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Body – Heart – Mind
The deeper we dive into the mechanics of our existence the more understanding we get how the body, the heart and the mind are one organism. To achieve long lasting effective healing and transformation we cannot afford to see and approach them as separate entities. New scientific studies have recently proven how emotions are ruled by our biochemistry and are stored on a cellular level throughout the whole body including the brain, all major organs and endocrine system.
Dr. Candace Pert is a leading scientist in this field who has written the book Molecules of Emotion: The Science behind Mind-body Medicine and has recently released 2 audio cassettes with an accompanying study guide called: Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind. The following is an excerpt from the accompanying study guide:
Molecules of Emotion
“ The opiate receptor is a molecule on the surface of our cells. When morphine or opium enters our bodies, its molecules travel in the fluid surrounding the cells and are attracted to the opiate receptors. The opiate and receptor molecules bind together, transferring information into the cell through the receptor’s ‘roots’. The cell responds by experiencing bliss.
Dr. Pert found that the opiate receptors, while densely concentrated in the limbic brain, also occur in every other part of the body. The implication is that the emotion – in this case, bliss – is not generated by the brain, but by the cells themselves. Since these receptor-bearing cells reside all over our bodies, the blissful experience occurs in the blood, organs, muscles, tissue and bones at the same time as it is registered in the brain. The limbic brain transfers the information to the frontal cortex, where we become conscious of it. It is only at this point that we begin to form ideas about what we are feeling. The experience itself occurs at a preconscious, physiological level.
Every cell in our bodies is studded with hundreds of thousands of receptor molecules, each one programmed to attract and bind with a particular peptide. Because of their crucial role in guiding our bodies’ responses to inner and outer cues, these peptides have been called ‘informational substances.
Your Subconscious Mind
The cellular level, where emotions are instigated, is also where unexpressed emotions are stored. The catharsis of illness expresses the sudden, overwhelming release of information that has been trapped in our bodies. What Freud termed the ‘subconscious’ mind is actually a measurable physical process. In other words, there is no ‘mind-body problem’. Your body is your subconscious mind.
The Chakra System
Dr. Pert’s work is beginning to reveal the scientific underpinnings of the chakra system. From this point of view, the chakras are ‘minibrains’: nodal points of electrical and chemical activity that receive, process, and distribute information from and to the rest of the bodymind. Physiologically, each chakra is the site of a neuronal plexus–a network of cells dense with neuropeptide transmitters. All are interdependently connected to each other, such that nourishing any one plexus enhances the effectiveness of the entire system. By the same token, trauma or neglect can manifest as a block at one or more nodal points, degrading the performance of all.
How the Chakras Interact
The activities of the physiological chakra centers constantly wax and wane in relationship to one another. In each plexus, vacant neuropeptide receptors stand ready to receive informational substances from other nodal points. When the bodymind requires any one chakra’s special genius, the plexus in that location can release neuropeptides to the other chakras, driving the activities of the entire organism. In some stressful situations, for example, digestion stops while the heart rate increases, muscles tense, perception shifts, and breathing speeds up. These changes could result from the first chakra–associated with survival–temporarily taking the lead and directing functions typically associated with the other chakra nodes. In such instances, the first chakra would act as a ‘brain’, governing certain key subconscious decisions.”