The BODY/MIND Connection

alicebook“…our emotional and psychological states do greatly influence the onset and passage of illness, as well as our ability to heal.”
Deb Shapiro,
Your Body Speaks Your Mind

Unity began over 100 years ago as a healing movement.  Our co-founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore understood that our thoughts and prayers have a huge impact on our ability to heal.  That is not to say that any illness will be healed this way but that it will support healing.  We learn to be conscious co-creators in our healing process.  There are now modern-day scholars, researchers, scientists and doctors that work with a whole aspect of medicine called psychoneuroimmunology which supports the view and experience of the Fillmore’s so long ago.
Here is a great official definition of “psychoneuroimmunology” for you from Wikipedia:
Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body.[1] 
The way I understand it is that our thoughts, emotions, our general state of being and awareness, will have an impact on how we heal.  This is now studied scientifically – isn’t this wonderful?  Science is helping us study this connection and also encourage the engagement of the BODY/MIND in healing.
You might be wondering what this has to do with your spiritual journey or your soul evolution.  Working with our thoughts and emotions is a spiritual process.  The emotions are windows to the soul.  In my personal experiences of healing and working with hundreds of people over the years, there always seems to be a psycho-spiritual aspect to the healing.  And even if there isn’t a “physical” healing or cure, there is a possibility of soul healing within every illness.  Eric Butterworth says there is an “ALLNESS within every illness.”  It is our work to find the “ALLNESS” or God, in the midst of our pain.
In health and wellness,

Rev. Cynthia Alice Anderson (RCA)
Senior Minister


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