Over the last decade, the concept of consciousness has pervaded everything from quantum physics and psychology to religion and medicine. However, perhaps nowhere is its application more measurable, identifiable, impactful and exciting than in the capacity of the optimisation of human health and well being.
In this capacity, it is unarguable that health care has migrated well and truly into the realm of Era III Medicine. To contextualise this:
Era I Medicine: The pre-World War 2 view that the body was a machine made up of independent parts. Health care practitioners took on the role of “mechanics” that fixed the body the way a mechanic fixed a car.
Era II Medicine: This era developed from the 1970’s onwards and evolved into the field of Mind-Body Medicine. This viewpoint stressed that the body is not merely mechanistic and that the mind and emotions played a key role in the way the body worked, how illness develops and thus how it can be resolved. However, the developments made in this Era still viewed consciousness as being produced by, and under the control of, the human brain.
Era III Medicine: In this era, the ground breaking discoveries of Era II medicine were taken and pushed further by maverick scientists who refused to be constrained by the status quo. This era, rather than limiting itself to the view that the mind was instrumental in the cultivation of radical health on the one hand and disease on the other, moved a step further and proposed that it was “consciousness” that was at work rather than the mind. Moreover, it suggested and then proved that not only is consciousness something that is real, measurable and testable but that it is neither produced by, nor a function of, the brain. This is central to Era III Medicine as it provides a mechanism for why “impossible” recoveries in the area of health are possible. As such it can best be viewed as a scientifically robust model of hope, upon which all exceptional recoveries, healings and disease remissions rest; let us explore further.
If consciousness was a function of the brain, the death of the latter would result in the termination of the former. There can be no other way. However, extensive, Nobel Laurette quality research being conducted in the world’s leading medical research institutions is documenting and revealing that consciousness does not terminate with brain death. How are they showing this? By assessing and then interrogating individuals who die and are then revived after many minutes of “being dead.” There are individuals undergoing surgery who die on the operating table and are shown to be absolutely and unequivocally brain dead for over 10-15 minutes via EEG recordings. Upon resuscitation, they are able, with infinite detail, to describe exactly what happened in the operating room during the 15-minutes they were dead, detail that is corroborated by video recordings.
How is this possible? If the patient’s consciousness was a function of their brain, which was dead, it would be impossible for them to have awareness. Thus the only conclusion that can be drawn is that their consciousness was not produced by, nor restricted too, the functioning of their brain. As such, it could be said that the “I, me and mine” that make up who we are, in other words our consciousness, it not produced by the brain but rather exists non-locally to it. This is the conclusion that leading neuro-scientists and researchers from around the world are increasingly arriving at.
If so, the implications of this upon the optimisation of health are titanic. A famous Vedic philosopher once said that “the single biggest variable destroying human health and potential in our era is the question of whether something is possible or not possible; this is an assessment that is by default made by the ego. The ego is under control of the brain and as such will come to a rational conclusion. The same question, assessed by the level of consciousness which operates beyond the brain, will almost certainly come to another conclusion and likely one that is more empowered, hope fuelled and positive. When facing a health crisis, we need to move beyond the level of the ego (brain) and into the level of consciousness; when we do that, impossible will become possible.”
This is the crux of the issue when it comes to healing; if we believe something is impossible, that belief comes from the rational brain which is entirely at the mercy to the prevailing mindset of the time. When Sir Isaac Newton was literally begging the scientific world of his era to accept an unobservable force which held the universe together and was more powerful even than the sun, he was shunned for years; such a concept was impossible. Yet today gravity is entirely accepted if not fully understood. Until 5 years ago it was clinically impossible to reverse coronary artery disease until Dr Dean Ornish did just that using diet, meditation and exercise. The impossible is now possible.
The only thing that changed when these two examples moved from the realm of impossible to possible was the human mindset, not the variable itself – gravity and coronary heart disease reversal have always been real and possible; human belief simply had to catch up.
Thus when it comes to our health, an increasing body of research is consistently showing that the single biggest predictor of longevity, disease reversal and the generation of optimal health is the belief that such things are achievable.
Crucially, this belief very rarely comes from the level of the brain/ego/mind because these are generally not under our control (as strange as that sounds) because they are simply expressing the views of our times as conditioned responses, in the same way that Sir Isaac Newton’s peers were in their day.
To generate new beliefs and tap into all of the infinite possibilities that come with it, we have to move beyond the ego and rationale brain and into the realm of consciousness. When we tap into that reserve, impossible becomes possible and hopelessness migrates into hopefulness. In that simple shift alone comes immense possibility.
If we could mobilise a gross paradigm shift across health care collectively, perhaps in the not too distant future a whole raft of disease that are accepted as progressive and irreversible, such as most cancers, strokes, kidney diseases and neurological conditions such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease, might be re-labelled as reversible. Perhaps they already are reversible; the only thing needed to prove it is a shift in consciousness and belief that labels it as such.
In the next article we will be exploring consciousness further and overviewing some steps for integrating time tested approaches into our life to unleash the infinite possibilities of consciousness.
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