Dr. Chris Northrup is one of my favorite doctors. I have never read anything she has written without learning something. In a tape on creating health, she said, “In the cultures where a woman’s stature increases after menopause, such as the Kung tribe, there are no symptoms at menopause. They don’t have a word for ‘hot flash.’”
The lesson is clear: those who condition their mind to look forward to something get through it easier because that’s the way they have conditioned their minds.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you are asking, “Do you mean to say women have problems with menopause because they expect to? Because they have conditioned themselves to expect problems?”
That is exactly what Dr. Northrup is saying, isn’t it? If women in an entire culture glide through menopause because their stature increases in that culture with age, how could that be anything but a beneficial conditioning of individual minds through the mass mindset?
In American society, the stature of older women does not increase. All day long, 365 days a year, TV tells them to exercise and take hormones and do everything they can to stay young. If they can’t stay young, they are told how to keep looking young. The clear message is that you are ready to be deposited in the dumpster when you look or feel old.
Society also conditions old people to plan their life by when they might expect death. If you don’t recondition your mind, you will not do projects because you are constantly thinking you might die before you finish them.
Once when St. Francis was working in his garden, a monk scolded him for “wasting time in mundane pursuits” when he could be doing spiritual things. St. Francis was one of those advanced beings who had seen there are no mundane pursuits and that all we do can be our spiritual practice. The monk said, “What would you do if you knew you would die in an hour?” St. Francis said, “I would keep working in my garden.”
It doesn’t take a Ph.D. and years of research to clearly see that we bring disease, misery, and poverty on ourselves all the time by expecting it. If diabetes runs in our family, we condition our mind to have it. If life was a grind for our parents and they agreed to live life as a grind, we will likely be miserable and view our own life as a grind.
Myrtle Fillmore, the co-founder of the Unity School of Christianity, was dying of tuberculosis because it “ran in her family” and she had it. One night she heard a lecturer say, “You are a child of God and you do not inherit disease.” By pondering that phrase daily, she was healed and lived to a ripe age.
Jesus said, “Call no man your father except your Father in heaven.” I think He would have also said, “Call no woman your mother except the Spirit of God” (‘spirit’ in all forms is always feminine gender throughout the bible --bet no preacher ever told you that.)
He was not disparaging our earthly parents with these words but pointing to the higher principle of our divine parentage. If we condition ourselves to that parentage, we will not walk around expecting diabetes and cancer and all the things that terrorize us.
Vernon Howard taught us to constantly recondition our minds by making a game of catching the things that condition us wrongly. Once you set out to notice all the ways the world is conditioning you, you will se what a profitable game Vernon was recommending.
In a recent writing I mentioned the verse, “Be not conformed to this world,” and recommended the J.B. Phillips translation, “Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold.”
Mold your own attitudes. It might save you from hot flashes. Even death.
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