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    Mind over matter

    On another forum, someone posted a link to an article which I found very interesting from a LOA point of view.

    Here are some quotes from that article:

    In fact, a recent study by Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer seems to challenge our basic assumptions about the relationship between the physical body and the mind and perhaps even our assumptions about the nature of objective reality itself.
    [...]

    Langer is a researcher who has published several important and provocative studies. In this study, she decided to look at whether our perception of how much exercise we are getting has any effect on how our bodies actually look. To do this, she studied hotel maids.

    As any casual observer of the hospitality industry knows, hotel maids spend the majority of their days lugging heavy equipment around endless hallways. Basically, almost every moment of their working lives is spent engaged in some kind of physical activity.

    But Langer found that most of these women don't see themselves as physically active. She did a survey and found that 67 percent reported they didn't exercise. More than one-third of those reported they didn't get any exercise at all.

    "Given that they are exercising all day long," Langer says, "that seemed to be bizarre."

    What was even more bizarre, she says, was that, despite the fact all of the women in her study far exceeded the U.S. surgeon general's recommendation for daily exercise, the bodies of the women did not seem to benefit from their activity.

    Langer and her team measured the maids' body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, blood pressure, weight and body mass index. They found that all of these indicators matched the maids' perceived amount of exercise, rather than their actual amount of exercise.

    So Langer set about changing perceptions.

    She divided 84 maids into two groups. With one group, researchers carefully went through each of the tasks they did each day, explaining how many calories those tasks burned. They were informed that the activity already met the surgeon general's definition of an active lifestyle.

    The other group was given no information at all.

    One month later, Langer and her team returned to take physical measurements of the women and were surprised by what they found. In the group that had been educated, there was a decrease in their systolic blood pressure, weight, and waist-to-hip ratio and a 10 percent drop in blood pressure.

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    Essentially, what Langer is talking about is a placebo effect. She says that if you believe you are exercising, your body may respond as if it is. It's the same as if you believe you are getting medication when you are actually getting a sugar pill your body can sometimes respond as if a placebo is actually working.
    Isn't it nice to see that LOA is proven everywhere? As Abraham often tells us, a belief is just a thought you keep thinking - up to us to turn those thoughts to our advantage and reinforce beliefs that are good for us.


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    This is what I mean when I talk about how important it is to realize that you are a PERFECT being that doesn't 'lack' ANYTHING - NOW.

    Everything is perfect, you get what you want and need at the EXACT perfect moment so there is no need to keep thinking about how much you "want" anything. Law of Attraction is automatic.

    These women were doing the exercises THEN but the bodies did not match that because they did not realize that THEN So later on, when they finally realized that they were doing it all along THEN it finally happened.

    As any casual observer of the hospitality industry knows, hotel maids spend the majority of their days lugging heavy equipment around endless hallways. Basically, almost every moment of their working lives is spent engaged in some kind of physical activity.

    But Langer found that most of these women don't see themselves as physically active. She did a survey and found that 67 percent reported they didn't exercise. More than one-third of those reported they didn't get any exercise at all.

    "Given that they are exercising all day long," Langer says, "that seemed to be bizarre."

    What was even more bizarre, she says, was that, despite the fact all of the women in her study far exceeded the U.S. surgeon general's recommendation for daily exercise, the bodies of the women did not seem to benefit from their activity

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    I've read this before and yes, it just goes to show mind over matter is more than just an expression.

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    Today's quote fits nicely.


    Someone asked us recently, "Is there any limitation to the body's ability to heal?" And we said, "None other than the belief that you hold." And he said, "Then why aren't people growing new limbs?" And we said, "Because no one believes that they can."
    ---Abraham

    Excerpted from the workshop in San Rafael, CA on February 27, 1999

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    I mean, jeepers, it wasn't that long ago we thought the world was flat.... wasn't that long ago we thought cancer was always fatal...wasn't that long ago we thought autism and Down's syndrome meant institutionalization....wasn't that long ago we were basing personalities and health on "humor" fluids in the body...wasn't that long ago portable phones were briefcase-sized...wasn't that long ago yogurt was a freakish, hippie thing to eat.....

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    Hi Miss Marbella! Thank You for this! Loooove researching this type of thing... there are tons of excellent books I've read in the past that have provided astounding reports of this phenomena. I have used some specific mental exercises to achieve similar results. I wish I could recall the author now... but in one book, she had a study outlined with subjects simply imagining they were exercising. Nothing more. They gained muscle mass ANYWAY! I've used this mental exercise to experience telekinesis. Like you said, all this really is, is a thought we keep thinking... so when you truly believe in your ability, you can do anything! Even move matter across a table! Aaaaaand, way fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iloveabraham View Post
    Today's quote fits nicely.


    Someone asked us recently, "Is there any limitation to the body's ability to heal?" And we said, "None other than the belief that you hold." And he said, "Then why aren't people growing new limbs?" And we said, "Because no one believes that they can."
    ---Abraham

    Excerpted from the workshop in San Rafael, CA on February 27, 1999
    HAHA! I thought this same thing! I like creating new beliefs... the kind that seem a bit far-fetched, in the beginning. Sometimes, strictly for the entertainment value and sometimes for practical purposes that enhance my well-being. Over time, with deliberate focus, I attract data that backs up the new belief... then more data... then I begin dreaming of it, repeatedly... then, by that time, the belief is well-rooted and physical manifestations of it begin showing up! The mind is absolutely incredible!

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    I love reading things like this! Thanks for the share!!!

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