The Placebo Effect

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Someone once told me that running around barefoot on the grass while wearing red undies can help stimulate a healthy menstrual cycle.

I have to admit that I have tried it, and I think it worked however, many would argue that perhaps it was a placebo.

The idea of the ‘placebo effect’ is so strong that even when (probably narrow minded) pharmaceutical giants test out drugs, they too give some patients a placebo instead of the drug to determine its effectiveness.

This just goes to prove the power of the mind. The mind is one of the strongest tools we have, it is even stronger than our physical blood and bones, however as the cliché goes, ‘with great power comes great responsibility’.

Our mind is so strong that being caught up with just a few negative thoughts can turn into a vicious cycle. Sure, we all have bad days but when we consistently live in fear, jealousy, anger and hate we slowly begin to absorb all of this into our bodies.

Our mind is so powerful that it can take these thoughts and begin to manifest dis-ease.

Being ‘negative’ doesn’t directly create negative physical experiences but it emotionally makes us interpret an experience as being negative.


Who determines what is negative and what is positive? We do, society does, the media does.

But, there really is no such thing as good or bad, it’s our perception and when our perception is unconscious, that is, when we are oblivious to our thoughts, actions and feelings, that is when our mind goes haywire.

How many times a day do you say to yourself that you are stupid, unworthy, or that you are a failure? How many times a day do you stop yourself from doing something out of fear of not being good enough? How many times a day do you stop to say that you love yourself?

If you don’t know the answer then perhaps you should take some time to look.

Look deep within yourself, and although you may find millions of thoughts, you may find those pesky self limiting thoughts, or that one loud negative thought, and then all you have to do is turn it around.

Being conscious of your thought pattern is the first step.

Our thoughts really do create our reality, but this is not some esoteric thing where you can pray for a car and it turns up (although I have seen it happen)- no, this is deeper than that.

Through life shit happens and good things happen, it’s how you deal with these things that creates your reality.

The mind can be led to believe all sorts of things, why not use the placebo effect to your advantage?

About the author

Tanaaz

Creator of Forever Conscious and other things.

  • Placebo Effect

    Is it the negative thought that is negative, or our perception of it? In theory calling yourself stupid or unworthy could have a “positive” effect. Say someone really was “stupid” or “unworthy”, perhaps fully absorbing that and working to improve upon it and being at peace with it is healthy. I’ve seen extremely “positive” people, but I know they are not truly positive, they are just afraid of thinking about and addressing the negative.

    We all take different things from life and the experiences that come with it, but I find truth to be most fulfilling. I don’t think it’s wrong to be extremely self-critical or what others may perceive as negative, but you need to have the proper tools to use that in a productive way.

    Mastering your own psychology and utilizing it in a way that benefits the world and you is fine, but people can take it too far and skew their reality so much that they lose any real perspective. It goes back to the philosophical question of whether someone would rather have an easy life that is built upon ignorance, or a tougher life with a much deeper understanding. Blue pill or red pill?

    • Thank you for your comment!

      I definitely think we need to “address the negative” and yes, what we consider negative is just our perception however, the main message here is to open ourselves consciously.

      Once we are aware of our thoughts – whether they are “positive” or “negative” we have the power to change them how we want to manifest what it is that we desire.

      And I agree, the truth is definitely the most fulfilling, but what is the truth? Again, its your perception. Being positive is not ignoring the “truth” but it is understanding it and taking the gift from it.

      I think you would really like this article- http://foreverconscious.com/spiritual-adversity-a-lesson-in-hard-times

  • J. Patel

    Thus the old saying….”Mind over Matter”!

    • Exactly!
      Thank you for your comment 🙂

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  • mangyscavenger .

    Isn’t spontaneous remission of cancer a mind over matter phenomenon, possibly linked to the placebo effect? God will heal me, I don’t have time for cancer, I need to live long enough to raise my children so I simply can’t really have cancer, the doctor is full of it, ect… Seems like these patients program the mind for health and the body follows the mind’s orders, or new programming.

    If your mind operates your body, then it should know how to address illness, or even aging, if those are the orders.

    Focus, or attention to whatever you’re trying to achieve seems like one key to using this. Coming to believe it works, so much so that you are absolutely positive about the effectiveness, seems like another.

    Now, how does one reprogram one’s mind for optimal health without allowing disbelief to counter that programming?