Have you ever started to feel better when you're sick, just at the thought of seeing a doctor or taking medication? That's the "placebo effect" at work. But the advantages of the placebo don't stop with your health. You can apply this very real phenomenon to improve every area of your life.
A placebo is an inactive treatment or substance, such as a sugar pill or pretend procedure, that looks and feels just like a regular medical treatment.
Researchers often do what is called double-blind studies with placebos. One group gets the real medicine and the other group gets a placebo, and the doctors don't know which group got what.
Results show again and again that people who think they got the real medicine or treatment recover from their illness faster, or symptoms disappear altogether. This includes physical ailments such as arthritis, conditions thought to require surgery such as knee surgery, and even psychological conditions such as depression.
Also, recent research from numerous experts, including those from Harvard Medical School, shows that not only is the placebo effect real and measurable, it appears to have a stronger effect than what was once believed.
From the point of view of modern physics, your observation, i.e., your perspective, expectations, and focus, affects the way energy manifests into physical reality. Your attention has the capacity to direct the behavior of energy.
In the traditional Asian understanding of energy, this is described as energy following the direction of your mind; energy flows to whatever the mind concentrates on. The greater the strength and length of focus, the more energy will go to what the mind pictures. As it concentrates, energy becomes denser and leads to the creation of your internal and external reality, both in your body and in your life. Therefore, what you are thinking is important for creating positive change in your life.
In his book The Solar Body
, Ilchi Lee notes, "Mainstream medicine still views the placebo effect as an incidental, fascinating fact caused by an illusion of the mind. But if we examine this from a different perspective, we see that the medicine of belief is the most powerful medicine of all."
You can use this phenomenon to your advantage and apply the placebo effect to every area of your life, not just your health. From stress management to relationships, if you literally "put your mind to it" you can:
- Develop an ability to live in the HERE and NOW
- Be able to deal with difficult emotions with greater ease
- Respond to stressful situations with a greater sense of well-being
- Think more clearly and be able to make better decisions
- Exude more self-confidence and influence more ease in others
- Be a more creative problem solver
- Enjoy life more and feel happier
Here are some more examples of how you can apply the placebo effect to have a better day:
1. Overcome Social Anxiety
When you are about to introduce yourself to a stranger, or ask someone out, replace your fear of rejection with radical self-acceptance. Your social interactions will be filled with lighter energy and you'll have more fun, automatically making yourself more attractive.
2. Ace the Test
Rather than be nervous about taking a test, prepare your mind with the good news that you have answered every question correctly. If you think you can do well on a test, your mind relaxes, and you are better able to access the information you've already studied.
3. Burn Calories 24/7
If you worry that your busy schedule keeps you from being physically active with no time for meditation or exercise, keep in mind that your body is always working to keep you fit. Walking from your car to the office, for example, is exercise. So is studying, house cleaning and even sleeping. Believe that you are using your body's energy efficiently and your body will respond.
Next time you find yourself in a situation you'd like to change, try some reverse psychology from the universe and "believe", with your mind, body and spirit, in a better reality!
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