The Power of Belief – Using Virtual Reality For Physical Healing


“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford.

What if I told you video games could cure disease? What would you think? I haven’t proved this yet but I’m certain it will become reality relatively soon.

I realize the previous statement might appear dubious so allow me to dress it up a bit. First, I’m not talking about video games in the traditional sense. I’m referring to virtual reality 3-D stereoscopic video experiences. Still confusing, huh? Okay. Let’s get to it.

What if we were able to jump start the subconscious mind with such a believable virtual healing experience that it tricks the person having the experience into believing that healing has actually taken place? And with that belief we realize actual healing.

Here’s a critical piece to this puzzle.

The subconscious mind isn’t able to distinguish a real experience from a simulated or imagined experience.

Virtually everything we are is a result of the thoughts, emotions, impressions, and for the lack of a more elegant term, the programming that dwells in our subconscious minds. We are what we think we are. If we’ve been raised on fear and doubt we are fearful and doubtful. If we’ve spent the better part of our lives in a nurturing environment then we tend to be well adjusted.

But let’s get back to the healing stuff. The subconscious mind will accept whatever we feed it. But it does so on one major condition. The conscious mind must first approve the input. Perhaps you’ve repeated certain affirmations or know someone that has. I did years ago. I was led to believe they were going to make a major difference in my life. But they didn’t. And it wasn’t until much later that I discovered why.

Let’s say you repeat this: I’m healthy, prosperous and loving and everything goes my way. That statement needs to be in line with the rest of the impressions or programming you’ve got sitting in your subconscious. If it isn’t, the conscious mind, the voice you hear in your head all the time, will correct your affirmation, sometimes in not such a pleasant tone.

So what does this have to do with healing? A while back I came down with cancer. I had a large tumor on the back of my tongue. The doctors said it was serious though they felt they could save me. I was to receive very large doses of radiation to my neck and tongue for seven weeks, so much radiation in fact that my taste buds and saliva glands would be totally destroyed. That meant no more saliva and no more sense of taste. But that’s not how it played out.

During the course of the treatment I imagined that a minty green igloo surrounded my neck and mouth and only allowed healing rays in and not harmful rays. And to make a long story short, I didn’t lose my saliva glands or my taste buds. They were damaged but regenerated within the following year to 100 percent functional. The doctors had no answer for it. I told them that I had been visualizing the igloo with only healing rays coming through and not harmful. One of them rolled his eyes and left the room. The other listened to what I had to say.

I explained that I had put all my attention on healing. I told him that I played that little igloo video in my head while receiving the radiation as well as when I was resting at home. He finally said that I managed to save my glands with “mind over matter” thinking. I’ll accept that conclusion.

Which brings us full circle. You probably read the quote at the opening of the article. If not, take a quick look. I believed I could avoid losing two important bodily functions. I had nothing better to do at the time but to keep repeating that I would be okay and to firm that up with visualization exercises. And it worked. Eventually my subconscious mind believed in what I was doing and let the healing impressions do their stuff with my physiology.

And this brings me to my main point. I had no alternative but to imagine an icy igloo (or some other metaphorical healing visualization) as my salvation. It was up to me to keep this exercise going for the full term of the treatment. But how much easier would this have been if I had, say, a cartoon of the igloo with hot rays going in and becoming cool blue rays by the time they hit my neck and mouth? It would have been a lot easier, though I still managed to avoid losing important bodily functions without visual aids other than what my own imagination could conjure.

This stuff isn’t exactly new. People have been doing this type of thing for ages, literally. Some call it visualization. You can get pretty much the same results with guided meditation providing you have a savvy guide. Transcendental meditation will yield the desired results. Hypnosis can also work. The trick is to get the conscious mind occupied. Once you have that you can plant anything you like in the subconscious.

And that’s where virtual reality comes in making things so much simpler. What the subconscious mind accepts becomes reality. If you’ve never strapped on a virtual reality headset you might want to give it a try. It’s amazing. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking at, it becomes very real. I should back up just a bit. It’s as real as the programmer bothered to make it. But in nearly all situations a professionally produced VR experience appears real.

So how does this fit into my major premise? If you have doubts about healing or your love life or your chances of getting into law school or whatever might be on your mind, it’s likely your conscious mind is doubtful. That’s its job. It wants to keep you safe but it often gets weird about it. Now, imagine you’ve just presented your conscious mind with a virtual experience so authentic that it doesn’t give it a second thought. It appears real and so it is real. And bingo! The image, belief or whatever it may be finds a home in your subconscious.

And if that impression is a believable healing experience then real healing takes place in the body. Years ago I was saved with the “analog” application of this modality. The digital version is on its way. Peace.