You Be The Judge…

So maybe I have not revealed this yet, but I am WAY out there.. Just ask my wife and well… basically anyone who knows me… 🙂  A while back I came up with this theory, while journeying toward God,  that you must accept anything as a possibility to even begin to approach the unanswerable questions we all have.  The problem in general is the unknown condition being present at least as a mental block.  Therefore I adopted the mantra “Anything is Possible” in it’s most literal sense.  This perspective accounts for the unknown condition while at the same time allows acceptance of any point of view without bias.  So before I lose everyone reading, I will get to the point.  I am as much a dreamer as I am a skeptic… Ya have fun with that one… So I can ‘concoct’ some pretty interesting ideas, but I also must test them for validity… all the while keeping my mantra about me. So in doing just that, I decided that if I were able to heal myself in the known way, like with a cut or a scratch, why wouldn’t I also be able to heal every other part of me?  Our bodies clearly have the ‘techology’ to facilitate this presently, are we sure that it is limited to that which we know? Interesting… at least I thought so, enough so to carry out a real test.  A bit of background, I was born with a Congenital Heart Defect, VSD (a hole between the ventricles of the heart) as well as a bi-cuspid Aortic Valve and Mitral Valve Regurgitation/Prolapse (the valve leaks backward to varying degrees causing the heart to have to work harder to compensate for its inefficiency).  I had open heart surgery when I was 3 to make the available repairs.  I have been told all my life that I would need to have the leaky valve replaced @ some point in my life and have thus been on watch, annually with EKG’s and ECHO’s (?) to monitor the leak(s) in the valve and the integrity of the patch (for the VSD).  Incidentally your valves are supposed to have 3 leaflets not 2, like mine.  So back to my test… for as long as I can remember, or at least remember being told, my condition has remained static, no better no worse.  Not a necessarily bad thing, but no better prognosis from an inevitable valve replacement perspective.  So I put my mantra to the test.  Some time ago I decided to focus myself on visualizing my valve “healing” itself.  I spent time in a meditative state, keeping in mind that I have really no idea what I am doing, but again, this is the beauty of my mantra… accounting for the unknown condition, in this case that I do not ‘know’ how to meditate… but does that matter?  I believe that my minds ability is far more powerful than its perceived inability.  You should be able to see that on some level, personally.  I continued to visualize my valve, something I have never seen before (my own that is) being repaired.  I saw it working properly, closing perfectly in a nice healthy red/pink hue.  So I don’t recall how long I did this, or if it even matters, as the mere suggestion of this should be all that is required to initiate the process. Again as anything is possible, I can say that one single thought of this can instigate the actual physical change.  I mean, no one understands how or why our skin heals, or what part of us “tells” it to do so automatically… it just does it.  To me there is no difference in any part of us… Just a little enhanced programming is all that is needed.  I want you to keep in mind here that I did not spend an inordinate amount of time concentrating on this either. As a matter of fact, I am thinking about it right now, in passing thoughts, as I often do, which again should be enough to restart the condition if in fact a restart is even needed.   I went for my annual check up with my Cardiologist and guess what he said to me… “… Hmmm your valve looks great, in fact it looks to have improved…??? You may never need repair surgery…” Yes he actually said that, and he said it with disbelief in his inflection.  So… on some level, one of 2 possibilities have presented themselves here.  Coincidentally and quite unlikely I might add, my heart’s valve just got better… or the fact that my mantra test actually worked.  Either way, if a simple thought can instigate even a tiny change, maybe we should have LOTS more of these thoughts everyday… Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂 Believe in the power that you don’t understand… everything else is just a limitation.


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  1. #1 by gmconklin on March 19, 2010 - 2:34 pm

    Ingrid, that was a great story. Thank you for sharing. I will point out that I absolutely agree that positive thinking may have no impact on any outcome, however in keeping with my mantra, I cannot dismiss it either. I would not consider myself to be an overly positive person, more of a dreamer really. I pose this story as a possibility of the unlocked potential within each of us and as always, it works in opposing circumstances on so many granular levels it would be impossible to review them all. It comes down to the scope in which we comprehend measurement, which really as typical humans, is not that large a range as again we are limited by our own self-imposed limitations, consciously or not. I really think the technique is to be what is commonly referred to as delusional. The real trick is to remain grounded, functionally in reality, while simultaneously existing in another unknown space. The space where anything is possible.

  2. #2 by Ingrid on March 18, 2010 - 5:33 pm

    Actually, I think you are on to something, Garot. And I don’t think we know the full potential of the body to heal itself. But here is another side of the coin that I also sympathize with: There is this tyranny of positive thinking that can have unintended negative consequences. I think it is ok to not know the answers.

  3. #3 by Andy on March 18, 2010 - 12:21 pm

    why is it that recently, my condition has worsend??? Coincidence? I think not, your health is physically killing me… on another note, placebo studies are hillarious…first of all you have to imagine the salt marsh the testees (ha ha, testies) are dredged up from, good lord, Ive seen a better gene pool at tractor pulls… anyway-my point-ah your a voodoo freak and Red Placebo pills are proven to be better than white- however no testing has been done to prove the medicinal wonders of the gell capsul, the red dye, or that exact amount of sugar.

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