Saturday, 26 Jan 2019
Recovery: Harnessing the Power of Belief
By Private Therapy Clinic
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 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
“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
The power of belief is, in fact, our greatest tool.
***If you would like to speak to someone to further understand the process of recovery and how the power of belief plays it part, one of our specialists would happy to provide you with an initial consultation to determine how best to assist you.