life.
The Simontons tell their patients to remember that "having
strong reasons for being well will help you get well . . .".
This is a
powerful tool to ORDER your brain to activate the memories you
these techniques helped the patients to take action and I believe
also helped them give their bodies orders to fight to get well.
The Best Medicine-Laughter
Another person who used
the POWER OF POSITIVE REMEMBERING to overcome great odds was Norman Cousins. He was diagnosed with a
debilitating disease -- (ankylosing spondylitis -- a disease of
the connective tissues) -- that was certain to end his career as
the editor of The Saturday Review.
The doctors had no way to treat him.
Cousins remembered when he
was 10 years old he had been misdiagnosed as having tuberculosis
and sent to a sanitarium.
the other group resigned themselves to their fate and gave up.
While he was there he noticed that the
patients divided themselves up into two groups:
believed they would
- One group
Cousins joined with
the positive group.
He came to notice that:
boys in my group had a far higher percentage of 'discharged
as cured' outcomes than the kids in the other group. Even at the age of ten, I was
being philosophically conditioned; I became aware of the
power of the mind in overcoming disease. The lessons I
learned about hope at that time played an important part in
my complete recovery [as an adult] and in the feelings I have
had since about the preciousness of life."
So what did he do about
his disease as an adult?
He checked himself out of
the hospital and began to treat himself with what the Reader's
Digest calls the Best Medicine-LAUGHTER!! He watched old Marx Brothers.
movies and reruns of Candid Camera. He laughed instead of worrying about the
illness. And while he calmed his nerves with laughter he made detailed,
for things he wished to do with his life as soon as he beat the
What was he ordering his
body to do?
Well obviously you have to
be alive and well to accomplish any future plans you make. So he
was giving his mind the order to recall from storage health, hope
Laughter forces the mind
to put fear and frustration back into storage.
REMEMBER two opposite thoughts can not exist for long in the mind.
Cousins -- Everything Is Connected
Notice Funny Movies and Written Plans for the Future.
Which cause a change in
- MEMORIES: remember other memories
grouped with hope, laughter, action.
which cause changes in
to Boost Immune System and reduce tension
which continues to cause
Positive Changes in what is noticed in the environment.
Earlier in this chapter I
mentioned Elmer and Alyce Green. The Greens were pioneers in the
field of Biofeedback. Biofeedback uses machines to pick up what
is going on inside a person's body and then "feed" that
information back in a form the person can understand.
For example, a biofeedback
machine can record the temperature of a person's fingers and show
this information on a computer screen.
With these machines patients become aware of the
changes taking place
in their body instantly, even before they could actually feel
In their experiments the
Greens found that people could raise the temperature in their
hands by imagining the hand being put into warm sand on a beach.
They proved a person can slow down or speed up his heart rate by
At first the patient was greatly aided by the feedback equipment
because it enabled him to be aware of even tiny changes in his
body. After the patients learned this technique they no longer
needed the feedback equipment to get the same results.
But the most important
thing the Greens discovered was their patients did not actually
know how they were physically changing the things, all they did
the result they wanted and let it happen.
Alyce Green said and this
is really important:
body is in the business of taking orders, and what we
imagine about ourselves determine what those
orders are, for better or worse."
Now keep in mind your
imagination is a mixture of all your memories.
She goes on to say:
body] simply carries out commands. Negative,
destructive commands are followed, it seems, with as much
success as positive commands. The body
seems to know what to do if the person knows what is
Sad Story of a Man who was cured of Cancer
The story of Mr. Wright is
the best illustration of the fact that the body is in the
business of taking orders for better or worse.
Many years ago there
was a man who had lymph cancer. All through his body he had
huge tumors the size of oranges. He was kept on oxygen and
strong sedatives to make him more comfortable because the
doctors had decided he had just a short while to live.
But Mr. Wright had
had seen a report in the newspaper about a new miracle drug
that was to be tested at the clinic. When the test began he begged to be included. He told them
that this drug was his "golden opportunity" and finally persuaded them to
give him the drug.
-- Only in Mr. Wright
They gave him his
first shot on a Friday but didn't expect him to live out the
weekend because he was completely bedridden gasping for air.
But on Monday when the doctor came back he was surprised to
find the man walking around, smiling and talking with the
nurses. Only in Mr. Wright was there this improvement. The
tumors had shrunk to half their size over the weekend.
The doctors kept
giving Mr. Wright the drug and within ten days he was sent
home. And get this, ALL SIGNS OF THE CANCER WERE GONE.
Mr. Wright -
Everything is Connected
- SENSES notice
newspaper article on the new miracle drug.
- MEMORIES activate
feelings of hope.
- BODY boosts
Strength Water Cure
But, after about two
months the newspapers started carrying stories about the so
called miracle drug. All the clinics were reporting they were
having no results. Well Mr. Wright was very upset
by these stories and he began to lose faith in the drug. Amazingly his
cancer reappeared and he fell into a deep despair.
Seeing this the doctor
decided to trick him and told Mr. Wright the newspapers were
wrong. The Doctor convinced Mr. Wright that the original drug
just needed to be refined and that the very next day a new
double-strength version of the drug would arrive and he was
sure this would return Mr. Wright to complete health. But, to make
him even more anxious the Doctor made him wait several days
for the extra-strength wonder-drug and this anticipation
built Mr. Wright's faith even further.
Finally the doctor
gave him the first shot of the drug. But what Mr. Wright didn't
know was the doctor had injected him with nothing more than fresh water. And you know what, Mr. Wright
recovered even faster this time than the first and was
released from the hospital.
of Negative Remembering
Then two months later the
American Medical Association released their report on the test
bold headlines the newspapers reported it was a "worthless
drug in the treatment of cancer."
Can you guess what
happened next? Right, shortly after this report Mr. Wright
was back in the hospital with his faith gone and his cancer
back. IN LESS THAN TWO DAYS HE WAS DEAD.
This is a real life
example of everything we've been talking about so far. We
know that the miracle drug was worthless from the beginning
so it was something else that cured Mr. Wright.
as the ATM keyboard called the forgotten secret number out of
storage, the shot of what Mr. Wright believe was a miracle
drug called his forgotten health out of storage.
thought dominates the mind and gives orders to the body
This is so important
to get a grasp on this idea: Mr. Wright's memories, learning,
images of health and hope and activity had been put in
storage when the cancer had established itself. He had an
amnesia for health in his body, an amnesia as complete as the
forgotten ATM number.
You see two completely
opposite thoughts can not exist in the mind at the same time.
You can't believe you're sick and healthy at the same time
for very long, one or the other thought will eventually
dominate the mind.
And whichever thought
dominates the mind also gives orders to the body, just as Alyce
body is in the business of taking orders, and what we imagine
about ourselves determine what those orders are, for better
You see from the story of
Mr. Wright how true that statement is and more than that how the
body will even take orders to destroy itself when hope and health
is put in storage by the thought of hopelessness.
a Rocking Chair helped cured paralysis
Let me illustrate some of
the ways the body takes orders from our thoughts when we
POSITIVELY REMEMBER some group of memories.
Many years ago this
seventeen year old farm boy was struck down with polio. He could
hear, see and even speak but otherwise he was totally paralyzed
and bedridden. His family were farmers so while they went about
the daily chores they would tie young Milton into an old rocking
chair they had made into a potty and set him up so he could look
out at the world.
One day Milton's family
got busy and left him in the middle of the room. Milton kept
looking at the window and wishing he could get close enough to
look out. Looking and wishing so bad he could just
get a little closer.
Then something truly wonderful happened. As he sat there he
suddenly realized his chair was beginning to rock
ever so slightly.
He was really excited by this and he began to wonder was it an
accident, or did his thinking about moving the chair actually
cause his paralyzed muscles to move just a little.
The tiny movement of that
rocking chair would have gone unnoticed by most people but to him
it changed his life forever. From then on he constantly tried to
relearn how to move by trying to remember in detail
what that movement had felt like when he had been able to do it. He would sit
for hours staring at his hand and trying to remember how his
fingers felt when they grabbed the handle of a pitchfork, and how did it feel to climb a
tree and hold onto a limb with his hand. Slowly bit by bit his
fingers began to twitch and move in tiny jerking ways.
Weeks and months of
constant practice paid off as the movements became progressively
greater and more coordinated until they got to the point Milton
could consciously control them.
to understand he was causing these movements by constantly
remembering some activity he had actually done before the polio. The real memory of swinging from tree to tree by
grasping the branches caused his now paralyzed fingers to twitch
and with practice to eventually return to his control.
Others to Remember for Health
These experiences so
fascinated the young Milton that the study of the connection
between the mind and body became Milton Erickson's life work. He
became a doctor and one of the most famous psychiatrists in the
world. He set out to learn as much as possible so he could help
others just as he'd helped himself.
Erickson taught his
patients many ways to call memories out of storage. When a woman
would come to see him because she was worried about her menstrual
cycle being late he would ask the woman to go to the restroom and
put on a kotex just in case her period was to start during their
After she came back into
his office he would ask her to describe in detail what her body
felt like when she's about to start.
Of course, he was
helping the woman reestablish that group of
memories which would then give her body the orders to go
ahead and start her period.
How You Can Use
Positive Remembering to Improve Your Health
In the first chapter
you learned six important facts about how your memory works.
In this chapter the same six principles have also been used
by these real-life people to improve their health.
When you understand
how memory works it will become your tool to give you power over what
you think, how you feel and how you view the world around you.
memories can help you gain the power to boost your health;
- Your memories are as real and physical as any other
part of your body.
practice remembering you are "exercising" your
chapter Milton Erickson taught us how to make a memory
stronger by constantly remembering the real memories of
being able to move his body.
Are you using real, detailed,
emotional memories to order your mind and body?
Take time to really remember how you felt before you were
sick. Imagine doing something you used to do before this
ABILITIES STORED - You have a tremendous number of
abilities stored in your memories
chapter you learned your memories have the natural
- cure warts if you believe they can,
- have the ability to actually kill you if you are faced
with extreme hopelessness or fright,
- help you live longer if you believe you are healthy,
- give you hope if you first take action,
- fight sickness if you fight to live and refuse to fight
if you give up,
- fight cancer if you give them feelings of hope,
- remember how to activate paralyzed muscles if you
remember past activities that used those muscles.
ACTIVE OR DORMANT - Your memories, [your abilities], can
be active - "remembered" or dormant - "forgotten".
- Mr. Wright is the best example that your memories and
abilities can be actively helping you or be put into
storage and allow you to get worse. Mr. Wright showed us
how the body can be ordered to fight or ordered to die.
- You are the one who gives the orders to your body, so
don't allow what other people say or any other negative
incoming information to take this power to order your
body away from you.
- Your memories are grouped and connected with other
related memories, emotions and body conditions.
Sheri Lewis discovered action is connected with hope
and hope is connected to healing.
Elmer and Alyce Green discovered everyone who had a
spontaneous remission from cancer had changed their
attitude from hopelessness to hope for complete recovery.
Are you making plans to completely
recover and accomplish your life's dreams?
Jeanne Achterberg taught us about our body's natural
ability to blow up cancer cells and also told us that
people who actively seek ways to beat cancer are more
likely to order their body to use this natural ability.
Are you actively seeking ways to
beat your illness?
CAN CHOOSE TO REMEMBER - You can make a memory active (remember
it) by seeing, hearing, feeling, doing or imagining
something connected to that memory.
Dr. Thomas helped his patients activate healing memories
by putting ointment on their warts.
What are you purposely seeing,
hearing, or doing to activate your healing memories?
The Simonton's taught us how to use our imagination to
order the body to fight.
Are you using your imagination to
send orders to fight?
ACTIVATES EVERYTHING CONNECTED - When a group of memories
are remembered they activate related emotions and body
states and put everything unrelated back in storage:
They call me Butter Bob, but
Two opposite thoughts,
or emotions cannot exist in the mind for long. The
strongest will put the weakest into storage and make it
Are you forgetting hopelessness and
fear by remembering strong healing memories?
Norman Cousins showed
us how to fight the feelings of fear and hopelessness
Have you forgotten your troubles
lately while you watched a hilarious movie and laughed
until your sides hurt?
Dr. Thomas learned if
the treatment was believed to work your "superintelligent"
mind knew how to do the rest.
Do you believe your treatment will
Dr. Ornstein taught
us if you believe you're healthy your brain and body will
probably help you live longer than people who think they
Do you believe you are becoming
there's something more to my story than Butter.