Psycho-Cybernetics Part 29 of 30: Life Force
June 24, 2009 by Dr. Lam
“We age, not by years, but by events and our emotional reaction to them,” says Dr. Arnold Hutschnecker. Maltz curiously looks at how people heal, how people live, and how people age. He looks at an abstract notion called the Life Force. The life force that he talks about allows some people to live vibrantly whereas others to live in a stifled existence. Some are predisposed toward love and happiness, whereas others bring themselves to misery. He looks at the self image obviously as the core element in that those with a positive self image have a tremendously positive outlook on life and thereby create their world accordingly. People that live in the past slowly die and those who live in the present and the future have a reason to flourish.
He sees some as rapid healers from sickness and those who linger in sickness due to an ill psyche. He says those that retire from a job should not retire from life otherwise they will shortly die. Maltz discusses how at the age of 61 he became a writer and lecturer for Psycho-Cybernetics and how others his age were “fossilizing”, he remained vibrant, energetic and youthful. He sees the creative individual with an eager spirit to be the most blessed when it comes to this life force. He says “Michaelangelo did some of his best painting when past 80; Goethe wrote Faust when past 80; Edison was still inventing at 90; Picasso, past 75, dominated the art world; Wright at 90 was still considered the most creative architect; Shaw was still writing plays at 90.” We all can be creative in our own way and we all can live life creatively. This does not necessarily mean that we must pick up a paintbrush but instead view the life force as a way to live life with abundant energy looking forward to create a bright future for ourselves.
Remember that a sense of self must be aimed somehow toward a sense of purpose. We must all be moving toward a brighter future. We have that innately within us. Those who enjoy living and breathing will continue to live very full and long lives. He talks about 2 types of widows. Those who feel that their husband’s death is the beginning of the end for them and they retire from life. Their hair begins to rapidly gray and their faces wither. Then, there are those who begin to feel a sense of renewal either looking for a new husband or a new career or opportunities to explore their life in full. I really think that plastic surgery (done with taste, discretion, and moderation) can bring about the renewed life force when one looks in the mirror and sees the congruity between external manifestation and the inner peace and vibrancy that abounds.