If a medicine developed shows the same amount of cure as the placebo, then it’s discarded. Scientifically it is a good practice, because if the medicine is not showing better results than placebo, why not just use the placebo as the medicine? There is no advantage to any medicine that equals the effect of a placebo. Therefore, people discard those failed drugs, and people tend to ignore placebos in general, other than using them as controls.
However, if you peel off the veil and look at its essence, placebo might be the best medicine there is. And behind the placebo effect is the power of the mind.
If you read carefully about Wikipedia’s explanation about placebo, you will notice that the expectations of the mind play an important role in generating results revealed by placebos.
An online dictionary pinpointed the source of the placebo effect: BELIEF!
It is belief, in combination with expectations, that created the placebo effect. By simply having a positive expectation of whatever you eat, drink, take or do, it will have a positive effect on you! Isn’t that great? In addition, you can certainly expand the choices of substances typically being used as a placebo. Placebo effect shows us a tip of the iceberg, that is the power of your consciousness, the power of your thinking. In fact, you do not need physical substances at all, a feeling or imagination is just as good.
I remember going through a mind training course, which advised people to briefly meditate in front of their food before they eat. Infuse positive feelings to your food or drink before consumption. Believe and expect that whatever you take benefits your body and mind. Can you call that a placebo? You can if you want. The name doesn’t really matter. What matters is the belief and expectations you set up, it is what you hold in mind, your consciousness.
It reminds me of Masaru Emoto’s groundbreaking studies of water in response to consciousness. Dr. Emote, found that water, being exposed to music, words spoke or typed, pictures or videos conveying different feelings, showed different structures, ranging from beautiful to chaotic, after being crystallized.
I believe it’s not just water, other matters respond to our thought molecularly in subtle ways too, many of which may not even be detected by our scientific equipment. Thought affects matter, even though often times it may not be visible to our naked eyes. The belief and expectations you hold in your mind affects the results you get of course, such as the placebo effect that we all know of. The placebo effect is simply one detectable effect of the power of mind in a particular regard.
You may know some people who are trying to lose weight but are frustrated with it. They complain that even if they drink water they gain fat. Could it be because of their beliefs? Do they believe that losing weight is impossible for them? Are they afraid they are packing up more weight even when they are eating perfectly healthy food?
- What is your belief and expectations towards certain matters?
- Would you like the “placebo effect” to work for you?
- Would you like to use your consciousness to impact things in a positive way?
I suggest that you use the placebo effect as often as you can throughout your day. Infuse your food and drink with positive energy and loving thoughts, instead of blaming yourself for could have been eating better. Hold positive believe and expectations. Have faith in the goodness of things and people, for that is what you will see, goodness.