Meta-Healing with the Iceman
What we see as imperfections in our lives, hold the most potential for our greatest growth
Our Beloved Family:
I often hear people say that a crisis in their lives turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to them. Of course, it didn’t seem like it at the time, but in hindsight they could see that their misfortune was actually the catalyst for good that not only benefited them, but even other people, in a significant way. I can certainly vouch for that. Without my experience with cancer, I would never have gained the knowledge I now have and been able to help others heal from so-called terminal illnesses. I would have become an neuro-ophthalmologist instead.
Yes, it’s the things we see as imperfections in our lives, the dis-eases, disasters and loss, that hold the most potential for our greatest growth. I recently had a laugh when I read a short news article about how Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas decided they would set themselves apart by creating a smooth golf ball without the traditional dimples on the surface. Imagine the casino’s dismay when golfers began returning the balls by the bunch. It turned out the Caesar’s golf balls traveled half as far as the traditional dimpled golf balls. They failed to realize that it is the imperfections or dimples on the ball’s surface that create lift at high velocities. In order to make something look “perfect,” they severely limited its performance capabilities. In the same way, what we see as life’s imperfections allow us to move farther – beyond our limits – if we let them.
In 1995, Wim Hof, a Dutchman with four children, received devastating news. His wife had committed suicide. Not only had he lost the love of his life in an abrupt and unexpected way, he was now left to raise his young children on his own. To cope with the unbearable grief, Wim instinctively started doing his own style of deep breathing exercises. After some time, Wim discovered that through deep breathing and concentration, he could consciously control certain aspects of his physical state. Before long, he was submerging himself in the frigid waters of Holland without so much as a shiver. In fact, Wim has been submerged in ice up to his neck for nearly two hours while consciously being able to maintain his core body temperature.
The greatest gift Wim is giving to the world as a result of his tragedy, is real scientific knowledge about how humans can consciously control their autonomic nervous system, which regulates the functions of all internal organs.
That’s not all. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in two days wearing nothing but a pair of shorts. He nearly got to the top of Mount Everest in another shorts-only climb, but a foot injury stopped him at 21,982 feet. He ran a standard marathon (26 miles) in the Arctic Circle near Finland, also in shorts, when the temperature was -4 degrees Fahrenheit. On the flipside, he’s run a full marathon in the Namib Desert without taking a single drink of water.
Aside from his 20 Guinness World Records, the greatest gift Wim is giving to the world as a result of his tragedy, is real scientific knowledge about how humans can consciously control their autonomic nervous system, which regulates the functions of all internal organs. Even more exciting is the fact that Wim is able to use his breathing and concentration techniques to engage his immune system. After researchers injected him with a bacterial endotoxin that should have resulted in fever, chills and headaches, Wim was able to avoid the traditionally strong immune response by consciously secreting more adrenaline. Although Wim is called The Iceman, he says he’s no Superman. He insists everyone can do what he does, and in fact, he’s teaching others to accomplish the same feats. In a study performed at Radboud University in the Netherlands, twelve of his students were also able to consciously modulate their immune systems to avoid experiencing symptoms from the same endotoxin that was administered to Wim.1
In integrative medicine, we’ve always known that the mind plays the primary role in healing. Unfortunately, decades of patient case studies showing miraculous recoveries are only looked upon as anecdotal. Wim’s contributions are changing all that. Not only is he giving mind/body medicine scientific credibility, he’s teaching us all how to become our own meta-physicians – to work “beyond” the physician toward our own healing.
Although he couldn’t have known it 20 years ago, the death of his wife held a very powerful gift for Wim, and most likely, the rest of the human race. The result is that Wim is breaking down mind/body barriers that he, and even science, never thought possible. Both our stories are testaments to the fact that, at its core, every problem holds the seed of an equal or greater opportunity if we, without judgment, trust the process of life to lead us through it. Wim provided an invaluable example that bolstered me through a portion of last year after my brother, Mehrdad, decided to complete his earthly journey prematurely. If you’d like to learn more about this incredible man, you can find the documentary, Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman, online or by visiting his website.
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Light & Love in the Month Ahead,
Dr. Habib Sadeghi & Dr. Sherry Sami
(1) Matthijs Kox, Monique Stoffels, et al The Influence of Concentration/Meditation on Autonomic Nervous System Activity and the Innate Immune Response: A Case Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, June 2012 vol. 74 no. 5 489-494. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e3182583c6d