9.22.2005

A Basic Toratherapeutic Thought - Tracht Gut Vet Zein Gut

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi M.M. Schneerson, speaks about healing, health and mental health in many of his talks and writings (especially in the Igros Kodesh - Holy Letters). There is a book that came out fairly recently (last year) that is a collection of letters that the Rebbe wrote to people about health and healing. It's awesome... Its title: Healthy in Body, Mind and Spirit. The second volume (which will hopefully come out this year) is about mental health and Chassidic philosophy. (The whole book is available online at Sichos in English - www.sichosinenglish.org.) The Rebbe often quoted a saying of the Rebbeim, "Tracht gut vet zein gut...Think positively, and you will see positive results."

The concepts of positive thinking, affirmations, post hypnotic suggestions, etc., are often used in therapy practice, and have significant therapeutic merits. I guess someday science will catch up with the Torah...

Here is an excerpt from volume one which is originally from Igros Kodesh (The Holy Letters) Volume X, p. 358:

"... I believe that in the past I have already told you about the statement in the sacred Zohar (II, p. 184b) that when man below is of a “radiant countenance” and filled with joy and gladness, he then draws down upon himself the same qualities from Above.

This provides us with an even better understanding of the aphorism of our holy Rebbeim: “Think positively, and you will see positive results.”

3 Comments:

At September 25, 2005 1:44 PM, Blogger ליפא שנילצער said...

think about it and it will be good

 
At September 25, 2005 3:51 PM, Blogger Maven said...

i have found that "thinking good and it will be good" is also harmonious with the idea of "reframing." sometimes (ok, oftentimes) i'll get bogged down in a nasty/depressing thought, and if i just reframe it things are better. or sometimes calling a mashpia/professional/friend can help me re-frame things. the biggest obstacle, i believe, is an inherent lack of faith or trust that G-d is good and loves us. G-d only wants the best for us, even if it seems like a terrible nisayon. i think i actually blogged about this, once.

 
At September 26, 2005 12:08 AM, Blogger Therablogger said...

Thanks again for the comment, F SAM.

 

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