First let’s use the example of addiction. It’s not a physical, organic thing. The addiction is a consequence of learned experience and repetitions of patterns. So is alcoholism in the genes?
The answer is no. In the science of epigenetics it’s been found that it’s the perception of your environment that controls your genes. You’re not a victim of your genes because you’re the one who can change your environment—or, more importantly, change your perception of your environment—and thus change your response to it.
Let me tell you some fundamentals of how the mind works so this will be more clear to you. The cells of your body are merely following instructions given by the nervous system, by the brain. The nervous system does the interpretation. You can easily see this when you see two people reacting to the same stimulus with very different reactions, one positive and one negative. As your perception changes, you change the message that your nervous system communicates to the cells of your body. Your mind controls your biology. That’s what the placebo effect is about; the mind believes the pill will work and so it does.
For example, if someone did three-minute, three-times-per-day healing meditations, you are broking the norm. Those healing meditations constantly and consistently interrupted the tapes that the subconscious was playing. Your old tapes of needing a drink or feeling overwhelmed or frustrated or depressed in your life were constantly being run off their tracks. Even your belief, your subconscious tape, of defining yourself as an alcoholic and therefore never able to drink again, was interrupted. Without knowing it, you were doing one of the most powerful things you could have done in your own healing. You stopped listening to the subconscious tapes and started living in the present moment, in effect bringing yourself to your healing.
I want to be clear that merely reading your book—or any self-help book—and being able to comprehend the concepts does not provide what’s necessary for someone’s subconscious to be rewired, for a reader to achieve their own healing. Understanding the concept is very different from integrating it into everyday life. It’s only in constantly interrupting the tapes, or through an extraordinary experience like a deep, emotional transformative moment or a powerful hypnosis that you can achieve self-healing. It’s not hard to do, but it’s not something that most people have experienced. It involves trusting the intuitive knowledge and letting go of the story playing subconsciously, which most people base their life decisions on without realizing it.
How to Heal Your Body With Your Mind: Belief Change and Energy Psychology Modalities