Effect of Thought on Health and the Body


The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed. – (pg. 26)

The body is the medium of expression of the material consciousness; consequently, the body obeys the orders and processes of the material consciousness, regardless of whether these processes are expressed consciously and intentionally, or unintentionally, or quite simply automatically-unconsciously. – (pg. 160)

At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty. – (pg. 26)

At any rate, the fact is that – at the command of unhealthy, wrong, negative and destructive thoughts – the feelings form in the same way, and then, in turn, through these, the psyche, from which the result then is that the body becomes more susceptible to illnesses and disease, and that the thoughts are constructive, beautiful, positive, happy and equalized, then the feelings and psyche also form likewise. – (pg. 162)

Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought. Sickly thoughts will express themselves through a sickly body. – (pg. 26)

…then it can be recognized that the might of the thoughts is therefore also able to determine the physical wellbeing, and thereby sickness and health in manifold form;…The majority of all human matters have their roots solely in the might of the thoughts. That means that sick, bad, negative and destructive thoughts express themselves in the same kind of unvalues which relate…as well as to the body’s state of health… -(pg. 162)

Thoughts of fear have been known to kill a man as speedily as a bullet, and they are continually killing thousands of people just as surely though less rapidly. – (pg. 26)

If, for example, thoughts of anxiety or fear arise, then they are able to kill just as quickly as a shot from a firearm, if a corresponding action is undertaken. But also under other circumstances, anxiety and fear continually kill thousands of human beings just as certainly as does a deadly, material weapon, only just not as quickly. – (pgs. 162-163)

The people who live in fear of disease are the people who get it. Anxiety quickly demoralizes the whole body, and lays it open to the entrance of disease; while impure thoughts, even if not physically indulged, will soon shatter the nervous system. – (pg. 26)

Solely anxiety or fear about something can have the effect that it makes this real; consequently, a human being, who, for example, lives constantly in a state of anxiety about illness, sooner or later actually becomes ill. The might of the thoughts weakens one’s physical health and the resistance of one’s immune system; consequently, an illness, which is anxiously fought in one’s thoughts suddenly appears. Negative, weak, sick, destructive and wrong thoughts are able to create many kinds of terrible things, and indeed in every regard in an don the human being himself/herself… – (pg. 163)

Strong, pure, and happy thoughts build up the body in vigor and grace. The body is a delicate and plastic instrument, which responds readily to the thoughts by which it is impressed, and habits of thought will produce their own effects, good or bad, upon it. – (pgs. 26-27)

If the thoughts are strong, pure, neutral-positive-equalised, healthy and happy, as well as of a free and loving form, then vitality and resistance against everything negative and destructive are built up by means of their might. Protected thereby is also the body which – as a gentle and plastic instrument – immediately reacts to the kind of the thoughts which the human being tends and nurtures. – (pg.. 164)

Men will continue to have impure and poisoned blood so long as they propagate unclean thoughts. Out of a clean heart comes a clean life and a clean body. Out of a defiled mind proceeds a defiled life and corrupt body. Thought is the fount of action, life and manifestation; make the fountain pure, and all will be pure. – (pg. 27)

As long as the human being nurtures unclean, pessimistic, wrong, sick, bad and negative thoughts, his/her feelings – which, in turn, correspondingly form the psyche, from which one’s life and body are then influenced – will form in equal manner. If the thoughts from one’s consciousness are depraved, then, inevitably, also one’s life and body are depraved…In fact, it is the thoughts which are the wellspring of one’s actions, one’s life and its fulfillment. If the wellspring is bad and negative, then that is also the case with the actions which emerge from it, with one’s life and all factors associated with it. However, if the wellspring is pure, good and positive, then also one’s actions, one’s life and all circumstances connected with it, form, accordingly. – (pg. 166)

Change of diet will not help a man who will not change his thoughts. When a man makes his thoughts pure, he no longer desires impure food. – (pg. 27)

Thoughts cannot be changed by means of a different, new diet or…And if the thoughts have been originally formed in this way, then the human being no longer demands ungood, negative factors and desires, through which his/her thoughts are burdened and steered in a negative form. – (pg. 166)

If you would perfect your body, guard your mind. If you would renew your body, beautify your mind. Thoughts of malice, envy, disappointment, despondency, rob the body of its health and grace. A sour face does not come by chance; it is made by sour thoughts. – (pgs. 27-28)

Therefore, if the human being wants to keep his/her psyche and physical body in top…Therefore, if the human being wants to change and brighten up his/her psyche and, in a certain wise, also his/her body and the appearance of his/her physiognomy…Thoughts with a negative form, thoughts borne of maliciousness, envy,…of disappointment,…bring the same kind of effects for the psyche and for life in all its variations. Therefore, the joyful or sullen facial expression does not come about by chance – which does not exist anyway – rather it comes about solely by means of the might of the joyful or sullen thoughts,.. – (pg. 168)

Wrinkles that mar are drawn by folly, passion, pride. – (pg. 28)

However, the truth is that many such wrinkles emerge through the misuse of thoughts, through foolish thoughts, through manifold kinds of self-created suffering and through completely wrongly understood and wrongly expressed pride, and so forth. – (pg. 168)

I know a woman of ninety-six who has the bright, innocent face of a girl. I know a man well under middle age whose face is drawn into inharmonious contours. The one is the result of a sweet and sunny disposition; the other is the outcome of passion and discontent. – (pg. 28)

The faces of human beings are formed in this way; thus, in old age, once can have a face which, in its appearance, is like that of a young and still unspent human being, while others, in their early years, already display a face which shows extraordinarily disharmonious contours and furrows, which are alarming. With the first, it is the product of a bright, happy and harmonious world of thoughts and a bright, happy and harmonious psyche; with the second the effects of wrong, negative and self-pitying, unsatisfied thoughts. (pgs. 168-170)

As you cannot have a sweet and wholesome abode unless you admit the air and sunshine freely into your rooms, so a strong body and a bright, happy, or serene countenance can only result from the free admittance into the mind of thoughts of joy and good will and serenity. – (pg. 28)

Just as a human being can have no lovingly furnished, well-ventilated, bright and harmonious living space, and space which is beneficial to him/her, if he/she does not, as is necessary, lovingly arrange it, harmoniously form it and air it out and let the sunshine radiate in and warm it; a healthy body and a glad, happy or bright face are only possible when one’s consciousness is filled with thoughts of joy, peace, love and harmony. – (pg. 170)

On the faces of the aged there are wrinkles made by sympathy; others by strong and pure thoughts; and others are carved by passion: who cannot distinguish them? – (pg. 28)

On the faces of human beings there are, for example, wrinkles and features which express the human being’s feelings for fellow human beings or, however, characteristics which express feelings for lower creatures. There are faces which are imprinted with strong and pure thoughts, and others in which negative emotions, negative thoughts, wishes, desires and feelings, and so forth, are expressed in an extremely alarming wise. And often one who observes these faces does not have to be knowledgeable in reading faces in order to be able to determine the differences and signs, and so forth, and in order to gain definite cognitions from them. – (pgs. 170-172)

With those who have lived righteously, age is calm, peaceful, and softly mellowed, like the setting sun. I have recently seen a philosopher on his deathbed. He was not old except in years. He died as sweetly and peacefully as he had lived. – (pg. 28)

If a human being reaches old age and has lived righteously and in peace, love, joy, freedom and harmony, then his/her period of old age is also calm, peaceful, harmonious and equalised, exactly like a magnificent sunset. And dying will also be that way, when the period of terrestrial life ends. Such a human being is only old in years, and he/she dies as peacefully and harmoniously as he/she has lived… – (pg. 172)

There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body; there is no comforter to compare with goodwill for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow. – (pg. 28)

There is no better doctor for the human being than his/her healthy, fresh, pure and neutral-positive-equalised, peaceful, loving and free, harmonious thoughts. (…) If a human being wants to dissolve shades of grief, sorrow, unpeace or misery or lovelesness, the he/she finds the only right comfort solely in his/her thoughts and in the feelings formed as a result of them. – (pg. 172)

To live continually in thoughts of ill-will, cynicism, suspicion, and envy, is to be confined in a self-made prison-hole. – (pgs. 28-29)

However, whoever constantly tends, nurtures and correspondingly lives thoughts of negation, of bad will, of stirring up trouble, of selfishness as well as of egoism and egotism, mistrust, envy, cynicism, thoughts born of being a wiseacre, imperiousness, vice and any other Ausartung, enslaves himself/herself and confines himself/herself to a self-created imprisonment. – (pg. 174)

But to think well of all, to be cheerful with all, and to patiently learn to find the good in all – such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven; – (pgs. 28-29)

But any human being,…who is friendly in the correct measure to each and everyone, brings himself/herself the abundance of the peace, the love and joy and the harmony itself. Whoever patiently learns…that which is good and positive in all things of life and in all situations and events, as well as deeds and experiences, and so forth, will acquire altruistic features, as a result of which the gates of heaven open to him/her, as the old saying goes. – (pgs. 174-176)

and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor. – (pgs. 28-29)

And whoever thinks of peace, love, joy, freedom and harmony, for his/her fellow human beings, and all creatures, every single day, will ultimately bring all these values to himself/herself in great abundance. – (pgs. 174-176)

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