X. AN EMOTIONALLY INDUCED SYMPTOM TENDS TO CAUSE ORGANIC CHANGE IF PERSISTED LONG ENOUGH. (PSYCHOSOMATIC ILLNESS.)
Many physicians will admit that more than 70% of human ailments are emotionally based rather than organic. The subconscious has a powerful effect on our physical being.
This is really an effect of Rule#1 and Rule#2. The body, mind and spirit are inseparable. We have many protective devices to help us. With enough repetitions of negative thoughts or emotions, these can be overridden, and the end result is disease. The word disease tells the whole story. Break that word down, and you have DIS and EASE. The very meaning of these indicates what is happening. We are not at ease. There is disharmony in the overall balance of our existence. This causes weakness, vulnerability and eventually physical illness.
IX. ONCE AN IDEA HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND, IT REMAINS UNTIL IT IS REPLACED BY ANOTHER IDEA. AND THE LONGER THE IDEA REMAINS, THE MORE OPPOSITION THERE IS TO REPLACING IT WITH A NEW IDEA
Once an idea has been accepted, it tends to remain. The longer it is held, the more it tends to become a fixed habit of thinking. This is how habits of action are formed, both good and bad. First, there is the thought, followed by action. We have habits of thinking as well as habits of action, but the thought or idea always comes first. Hence, it is obvious that if we wish to change our actions we must begin by changing our thoughts. We accept as true certain facts. For example, we accept as true that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West and we accept this even though the day may be cloudy and we cannot see the sun. This is an instance of a correct fact conception, which governs our actions under normal conditions. However, we have many thought habits, which are not correct and yet remain fixed in the mind. Some people believe that at critical times, for example, that they must have a drink of whiskey or a tranquilizer to steady their nerves so that they can perform effectively. This is not correct, but the idea is there and it is a fixed habit of thought. There will be opposition to replacing it with a correct idea.
Now, in advancing these rules, we are speaking of fixed ideas; not just idle thoughts or passing fancies. We need to alter fixed ideas of to use them. No matter how fixed the ideas may be or how long they have remained, they can be changed with self-hypnosis and autosuggestion.