According to Princeton Anomalies Research Program or (PEARS), which has been collecting research for over twenty three years., PEARS suggest that if we have one thought every fifteen seconds, and sleep for approximately eight hours every evening, that would amount to 240 thoughts per minute, or 230,000 per day. We think that every emotion or feeling can be controlled or compartmentalized. Interesting enough, Sigmund Freud once said: “The most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness.
Most of us have heard of the placebo affect, but did you know that there is also something called the ‘nocebo’ affect, meaning ill effects caused by a belief or suggestion that something is harmful. Therefore, it is imperative that we understand the direct correlation between our thoughts, and our physical health. Our cells have the ability to hear our thoughts through antennas or receptors and they respond accordingly. Their function is either to thrive, or to retreat and protect their community. If we are constantly bombarding our body with negativity, stress, anxiety, our cells have no other choice but to protect themselves from the chemical reactions that are occurring. The determination of either growth or protection in the multicellular community controlled by the central nervous system. This is how it works.
The central nervous system observes the environmental signal, deciphering them in order to relay the appropriate reaction. Our body actually has two individual protection systems, one being the HPA axis, (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis) which gathers protection against external threats. It remains dormant until a threat is perceived at which time it engages the pituitary gland (or master gland) responsible for assembling fifty trillion cells to contend with the possible threat. Then hypothalamus discharges a cortisone releasing factor (CRF), which proceeds to the pituitary gland, allowing the pituitary cells to secrete a hormone releasing adrenocorticotropic hormones (ACTH) into the blood system, and the flight or flight system is activated. This inhibits our immune system from working properly as the adrenal system will determine that survival is far more important than an illness.
This response is necessary if we are in a life threatening situation, but nowadays, our bodies are responding in this matter from the time we awake, until we go to bed. We are in a constant state of emotional distress, rushing around, listening to frightening information on the news, fighting traffic, stressed out at work or home etc. When does our body have time to decompress? When this goes on day after day, week after week, it is no wonder that we have so much illness and dis-ease in our society. The use of anti-depressants are increasing, alcohol and drug use are on the rise, as a way of ‘escaping’ from our perception of society. But the beauty is that it is only a perception and perceptions can be changed. We once believed that our family history was a major determining factor in our health. But we now know that it only plays a small part in our genetic makeup thanks to the science of Epigenetics.
The word “Epi” is derived from the Greek meaning ‘above’ so the study of Epigenetics is the study of ‘control above the genes’. Recent findings reveal that genes are not entirely controlled by our DNA blueprint as previously believed, but can be modified by environmental factors such as stress, nutrition, and last but not least emotions. These revisions can and do alter the genetic profile without altering their basic DNA blueprint. Epigenetic science theorizes that there are two mechanisms in which we pass on hereditary sequences. One is nature and the other is nurture, which would include the environment in the equation of genetic influence. We now have evidence to demonstrate that cells require cooperation in order to thrive as well as survive in a communal environment. Cells are intelligent and recognize that collaboration within the community is the key to their continued existence. The avoidance of toxic or antagonistic surroundings is paramount to their continuation.
This is why understanding why our thoughts, feelings and emotions are paramount to not only our emotional well being, but vitally important to our physical health as well. If we live in fear, anger, hurt, or any other negative emotional state, our physical body is affected on a cellular level as well. Changing our perception of any given situation is key to altering the pattern of our life.
There are two types of thoughts, supportive and non-supportive. Your self concept is based on how you speak to yourself, consciously and subconsciously. I often convey to clients: “Be careful what you are thinking, you cells are listening.” because in a sense the receptors act as ears. They are vibrationally eavesdropping on our emotions.
Would we be more attentive of our thoughts and words if they manifested before our eyes? Studies show that our body is listening and responding according to our thoughts, feeling and emotions. Consequences in our life are directly affected by the communication between our conscious and subconscious mind.
When we find ourselves in a toxic environment, or experience negativity, consciously we may persuade ourselves that we can control the situation and are fine. However, if we do not believe that we are safe, our cells will respond according. If this belief continues for an extended period of time, the cells and DNA will adapt and change according to the misperception of the subconscious images. These changes eventually manifest as physical and mental disease in the body. As signals are sent from the environment, positive or negative, the cells respond in like. I compare the cellular response in our body to a genie in a bottle: “Your wish is my command.”
What are the messages that you are sending your body?
Submitted by Linda M. McCarthy Ph.D