Positive Thinking and Hearing Loss
This California SHHH convention workshop was given by Susan Roberts. Susan has normal hearing, but has a lifetime of experience with her mother’s hearing loss. She is the author of a book entitled “Lifting the Veil of Silence”.
Susan believes that the words we use affect our body, that positive words will create healthier attitudes and healthier bodies. She also thinks that what we believe influences physical outcomes. As an example she cites the case of people with multiple personalities who suffer an injury that leaves a noticeable scar, but the scar is only visible when the personality that experienced the injury is expressed. When a different personality is present in the body, the scar is absent!
When we are relaxed and peaceful, we hear better and are more open to other people. Deepak Chopra said, “Positive inner dialogs connect us to our true self and promote inner peace”. So staying positive can help us hear better!
Susan talked about heart and mind intelligence centers. We all know that the mind is an intelligence center, but there is evidence that the heart is, as well. There are multiple reported cases of people who received heart transplants also receiving memories from the donor!
The mind approaches a problem in an organized, structured manner. It first identifies the problem, then searches for solutions. In doing so, it tends to use deductive reasoning to focus down on the solution. The heart, on the other hand, takes a more holistic approach. In response to hearing loss, for example, the mind focuses on getting the right hearing aids and assistive devices, while the heart asks questions like, “What is the real problem? How has hearing loss changed my life?”
Susan seems more connected to the heart intelligence center, and put the heart’s questions to the audience. Here are some of the replies:
1. It makes me afraid that I won’t understand people.
2. Makes me less social.
3. Reduces my self-esteem.
4. Causes me to feel isolated and lonely.
5. Restricted my choice of careers.
The heart sees these issues as the real problems and attempts to solve them. Susan remarked that the medical professionals give you mind solutions, and SHHH gives you heart solutions. She noted that the best course of action is generally to fix both mind and heart problems. We all know how to approach the mind problems. But many of us need to learn that when we open our hearts we connect with a universal energy that helps us find heart solutions.
Susan is an enthusiastic proponent of the value of affirmations, which she defines as positive messages we use to affirm who we are or what we want. She offered the following affirmation guidelines:
1. Affirmations must be simple; the subconscious mind that listens to them thinks very simply.
2. Affirmations can be general or specific.
3. Affirmations can affirm a way of being, e.g. “I am filled with peace and joy”.
4. Affirmations are in the present tense, because we can only do something right now.
5. Affirmations need to be repeated. One method is to repeat an affirmation three times, the first time from the mind, the second time from the heart, and the third time from every cell in the body.