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March 8, 2024

I’ll See It When I Believe It

Professional motivational speaker, Jacques de Villiers writes about the placebo effect.

Jacques de Villiers – writing quest: Article 40/365

I’ve always been interested in how the Placebo Effect works. Or more accurately, that it works. 

I recall reading this weight loss study by Crum and Langer in 2007. Researchers told half of the cleaning staff at seven hotels that their daily work burned enough calories to meet the Surgeon General’s recommendations for an active lifestyle. The other half did not receive this information. After four weeks, the group that received the information believed they were exercising more, even though their behavior hadn’t changed. They lost weight and lowered their blood pressure, body fat, waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index.

The cynical me always used to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” The Pollyanna version of me now says, “I’ll see it when I believe it.” Basically, the Placebo Effect.

That’s probably why I’m accepting of every human, religion, philosophy and culture and can adapt to any of them. I’ve come to understand that everything is made up of energy and operates on different frequencies. I choose to perceive that every positive thought and action I do is good for me and the entirety of everything that is. 

This may or may not be true. But it’s true for me, therefore it works for me.

I believe that every task we do, no matter how menial, is holy and has meaning. I do every task to the best of my ability as an offering to my creator for letting me play here.

I believe that every task we do, no matter how menial, is holy and has meaning. I do every task to the best of my ability as an offering to my creator for letting me play here.

This may or may not be true. But it’s true for me, therefore it works for me.

I’m as comfortable in a church, synagogue, mosque, shamanic despacho ceremony, Buddhist meditation, as in a Hindu Kirtan ceremony. I believe they all carry a beautiful frequency and by exposing myself to this frequency I am positively transformed.

This may or may not be true. But it’s true for me, therefore it works for me.

I’m comfortable with the Bible, Torah, Bhagavad Gita, the Tripitaka and Quran. I believe that just by being exposed to them, I raise my frequency. Why, I even believe that by putting them into this article I’ve automatically raised the frequency of this text. Which is a good thing for both you and me.

This may or may not be true. But it’s true for me, therefore it works for me.

I’ve become comfortable with the notion that nothing is being done to me but for me. That I’m the point of it all (as are you) and that the universe is my ally, not my enemy.

This may or may not be true. But it’s true for me, therefore it works for me.

Let me go vacuum my home quickly, I can already feel the fat shredding from my body.

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