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Placebo Effect Research

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Placebo Effect Research; It can change what you believe

Last Update: October 27, 2018

Beliefs

Belief is the oldest medicine known to man. Today scientists are beginning to see The Placebo Effect as a window into the Neurochemical Mechanisms, that connect the mind with the body. It's my hypothesis that this affect plays a much larger role than just how the body deals with pain and disease, but can also affect our beliefs, and our abilities to change our lives. If by creating expectations, our minds have the power to change and eliminate chronic physical diseases, than doesn't it follow, that we should also be able to change chronic mental beliefs, that hold us back from living truly self-fulfilling lives.

The Importance of Theater

Humans have participated in Theater since the beginning of time. First it was the Shaman and the Chiefs, who just like good performers are able to draw us in, until we feel they are real, they too would go to great lengths to create a Theater to draw us in. Nothing has changed today, as we observe what great lengths people go to create Theaters, like Medicine ( Hospitals), Law (Courts), Religion (Church), Finance (Banks), and even Health (Gyms). All designed to create expectations in our minds, to draw us into believing, what they are selling.

Are we Tricking the Mind

We need to look at the Placebo Effect as being a loose family of different phenomena, consisting of the following components.

  • Time; It's irrelevant

  • Create a Confirmation Bias; Changing the focus, paying attention to signs of improvement

  • Hawthorne Effect; changing of behaviors when you know you are being watched

  • Expectations; raised because you surrounded by believers and fellow travelers

  • Learning; Seeing others progress through following proscribed steps, seeing others become proficient or skilled

  • Social Learning; Learn to associate success by taking actions

  • Human Connection; The intangibles like warmth and empathy of others, sense of community makes people feel better

  • Communication; Duration of interaction and the communication of positive expectations

  • Show Progress; reward and acknowledge every milestone

The least understood aspect of Placebo Effect reseach, is how environment and the rituals and encounters that are designed to change our experiences, actually change our subjective view of the world. It comes down to what our beliefs are about success and failure, what they mean to each individual. And though many don't believe it will work, they still unconsciously expect it to.

Scientists Don't Know

The fact is, that there exists beyond ourselves, and our consciousness, a powerful force that we can tap into, if we believe strongly enough, in ourselves. By being patient with ourselves, to be willing to learn, and to challenge long established mental paradigms about ourselves and our capabilities, we will suddenly realize, that we have it in our power, to do whatever we want. Enjoy the journey, look at each problem like a puzzle, and you'll be amazed at what you can do.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

Consciousness of Scarcity

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It took me a long time to realize that my anger was only a manifestation of fear. caused by a dis-empowering belief . The belief I’d developed, was that I wasn’t good enough, smart enough or deserving enough, this belief created a fear of failure and it was this underlying fear that expressed itself in anger. This fear of failure was hiding behind the anger. My ego was hiding the belief behind anger. Creating anger is a tactic of the ego. The ego promotes anger because the False Self believes we are incomplete, that we are lacking something, therefore not good enough.

It’s because of this Consciousness of Scarcity that a person is fearful. How many ventures never get off the ground, how many classes are never taken, because of fear. How often do we avoid introducing ourselves to a potential new friend, reaching out to someone, trying something new, asking for help, going beyond our comfort level or simply thinking outside the box, because of this fear? Fear of failure can be the difference between getting started and not getting started, between winning and losing. Fear affects the quality of our lives, as well as our effectiveness and levels of success in life.

When your in Fear you believe that your value is based on performance, if you perform well you are worthy, if you fail to perform well you are worthless. When Fear rules, you are disappointed and offended if you fail to receive when you give. And when we give it’s always because we want the positive feedback for ourselves. If we don’t receive acknowledgement or recognition by others we think it’s because we’re inadequate or not worthy.

Typical Fear based behaviors are. Choosing to judge as opposed to showing compassion. Having an inner dialogue of self-criticism. Avoidance of authentic intimacy while at the same time engaging in perpetual conversations about ourselves. Making excuses about being selfish and being insensitive and disrespectful to others.

Fear and Anger keep the Ego on center stage, and the Ego loves the stage. It stays on stage by promoting the Fear of inadequacy and shortcomings. It feeds the belief that we are unique, separate and special. As long as we believe this we are less likely to take any risks that might dispel these beliefs and push the Ego off the stage. The Ego thrives on quilt and keeps us from forgiving ourselves.

Once I became aware that this fear was based on the dis-empowering belief of not being good enough or smart enough or deserving enough I was able to start pushing the Ego off the stage. I started for the first time to actually listen. I became aware that my Ego was not my amigo but instead had created this illusion that I mistook for me. So started my slow journey out of the Consciousness of Scarcity.

Again, it’s the beliefs held in our Divine Mind (the mind of God), that creates the reality of our lives. The Abundant Universe was designed by God to grow Man, to give Man anything he believes. We can choose (Free Will) what we believe. If we choose a Consciousness of Scarcity the Universe will provide scarcity. If on the other hand we choose a Consciousness of Abundance then the Universe will provide. It’s really that simple. But you have to believe. You can start by making Four Agreements to yourself as outlined by Jose Ruiz in his book of the same name. #1 Be impeccable with your word. #2 Don’t take anything personally. #3 Don’t make assumptions. #4 Do your best. Make these agreements to yourself and your life will begin to change, I guarantee it.

Why Meetings are Important.

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Scientists are well aware of the roles of conditioning and theater in channeling expectations, but there is another element that is even more more powerful, other believers. Information we take from our social relationships has a profound influence on our emotional,mental and physical experiences. Scientists are only beginning to understand these influences and how we can harness them. Going to regular meetings give one the ability to access and review our own beliefs and expectations. This ability is magnified when surrounded by other believers, that are doing the same thing. The group carries you and you carry the group. All together.