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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:54 PM

The scientific power of thought. Muscles can be built simply by imagination. No joke.

The hard science of the power of the imagination.

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Reply The scientific power of thought. Muscles can be built simply by imagination. No joke. (Original post)
snagglepuss Jan 2013 OP
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #1
snagglepuss Jan 2013 #3
2naSalit Jan 2013 #9
tama Jan 2013 #7
Kalidurga Jan 2013 #2
Incitatus Jan 2013 #4
tama Jan 2013 #5
enough Jan 2013 #6
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #8

Response to snagglepuss (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:02 PM

1. So does this help explain why prayer or healing tends to work for those who are spiritual believers?

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:11 PM

3. That is a great question. Perhaps it depends on whether the prayers are focused

on the illness or the positive outcome?

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:54 PM

9. On the positive outcome...

I have a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer, she and some friends got together and held regular "sessions" and in about six weeks, the cancer was gone. I've heard other stories much like this from all belief systems, it is possible, have to be able to focus and live as though it's already happened. Everything is energy, focus of energy can make anything possible as thought is also energy. And that's what anyone who has done this will tell you.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:35 PM

7. Hmm

 

This is more about power of self-healing, but external influences such as you describe can function as catalysts and initiate and/or aid the process - especially if you are conscious of getting such help and don't object to it.

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Response to snagglepuss (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:03 PM

2. That is amazing.

So, could they make that part of physical therapy at some point? Have a therapist prepare patients who aren't quite ready for physical therapy get ready for it by guided imagination exercises?

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Response to snagglepuss (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:25 PM

4. I'd like to see these studies he claims to prove this

and if they are peer-reviewed. I'll search later when I'm at my desktop.

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Response to snagglepuss (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:27 PM

5. It's been well known for long time

 

For example, top athletes use lot of mental training, especially visualizing perfect activity. And muscles, balance, body coordination etc. get trained during mental visualization quite similarly as in physical training.

Eastern martial arts have been doing this for ages. This aspect is especially emphasized in Yi Quan.

Thanks for posting, nice to see hard science catching on.

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Response to snagglepuss (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:32 PM

6. As Williams James said, one learns to ice skate in summer, and to

swim in winter.

I'd be more impressed with the "muscular" part of this study if it had focused on something other than the fingers, which in our current part of human evolution are more obviously tied to the mind than any other group of muscles.

Interesting. Thanks for posting.

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Response to enough (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:42 PM

8. That explains why skaters and skiers visualize their routines and the turns on the downhill etc.

visualize their routines and the turns on the downhill etc. They are actually practicing!

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