Wow! From your responses to my last post on anxiety, I guess I hit a hot-button. And what is anxiety but a form of fear? Some might say that the opposite of fear is faith but that is not true. The opposite of fear is love. Fear is actually faith that has been misplaced. Or to use the acronym F alse
E vidence A ppearing R eal. When I first read the fact sheet on one of the meds I was given to control my AF the phrase "possible lethal consequences" appeared no less than four times! Obviously someone had a bad outcome. But do I want to believe that for myself? The "placebo effect" is well known to researchers. Give a patient a sugar pill and if they believe it is a wonder drug for their disease their condition will improve. In the spiritual teaching I subscribe to, we say that "thoughts are things" meaning that behind everything in the universe every object every life experience there is a mental cause. They say that up to 80% of all patient complaints in doctor visits have NO ORGANIC CAUSE. Certainly there are contributing factors in AF like obesity, sleep apnea, binge drinking excetera but are they really the root cause? In my own case, I know that my heart was broken for months if not years before my heart was broken. By that I mean that I was in deep despair over the outcomes in some important areas of my life long before the symptoms of AF showed up. The good news in all this is that if our thoughts can make us sick, our thoughts can also make us whole. In other words, we can choose where we place our faith. I for one choose to place faith in my innate wholeness, in positive outcomes, in a universe that is for me, never against me. The best doctors in the world don't cure anyone. They simply are adept in supporting the body's own healing mechanisms. I leave you with the words of Jesus, one of the greatest teachers and healers who ever lived, "it is done to you as you believe".