Power of the Mind in Health and Healing
4.5 (1,422 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
12,164 students enrolled

Power of the Mind in Health and Healing

A science-based course about using the power of your mind to heal your body and maximize your intuition.
4.5 (1,422 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
12,164 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto]
Current price: $13.99 Original price: $19.99 Discount: 30% off
5 hours left at this price!
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 hour on-demand audio
  • 14 articles
  • 16 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
Training 5 or more people?

Get your team access to 4,000+ top Udemy courses anytime, anywhere.

Try Udemy for Business
What you'll learn
  • Understand the science of mind-body medicine.
  • Understand the layers of consciousness of your mind and spirit and how they influence your body.
  • Harness the power of your conscious and subconscious mind to optimize your emotional and physical health.
  • You need an open mind and a desire to improve your life and the lives of your patients and clients.
  • It is preferable that you have some education in biology as there is a lot of science in this course.

                              Your mind as consciousness creates your reality, and when you know how to effectively work with all of its parts, you can do some very powerful and amazing things, like heal your body or intuit something you could not have logically known. 

                        This course is designed to take you on a journey of mind-body mastery starting with the basics of mindfulness and meditation, and then advancing to working with your subconscious mind to facilitate healing. I've included some of the latest mind-body research blended with spirituality to help you understand the power of your mind. 

                        In this course you will learn: 

  • The fascinating science that proves why mind-body medicine is so powerful.

  • Simple techniques and processes for beginning and maintaining a mindfulness and meditation practice.

  • Easy mind-body techniques to quickly and effectively relax and turn off your stress response.

  • Simple mindfulness techniques for healthier eating.

  • How to maximize present moment awareness to magnify creativity and manifestation.

  • How to effectively change your perception so that you experience less stress.

  • How to use heart-centered meditation techniques packed with the power of love to literally heal your body and mind.

  • How to use a heart-centered meditation to diffuse any negative emotion.

  • How to maximize your intuition through meditation and the science behind it.

  • How to use brainwave entrainment technology to deepen your meditative states.

  • How to uncover limiting beliefs stuck in your subconscious, and use a specific guided meditation technique to permanently remove them.

  • The effective use of core positive affirmations, and how to bypass any mental blocks around them.

  • Basic Functional Medicine concepts for building a strong body and mind.

  • Functional Medicine nutritional support recommendations.

  • How the science behind the placebo effect proves your unlimited ability to heal yourself, and how to maximize this power in your every-day life.

  • How to activate your inner physician to trigger a biological cascade of events for self-healing.

  • How to tap into your higher mind (higher self) to always know the truth and become your own authority.

                              This course is presented in six modules designed to be taken over about six weeks. Ideally I would like you to practice the techniques you learn in each module for about a week before progressing to the next module. Some may choose to first view the entire course, and then start practicing the techniques described in each module. 

                            Each module contains a powerful guided meditation containing brainwave entrainment tracks to deepen your practice and help induce your relaxation response. These guided meditations are each designed to promote a specific process for healing the body and mind. I recommend you listen to the guided meditations in a quiet place using earphones or earbuds to get the maximum effect. 

                   As the modules progress, the guided meditation techniques become more advanced. Theses advanced meditation techniques are most effective if you master the basics of meditation and mindfulness taught at the beginning of the course. These basics include diaphragmatic breathing, engaging present moment awareness, and inducing the relaxation response. 

                  For each of the more advanced guided meditations, I've included a downloadable ebook to help you fully understand the intention and process. 

This is a science-based course, so if you have no background in science or human physiology, you may have difficulty understanding some of the concepts presented. Please consider this before enrolling. 

Also, I encourage you to take the entire first module free before purchasing this course. That is so you will experience my teaching style and see how this course is presented. I am a geeky doctor and not a social media influencer so please don't expect to be entertained by me. I developed this course to teach. Thanks:)

                          I've taught this course in live workshops, and here is feedback from one of the participants. 

  "I initially signed up for Dr. Holden's course in order to improve at meditation -- but ended up getting so much more out of it!  Dr. Holden describes the latest findings in neuroscience, and the various ways our mind affects our health, in a way that is easy to grasp.  The course is a veritable fountain of useful information.  It also covers many different techniques for rewiring your brain including, of course, the excellent guided meditations.  So it's a bit like getting a user's manual to your brain, complete with a hands-on tutorial.  I feel that I benefited tremendously from everything I learned in the course (in many ways, it was what you'd call a "paradigm shift"), as well as the meditation practice.  I was also very inspired by the example of Dr. Holden himself, who has greatly improved his own health using the same tools and information that he's offering us.  I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in meditation, the healing powers of their own mind, or simply in getting healthier!" N.Z. Jacksonville, FL 

                          All information contained in this course is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.   

  Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before using any techniques in this course if you have an emotional or physical health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read or heard in this course. 

  Learning and practicing information provided in this course DOES NOT create a doctor-patient relationship between you and Keith R. Holden, M.D. 

Who this course is for:
  • Healthcare practitioners who wish to understand the science behind mind-body medicine, and learn unique tools to assist your patients and clients in their recovery from illness.
  • Others who wish to use the science of mind-body medicine to improve your lives.
  • I do not recommend you take this course and attempt the advanced guided mediations for working with your subconscious mind if you are emotionally unstable or have an unstable medical condition as these techniques may produce an emotional catharsis.
Course content
Expand all 81 lectures 05:17:44
+ Making the Science of Mindfulness and Meditation Work for You
15 lectures 57:17

Introduction to myself and this course "Power of the Mind in Health and Healing"

Preview 04:18

This is an overview of how the different layers of your consciousness - the mind - correlate with different parts of your physical body. It describes the spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects of the human body-mind. A PDF of the infographic is available for download in the Resources section.

Higher Mind

  • Spiritual channel
  • Truth only
  • Nonlocal intuition

Conscious Mind

  • Beliefs versus truths
  • Placebo
  • Nocebo

Heart Mind

  • Nonlocal intuition
  • Heart rate variability
  • Balances emotions

Subconscious Mind

  • Beliefs versus truths
  • Placebo
  • Nocebo
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Inner child

DNA Mind

  • Optimal gene expression
  • Risky gene expression

Preview 14:59

Defining mindfulness and meditation.

Understand how mindfulness and meditation practices trigger your relaxation response, which optimizes your body's ability to heal.

See the web link in the Resources section that guides you the HeartMath Institute's homepage. Udemy does not allow me to provide direct web links that may encourage you to purchase something or require you to give your email address to get more information.  

After you are directed to HeartMath Institute's homepage, you are free to click on the various links at the top of their homepage. The Resources tab will direct you to more resources for managing stress and the Store tab will direct you to learn more about their products that let you monitor heart rate variability. I do not have an affiliation with HeartMath and do not earn a commission if you purchase something from them.

Preview 04:12

Let's move on by listening to the Feeling Grounded guided meditation. The intention of this short meditation is to introduce you to a guided meditation, encourage visual imagery in your mind, produce relaxation in your body, and get you feeling grounded and centered.

It is best to listen to this guided meditation with earphones or ear buds as the background music contains embedded binaural beats to assist in walking your brain waves down into the alpha state for added relaxation.

Simply listen to my voice and allow whatever imagery arises in your mind, and you will begin to understand the power of meditation.

Preview 07:40

You'll learn a simple way to start a meditation practice that you can do anywhere. I'll also show you where to download a free app that walks you through diaphragmatic breathing exercises for stress reduction.

Preview 01:28

Learn simple mindfulness practices.

Learn ways to remember to fully engage the present moment without judgement.

Learn how to use nature as a cue for mindfulness.

Preview 08:19

Learning to fully engage the present moment is so incredibly powerful because everything you do is always in the present moment.

Preview 00:44

A discussion of the different types of meditation:

  • Open awareness
  • Concentration
  • Mindfulness
  • Guided visualization
  • Heart centered

Preview 03:55

Brief discussion of a meta-analysis of clinical studies on meditation proving its health benefits for anxiety, depression, and pain.

Preview 00:38

Your environment, including your thoughts and emotions, help influence how your genes turn on and off.

Preview 00:28

Understand how regulating your thoughts through mindfulness and meditation turns genes on and off to optimize your health.

Preview 03:10

Learn how mindfulness and meditation help create new neuronal pathways in your brain to optimize your health.

Preview 02:35

Learn how by simply imagining something in your mind, you physically change your brain, which can enable you to develop new skills.

Preview 01:08

Tips for overcoming your resistance to starting and maintaining mindfulness and meditation practices:

  • Pushing through a little discomfort at first
  • Being mindful of negative thinking about a new practice
  • Use partners or groups to encourage each other to meditate
  • Use post-it notes
  • Set reminders to meditate with alarms on your computer of phone
  • Journal your epiphanies and breakthroughs
Preview 02:51

Brief review of module 1 and practice recommendations

Preview 00:51
+ Conquering Biological Stress and Maximizing Energy
8 lectures 37:12

The different types of biological stressors and how energy plays a role.

Introduction to biological stress and energy

Describes the root of emotional stress responses, its effect on the body, and how to prevent it.

See the PDF in the Resources section for more information on the controversial topic of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.

The stress response and how to counter it

Provides Functional Medicine concepts for maintaining optimal health including specific nutritional supplement recommendations.

Be sure to download the Foundational Support Resources PDF in the Resources section of this lecture. It contains more information regarding nutritional support, toxin avoidance, and the Functional Medicine Comprehensive Elimination Food Plan.

Functional medicine guidelines to support your health

Science has proven our universe and everything in it, including us, are made up of energy. I'll help you understand how to work with the energy of your mind and body to promote healing.

Be sure to download the PDF in the Resources section, which contains:

1. Scientific abstracts regarding studies on intercessory prayer.

2. A web link for more information about the Double Slit Experiment.

3. A web link to access an annotated bibliography on clinically documented incidences of spontaneous remission from cancer and other diseases.

Everything consists of energy

As I’ve pointed out, everything is energy.

The paradox is that even empty space is made up of energy. Energetic particles permeate our entire universe.

Everything in your body is a form of energy, including your thoughts, as the energy of consciousness. And that is one reason why prayer is effective for healing.

So the just of this guided meditation is:


I’ll get you to place your attention on empty space. This gets you out of your monkey mind, and starts to increase the amount of alpha waves in your brain. And as I teach in module 4, a predominance of alpha waves is associated with relaxation.


I walk you through the process of becoming aware of the space within your body. We go deeper and deeper until you become aware of the space between your DNA.


I have you become aware of this space as the energy of your consciousness. There is incredible love here because there’s no judgment once you allow yourself to enter this space.


I walk you through the process of merging the energy of your consciousness with the energy of Divine consciousness. Because it is here where miracles occur.

I left a little over three minutes of music at the end of this guided meditation for you to use that time to visualize whatever miracles you choose to create in your life.

OK have fun with it!

Quantum connection technique

An ebook detailing the specific intention and process for the Quantum Connection guided meditation.

Quantum connection ebook
7 pages

This is the Quantum Connection Guided Meditation in an MP3 format.

Quantum connection guided meditation mp3

Homework assignment for module 2.

Module 2 homework
+ Making the Science of Heart Consciousness Work for You
10 lectures 49:26

The consciousness of your heart:

  • Helps regulate your autonomic nervous system.
  • Is a primary receiver of nonlocal intuition.
  • Emits a very large electromagnetic field, which contains information.

Use the power of the electromagnetic energy contained in the consciousness of your heart to shift your experiences!

Learn to "unplug" from people when you are a highly sensitive person (empath) by using a higher awareness honed through mindfulness and meditation.

Introduction to the heart mind

Information about a leading mind-body institute.

Institute of HeartMath

Fascinating science that shows the heart has its own brain and endocrine system, and why this is important.

The amazing power of the heart

Hear rate variability is the variation of time intervals between heartbeats.

A healthy heart has more variability between beats.

Heart rate variability also reflects the level of balance in your autonomic nervous system (autopilot) and your emotions.

Heart rate variability as a reflection of coherence

The consciousness of your heart is the key to nonlocal intuition.

Nonlocal intuition occurs when you perceive information about a future or distant event, which is not based on reason or memories of a prior experience.

Details of the two clinical studies that scientifically prove this phenomenon are found in this lecture's Resources section.

Nonlocal intuition and the heart mind

Your emotions are reflected in heart rate variability via your autonomic nervous system.

Emotions shift your autonomic nervous system into stress (incoherence) or relaxation (coherence).

The consciousness of your heart can help you process negative emotions thus shifting your autonomic nervous system into better balance.

Emotions and the heart mind

The basis of transmuting negative emotions with the consciousness of your heart and a quick review of homework for module 3.

      Key points:

      1. Your heart mind is the seat of unconditional love.
      1. Sitting mindfully with a negative emotion by using your heart consciousness can lead to a healthy processing of this emotion.
Transmuting negative emotions technique

An ebook detailing the specific intention and process for the Transmuting Negative Emotions With Your Heart Mind guided meditation.

Transmuting negative emotions ebook
6 pages

This guided meditation is a powerful way to process and remove negative emotions. It is best to listen to this guided meditation with earphones or ear buds as the background music contains embedded binaural beats to assist in walking your brain waves down into the alpha state for added relaxation.

Transmuting negative emotions guided meditation

Homework assignment for module 3.

Module 3 homework
+ Understanding Brainwave States and Removing Limiting Beliefs
13 lectures 49:26

Introduction to your subconscious mind.

Overview of brainwaves.

Overview of brainwave entrainment.

Health benefits of brainwave entrainment.

Discerning beliefs versus truths.

Removing limiting beliefs from your subconscious mind.

Overview of module 4

Your subconscious mind:

  • Is a memory bank for ALL of your life's experiences.
  • Is like a super computer.
  • Participates in filtering all of your life's experiences.
  • Helps regulate what you are not consciously aware of.
  • Is intimately related to your autopilot - autonomic nervous system.
  • Can impact your physiology without you even being consciously aware of it.
  • May hold limiting beliefs.
Subconscious mind

Overview of the different types of brainwaves:

  • Gamma
  • Beta
  • Alpha
  • Theta
  • Delta
Introduction to brainwaves

Gamma waves:

  • creativity
  • flow states
  • language
  • memory processing

Beta waves:

  • anxiety
  • focus
  • concentration

Alpha waves:

  • waking up
  • falling asleep
  • meditation
  • subconscious processing

Theta waves:

  • light sleep
  • dreaming
  • deeper meditations
  • self-hypnosis
  • subconscious processing

Delta waves:

  • deep sleep
  • deep healing
  • brain detoxification
  • parasympathetic nervous system predominance
Brainwaves states and function

Brainwave entrainment - synchronizing brainwaves with a repetitive stimulus.

Binaural beats and isochronic tones are embedded in tracks to help entrain brainwaves.

Alpha and theta brainwave entrainment can facilitate deeper meditative states.

Be sure to download the web resources guide in this lecture for tools to assist you in meditation.

Brainwave entrainment as a meditation tool

A review of clinical studies showing the health benefits of brainwave entrainment as a therapeutic tool.

Brainwave entrainment:

  • improves standardized test scores in ADHD
  • improves behavior in children with learning disorders and ADHD
  • reduces pain
  • reduces tension headaches and migraines
  • reduces symptoms of premenstrual syndrome
Clinical benefits of brainwave entrainment

Binaural beats in brainwave entrainment:

  • two tones of slightly different frequencies are played in the right and left ears
  • the brain processes the difference between the two and entrains to that frequency
  • headphones are necessary
Binaural beats

Isochronic tones in brainwave entrainment:

  • single audio tone set to a specific frequency is rapidly turned off and on
  • brain entrains to this repetitive tone
  • may be more effective than binaural beats
  • headphones are not necessary
Isochronic tones

A belief does not always equate with a truth.

Why it's healthy to be open to the possibility of changing your beliefs.

Discernment is required to know the difference between a belief versus a truth.

Discernment is intimately associated with intuition.

Limiting beliefs may originate in childhood and be stuck in your subconscious mind.

Belief versus truth

Three basic questions to ask yourself in discerning if a belief is a truth:

  1. Does this belief serve my highest good?
  2. Is this belief holding me back in any way?
  3. Do I absolutely know it to be true?

Testing for limiting beliefs by using positive core affirmations:

  1. Say a positive core affirmation out loud. I provide these for you in the next lecture.
  2. Does it feel right or resonate with you when you say it out loud?
  3. If not, you may be holding a limiting belief in your subconscious mind regarding his core affirmation.

Then I introduce you to a process for removing this limiting belief from your subconscious mind.

Questioning your beliefs

An ebook detailing the specific intention and process for the Removing Limiting Beliefs guided meditation.

Removing limiting beliefs ebook
9 pages

A guided meditation for removing limiting beliefs from your subconscious mind.It is best to listen to this guided meditation with earphones or ear buds as the background music contains embedded binaural beats to assist in walking your brain waves down into the alpha state for added relaxation.

Removing limiting beliefs guided meditation

Homework assignment for module 4:

  • Practice using brainwave entrainment to deepen your meditation.
  • Practice questioning your beliefs.
  • Practice using core affirmations to identify your limiting beliefs.
  • Practice removing limiting beliefs.
Module 4 homework
+ The Mind as Healer - Making the Placebo Effect Work for You
19 lectures 50:49

Your body has a very intelligent built-in healing system.

Your inner physician

Placebo - a substance containing no active substance or a sham procedure with no active procedure.

A placebo is used as a "control" in clinical studies to help test for the true effectiveness of a medication or procedure.

Placebos can be as effective or even more effective than real medicine or real procedures.

The placebo

The healing power of belief - the power of your mind - is the placebo effect.

Power of belief

Science of the placebo effect:

  • psychobiological phenomenon
  • starts in the brain - really the mind
  • results in clinical improvement
  • is intimately tied to the ritual of the therapeutic act
Placebo effect

The ritual of the therapeutic act is a key player in the placebo effect and includes:

  • beliefs and expectations
  • memories of prior therapies
  • sight of practitioners and healthcare facilities
  • interactions of other people and patients
  • syringes or other medical devices
  • color, taste, and smell of medications
  • words of doctors and other healthcare providers
Ritual of the therapeutic act

The nocebo effect is:

  • the opposite of the placebo effect
  • begins in the mind and triggers the brain to respond
  • has negative impacts on physiology
  • results in clinical worsening
  • triggered by negative suggestions and negative expectations
Nocebo effect

The placebo's impact on your brain:

  • activates certain areas of the brain
  • causes the release of specific neurotransmitters

Placebo research proves your body memorizes a drug's effect.

Placebo effect and your brain

The placebo's effect can be quantified based on the type of suggestion given.

Medications contain an inherent placebo effect.

Increasingly positive information given with medication OR a placebo boosts its effectiveness.

Placebo effect quantified

I discuss an amazing clinical study that shows a placebo can suppress your immune system through behavioral conditioning.

Placebo effect and immune response

I discuss a clinical study that shows how a placebo can improve Parkinson's Disease.

Placebo effect and Parkinson's Disease

The psychological components of the placebo effect can be used to your benefit by:

  • setting expectations for getting well in your meditations, which reduces anxiety and turns on your inner physician by increasing parasympathetic tone in your autonomic nervous system
  • learning through conditioning yourself to feel what it is to be well in your meditations, which shifts your physiology
  • maximizing the psychology of social learning by reading about or hearing about others getting well
  • reinforcing your expectations by using mindfulness and meditation to guard against negative thoughts

Psychology of the placebo effect

An invitation to use the social learning aspect of the placebo effect.

Placebo effect and social learning

The science that shows why your attitude plays such an important role in the placebo effect.

Placebo effect and attitude

An introduction to the inner physician technique for healing yourself.

Inner physician technique

An ebook detailing the specific intention and process for the Inner Physician meditation.

Inner physician ebook
8 pages

This is a more detailed description (with scientific citations) of how to maximize the psychological variables of the placebo effect, combined with meditation, to make the power of the placebo effect work for you. The best part is that you don't need to physically take a placebo, or sugar pill, for this to work.

How to Hack the Placebo Effect
5 pages

A review of the medical literature shows some incurable illnesses ultimately result in a cure. Why this happens is truly a scientific mystery. In this lecture, I propose there is a spiritual component as to why this happens in some instances, and explain how one might go about facilitating this process.  

Curing the Incurable

A meditation for using the power of the placebo effect to heal your body. It is best to listen to this guided meditation with earphones or ear buds as the background music contains embedded binaural beats to assist in walking your brain waves down into the alpha state for added relaxation.

Inner physician guided meditation

Homework assignment for module 5.

Module 5 homework
+ Aligning With Your Higher Mind to Maximize Nonlocal Intuition
12 lectures 27:42

An overview of module 6 including a review of some important points of prior modules.

Overview of module 6

Why it's so important to learn how to discern beliefs versus truths.

Discerning beliefs versus truths

Einstein understood the power of intuition.

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift

Nonlocal intuition is a knowing unexplained by logic, and does not originate in the physical body. Nonlocal intuition is channeled through your higher mind from the unified field of energetic information that connects everyone and everything.

Nonlocal intuition

Science shows how meditation enhances your intuition:

  • long-term meditation enhances areas of the brain that have the potential to improve your intuition
  • meditation calms your mind allowing you to hear your inner voice of knowing
Intuition and meditation

The consciousness of your higher mind:

  • is a spiritual channel
  • is unlimited in divine wisdom and love
  • only knows the truth
  • moves you from the lower energy of fear to the higher energy of love

Aligning the consciousness of your higher mind with the consciousness of your heart mind turbo charges your nonlocal intuition.

Higher mind

The process of aligning with your higher mind:

  • set a divine intention to align with your higher mind
  • acknowledge you are a spiritual being
  • view yourself as an infinite being
  • see yourself as an energetic being
  • set an intention to tap into the infinite field of consciousness - the unified field

Aligning with your higher mind

The process of aligning the consciousness of your higher mind with the consciousness of your heart mind:

  • once you have aligned with your higher mind, set an intention to bring this infinite wisdom into your heart mind
  • visualize a stream of energy connecting your higher mind to your heart mind

You will know you have aligned with your higher mind when you feel unconditional love.

Connecting your higher mind with your heart mind

Sealing the deal of aligning the consciousness of your higher mind with the consciousness of your heart mind may require conjuring a feeling of profound gratitude.

Sealing the deal

A review of the power of the mind technique for aligning all aspects of your consciousness and triggering your inner physician to heal you.

Power of the mind technique

This meditation technique walks you through the process of aligning all aspects of your consciousness to optimize your inner healer. It is best to listen to this guided meditation with earphones or ear buds as the background music contains embedded binaural beats to assist in walking your brain waves down into the alpha state for added relaxation.

Power of the mind guided meditation

Final words of wisdom.

Final comments
+ Resources
4 lectures 06:50

An ebook based on the entire course for those who would rather download the material and read it as a book.

Power of the Mind in Health and Healing ebook

Course bibliography of citations with links to abstracts and full journal articles.

4 pages

This is a bonus track consisting of a guided meditation without music for getting grounded and connecting with your Inner Child.

Grounding and Inner Child Guided Meditation - Bonus Track

This bonus lecture is in the form of a podcast interview where I discuss how I personally used some of the mindfulness and meditation methods in this course while experiencing a serious health issue - prostate cancer. I also discuss the placebo and nocebo effect as it relates to encounters and relationships with various physicians.  And I discuss some amazing synchronicities that occurred along the way.

Preview 00:07