Be Careful Of What You Wish For

There’s a lot of talk these days about manifestation, and being careful about what you wish for. There is a part of the brain called the reticular activating system, whose job it is to notice and raise it’s awareness. I’m sure you’ve heard examples of choosing your next model of car, where as soon as you start thinking about it you begin seeing the same model, even the colour you want, everywhere when you’d not noticed them before.

I saw this topic covered very well with a story in this week’s edition of the New Scientist where the lead article is very close to our heart at ABC Simple As, entitled Beware Witch Doctors and covers a true story from around 80-yrs ago.

Spells, Potions And Witch Doctors

Vance Vanders had an encounter with a Witch Doctor who delivered a deadly curse wafting a potion across him, forecasting no chance of survival resulting in his imminent death!

From that moment on Vanders’ health declined, he was hospitalised yet no disease was detected.  Vanders wife told the doctor, Drayton Doherty, of the hex at which point Doherty took action, which may have been quite revolutionary for the times.

He told Vanders he’d found the Medicine Man and forced him to reveal how the curse worked; that he’d had lizzard eggs rubbed into his stomach, which had hatched inside his body.  Doherty went on to tell Vanders that one reptile had remained that was now eating at him from the inside.

Next the eminent doctor had a nurse apply a powerful emetic filled syringe, which provoked fierce vomiting from Vanders.  By the following week he was released from hospital and subsequently made a full recovery.

Did you think of the placebo effect as you were reading this, I know I did when I saw the original article.


In the 1970’s there was the case of Sam Shoeman, diagnosed with end stage cancer given only months to live.  Sure enough he died within the predicted period but when they carried out the autopsy their diagnosis had been incorrect.  Although he had a tumour it was small and had not developed.

“He didn’t die from the cancer, but from believing he was dying from cancer” says Clifton Meador, a doctor at Vanderbuilt School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, who has documented cases like this one and Vanders’ case. 

“If everyone treats you as if you are dying, you buy into it and everything in your life becomes about dying”.

This leads us to understand more about getting more of what we focus on, which especially includes what we don’t want, yet the human-condition leads us to focus more on what worries or what we want to avoid.

Therefore, it’s helpful to take action, reduce those anxieties and get more focused on what you do want.

This is Food For Thought and if you have any thoughts or personal experiences you’d like to share, please feel free to join in with the discussion. It’s a favourite topic around here or just contact us for more information of how you can get rid of what you don’t want so you can create more of what you do.

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