Chapter 8 of the book “The Gratitude Effect” is titled “Healing with Gratitude”. This book has been the focus of our discussions the last several weeks on Quantum Leap Book Club.
This chapter starts off with the interesting quote of Jim Rohn: “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” This quote stimulates the following question: do we take this gift for granted?
Our author describes our body as a “magnificently structured temple of sacred architecture”. Dr. Demartini alerts us to the fact that some of us get lost in perceived body imperfections and engage in the absurd practice of comparing our body to a fantasy on a magazine cover. He then leads us through the incredible intricate structure of our body.
The physical construction of our body involves systems, organs, tissues, cells, molecules, and atoms. Billions of atoms exist which are composed of subatomic particles that can be described as waves. Our entire body is made up of electromagnetically resonant waves and particles or light, vibrating at trillions upon trillions of cycles per second. When we take time to contemplate and study the miracle our body represents, it is mind boggling. We have the potential to attune our mind to higher frequency thoughts and ideas. Through contemplating the intricacy and perfection of our body, we can discover our own magnificence.
Being grateful is a powerful strategy that leads to experiencing wellness instead of illness. So called disabilities contain a gift if we are willing to look. Dr. Demartini gives inspiring examples in his book including his own example of being born with one hand and one foot turned in. From early childhood onward, he had an intense desire to run, and he indeed ran constantly as best he could. Through his enthusiasm, desire, and gratitude, he achieved a fully functioning leg and arm which led to eventually earning the right to be pitcher of a Little League All Star team.
Dr. Demartini challenges us to confront any hidden motives we might have. He alerts us to the fact that at times we conscientiously go out of our way to break down our body by overeating, smoking, eating unhealthy food, and/or having no exercise. He speaks of accidents that create injuries and how the word “injury” can be interpreted as the “jury within”. If we are living in an imbalanced way of some sort, we can actually create circumstances where we experience injuries. He shares that tragedy can become a healer if we recognize why we brought an injury into our experience and follow with adjusting what imbalance we are living.
Our author makes the following challenging statement: “MOST PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR HEALTH ISSUES”. They seek help outside themselves due to their desire to have someone else take care of it for them.
The following two quotes are worth pondering:
“A MIND THAT IS BALANCED WITH GRATITUDE AND LOVE FOR YOUR LIFE AND FOR YOUR BODY IS STILL THE GREATEST HEALER”.
“The MOMENT OUR MINDS ARE TRULY GRATEFUL, OUR PHYSIOLOGY STARTS TO CHANGE.”
I encourage those reading this post to explore this book. You will be given new thoughts and inspirations to create total health for yourself and loved ones.
Dr. Joyce Mollenhauer, ND, BSN, RN, Nurse Coach
I am privileged to be a co-host on a fun, interesting, and life changing radio show called Quantum Leap Book Club, a program of The Learning Center For Human Development. We focus on books that celebrate the incredible expansion and changes in Consciousness in our world.