The picture is of Roger Bannister who ran the first sub 4-minute mile on May 6, 1954. So many people tried, and failed to break the four minute barrier before him, that many thought it was a physical impossibility to accomplish.
The precedent and hypothetical barrier was believed to be that no one could run a mile under four minutes. But after Bannister broke the record, it wasn’t long before several runners continued to lower that mark. Why was it that the best conditioned athletes in the world could not break this barrier until they became aware that someone else could? Although this was a story of a physical phenomenon, it carries into almost every phase of human existence. The precedent becomes the artificially constructed boundary.
P.P. Quimby, the father of the New Thought Movement, wrote an interesting comment in one of his notes that I am paraphrasing...
During the early years of animal magnetism and hypnosis, it was believed by every writer and practitioner, that it was impossible to magnetize a subject during an electrical storm. No one throughout the world was able to do it. During the period that Quimby experimented with hypnotism with his subject Lucius, despite remarkable exhibitions, Quimby could not place Lucius in a mesmeric trance in an electrical storm.
One day, during an exhibition in a crowded and well sound-proofed room, Quimby and Lucius put on their usual exhibition of what was possible under hypnosis. Upon finishing the exhibition, when the doors were opened, Quimby realized that everything had worked perfectly despite an ongoing electrical storm. It was due to this experience that Quimby reasoned that he had fallen for someone else’s belief. He vowed that he would only accept those facts that he could determine for himself.
In the opening paragraph of the Smithsonian Article in the February, 1944 edition, “The New Microscopes,” written by Dr. Seidel and Dr. Winter, regarding Royal R. Rife, “It is not only a reasonable supposition, but already, in one instance, a very successful and highly commendably achievement on the part of Dr. Royal Raymond Rife of San Diego, California, who, for many year, has built and worked with light microscopes which far surpass the theoretical limitations of the ordinary variety of instruments…” How do you surpass a limitation? Obviously it is not a limitation. Precedent is not Principle.
On my previous post, Lap-reading, I was very gratified to read the wonderful and in-depth comments from many of you. Your experiences were profound and encompassed many different countries, cultures and belief systems. Some people expressed how challenges had opened up new vistas and experiences while others expressed how being in nature, being in tune with beauty and love led to profound illuminations.
I also read how some people believe that things are not as easy as we are making it, and it takes diligent work and time to reach particular states of awareness, and as you proceed in uplifting your awareness there are also less then positive influences that enter into your sphere of awareness. My response is since that is your belief, and that is your experience, so it is for you. It does not mean it is that way for everyone else. So, one’s opinion is just that, their opinion.
In 1994 we were invited to participate on a national network show on NBC to discuss work that World Research Foundation was involved with. The live broadcast was shown several days later, unfortunately O.J. Simpson was driving through the streets of Los Angeles, and instead of the show being broadcast throughout the country, the show was only shown in about 6 states. Our foundation still received several thousand calls of which I took one from a woman in Kansas.
After a short discussion the woman asked me if I thought she should take chemotherapy for breast tumors that had been found during an examination at the University Of Kansas Cancer Center. “The patient has a very nasty tumor…it measures 3 cm, has two lymph nodes involved at Level 1 and Level 2…I strongly suggest that she consider taking adjuvant chemotherapy….Some studies suggest beginning chemotherapy between two and eight weeks after a mastectomy…but given her tumor, I would feel uncomfortable waiting that long and feel that the patient is putting herself at risk.”
We spoke for some minutes and I told her I was not allowed to tell her what to do regarding her taking chemo because I was not a medical doctor. Although I had never met her I told her that she was punishing herself for an event that she had done in her life, which I apprehended spiritually, and upon sharing it with her, she acknowledged feeling guilty about it. In a letter she sent several weeks later, “…you spoke to me about my guilt and why I thought I was being punished (my words) and that I was well and cancer free.” Yes, I told her during our phone conversation, that she was not being judged by her Creator, by me or by anyone but herself, and all her tumors were now gone.
In a letter sent to me several weeks after our phone call she said, “In the middle of my wondering if I was truly free of the cancer as you told me, the Cancer Center called and told me that they had again gone over the scans from a month earlier and actually had found more spots on the chest x-ray. They had just now noticed them and asked me to come in again. I said forget it!!” “ A week later I heard a voice tell me that I must go and not be afraid there is true power in belief.”
“During the cat scan I looked up and saw a figure on the machine and it made me smile and I actually laughed out of happiness.” “That afternoon the cancer center called me with the results, they were puzzled but there were no signs of cancer anywhere in my body.” “I know my writing skills are weak, but please do not hesitate to tell my story if it will inspire someone else.”
A woman, who attended a little gathering that I had spoken at, came up to me with her friend and said she had an inoperable cancer in her brain, as diagnosed at the U.C.L.A. Medical Center. She said that she believed that I could help her. I said fine, then your friend and I will see what we can do. Her friend said, I’m not a healer, I replied, do you love your friend? We found an area with some carpeting and I had the woman lie down on the floor with her friend holding her hand. I asked permission to touch her head. I just lightly tapped her head one time and told her the tumor was gone.
One week later she wrote a card to me, “Steven, I have good news – the Peace, Love and Healing you gave me has brought me back into perfect health. Steven words will never say how thankful I am. I am now Cancer Free as related to me by a follow-up at U.C.L.A.” I have had hundreds of experiences such as these over the last 40 years.
I am sharing this because I want you to realize all things are possible and to not get locked into the belief systems of medical specialists or a belief system forced upon you. Anything and everything works in healing. If the healer has the intent, desire and will, and the patient has the willingness to accept, then anything can be used for healing. Someone might be the greatest healer in the world; ‘but because of their unbelief, no mighty miracles occurred.’ J.R. Newton explaining his failures stated, ‘if they didn’t accept the love that I was sharing, than the disease or their ills remained.’ Things can happen instantaneously or ‘not be as easy as people think.’ It’s all a matter of belief.
Please don’t messenger me for healing as that is not the intention of my post. I will encourage you to turn your attention within and recognize yourself as a creator in all areas of your life.
My spirit guidance has encouraged me to share these stories so that I can tell you, that YOU have all the capabilities within you as I have within me. YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH THE SAME THINGS WITH YOURSELF AND OTHERS IF YOU CHOOSE. JUST REALIZE YOU CAN DO IT AND IT WILL BE DONE TO THE EXTENT OF YOUR WISDOM. I am not speaking of the need to be or become more religious. No long courses on learning how to heal and no magic gyrations, words or sounds are needed. It is time for you to go direct to the creativeness within and surround your activity…
With love, in love and through love.