In order to bring forth the highest potential within us, as well as tap into the source of all healing, we must recognize and avail ourselves to the power of the unseen. This was one of the key messages that Dr. Daniel McCrimons, MD and I presented to a roomful of physicians and medical students at the Joy of Medicine Summit this past Saturday. Anne Roach sang and was accompanied by Paula Mandela and the Soul Light Connection band.
Needless to say, this was not the typical presentation this group is accustomed to hearing. For the most part, their world is one of scientific data and the efficacy of pharmaceuticals to address disease. I was somewhat skeptical of how receptive the doctors and medical students would be to what was essentially a spiritual message. At one point I said to myself, “What the heck am I doing here?” However, I quickly realized that what they thought about the message was none of my business. When we are guided by Spirit, sometimes we end up in unlikely places, but where the Presence deems appropriate. So here we were talking about the role of spirituality, mindfulness and the power of our thoughts in healing process.
Among other things, I shared a 1957 medical study. It concerned a patient named Mr. Wright who had advanced lymphosarcoma (a form of cancer). This disease caused Mr. Wright to have tumors the size of oranges under his armpits, on his neck, chest, and abdomen. His lungs were regularly filled with up to two quarts of a milky fluid that had to be drained daily. Mr. Wright was about to give up hope when he heard about an experimental wonder drug called Krebiozen. Wright begged his physician, Dr. West, to prescribe the drug for him. However, medical protocol required that a patient have at least three months to live to be eligible for the drug. Wright was not expected to last more than a few days. However, he badgered Dr. West so much the doctor relented and agreed to give him the drug.
When Dr. West gave Wright the drug on a Friday, he believed his patient wouldn’t make it through the weekend. However, when the doctor made his rounds on Monday, he saw Mr. Wright and was shocked to find him up and walking. His patient’s tumors had shrunk like snowballs on a hot stove, and were half their original size. After ten days of taking the experimental drug, Wright’s tumors completely disappeared. For two months the patient appeared to be cancer free.
Then, a study came out that concluded that the Krebiozen did not work. Wright became depressed and the cancer came back. Seeing what happened, Dr. West decided to do something sneaky. He told Mr. Wright that the dosages of the drug he had received were tainted. West then told Mr. Wright he was going to give him the pure version of the drug. (In fact, it wasn’t the drug at all, it was distilled water.) Nevertheless, the tumors again disappeared, and Wright was doing great for a couple of months. Then the American Medical Association blew the doctor’s cover. It came out with a study that conclusively proved the drug was worthless. Two days later, Mr. Wright died.
What that story illustrates is the power of our mind. It reinforced the statement made by Jesus the Christ, “It is done unto you as you believe.” That statement is a reminder that thoughts are things and they have tremendous power. At the end of our presentation, Dr. McCrimons asked me if I had any food for thought to leave with the audience. I left the physicians and students with the following three ideas that we all can incorporate in our lives:
Thoughts are things. As a consequence, what we think matters. Whenever our thoughts are infused with energy, they influence our experiences as well as the people we interact with.
Who we are matters. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Who you are speaks so loud, I can’t hear a word you’re saying.” Technical knowhow is important to the healing process. Yet, how we show up, the energy we bring and the beliefs we have about ourselves, as well as the thoughts we have toward others we interact with are important.
How much we care matters. This is summed up by Theodore Roosevelt, who said, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
Peace and Blessings,