The following are basic principles for training the mind to relinquish disease.  Compatible with all religions and wisdom traditions, these support our path to divinity by releasing damaging attachments to enhance freedom from suffering.  If one can master these, one can free him/herself from any disease. 

  • A thought is a “thing.”  It has energy and form.
  • The mind with its thoughts and feelings controls the body; therefore, to heal the body, thoughts and feelings need to be changed.
  • What is held in mind tends to express itself through the body.
  • The body is not the real self; it is like a puppet controlled by the mind.
  • Beliefs that are unconscious can manifest as illness, even though there is no memory of the underlying beliefs.
  • An illness tends to result from suppressed and repressed negative emotions, plus a thought that gives it a specific form (i.e., consciously or unconsciously, one particular illness is chosen rather than another).
  • Thoughts are caused by suppressed and repressed feelings.  When a feeling is let go, thousands or even millions of thoughts that were activated by that feeling disappear.
  • Although a specific belief can be canceled and energy to it can be refused, it is generally a waste of time to try to change thinking directly.
  • We surrender a feeling by allowing it be there without condemning, judging, or resisting it.  We look at it, observe it, and allow it to be felt without trying to modify it.  With the willingness to relinquish a feeling, it will run out in due time.
  • A strong feeling may recur, which means there is more of it to be recognized and surrendered.
  • In order to surrender a feeling, sometimes it is necessary to start by relinquishing the feeling that is there about the particular emotion (i.e., guilt that “I shouldn’t have this feeling”).
  • In order to relinquish a feeling, sometimes it is necessary to acknowledge and let go of the underlying payoff of it (e.g., the “thrill” of anger and the “juice” of sympathy from being a helpless victim).
  • Feelings are not the real Self.  Whereas feelings are programs that come and go, the real inner Self always stays the same; therefore, it is necessary to stop identifying transient feelings as yourself.
  • Ignore thoughts.  They are merely endless rationalizations of inner feelings.
  • No matter what is going on in life, keep the steadfast intention to surrender negative feelings as they arise. 
  • Make a decision that freedom is more desirable than having a negative feeling.
  • Choose to surrender negative feelings rather than express them.
  • Surrender resistance to and skepticism about positive feelings.
  • Relinquish negative feelings but share positive ones.
  • Notice that letting go is accompanied by a subtle, overall lighter feeling within yourself.
  • Relinquishing a desire does not mean that you won’t get what you want.  It merely clears the way for it to happen.
  • Get it by “osmosis.” Put yourself in the aura of those who have what you want.
  • “Like goes to like.” Associate with people who are using the same or similar motivation and who have the intention to expand their consciousness and to heal.
  • Be aware that your inner state is known and transmitted.  The people around you will intuit what you are feeling and thinking, even if you don’t verbalize it.
  • Persistence pays off.  Some symptoms or illnesses may disappear promptly; others may take months or years if the condition is very chronic.
  • Let go of resisting the technique.  Start the day with it.  Take time out to relinquish any negative feelings left over from the day’s activities.
  • You are only subject to what you hold in mind.  You are only subject to a negative thought or belief if you consciously or unconsciously say that it applies to you.
  • Stop giving the physical disorder a name; do not label it.  A label is a whole program. Surrender what is actually felt, which are the sensations themselves. We cannot feel a disease. A disease is an abstract concept we hold in the mind. The process of healing goes more quickly when we let go of labeling or giving a name to the various physical sensations.
  • The same is true with our feelings.  Instead of putting labels and names on feelings, we can simply feel the feelings and let go of the energy behind them.  It is not necessary to label a feeling “fear” in order to be aware of its energy and relinquish that energy.

Using these principles and practicing surrender, David Hawkins, MD, PhD cured himself of migraines, earaches, near-sightedness and astigmatism, sinusitis, dermatitis, gout, high cholesterol, ulcer, pancreatitis, gastritis, colitis, diverticulitis, arthritis in the neck, low back syndrome, Raynaud’s disease, middle age syndrome (cold hands and feet, poor energy, poor libido, depression), pilonidal cyst in the spine, bronchitis and chronic cough, poison ivy sensitivity, athlete’s foot, dandruff, Tietze's Syndrome, dental and gum problems. He went on to cure hundreds of thousands more through clinical work, lecture, and writings.

This is an exerpt from David Hawkins’ book Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender from Veritas Publishing.  Other master works of his include Power vs ForceEye of the I and I.  All are available directly from the publisher.

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This article was re-posted by Dr. Josh Eha, DAOM, L.Ac, C.SMA from his blog on Midwest Specialty Acupuncture, during his time as an educator on We thank him for his participation and expertize.