In recovery, the focus is usually on the process, steps, environment and execution. The idea of belief isn’t paid nearly as much attention. It is, however, where the healing begins. Not only that, but it also dictates how successful any course of treatment or intervention will be.
You can have the best support network, tools and modalities to assist in recovery, but without the core belief that things will improve, they often won’t. Or, at least they will at a much slower pace than they should.
This only serves to illustrate the power and potential of the human mind. If we believe strongly enough in an outcome, we can manifest it.
Unfortunately, much of this is yet to enter widely into mainstream consciousness. These standards are still largely taken for granted – treated more as a quirk or anomaly without any further consideration given – and seen as too fringe to be of scientific value.
However, there has been a growing trend in the last ten years towards exploring this phenomenon with a more thorough approach, attempting to define what the mechanics of belief are and why it has the impact it does.
It is this meeting of science and spirituality that offers the most tangible proof yet of our human potential without resorting to the kind of leap of faith musings that creates yet more sceptics.
The work of Dr Robert Lipton in ‘The Biology of Belief’ was groundbreaking in this regard, as he opened up the field with his study of epigenetics. In it, he challenges the idea of our body being ruled by our DNA, suggesting, it is, in fact, our consciousness that informs much of our genetic functions.
“Our emotions are the language of the subconscious,” he posits.
There are many real-world examples of mind over matter we can refer to without having to draw from Dr Lipton’s work, though. Take those who walk over hot coals unscathed, martial artists breaking bricks with their hands and monks who raise their body temperature to keep warm on long treks through the Himalayas.
All these feats should be impossible, according to ‘common sense.’ Yet, they’re widely accepted and well-documented, supporting the idea that we can do, or, overcome anything we set our minds to as long as there is sufficient conviction.
Call it what you like; willpower, intentionality, consciousness, belief. They’re all words that refer to the same action: the conscious application of our mind to achieve a desired outcome.
That is the power of belief; its scope reaches far beyond the confines of any singular pursuit. It is a powerful tool for manifestation, limited only by your imagination, and can just as easily be applied to health, wealth and success.
To fully tap into it’s potential though, you should be aware, the concept isn’t restricted to your mental process; it is just as much your thought in action.
It is the thinking and the doing.
Having belief isn’t simply the thought itself. It can be enacted, affirmed and re-affirmed by speaking them out loud, writing them down and surrounding ourselves with people who reflect our convictions back at us.
We all have the creative will to achieve whatever we want as long as we believe it to be true. So in the context of recovering from what appears to chronic mental illnesses, trauma or other ‘untreatable’ conditions, having belief isn’t the desperate act it’s made out to be.
The power of belief is, in fact, our greatest tool.