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The Healing Power of the Mind

by Serina Aramaki


Have you ever thought of your life as a workbook?

Believe it or not, before we come into this world, we’ve chosen our parents, siblings and friends, what we’ll study in school and pursue as a career, the person we’ll marry, the illnesses we’ll experience, and so forth. We all plan our lives while still on the spiritual plane. 

Our souls might plan to experience extreme challenges because they know we’ll need these hardships in order to grow and evolve. Are those decisions easy to make on the spiritual plane? Yes, they are. Are they easy to live with here on earth? No, they’re not.

 Unfortunately, when we incarnate into human form and find ourselves dealing with a challenge like serious illness, we might feel that all hope is lost. But if we can shift our perspective from a physical to a spiritual point of view and consciously remember that life is the workbook of the soul, we can also shift from hopelessness and victimization to empowerment.

 Life as a Workbook

Workbooks are designed to make us learn. They present problems we must work to solve—and, happily, there are solutions to every problem. The problems may get harder as we progress though the workbook, but that’s the point. How else can we grow? As we solve each problem, we become more knowledgeable and even more grateful. This, in turn, brings us more joy and happiness.

What a difference this spiritual perspective makes. Try it!

For example, if you’re ill, instead of feeling put upon and victimized, think about the illness as a problem you gave yourself before you were born. Then you can start thinking of ways to resolve it. Of course, getting proper medical attention is important, but it’s equally vital to contemplate your inner self and focus on the cause of your illness.

If you planned this illness between lives, what was the purpose? Maybe you had also planned to be a hard worker completely focused on your career, and you knew that you would need a break at some point to get back in touch with your spiritual nature.

Perhaps you chose your illness so that you might realize how powerful the mind is. Many people still believe that the mind is simply an operation of the brain, with no physical impact, but that’s not true. Our thoughts can both create and heal illness.

The Mind as Healer

Scientific studies have proven that thoughts evoking strong negative emotion, such as hatred, anger, jealousy and depression, have a harmful effect on the body, triggering the release of stress hormones and the creation of free radicals that damage cells and cause autoimmune diseases and dysfunction. Likewise, when our thoughts are sad, grief fills our heart and tears begin to flow, or when we unexpectedly recognize an old friend, our heart bursts with love and gratitude. These feelings are not logical reactions of the cerebrum, but rather the result of chemical reactions triggered by our thoughts, which are overseen by our deeper spiritual nature and intuition.

The mind has very special and strong powers, and depending on your perspective, you can use them to help yourself and others. After all, if your mind, or consciousness, preordained the workbook of your life in this incarnation, it already knows the solutions to the problems it has put before you.

Serina Aramaki is director of production and distribution in HS Productions, the award-winning media arm of the burgeoning Happy Science, a Japanese spiritual organization.

Immortal Hero Conveys the Mind’s Healing Power

Interested in the healing power of the mind? A new Japanese film coming to New York in October illustrates the power of the mind to heal illness. Immortal Hero is based on the true story of Ryuho Okawa, a best-selling author and the founder and CEO of the Japanese spiritual movement Happy Science. The film portrays Okawa as a Japanese publisher who suffers complete heart failure but literally comes back to life through the power of his own mind and the will to complete his earthly mission to help uplift humanity. For theaters, showtimes and more information, visit