Overcoming Misconceptions: How I Logically Learned to Heal Myself…And You Can Too! (Part 2 of 2)
In last week’s blog, I shared with you my research. It literally changed my life. It opened my eyes to a new level of awareness and a new way of thinking about our health, the human body, and life itself.
I spent the next few years “implementing” this key information into my life to be able to heal myself. (Or so I thought).
I was doing all of the “right” things: I was meditating for hours each day, listening to healing music, getting my brain into “theta” state, visualizing, affirmations, being grateful for my healing. And I dove into spirituality and metaphysics.
Despite spending the majority of my time each day doing nothing but this… it didn’t work!
Sure. I could decrease my level of pain at times. I could get it to go down for a bit but then it would come back. I could bliss out and put my mind elsewhere. I was good at that. I spent a lot of time meditating and getting super spiritual. But…nothing was really life-changing. It was more life-escaping. I was still in pain and my life was still stuck.
I wanted to give up and look somewhere else for the solution. A surgery? A supplement? Diet? Something? Yet, I had tried everything.
And further, after looking at the solid research there was no way to deny that the mind was the missing link to healing. With all of the information on the placebo effect, Multiple Personality Disorder, phantom amputee pain, and the fact that the majority of the physical body was constantly regenerating itself, I could no longer logically question IF the mind had a role in healing. Instead, I wondered why it isn’t part of our “healthcare system” at all since even scientific research pointed clearly to the mind.
Even back in the 1970s, research showed that stress can have a major impact on our white blood cells (immune system). I had a weakened immune system which was also linked to my extreme fatigue. I was doing everything I could to heal, which included spending hundreds of dollars each month on supplements trying to heal and also to boost my immune system.
I just couldn't understand why, if our medical system really is doing everything it can for our health, why this information was not being delved out to the masses by every single doctor to every person with a weakened immune system that there’s something they can do themselves to help boost their immune system. Considering that people die from weakened immune systems, I would have thought their doctors would have shared every bit of information they had to help a patient heal. My only assumption, considering that this has been proven over and over, is that our medical system just really has no idea how to implement it! And yet, neither did I.
So, I continued my search.
The more I learned about the mind, the more I could see the reasons that my first approach had failed.
I had been coming from an approach that I needed to “believe/convince myself I was healed” and to visualize a perfectly healthy body. I’d spent a lot of time feeling grateful for my healing and meditating but I began to realize it was not all about belief like I’d thought.
One way to really see proof of this is to think about the “open-label placebo”.” If you are not familiar with the open-label placebo effect, it is where both the doctor and the patient KNOW a “medicine” is a placebo (a fake pill). And guess what? Even the open-label placebo has been shown to get physical healing results which shows that that the results are not due to belief.
There were so many unknowns! I could not figure out why anything worked, but I knew from days in troubleshooting in engineering that when things didn’t make sense, the easiest way forward was to start with the easiest “known facts” and then build from there.
So, I did exactly that.
I took a deep breath and began to simplify everything.
I thought about simple ways that we know the mind affects the physical body.
The most obvious came to mind: we know that stress affects the body. It’s been proven over and over.
So, keeping it simple, I asked myself a very simple question: What is stress?
The simple answer? Stress is “negative emotions.”
Then, to keep with building a solid foundation to grow from, I thought about simple, well-known ways that “negative emotions” could affect the physical body.
Common examples that we all know include:
Feeling embarrassed can make your face turn red (blushing face)
Feeling anxious can give you an anxiety attack (a racing heart with shortness of breath)
Feeling nervous can give you “nervous stomach” (ranging from pain or butterflies to nausea, vomiting, flatulence or bowel issues)
And, I even noted that positive emotions could affect the physical body:
Sexual feelings create a physical sexual response. (Obviously, this is different for each gender).
Love and feelings of connection can trigger the release of happy chemicals (neurotransmitters) into the body.
Very simply, I could see that “emotions” affected the physical body. That was both proven and it was common knowledge.
Of course, in my own case, since I had an accident, I could not see how this was relevant. But,.. all of the data was all pointing to the mind. So, I continued down the rabbit hole to create an understanding of healing.
The next simple/logical question I asked was, “how much can negative emotions affect the physical body?”
The answer: to the point of death.
Wait?! Hmm?? …Sure I had heard of things like the widowhood effect (an increased chance of dying after a spouse dies). Or failure to thrive, where infants who don’t get enough love can die.
I’d never really thought about this information in the sense of health and healing. Or really took in this information at all really.
I continued to analyze the information and there were also things like “scared to death” and “bored to death.” Previously I thought they were just expressions, like “omg, I saw a bear and I was scared to death.” But it turns out that people can actually die from being scared or from boredom!
It took me a moment to put this into perspective. If there was a piece of lettuce that was known for periodically killing people, it would be all over every major news station.
As I read this, more questions automatically flooded into my mind. If these 5 or 6 negative emotions were obvious: like an anxiety attack, or embarrassment resulting in a blushing face, then what about the rest of the emotions?? Like hurt, anger, loneliness? It just didn’t make sense that only a handful of emotions could affect the body, and the rest don’t. That’s not logical. If a person can even die from boredom, the other emotions had to be doing something. It made me wonder how the rest of these invisible emotions were affecting our bodies?
I had been laying in bed researching but as I thought about this, I propped myself up further on pillows. My mind was racing. It felt like it was both exciting and ridiculous. It couldn’t possibly be that easy.
My mind raced with more questions. What about emotions that are stored up in the subconscious mind. What are they doing?
We know that emotions can store up in the subconscious mind. This is the reason you can think back to your childhood and remember old hurts or still feel a trauma from the past. It’s stored up in the mind. So, if we can see that emotions have the ability to affect the human body to the point of death, what are those subconscious emotions doing?
My skeptical mind continued to unpack the information even further. Our bodily functions, such as breathing, our heart beating, our blood flow, blinking… all of our bodily functions are taking place at the subconscious/unconscious level of the mind.
It all seemed very logical. As I poured through the research, I observed how my mind wanted to look for something more “important” or cutting edge than “emotions.” After all, emotions were basic! Or, so I’d thought.
At about that same time, Einstein’s quote came to mind, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Which basically meant, I had to look at something with a different level of awareness.
Well, this was it.
The more I dove into emotions the more I realized that we, as a culture, we're not looking at the full picture. Very simply put, I began to understand that emotions are energy! (There is also a very technical explanation to this that I will cover in more depth for those who are interested.) But, when I began to take in the awareness that emotions are energy AND our bodies are comprised of energy, I had to ask myself, did it make sense that the energy from an emotion could affect the energy from our body? Of course.
(Now, I don’t want to get too technical on you here because for many people that would feel daunting. As you may notice in my writing, my goal is really to simplify everything. But, even as I was going through this it all still seemed too easy so, I had to double-check my work. I looked at it in multiple ways, even studying the electrons of the body. I don't want to scare you away with technical info… but it's prolific! All logic/data pointed to emotions. As ridiculous as that may seem. If you are someone who likes the technical explanation of this, I will be releasing a video on this specific topic with visuals to understand, sometime in the near future. If you want to be notified when it’s released you can sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss it when it’s sent out.)
I also started thinking about some of the anomalies that just didn’t make sense. I thought about someone who had MPD who had different ailments when they were in different personalities, would it make sense that emotions could be the factor to creating that radical change? Absolutely! When a person changes personalities, they definitely have different emotions. So, instead of MPD being an anomaly in the way I was looking at health, it made logical sense.
So, keeping it simple but logical, everything added up when I just looked at the facts regarding emotions. The interesting thing is that this was even written in the Bible 3,000 years ago. Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.”
From this quote, it was nice to see, underneath it all, that scientific research and religion really do agree on some things.
Or, in metaphysics, your “energy” can heal your body and creates your life. With this, you can see that everyone is sort of saying the same thing, just in a different way.
It seemed that the only reason no one had been really using the information is that they could not figure out how to get it to “work.”
It took me several years beyond this research to figure out how to get it to work, but once I did, I was able to heal myself fully.
Now, if that sounds too far outside of the box for you, there are more recent studies that have come to light since I recovered from my injury. One study which was completed by Laura Kubzansky at Harvard. Her study shows that people who have good “emotional vitality” (like happiness/optimism) are over 50% less likely to suffer from coronary heart disease. Why is this important? Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the US and worldwide.
It’s profound when you stop and think about it. Especially considering that the average person who is diagnosed with a sickness gets MORE stressed instead of less stressed. So, they get caught in the downward spiral.
Now, it’s not just stress per se. There is more to it than that. If it was just stress, then it would be very simple. A person with a stressful job, like the CEO of a large company, or someone in the military, or a police officer would be sick. Meanwhile, everyone who is retired or who stayed at home all day would be healthy. We can look around and see that this is not true. There is more going on. For starters, if we look at the above examples, we can see that different emotions affect the body differently. Ie. embarrassment affects the body differently than anxiety or sexual thoughts.
So, part of what I had to do in my own life was to identify the specific negative emotions in my subconscious mind that were affecting my physical body and then change them! Figuring out how to change it was another journey of understanding the brain. But, when I did, it was worth every minute of research. Not only did it heal my body, but it changed my entire life! That may or may not sound like a lot of hype to you, but it did. On every level. And, it was not something that I anticipated.
It turned out that the very accident that I thought took away my entire life ended up filling me up with more life than I ever realized was possible.
When I changed my emotions, there were multiple “side-effects” if you will that occurred in addition to healing:
#1: I felt happier than I had ever felt in my life (and prior to my injury I considered myself to be a happy person).
#2: It changed my life! Let’s face it, in this day and age – you’ve probably heard about the power of the mind and positive thinking. The truth is that our thoughts create our lives a lot more than people realize. If you are someone who needs evidence of the power of thought to create our lives, you could even look at traditional psychology. It is well-known that people can have patterns in relationships, where they date the same type of person as their mother or father or experience a variety of different patterns. Or we could look to Einstein, “Imagination is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Or we could look to the late philosopher William James, who graduated from Harvard in the 1860s. His famous quote, ““The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.”
So, the gift in healing is that it required me to authentically change my mind to heal. Then, as a wonderful “side-effect,” my life changed! I have now been 100% healthy and pain-free for 10 years!
So, my hope in sharing this information with you is that, if you are suffering from a health challenge, that you look within your mind, and identify what needs to change, and then genuinely change it!
Now, as you can see by the steps of my work, there is logic behind my healing journey. This took me years to sift through and figure out. And there is also a lot more technical research that I could share with you to break it down even further, however, at my core, I am very spiritual. And, I think what would be most helpful to share with you is a spiritual perspective, and that is this.
After healing myself, I have gone on to work with several thousands of other people to help them as well. One thing I have noticed is that there is always a “message” in the change.
Meaning, if we have an injury it IS our body telling us to change something in our minds. For example, let’s say that someone has a pattern of feeling criticized. And, unfortunately, they are going through their life attracting more and more situations of being criticized. And they are frustrated by this. Then, they end up with a health issue, let’s say a knee problem, and to heal it, they find that the emotion that is linked to it IS criticism.
Then, they want to heal. So they look at this pattern and they change it! And, in doing so, they not only heal their body – they also change their life!
If this still sounds crazy to you, I get it! Personally, I was the biggest skeptic. But, if so, I would strongly recommend you check out my podcast, where I take live volunteers and coach them to release years of chronic pain in minutes, using only their mind. It’s eye-opening when you start to see how incredible our minds really are.
That said, please keep in mind, I make this look very easy. There are complexities, such as:
It’s not just “stress” in general that affects the physical body. Otherwise, we could see a person who had a very stressful life or was in the military and they would be very sick. Conversely, everyone who is retired would be healthy. We know that’s not the case.
Different emotions affect the physical body differently. (For example, anxiety is different from a sexual thought or embarrassment.) It’s important to identify the specific negative emotions and change them.
It does take real change to get real results. You must genuinely feel differently. You can't trick your body. And you must focus on the emotion.
In this day and age, you might hear people talking about mind/body healing – where they are talking about visualizing and meditating and thinking positively. But to me, it's not about the “mind” which is the reason I refer to this as ETP Healing™, which stands for “Emotional/energy to Physical Healing” because it’s not just the mind per se, rather, the focus needs to be on the emotion and the energy of the emotion, which includes how a person is feeling, their mind programming, their energy, and their nervous system.
So that’s a lot of information! And if you are wanting to begin to implement this in your life, here are two very simple, foundational things that anyone can start doing today:
Don’t overlook putting in the positive
We discussed emotional vitality with heart disease, but there is also plenty of other research that points to the power of positivity. For example, research shows that married men tend to live longer and so do seniors with pets. That said, it would be wise to make a conscious decision to smile more in your day and purposely be positive.
Stay out of the negative. Make a point to let the little things go. This will go a long way. If you find a part of you that is wanting to hold on to a grudge, or stress, or old negative patterns you can remind yourself to let them all go! I know this is sometimes easier said than done. If you would like any help with this process, I would be happy to assist you. The truth is that self-healing and empowering others has become my biggest passion in life. So, if you would like assistance, I would be happy to help you. You can reach out to my team and see when my next online workshop is starting.
Also, I have a Special New Year’s Class that is starting next week. In this class, we not only cover health but we will also talk about how to use your mind to create radical shifts in multiple areas of your life including health, wealth, relationships and happiness!
It’s going to be amazing. A powerful and practical way to create more of what matters most in 2020. Click here if you would like more details.
With love and adoration,
Brandy Gillmore, PhD
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