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4.0 out of 5 stars Another contribution to the mind over matter philosophy, 22 Aug. 2010
This review is from: It's The Thought That Counts: Why Mind Over Matter Really Works (Paperback)
It's the Thought that Counts: Why mind over matter really works by David Hamilton, Hay House, London, 2005, 224 ff.

Another contribution to the mind over matter philosophy
By Howard Jones

This book would provide a good introduction to Candace Pert's book on the same subject, Molecules of Emotion. Dr Pert's book is quite biochemical and might seem rather challenging for those without a fair science background. Dr Hamilton also qualified as a medical chemist and while working for a pharmaceutical company studying the effects of drugs he noticed how effective placebos were in producing the desired remedies without the sometimes drastic side-effects of pharmaceutical preparations.
To paraphrase his opening comments: the book describes how all of our thoughts and emotions, ideas, beliefs, hopes and dreams affect the condition of every part of our bodies working through neuropeptides, a subject in which Candace Pert was a pioneer. As well as directly influencing the circumstances of our own lives, these hormones indirectly influence other minds throughout the world through the coherence that is a characteristic of the world in its quantum physics interpretation. Psychologist C.J. Jung described this global mind-set as the collective unconscious.
The mind-body interaction works both ways: if you can, through focused volition, induce the mind into a state of calm or positive creativity, this will benefit the body - a good example of this is the benefit of placebo medication. But negative thoughts have the reverse nocebo effect on the body, while negative influences like `recreational' drugs or contaminants in food and water taken into the body adversely affect the mind. These effects have been widely publicised in a number of academic journals and books written by biochemists, pharmacologists and psychologists.
Hamilton here surveys the benefits of meditation, faith healing, prayer and homeopathy, working through DNA. The structure of the DNA found in most of the cells in the body is fixed in the developing foetus, but it has been discovered over the last decade or so that its conformation and function can be modified by these neuropeptides working through RNA: the result is that our DNA is influenced by how we think and feel. This is what is meant by visualisation - thinking yourself well. Genes are influenced positively by peace and love, negatively by fear and anger. This brings us to The Power of Intention, the title of another book by Wayne Dyer. Louise Hay herself has written several books on this subject.
This is a very readable and inspiring book for those who are willing and able to take its message on board and use it to change their lives for the better. There are References and an Index at the end of the book.

Dr Howard A. Jones is the author of The Thoughtful Guide to God (2006) and The Tao of Holism (2008), both published by O Books of Winchester, UK.

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