Are You Making Yourself Ill?


Although this may be hard for many people to believe, it appears that we create our own illnesses. In fact, Bruce Lipton talks about the “nocebo effect” which is similar to the placebo effect except that it is negative. The placebo effect makes one well by believing he or she will get well, whereas the nocebo effect makes one ill because of the negative belief that you will become ill.

The late Dolores Cannon (author and hypnotist) talked about how powerful our minds are, and stated that we make ourselves sick. We do not do it consciously, but we do it nevertheless. It results from our subconscious trying to get our attention, and it does so by various aches and pains. If we don’t pay attention to what the subconscious mind is trying to tell us, the symptoms will keep getting worse until either we do pay attention or we get quite ill.

Dolores cites many instances of how people make themselves ill. As an example, if one has a choice of going in a new direction but is resisting, she states that problems in the hips often result. Or if one cannot “stomach” their job, digestive or stomach problems can result. Sometimes people feel they are carrying a heavy load, and as a result, they have problems with their backs. Another example she cites involves people who are unwilling to forgive or have a lot of resentment toward someone else. She mentions a man who was very angry at his ex-wife because he was not able to see his children. He had cancer throughout his body. Dolores told him that he had to forgive her and let it go. He replied that if he were to forgive her, “she’d win.” Dolores answered, “If you die of cancer she’ll win.” Dolores strongly believed that due to his unwillingness to forgive and let it go, he actually brought on cancer.

The late Louise L. Hay also believed that illnesses often reflect things that are going on in our lives. In her book, You Can Heal Your Life, she lists a large number of problems and illnesses and the probable causes. A few examples follow: arthritis resulting from resentment or criticism or feeling unloved; cataracts due to an inability to see a future free of darkness; colon problems resulting from fear of letting go and holding on to the past; earaches resulting from too much turmoil around you; and eye problems resulting from displeasure in what you see in your own life. Louise Hay, like Dolores Cannon, also believed that cancer can result from deep hurt, longstanding resentment, carrying hatred, or grief eating away at the self.

Both of these authors strongly believe that we create our own illnesses. On the positive side, however, we can also make ourselves well. Louise suggests affirmations, and Dolores recommends hypnosis. The combination of both would be even more powerful.

One interesting point is that many times people go to the doctor and get a prescription to deal with the illness. While this is often helpful, the problem is that they are not getting to the real cause of the illness. For example, as to the man mentioned above who had cancer and would not forgive his ex-wife, when he was treated for cancer in one part of his body, cancer would show up in another part of his body. The treatment was not getting to the real cause of the problem.

The power of hypnosis is that we can get to the root of one’s problem by communicating with the subconscious. If the subconscious is creating the illness to get our attention, then the solution would be to find out what the subconscious is trying to tell us. Once we understand that, we can make the necessary changes and thus be able to heal the problem.

Why not take advantage of the many benefits hypnosis offers. Hypnosis is safe, relaxing and enjoyable, and it can resolve problems in a relatively short period of time, thus saving you both time and money. In addition, by finding out what the subconscious is trying to tell you, you can be spared more dire consequences.

If you would like to find out more about hypnosis, please call Phil Rosenbaum at 248-688-6469. Don’t wait until your problem gets out of control.


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