There are probably as many ways to cure oneself of chronic illness as there are different types of people. Danna Pycher is living proof that one can use perception to heal from chronic diseases and that it is just as important as our diet in leading a healthy lifestyle!
Often the experiences that we learn behavior from have an associated form of stress, whether that be bad stress associated with a negative emotion or good stress associated with positive emotion.
These experiences let us know which conditions we find favorable and which we do not, such as burning your hand on the stove or having the thrill of kissing somebody you’re attracted to for the first time.
When a stressor acts on us, the Amygdala in the brain takes a snapshot of all our senses in that moment. When conditions arise later on that match that snapshot, the brain starts releasing adrenaline and getting ready for us to encounter danger.
This man lived very close to the trade center building as his beloved wife worked there. She ended up passing away during the explosion, which naturally was highly traumatic for the man.
When the event occurred, he was in the kitchen brewing a cup of coffee and all the windows around him shattered.
His subconscious had imprinted the smell of coffee and the sound of shattered glass with this hugely stressful event, triggering a stress response whenever he was later presented with either.
Even though he could logically reason that coffee or sound from glass is not an immediate threat, his subconscious mind replays the traumatic imprint thus altering his momentary perception.
Our minds are constantly taking these imprints and unconsciously weaving them into our daily experience, over-analyzing everything.
If one is not aware, then the way one defines themselves will be fraught with conditioning from past experiences that no longer apply.
Over time, we build unconscious perceptions of stress due to collections of our imprints or the past moments that we let define us.
When we feel large amounts of stress, it triggers a response in our autonomic nervous system, which in turn lowers our immune function and ultimately increases inflammation in the body.
Over time, this significantly contributes to the onset of disease.
In other words, constantly feeling stress from subconsciously holding onto past traumas – big or small – can contribute significantly to chronic illnesses and have an impact on the decisions we make.
This extends out to watching others feel stressed.
Secondary PTSD is related to the trauma one experiences when one sees others in a stressful situation. Every time we feel stress because of what is happening to somebody else, we also make a subconscious imprint of it.
Movies constantly play on this, imprinting our subconscious mind with either pleasant or fearful ideas connected to the stressful experiences of the actors we see on the screen.
By placing the brain into a type of trance state through a guided meditation, it allows for one to access the subconscious mind.
Through a series of suggestions, past traumas that one held onto can rise up to be dealt with for good.
When one has dealt with stressors of the past, we no longer receive as much compounded stress when faced with the same sensory inputs and the immune system can function optimally, allowing for healing if necessary.
In the case of chronic illness, a diagnosis is often more stressful than the prior experience of being ill.
Receiving a diagnosis of a chronic lifestyle disease, for example, is usually fraught with stress, due to the imprints one has acquired over time regarding an “incurable condition.”
If one never viewed chronic disease as a problem and the doctor did not tell you that it was your death sentence, you would not receive nearly as much stress.
All Hypnosis helps you to do ultimately is bring these imprints into your awareness.
A skilled hypnotherapist will then show you how the stress is not relevant to you, how what you perceived as being stressful can be viewed in a different light or by looking at what is required to allow you to move on permanently.
Aside from seeing a trained specialist, one can actually learn how to hypnotize themselves and achieve the same results. This is known as Autogenic Hypnosis.
Hypnosis uses guided meditation techniques to put the brain in a trance. Deep states of mindfulness meditation can do the same.
Often dealing with a past trauma means contextualizing it in a different light, and this often happens when one notices how the trauma is no longer a relevant stressor.
Meditation can help us to still our conscious minds and observe what filters up from our subconscious minds, helping us to deal with our collective imprints and doing away with the ones that no longer serve us.
Not only does it help achieve this, but meditation directly keeps your stress levels down and improves your attention span.
You can learn more about mindfulness meditation in these books and start to hone the power of perception every single day!