15 September 2021
It's All in Your Mind
“The Mind is not in the Body, but the Body is in the Mind.”
Hopefully, the reader has not personally encountered the following
problem in life. But, he or she probably knows someone who has.
Common Scenario: A man or woman has long-standing discomforts: aches
and pains, coming and going, changing from time to time, but not
letting go. Neither dire nor specific, but quite disturbing. S/he sees
several physicians, because the first doctor “tries” several avenues
without luck and then sends the individual on to specialists. They
check and test this and that while experimenting with different
medications to deal with symptoms. “Let’s try one more thing.”
All efforts leave the last medic on the list to say, “We have checked
everything. There seems to be nothing organically wrong. The problem
must be in your mind. Maybe we should get you see a psychologist or
The “professional” admits to being stumped – after spending much of the
patient’s time, energy and money. His/her tools can’t handle the job.
So then, the medic is ready to pass the problem on to a “head doctor.”
In one way, s/he is right to think along the lines of Thales, the ancient Greek:
“A sound mind in a sound body.”
Still, Thales and moderns alike have their euphemism in reverse order.
You see, we really need, “A sound body in a sound mind.” We might add
“… and in a sound soul.”
You may ask, “How can that be?” You have heard the original idea many
times and believe it to make sense. It sounds so “right on.”
So, we direct you to the opening quote from the East, which is one much
like that which Meister Eckhart, the Dominican mystic of the 13th
“The body is in the soul, rather than the soul in the body.”
This idea is quite simple, but the implications are truly profound as
well as somewhat daunting to contemplate. Would that medical profession
had taken up this idea long ago.
Unfortunately, medicine has long treated human beings schizophrenically
by separating bodily (somatic) problems from mental ones. Thus limiting
the mind, placing it in a box at the top of the shoulders, imprisoning
it in the brain.
But, the fact is that the mind is only limited by medical thinking,
that it works through more organs than the brain, and that it actually
manifests through the whole body.
A field of mind, like our energy body, but broader and subtler,
surrounds and interpenetrates every human being. The brain is its chief
but not only means of exchange with the physical form as well as the
The mental vehicle is the source of the ideas, also called
thought-forms, which we create consciously and unconsciously in the
course of our lives. The greatest of these thought-forms are IDEAS
which can be borne through us in order to benefit our fellow and
humanity as a whole.
But, the general Western conception is quite opposed to the long-held
Eastern view. We erringly continue to believe that the mind is strictly
an attribute or function of the brain (mind = brain). Ergo, the mind is
contained solely within the bounds of the skull.
Yet, there is much evidence – even scientific – that the mind is far
greater and more encompassing than we are generally aware. (How often
have you heard that we use only one tenth of our mind? Maybe that is
partly because we have imagined its function restricted to the organ
which sits between our ears.)
Fortunately, we have had a few profound thinkers in the modern West who
have tried to “lift the veil” between mind and body. One of them was
Carl Jung. The great psychiatrist spoke and wrote about the collective
conscious especially in regard to his dream work. But, we can take
another step to say his Collective Conscious is really another name for
Universal Mind to which we all respond to one degree or another.
Humanity interacts with the Collective Mind regularly and frequently –
but quite unconsciously most often. In similar manner, we individual
humans relate to our own personal minds. It is a fact that humans in
toto exist within a vast orb of mind and consciousness, with the latter
having its conscious, subconscious and superconscious aspects.
All that we experience and recognize is In Our Mind. In one dimension or another.
It is All in Your Mind. – – It is All in My Mind.
Nothing happens to our outer form nature without registering first and much more deeply in the mind.
Finally, we dare not forget the Soul, composed of even more subtle
substance, which interpenetrates mind and body. Do remember that the
suffix psycho – common to psychology and psychiatry – really refers to soul. Ψυχη comes from the Greek and means soul.
The soul is the ultimate source of mind and body.
“The spirit (soul) is the master,
the imagination (mind) the tool,
and the body the plastic material.”
Psycho-somatic health exists in a spectrum with psycho-somatic illness
which covers the whole territory. The spectrum covers soul, mind, and
body – the natural trinity of every human being.
Imagine now, someone telling you that your state of bodily comfort or
discomfort, “… is all in your mind.” You may readily and wisely agree:
“Quite so. It is all in my mind. Just like it is, all in your mind.”
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