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ERNEST HOLMES AND HIS SCIENCE OF MIND SAYS THAT MOST PHYSICAL ILLNESSES ARE CAUSED BY ISSUES ONE HAS IN ONE’S MIND, ISSUES THAT CAN BE HEALED WITH PRAYING

Ozodi Osuji

     Given what I heard the audio narrator of Ernest Holmes book, Science of mind, say about the mental causation of physical disorders and how to heal them through Christian prayers (he looked at many diseases and speculated on what caused them and what will heal them from his Christian prayer-based ministry), I had better take him seriously and use his methodology to look at my stomach issues.

     If he is correct, it could be that my stomach problems, which I have had from the year that my parents sent me to go live with my grandparents, is caused by psychological issues instead of medical issues, as I had assumed.

      Medical doctors were unable to find a biological disorder, some called it irritable stomach but that is a grab-bag diagnosis, not real diagnosis.

    All I know is that since age eight when I went to live with my grandparents, I have felt pain in my stomach, especially after eating. I ate a lot. I was addicted to food (may be as a way of coping with the sense of loneliness I felt living with my old grandparents who were good people but had no time for a kid of eight years).

      Mr. Holmes speculated that those with constipation, as I do, tend to be rigid, inflexible, stubborn and willful and fear loving themselves and loving other people. What the guy said applies to me.

      I had better pay attention to the guy’s perspective (he understood psychoanalysis; he liberally quoted from it and interpreted Freud, Adler and Jung correctly, their view that we have an unconscious mind into which we repress issues that are painful in our lives). Holmes was well educated for he showed good grasp of logic (he discussed David Hume’s writing on the difference between induction and deduction in making logical inferences and concluded that his approach is deductive, science is inductive); the man was well educated on philosophy; he was not just a peddler of irrational religion.

     I am going to give Ernest Holmes serious attention and if he makes sense use some of his methodology on me and if they work, on other people.

MY MOTHER DID ABANDON ME WHEN I WAS SENT TO THE VILLAGE FOR THREE YEARS; I DO NOT KNOW WHETHER SHE DID IT DELIBERATELY OR BECAUSE MY FATHER INSISTED THAT IT BE DONE; THE FACT WAS THAT I WAS TOO YOUNG TO BE SENT AWAY; THAT WAS MY INTERPRETATION; THAT INTERPRETATION MADE ME NOT HAVE ATTACHMENT TO HER; I DID NOT HATE HER BUT I WAS NOT CLOSE TO HER, AS THE CHILDREN SHE KEPT AROUND HER ARE.

      The car dream where my mother was driving a Mercedes Benz and stopped and walked into a store to go buy something and left me in the car, and after a while, I got out of the car and noticed that the right front wheel was bent and instead of me attempting to do something about it, I asked someone to go into the store and get my mother to come do something about it, and she came and took a look at the problem and walked away with other young women probably have a different interpretation than the one I gave it.

     I had interpreted the dream as her telling me that she gave me an expensive education (symbolized by the expensive car) and that it is now time for me to take care of my problems and not rely on her to solve them for me. That dream also symbolized my perception of her that she abandoned me, she walked away.

      Every dream has many interpretations of it, or if you like, various levels of meaning. My stomach problems began when I was sent to the village to go live with my grandparents at age eight. Despite mother sending me a lot of money and things (every month I got a huge parcel of goodies, including clothes, shoes etc.) I felt that she abandoned me and have never forgiven her for doing so; as for my father, well, I did not much care for him.

     She just took me on a 450-miles motor ride, and when we got to our village, she gave me to my grandparents to take care of and left and returned to Lagos.

     Years later, my father said that they sent me to the village to go learn Igbo language, which I did not speak, I spoke only Yoruba. The experience was so traumatic that when three years later I returned to Lagos I had forgotten how to speak Yoruba language (I still understand it but have difficulty speaking it).

     A child’s interpretation of a situation influences how he behaves to it regardless of the actual objective situation.

    All of us respond to phenomena according to our interpretation of them. We do not know what the truth is.

      Do you know what the truth is, or do you have opinions that you think is the truth?

      The truth remains unknown to us. Science has not even understood one percent of the 4% of the universe that is visible; 96% of the universe is composed of dark energy and dark matter and we do not know what those are; we live in ignorance regardless of our level of education.

Note

Most contemporary Nigerians’ childhood was messed up, big time. I believe that their proclivity to corruption, inter alia, is rooted in their anger at their parents for not paying attention to them. Alfred Adler, my favorite psychoanalyst, said that every child wants to be treated as a prince or princess but Africans treat their children shabbily; actually, I was lucky for apart from the village dumping episode I was actually what Adler would call a spoilt and pampered child; I got whatever I wanted, went to a secondary boarding school and thereafter to America where my parents helped pay my school fees. In a continent where most people are starving, I am lucky because I escaped the fate of Africans, suffering, so I ought to be grateful to my parents and not complain about their one omission! I made my father apologize to me for dumping me in the village or else I would not talk to him anymore! The man apologized several times, even on the day that he died, he let me know that he made a mistake and asked me to forgive him. I can have an unforgiving mind; just do something bad to me and I would not feel bad chopping off your head. As noted yesterday, I am chopping off the heads of racist America through my writing that portrays them as they are, despicable, not the civilized folks that they pretend to be.

Ozodi Osuji

March 31, 2022

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