The human mind is awesome. It is said that Albert Einstein used only 10 percent of the potential of his mind. Perhaps the 100 percent is there for us to create miracles. Nonetheless, we have not learned to use it consistently except for some rare reports that surfaced from time to time. Our mind is the forerunner of all things. It is the driver of our body. Depending on how we programme it, our mind creates different results for different individuals.
Emotions power our mind to create wonders, sometimes miracles. Emotions make us cry, laugh, hate or love. It controls us and, to a large extent, makes us what we are today. Emotions that arise on seeing something delicious can make us eat like a hungry ghost. On the other hand, a nauseating sight may make us throw up. The characteristics of our mind, whether positive or negative, are neither good nor bad. They are there for us to understand them and learn how to put them to good use.
When we see something delicious, we may say, “Oh, my gosh! The food looks so delicious. I am going to eat them all.” This is what runs through our mind. The same thing runs through every time we see something delicious. That line of thinking becomes entrenched firmer and firmer each time we go over it.
We have unknowingly programmed our mind to behave that way over the years. When we see something tasting exquisitely delicious, our mind runs into a frenzy, reacts emotionally and goes over the same messages that is firmly entrenched. Our mouth then waters profusely and we want to eat and go on eating until we can eat no more. Sadly, our mouth can only stop eating at the point when our mind says, “Stop it.”
The five senses of our mind, namely our eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin (hands) sense a particular food, chocolate for example, and say to our mind, “Hey, I am seeing chocolate. I heard that this brand tastes fantastic. Its aroma is so tantalising and it feels so soft and smooth.”
On receiving these messages, our mind conjures up an irresistible mental picture of this chocolate using the memory of the most pleasant past experience of eating the best chocolate ever. That wonderful perception stirs up our emotions and creates a strong yearning that kicks us into action to get and eat that chocolate. Look! The frenzy in our mind often drives us crazy subconsciously. It makes us buy lots of that choccy and eat them as much as possible.
That’s the way our mind works. If we are crazy about choccy whenever we see one, we are like hitting that button on the keyboard and the computer gets into a default mode that runs through that default programme. Unfortunately, the programme falls short of showing us the end result of that programme – an ugly big fat woman (or man). Look! If every time we think of a chocolate and we see that ugly big fat woman (or man) as we are or are going to be, we probably would say, “Forget it”.
Aha! That’s the antidote. Every time we think of a chocolate, we should train our mind to visualise that ugly big fat woman (or man) and say, “Oh, I don’t think I really want this.” Then, we can quickly glide on to the other thoughts of the day. For those of you who are obese, it is even easier. That ugly big fat woman (or man) is staring at you in the mirror every morning.
We could also go a step further to use the power of our mind to visualise the final self-image of a beautiful slim body contour that we desire. Visualise as vividly as possible, that you are dynamically transforming from the ugly big fat figure to the beautiful slim contour that you desire on rejecting the choccy. Imagine how beautiful you are if you can fit into a beautiful slim dress to dance in your next birthday party. Mind trainers swear that if one can continue to visualise mentally the end result of what one desires every day, that end result shall ultimately become a reality.
Our mind does what we ask them to do, subconsciously – that is autosuggestion. Negative autosuggestion produces negative results and the positive one produces positive results. Often when our blood sugar falls slightly, we would feel slight tremors of our hands and slight dizziness in our head. Many of us would react negatively by suggesting to our mind, “I gotta go for food or I may collapse.” Because of the negative autosuggestion, you would really feel like blacking out if your job holds you a little longer.
The truth is, you are not going to collapse because your blood sugar falls a little. It is perhaps at low normal; still a long way from the level that tips one into unconsciousness. It is at this level that your excess fats are moving to the liver to be ‘burned’ into glucose to provide you the energy you need.
So, the next time you experience some shakiness and dizziness, autosuggest to your mind positively, “Oh wonderful, my fats are moving to the liver. They are burning up.” It would be better if you can power your mind further by visualising the fat cells under our skin pouring the fat molecules into the blood vessels; the fat molecules moving in the blood vessels to the liver and burning up actively in the liver. Finally, visualise vividly your body shrinking and shaping dynamically from the ugly big fat figure to the beautiful slim contour.
My dear readers, do it. Use the power of your mind – the power of autosuggestion and the power of visualisation – to work for you. You will realise that they are as awesome as they are. Your will power and sheer effort towards abstinence of food alone are unlikely to work without the help of the power of the ‘inner voice’ and the ‘third eye’ of your mind.
My next column will be on ‘The No. 1 knee disease.’
Dr. Victor Ti, MD, MFAM (Malaysia), FRACGP (Australia), Dip P Dermatology (UK), Dip STDs/AIDS (Thailand), Dip. AARAM (USA), LCP of Aesthetic Med.(Malaysia) is an experienced expat specialist generalist (Family Physician) of BH Clinic, Phnom Penh. As a specialist generalist, he is skillful at diagnosing all general diseases, excluding the sinister ones. Apart from the general diseases, Dr. Victor is also known for his skills in skin diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, minor surgery and aesthetic medicine. He can be contacted via email [email protected] Tel: 023900446 or Whatsapp: +60164122977