You need a secluded place where you can explore your WOB and experiment with it. You might start in the bathroom, where you first encountered the lump in your breast. Here you will learn also how to live with it in peace. Look into the mirror, raise your hand and touch your nose. You decided to touch your nose and succeeded. It seems like a voluntary action, controlling the hand toward your nose. Yet this is not the entire picture. Several muscles of your hand and arm performed this movement. Observe them while turning your hand. Some will contact and bulge, other relax. Focus on your biceps, and try to contract it without moving other muscles. It is simply impossible. Whenever you attempt to contract your biceps, other muscles will jump in, and participate. You cannot control single muscles. Neither in the arm, nor in your hand. And yet you touched your nose.

What did you actually do?

  1. You wanted to touch your nose.
  2. Imagined how you will do it.
  3. Touched your nose.

The second step is not so obvious, but significant and will be explained as we go. True, you decided to touch your nose. But you are not aware how it was accomplished. How was it coordinated? Who instructed certain muscles to contract and other to relax? Your voluntary action was achieved by involuntary support of all muscles involved in this movement. They all acted in cooperation. If any one of them would have failed to participate, you could not touch your nose.

How and when did your body master such involuntary skills? You brought them with you when you were born. For instance, how did you learn to stand? As baby you were sitting on the rug watching your parents. One day you realized that they were standing and decided to imitate them. It took some time and training until you succeeded. Yet your body learned this skill by itself, applying its own wisdom. Many involuntary processes, controlled by WOB support any voluntary task that you do.

Touching your nose involves:

  1. Will.
  2. Imagining the task.
  3. Execution by the WOB

Touching your nose requires even more than muscle coordination. The brain controls muscles. Control requires energy that is supplied by the blood. By touching your nose you actually increased brain blood flow. What an idea. Suppose that one of your older relatives suffers from a so-called Alzheimer disease that results from low blood perfusion of his brain. Why not advise him to start touching? His nose, or his body and so increase his brain blood flow. Obviously, muscular effort involved in touching is meager, and so is brain blood perfusion. Yet it may be raised when walking or by any other exercise.

Process interleaving

In order to supply the brain with necessary nutrients, the liver has to produce them, and its metabolism rises slightly. Other organs are also involved. The kidney adapts its urine production. Endocrine glands produce more hormones. . . Touching your nose triggers myriad processes in the body, mobilized to support your wish. A systemic reaction that is controlled by the WOB. This example illustrates another important phenomenon, process interleaving. Since all processes in the body interact, they boost each other, and if one fails, others assist it. Resource distribution is controlled by WOB.

Does nose touching affect also the lump in your breast? It does, yet the effect is small. Other ways may be more effective. Be assured that by now, your WOB mobilizes processes to withstand your cancer. Process interleaving works for you. You would expect that medicine would study this important phenomenon for your benefit. Yet it does not. It ignores WOB boosting, leaving its exploration to you.

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