Is mind over matter real? Can thoughts influence things?
The answer may surprise you. Quite simply, yes.
Mystics throughout the ages have taught meditation and other forms of “thought control,” but it was the pioneering work of Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto that demonstrated that freezing water from different sources presented very different crystalline structures when viewed under a microscope.
His research team looked at tap water, river water, and lake water. Pure water samples from pristine sources froze into “beautiful crystals,” but they could not observe any beautiful crystals from frozen water taken near big cities or from tap water.
Emoto then conducted a thought experiment – on freezing water. Observations were made after “showing letters to water,” “showing pictures to water,” “playing music to water,” and “praying to water.”
Using twice-distilled water as a pure experimental control, the results were astonishing:
“The result was that we always observed beautiful crystals after giving good words, playing good music, and showing, playing, or offering pure prayer to water. On the other hand, we observed disfigured crystals in the opposite situation.”
Thoughts appear to create vibrations which can affect the physical structure of – everything? Compare the “beautiful crystals” of water frozen to the soothing and melodic strains of the folk song “Edelweiss” to the “ugly crystals” from a loud, pounding, shrieking Heavy Metal song and see the striking difference:
Ice frozen to “Edelweiss”
Ice frozen to Heavy Metal
In another thought experiment, Ikea set up two identical Dracaena plants and piped recordings of school kids either saying nice things to or bullying the foliage. The plant that got loving words thrived, whereas the plant that received only negative words wilted and turned brown.
Biofeedback technologies also demonstrate that we can regulate “migraine headaches, chronic pain, incontinence, and high blood pressure” by altering our own brain waves.
Knowing all this, it should come as no surprise that award-winning British psychologist Marisa Peer believes that our mental powers can reverse aging.
Peer is an expert on aging. In her first book, published when she herself was much younger, she wrote that merely by changing our thoughts, beliefs and language we can become younger, live longer, look and feel better physically, keep a great memory into your 90s, stay “fit, active and healthy” your entire life, and slow down aging.
Peer has helped many women conceive and birth healthy babies after their medical doctors told them they could not get pregnant due to advanced age, low or no ovulation, or other health obstacles. Peer describes her technique, which is the constant application of affirmative conviction and willful resolve to achieve the desired effects, be they youthfulness, slimming down, or breaking addictions.
Peer was inspired at the beginning of her career by Ellen Langer who, in 1979, had tested the physiological effects on men aged 75 who lived for one week in a closed retreat where all the furnishings, music, magazines, and newsreels came from 1959 – 20 years earlier.
Disregarding the study participants’ chronological ages (the time elapsed since birth), Langer tested the 75-year-old men at the beginning of the study for their biological age, and measured:
• Finger length
• Muscle mass
• Bone density
• Physical strength
After seven days of “pretending it was 20 years earlier, every single one of them reversed their age by a minimum of seven years.” Some of them reversed their biological age by ten years.
That finding is nothing short of astonishing. How could this happen? One of the study participants explained it simply:
“I forgot to be old. I slipped back into that world of 25 years ago. I forgot I was 88.”
According to Peer, chronological age is completely irrelevant where aging is concerned. An individual’s biological age is what counts, and that is different for different people – and even for different parts of the same body. A person who runs regularly “will have a heart and lungs of 30, but knees of 50 – and if they run in the sun, skin of 52.”
Furthermore, aging is “massive disuse of the body followed by massive disuse of the brain.” When we stop using our brains, it loses functionality and we feel older.
Peer says we can change our biological age with our psychological age, “the age you feel.”
Our self-talk is vital to anti-aging. Avoid explaining forgetfulness with the excuse “because I’m old.” Peer points out that children forget things all the time and no one ever says, “It’s because they’re young.”
To age “incredibly well,” never mention your age or refer to it – because it doesn’t matter. Aging is “an expectation we live up to” so to stay young, change your thoughts, your language, and your beliefs.
Peer bottoms lines her psychological treatment plan for all of us:
“Don’t give in to aging. Just defy it. It doesn’t even exist.”