Q&A: Law of Attraction & Placebos
This guest post from our much loved community member, Robert Higginson, has been in the queue for a while, but it’s super relevant to me now as I’ve been spending a lot of time with my sweetie in hospitals lately.
(Two elective surgeries in three weeks; not the route I personally would take.)
So while I’m happy to visit the acupuncturist and learn EFT from my coach to improve health, my partner chooses a completely different tactic. Is one better than another?
I’ve noticed my judgment about his choice to go under the knife instead of explore hypnosis, herbal or some other alternative remedy, which is why I appreciate this post from Robert on “magic pills.”
We know this much: it doesn’t matter so much what we do as does our belief in what we do.
Here’s Robert with some excellent questions for the Good Vibe community on how to leverage the power of the mind with placebos:
“One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small”—lyrics to White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane.
In a recent article in USA Today it was reported that one third of people who take a placebo report feeling better. And a placebo is defined as a fake drug, or as Jefferson Airplane puts it, one that doesn’t do anything at all.
That raises certain ethical questions, like, should doctors prescribe placebos? In the same article it was reported that half of all doctors surveyed admitted that they had prescribed a placebo.
Would you want your doctor to give you a placebo? Would you feel good about giving someone else a placebo? For example, a parent has a child who is afraid of the dark, so at bedtime the child is given an M-n-M and told that it is a pill that will give them courage.
Good parenting, or teaching a child that it’s okay to lie?
And then there is the other side of the issue, which is; if I heal myself by what I believe, do I even need to go to the doctor?
The law of attraction says that my energy flows where my attention goes, so is going to the doctor sending energy to my illness?
I guess it depends on what I believe doesn’t it? If only I could give myself a placebo. But how can I give myself a placebo when I “know” that it isn’t “real?”
If there is a way to do it, I’m sure that the people in this community will know. What do you think about placebos? If they work, is there anything wrong with them? And is there some way that I can give myself a placebo?
I guess technically this is a Guest Q&A! Thanks for a great topic, Robert – can’t wait to hear the community’s answers!