When Thinking is Reality

When you dream that there’s an attacker in your home, your body will respond exactly as though the event is real, even though the bad guy is nothing more than a creation of your mind. Despite the fact that you’re safe in your bed, your sympathetic nervous system will switch on the ‘fight or flight’ response, your endocrine system will produce a cascade of stress hormones, your heart rate, respiration and blood pressure will increase, you will sweat more and you may even feel nauseous. From a physical response perspective, there is no difference between thought and reality. As far as your body is concerned, the event is completely authentic.


Because in certain situations, your psychology will determine your physiology. Your body won’t differentiate between a belief based on fantasy and one based on fact. It’s amazing how a single thought (I’m about to be attacked) based on a false belief can create such a real and significant physiological response. It’s also a great insight into the considerable power of the mind-body relationship.

Can you imagine all the possible applications and benefits if we could somehow learn to consciously harness this potential to produce more desirable physiological outcomes, like healing?

Hmm… :)

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Evan January 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

Maxwell Maltz in Psychocybernetics has explored this. It is an old book now but it has great clarity on this.


Jordan February 2, 2014 at 11:47 am

Great points! Our thoughts really do create our reality.


Susan February 6, 2014 at 7:09 am

Hey Craig,
Well. you have left an open question at the end about harnessing the potential of the psychology for healing.
I have realized once our mind is stuck with a thought it just doesn’t come out of it, so what my observation says our brain controls us. Your question at the end is something other way around. If one can master it then life would become easy..:)



chebbieanne February 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I think harnessing the mind to promote healing is well within our power. I have observed as well as practiced this many times. I have less success though in transforming my physical appearance to that of the beautiful swan I imagine myself to be. That’s not say it won’t happen but to date it had not. More concentrated focus required on that one.


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