“Oh, I don’t believe in if anymore. If’s an illusion” ...Roger Whittaker
How large and space-filling is the two-letter word, “If?” I think it’s formally known as a conjunction, but whatever it may be, most of the time it seems to be filled with hindsight – and other times it’s full of finality.
Can anyone really provide a definition for it? Is it a condition upon which we base some actions – if you’re going then I’ll go too; is it a requirement – if you want me to go, then you have to go; or is it a stipulation—you must put it in writing that you’re going if you want me to go? Well it can be either one or all three at once. As it’s used in the title I’ve chosen for this post it fits into the finality category — for it can’t be disputed. If there’s only one, then it’s an absolute certainty that there can’t be two.
In his song, I don’t believe in if anymore, it seems that Roger Whittaker became so frustrated with all the wonderful things that if was subtracting from his imagining of how he would like life to be that he decided he didn’t believe in it anymore, and therefore, he placed it in the category of illusions.
In this post, I’m going to use the word, if, in a very simple question that comes to mind as I recall a conversation that my wife and I had with a friend a short while ago. This friend’s spouse is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. And because we had been researching the benefits of adding coconut oil to our diet, and learned that it may be beneficial to Alzheimer’s patients, we made the suggestion that they should try it.
That suggestion was met with this response: “No, I’m sorry, but we tried that and it didn’t help. We’ve tried everything; believe me, but none of those natural things work. We have to accept reality; there’s no cure, and therefore, we’ll just have to live with it.”
And as I sit here and sink down into the part of my memory where I’ve stored that conservation, I shine the light of wondering around, and suddenly a question dances forth from my power of reasoning. It dances and glows brightly as it whispers into my, “would like to know,” space — if it works for some, why doesn’t it work for others?
And then, I say to myself; that’s an excellent question, I’m so glad the light of wondering was able to awaken it. For it seems there is an ample supply of evidence that Coconut Oil does help in some cases of Alzheimer’s. And now the same question glows brighter and brighter still, as it turns itself into the subject of this post, which is, if it works for some, why doesn’t it work for everyone?
I’m sure I know the answer, and now I’m face-to-face with a conundrum, which is this – explaining it in a gentle, coherent, and most importantly, a believable manner. But nevertheless, I’m going to give it a try, and hopefully it will come across reasonable enough, to, at least, get you to consider it as being a possibility. You’ve probably heard it said that we humans create our own reality. Well I don’t believe that anyone but God can create reality, but that being said, I do believe that each one of us makes our own world as we perceive it. That’s why everything is so different for each of us. We each smell and taste differently; for example, some people love the taste of raw onions, whereas I don’t, that’s because I taste differently.
You’ve also probably heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What does that mean? If I look at a scene, and you’re standing there with me looking at the same scene; would we both perceive it the same way? Well it’s highly probable that we would both see it differently. I may like it, whereas you might dislike it, but even if we both liked it, it doesn’t necessarily mean we both perceived it the same. The point is, we may both look at the same thing and perceive it totally different.
Those of you that have been following my posts probably know by now that I’m a firm believer in the power of thought. I fact, I don’t believe there’s anything but thought, but I also realize just how far out there such a statement is, so I’ll tread lightly for now. But there has to be a reason why a supplement will benefit one person and not work for another; and you can rest assured that there is a reason.
It’s the same reason that causes the scenario we refer to as the “placebo effect.” Most of us have heard about the placebo effect; it happens when a doctor prescribes a fake medication that the patient believes to be real. If the patient takes the fake medication in conjunction with a suggestion from the doctor that it will assist in healing, an improvement called the placebo effect will usually occur. If the medication is not real then it’s certain–that it has no medicinal value. Therefore any improvement in the patient’s condition must be attributed to something else. And if we take the time and think about it, then we must reach the conclusion that this something else can be none other than the patient’s thoughts and beliefs.
This is a prime example of the subject of this post, but, more importantly, it shows that there’s a power, already inherent within us that can bring about a change in the condition of an illness — if we can be tricked into using it. You can use this wondrous power, and prevent, or even eliminate, any disease or adverse condition from your body. Some people unintentionally use it and do just that in the placebo effect mentioned above. The suggestion from a higher authority — the doctor — that the medication will help causes the patient to overcome the feelings of helplessness and fear. Overcoming these feelings causes the illusion of sickness to disappear.
Because it fits right in with the subject, I’m going to end this post with a few words of wisdom from the poem, Secret Thoughts, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. She said, “I hold it true that thoughts are things endowed with bodies, breath, and wings, and that we send them forth to fill the world with good results – or ill. . .”
As always, eat healthy, get some exercise, allow yourself to be happy, make the right decisions, keep your thoughts positive as much as possible – and may God richly Bless you.