Fear and Desire
Fear, that is the subject of this post. You may ask what fear has to do with detox. But give a moment and I will come to that.
I have been fighting to overcome a chronic illness which has to power to take people out. That is how I got on this path of detoxing and everything associated with it.
In getting healthy, we often underestimate the power of our own mind, in fact, we underestimate the power of our mind in getting sick in the first place.
Being home sick did give me the time to read more when my health permitted. Reading with a pounding headache doesn’t really work and my eyesight has let me down at times as well.
But, the desire to read and persistence to get better did help me, a lot.
Think and grow rich
One of the books I read, which is now one of my favorites is ‘Think and grow rich’ by Napoleon Hill. He conducted a 25-year long study on how successful men got successful. During these years, he studied men we still admire today. Initially he was put on to this idea by Andrew Carnegie. Larter he studied, amongst others, Henry Ford and Thomas A. Edison. The book was first published in 1937, right after the great depression.
In this book, he is talking about how, on the back of the great depression, there were great opportunities. I think we live in a comparable time right now and the book is as valid as it was back then.
But the reason I’m writing this blog post is not to talk about getting rich financially. I want to write this post about getting rich in health and to get an initial idea of the power of our mind in getting well.
We have ideas in our mind that are poisonous, that is where the detox comes in. I’m trying to tell you that you need to get some of the ideas you have about your health out of your mind.
Mr. Hill devoted a whole chapter in the book on fear and that is my focus in this post. You might have heard people say that FEAR is “False Evidence Appearing Real”. Those are not the words Mr. Hill uses in his book, but it the same idea. He writes that fear is nothing more than a state of mind.
In Think and Grow Rich Mr. Hill describes the 6 major fears we have that stand in our way of becoming our most successful self.
These 6 fears are the fear of:
- ill health
- loss of love of someone
- old age
Your thoughts begin immediately to translate themselves into their physical equivalent, whether those thoughts are voluntary or involuntary.
Every human being has the ability to completely control his mind.
Think about it for a second. If you truly wouldn’t care what other people would think of you, or if you would not be afraid of losing your money in a business deal, wouldn’t you live your life differently?
Fear of ill health
Let us focus for a second on the fear of ill health.
This fear lives in every human mind. Worry, fear, discouragement, disappointment in love and business affairs, cause this seed to germinate and grow.
Every form of negative thinking may cause ill health.
Symptoms of the fear of ill health
- auto-suggestion, negative thinking about health and expecting to find the symptoms of all kinds of disease
- hypochondria, the habit of talking of, concentrating on and expecting the appearance of disease
- exercise, having your fear interfering with proper exercise and avoid outdoor life
- susceptibility, fear brakes down your bodies natural resistance
self-codling, constantly making a bid for sympathy, using (imaginary) illness as an excuse
- intemperance, using alcohol or narcotics to ease pains, headaches and the like instead of looking at the root cause
Please don’t simply dismiss these points, but be truly honest with yourself. You are not doing it for anybody else but yourself.
Worry is a state of mind based upon fear, which can be controlled.
It requires a change of mental attitude.
Desire and Imagination
We all have seen athletes using the power of their imagination by using the power of visualization. Before they physically perform their race, they have done the race over end over in their mind. And though doing it in their mind only, won’t let them win the race, not visualizing and only rely on the logical mind certainly won’t win the race. If I listen to only my logical mind, which is mainly being fed by my fears, I won’t accomplish much less. Sure logic helps you in a lot of situations.
“Don’t touch the stove, it is hot.”
“If I don’t go to bed on time, I will feel lousy the next day.”
Losing your fears doesn’t take away any of your responsibilities, but it can give you a lot of freedom.
How to loose the fear of ill health
So, how do you loose the fear of ill health you might ask.
As I mentioned before, it requires a change in the way you think, and guess what, you can change the way you think, you really can. We do it every day. You think a certain way about something, you have an opinion. But then something happens, or somebody explains something on the subject which you didn’t know and you change your opinion. You change the way you think. It is not that hard, but it is not easy.
It requires dedication and constant reminding yourself.
You can start acquiting yourself of the fear of ill health by the decision to forget the symptoms.
Kill the habit of worry, in all its forms, by making the general decision that nothing which life has to offer is worth the price of worry. With this decision will come poise, peace of mind, and calmness of thought which will bring happiness.
I won’t go into the whole process, this is a blog post, not a book after all. I can advise you to get the book Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill to read about and understand all the thirteen principles he has discovered.
Any comments? Do you have any experience with fear and health you would care to share?
Or, have you read the book and want to comment?
Please do so by leaving a comment below.