Immune Boosting Spiritual Practice

March 8, 2022
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How about some ways to boost our immune system with ease and grace?

I remember years ago having Marci Shimoff tell me in a Living A Course in Miracles class that HeartMath had done research about boosting your immune system with some simple techniques that many of us spiritual students already know about.  And there were some interesting side notes.  

In the study, subjects were asked to intentionally extend care and compassion for five minutes.  Then, a few days later, they were asked to feel angry about something that bothered them, and to trigger that upset.  

In each case, after five minutes of either being loving or angry they could see the results in the subjects’ immune systems.

The loving subjects had their immune system boosted immediately by an average of 41%.  After an hour they returned to normal, but then slowly increased over the next 6 hours.  Wow!

Most surprisingly, the students who were angry got an 18% immune boost, but an hour later, their immune response had dropped to HALF what it was before they were angry – so a very significant repercussion.  Six hours later, their immune system was still depressed.

Here’s another interesting fact. some of the subjects they showed them a video of Mother Theresa and their immune system increased as much as 240% IMMEDIATELY.

So, what Marci told me back then is that a little bit of spiritual practice – 5 minutes of extending Love and compassion – will boost our immune system for six hours and getting angry and upset will depress our immune system for more than six hours.  

I would bet, but I have no way to prove it or confirm, that people who got angry and were able to fully release their judgment that was causing the anger, would see a different immune response.  Many people stew on their anger and that would, in my estimation, be the cause of the longer term immune effects.

Be loving, be strong.

Focus on unloving, fearful thoughts, and you’ll literally weaken yourself.

I used to teach spin classes in Los Angeles and I told people that if it seemed really hard, think of someone you really Love with all your heart and no conditions and it will give you the strength to get through that tough part – and so will projecting Love and compassion to others – even people we don’t know.

Love is the Power.

Love is the healer.

Love is what we are!

If you like, you can read the HeartMath source material here: 

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