The placebo effect is an ambiguous phenomenon going against the grain of what is predicted in medical studies. Instead of chemicals influencing the subject, it’s the mere notion that patient’s receiving medicine which stimulates a beneficial response. What’s displayed in these tests is the mind’s power of overriding ailments through belief, a sugar pill having the same effect as medication because the patient has faith in the pill being a cure.
When the mind is orientated towards a particular notion humans can convince themselves of nearly anything, the placebo effect shows its influence may not only be mental. The studies open questions of the minds enigmatic process of changing our biochemistry, and how belief has the ability to shift reality. If the mind can alter our biology what does it indicate about its impact on reality? Can the same tactics used in double blind testing be applied to improve people’s lives?
Primed By Placebo
Our human hubris entices us to believe we understand a phenomenon after it is observed and named, yet just because something is able to be to quantified and registered doesn’t automatically mean it’s completely understood.
In every drug trial the placebo effect is factored in with double blind testing, and what makes it fascinating is finding the proposed improvements in those who hadn’t actually taken the medication. What can be observed from these tests is the influence the mind has over the outcome of trials; when people are able to internally ensure themselves of something occurring somehow their body sets in motion a process of restoration, drawing added contingency towards their favoured outcome.
Those seeing beneficial progress in their trials routinely prime themselves and their behaviour for the potential of enhancement, some who ingested the placebo begin to sense some positive effect and made subtle changes to their lifestyle to improve their perceived medicine’s efficiency. Some individuals need added encouragement to feel like they are capable of helping themselves, believing they are under the influence from an external power can galvanize bravado in approaching their issues.
In examining native cultures there are always the community doctors or Shamans who treat the body and mind of individuals. Many of their practices include rituals with song and dance to rid people of their ailments, adding a mixture of herbal medicines to try heal the patient. Although it’s been discovered many of these medicines have no medical benefit, people of the community swear by the methods through anecdotal evidence and tradition.
For eons the placebo effect has been helping our progenitors enhance health, but if the mind has the potential to change biological factors, what does that suggest about its influence over reality?
Attraction And Intention
In an era stockpiled with self-help books the Law of Attraction has been repeated ad nauseam, although it’s widely discussed those propagating often neglect vital elements to its composition.
Firstly, let’s take away the notion that it’s a law, it’s not something occurring without failure and therefore cannot be constituted as unquestionable. Secondly, it isn’t enough to want something to manifest, individuals must be willing to compose a blueprint and use their efforts to construct.
The Secret was a worldwide success, yet failed to hit the mark on the most important element to will the gods in ones favour, a persistent mindset encouraging one to keep chipping away at the envisioned outcome. When people alter their minds towards what’s desired intention orientates to their endeavour, and with intention comes a certain degree of mindfulness where one is observant of potential avenues to attainment. These people create their own luck by putting pieces together and observing possibilities of contingency; if you’re yearning to find a sign sometimes it appears when not even present, or overlooked when it’s head is reared.
This is the same mentality of those who receive a sugar pill and feel their body improving, when they convince themselves of their recuperation they sense the enhancements to their health. We can witness the effect the mind has over perception through the many moods we falls into; when downtrodden everything seems gloomy, yet in high spirits an inconvenience can become entertaining.
How our consciousness interacts with reality changes how we receive information from it. When the mind falls into particular thinking patterns it shapes our worldview; just like how forcing a smile has been shown to improve our mood, when we choose to observe the serendipity in life our attitude regarding it improves.
Events don’t merely occur because someone creates a wish-board, but by shaping their mindset to observe how it could happen one can build confidence in working towards its transpiration, creating their own contingency.
Although the influence our mind has over reality has been around even before the formation of Platonic idealism, the placebo effect gives humanity scientific evidence of the phenomenon. The process of changing one’s chemistry through our mental faculties is an enigmatic process, and while we plan for it we still have limited understanding of what is actually happening.
What we can feel is how our sentiments change according to our perception of an environment, consciousness being the determining mechanism helping create our understanding of the world. If our consciousness can be fixed onto a particular idea we improve the chances opportunities arising, working to manifest possibilities into desired actualities.
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