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Can The Power Of The Mind Be Used To Stop Pain?

Submitted by on September 4, 2012 – 1:37 amNo Comment

Author: Mike Lally

How possible is it to use the incredible and complex power of the mind to produce a particular result that you may want? Can the mind be used as a kind of placebo and conditioned to drive effortlessly towards any given outcome? If the mind can do almost anything once it has a clear direction and is coupled with the will and drive to pursue a goal, then how well do you use the power of your mind to get what you want? It seems that if we can just harness the power of our brains, anything and everything is possible. This is rather a nice thought, but is it true? If so, how true is it for you?

It is accepted that the human brain is the most complex machine on earth. It weighs around 1.3 kilos, contains 100 billion neurons and is responsible for our thoughts, ideas, emotions, memories and actions. And we all have one!

But do brains have undiscovered or under-utilised powers that can be used to overcome many of the illnesses and discomfort we experience daily? Certainly the most common illnesses would be an ideal target. So, do we all possess god-given, supernatural, but largely hidden and unused gifts? Is it simply a case of not knowing how to tap into this “birthright” in the practical world?

I bet this has happened to you – your mind suddenly thinks of somebody you haven’t spoken to in a long time, and, low and behold, you bump into the next day! Why does this happen? Is it just a roll of the dice and mere co-incidence or something a little deeper? Can this kind of “accident” be put to more practical use?

Visualization can be enormously helpful. It is common practice for all kinds of sports people to use their minds to visualize what they want their bodies to do when they enter the field of play. This one process is known to improve performance, often considerably.

Fantastic, but what about pain? Can focusing the power of the mind in this way be used to overcome pain? Well, let’s stop and consider how pain makes its presence so keenly felt. In truth, pain requires conscious attention to produce the effect. So to feel pain we have to be conscious. This is the main reason why a person is made unconscious if they are suffering once a serious injury has occurred.

Given we live in a visual world and a cyberspace reality, perhaps one answer to the pain riddle could be to distract the mind using some form of virtual reality so the conscious mind is distracted enough to prevent it thinking about the residual pain.

Learning how to use meditation, self-hypnosis and visualization can produce a significant payoff. Of course, hypnosis is grossly misunderstood by most people. It is assumed to be a sleep state, rather than a state of absorption, focus and attention.

Switching off the conscious left-side of the brain, and switching on the creative right-side allows greater access to the subconscious. Getting more in touch with the rhythm of life and away from cognitive or cortical processing could be a useful starting point. It shouldn’t be a surprise that some people do unbelievably amazing things once they learn how to use, and resolve to practice, these natural, simple, but highly effective methods. To feel better, think better!

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Mike is one of Australia’s finest Neuro-Linguistic Programming trainers. He is a sought-after executive coach, speaker and workshop presenter. He is a leading source of NLP, influence, hypnosis, body language and emotional intelligence skills. He has worked as an Information Technology Manager, an Investment Administration Manager and a National Client Services Manager. Find Mike at or contact via email at:

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