Mind and Spirit

ByDr. Paul Mach, DN

"Miracles happen in our life all the time.....  We just talk ourselves out of it."
Mother Angelo


"When enlightenment comes don't talk too much about it, just live it in your own way.
With humility and depth rewards come naturally.
Who can enjoy enlightenment and remain indifferent to world suffering?
This is not keeping with the way.
Only those who increase their service along with their understanding can be called men and woman of TAO. 
Like a lake the heart can be calm and quiet having great depth beneath it.
This is the profound simple truth:
You are the master of your life and death.
What you do…what you are.”
Lao Tzu


“Then Jesus  called his twelve disciples together,
and gave them power and authority.....to cure diseases.
And he sent them to preach the Kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.”

Luke 9: 1,2


As a holistic doctor I feel that we must attend not only to the physical body, neglecting the supreme importance of the mind and spirit.  Norman Cousins states, "Hope, purpose and determination are not merely mental states.  They have electrochemical connections that play a large part in the working of the immune system and indeed, in the entire economy of the total human organism....The emotional state of the patient has specific effects on the mechanisms involved in illness and health.  The modern physician therefore... will prescribe not just out of the pharmacy, or his little black bag, but out of the magnificent apothecary that is the human brain, which can activate and potentate the healing system.  The roster of emotions are hope, faith, love, will to live, festivity, playfulness, purpose and determination.  These are powerful biochemical prescriptions."

The mental belief you hold and imagine about yourself can make you well or destroy you.  The thoughts held in mind create of their kind.  There are documented cases of pure desire and will keeping people alive, way beyond what is humanly possible.  My father tells stories of the Korean War where people were dead, yet shear mind power and adrenaline kept them advancing and firing.  Without a positive thought set in motion, and a will to live and be healthy, you are already defeated.  Positive affirmations and gut level beliefs affect us at the core of our being.  They produce positive feelings and results on a cellular level.  Negative toxic beliefs and pessimism cause us to see the glass half empty and set a negative downward spiral in motion.

Q. One patient lay on his sick bed and says, “ It’s all up to you now, Doc.”
The second patient raised themselves up, looked at the doctor and said, “ I’ve got to do something to          get well.  I’ve got so much to live for.  Can you help me?”

In my opinion, the mental, emotional and spiritual facets of a human's being must be addressed.  In today’s climate of abounding scientific knowledge and advanced technology it is easy to forget the power of the mind, the heart, the spirit and the energetic power intertwined with health.


“You will be made whole as you make whole,
 for to perceive in sickness the appeal for health is to recognize in hatred the call to love.”

A Course In Miracles


 I believe firmly in the fact that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. 
This is our journey. 
The Earth is our school.
The life we choose to lead, based upon our moment-by-moment decisions and choices, provides for us our curriculum.
What we do in class and gain from this field trip is up to us….and we are responsible.

As Doctor Edward Bach so eloquently states, “Disease is in essence the result of conflict between Soul (or spirit) and Mind, and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort.  Such efforts, if properly made with understanding, can cure and prevent disease by removing those basic factors which our its primary cause.  No effort directed to the body alone can do more than superficially repair the damage, and in this there is no cure, since the cause is still operative and at any moment again demonstrate its presence in another form. …What we know as disease, is the terminal stage of a much deeper disorder, and to ensure complete success in treatment it is obvious that in dealing with the final result alone will not be wholly effective unless the basic cause is also removed.  There is one primary error, which man can make, and that is action against Unity: this originates in self-love.  So also we may say there is but one primary affliction-discomfort, or disease.”

Doctor Bach goes on to state, “the real primary diseases of man are such defects as pride, cruelty, hate, self-love, ignorance, instability and greed; and each of these, if considered, will be found to be adverse to Unity.  Such defects as these are the real diseases (using the word in the modern sense) and it is a continuation and persistence in such defects after w have reached that stage of development when we know them to be wrong, which precipitates in the body the injurious results we know as illness.”

Emotional thoughts affect our well-being.  If we have one leg in the past and one leg in the future, we have our ass in the present.  Our emotional roller coaster, our fears and feelings affect our bodily functions.  Depression, now epidemic in our country is a catharsis for many a malady.  It has been shown that various negative emotions affect specific organs or organ systems.  Bach flower essences help to resolve emotions thus curing illness.  As you think so you are.  Our true life force is our emotions.  My best friend, who was a cancer patient, said that in a private cancer discussion group almost every patient was able to discuss the emotion, resentment and issue they were holding on to that caused and affected their disease.  Please let go.  Turn it over.  Every word or thought spoken or held internal is like planting a seed.  We will reap the results of our emotions and what our self-talk is.

Spirituality is always a touchy subject.  More people kill each other over religion than any other reason.  Our common spirituality is at the core of our religious affiliation.

It is through learning health principles, set down by the universe, that allow us to continually search for truth, and to act and teach how to preserve our body, mind, and spirit.  It is our right under the original Constitution of the United States of America that allows you and me to pursue our spiritual beliefs whether its through God directly or one of his many children, or his various names or spiritual leaders named Buddha, Allah, Yahweh, Jesus, Krishna, higher power or even if we choose atheism or only believe in the godliness of ourselves or our deep spiritual interactions with others.

It is through this spiritual energy, whether through communication with God of your understanding, meditation, pilgrimages or any form of high vibration that has a salutary effect on the spirit and soul that is the most powerful healer, capable of neutralizing the harmful influences on the material plane.