“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – either way you’re right.” -Henry Ford
There were once two men who were hiking through a beautiful green forest. One had to pee very badly, the other was extremely thirsty. One day, the two men got separated during an intense storm and spent hours searching for one another.
After wandering around for what seemed an eternity, one of the men found himself at the top of a little stream. Now this man, who’s bladder was about to explode, could hold it in no longer and peed in the stream. When finished, he let out a sigh of relief and resumed his search.
As he made his way down stream, he found his friend at the bottom, who had this peculiar look on his face.
“What troubles you, my friend?” he asked his companion.
“Perhaps it is the dehydration,” his friend replied, “but, for some reason, this water tastes very strange.”
The friend then keeled over and died.
This humorous little fable shows just how much what happens up stream can play a pivotal role in what happens down stream.
I refer to our mental/physical connection.
Many times, we forget how much our mental/emotional state really impacts us physically. Think about it this way:
When you get stressed out, what do you physically do? You tense up, right?
When you get depressed, what do you do? You slouch, yes?
When you get angry, what happens? You turn red in the face!
You see my point?
When we think about this, a lot of times we answer with, “Well, that’s just the way I react!” like it is not in our control.
The truth is, you do have control.
We all have a brain, or at least we should. The brain is very much like the king, its realm the body. Nothing is done without its consent.
Guess what? You are the mastermind behind the king!
Picture it like you are Cardinal Richelieu, who was King Louis XIII’s chief advisor in France from 1624 to 1642. I know, weird comparison, but humor me for a moment. Like a puppeteer, you can manipulate the king (the brain) by changing how it responds to certain stimuli. Take for example stress. You can decide whether you will tense up and go into a fetal position or let that stress wash over you like a cool stream and not phase you at all. I know it sounds superhuman, but it is achievable.
“How?” you might ask.
Well, there are many different types of techniques out there to train you on how to accomplish this. One such technique that I found most beneficial is called The Lightning Process by Phil Parker.
The Lightning Process is a technique that puts you back in the driver’s seat of your brain. It teaches you that outside stimuli should not affect you internally. For example, weather. You know you cannot change the weather, but you can change how it affects you.
This helps substantially with those chronic pain. We think that there is nothing we can do about our pain besides pain meds and surgery. I have been down that road, and believe me when I say that is certainly not true.
This technique was the last piece I needed to break free from the chains of chronic pain. It has helped so many others find freedom as well.
Are you ready to give it a shot?
For more info on The Lightning Process, click the link below.