Beliefs and Emotions

Modern science is reaching an age of enlightenment. New avenues of thought are stirring, and the earlier perception of the separation of the mind and the body are falling away. The awareness that emotions, feelings and the power of thought have a direct bearing upon our physical health is becoming mainstream.

 

Research in the area of molecular communication between the mind and the body has shown the development of Psychoneuroimmunology, which is based primarily upon the neuron-sciences of the central nervous systems, the neuroendocrine system and the immune system and their inter-relationships. The central nervous system is a huge collection of connections throughout the body incorporating sympathetic and asympathetic systems. The nervous system allows the brain to send information throughout the body using chemicals generally referred to as "information substances." It once thought that the brain sent out these information substances to respond to problems in the body and that the communication was one way direction. What has become clear is that the central nervous system controls the body's defense mechanisms. This being said, "Every thought, emotion, idea or  belief has a neurochemical consequence.

 

The chemical messengers of the body, called Neuropeptides. were at one time to be found only in the brain. Pioneering research, by neuropharmacologist Candice Pert revealed that neuropeptides are present on both the cell walls of the brain and in the immune system. These information substances affect our emotions as well as our phsiology. These cells of the body have their own receptors on their surface that act like satellite dishes. These receptors receive the chemical information substances being released by the brain and sometimes return messages at the appropriate times. Candice Pert believes that peptides may provide solutions to every medical problem. As these complex messengers travel throughout the body they provide vital information and sometimes almost instant physical feedback.

 

 If you have ever been in a car accident you may have found yourself shivering of the release of adrenaline. Once the danger is over you send the message to the body’s receptors that all is fine, and begin to calm down. This is a simple example of how fast the information can be transmitted from thought to physiology. We create emotions, and this requires input from the brain.

 

The discovery by Candice Pert that neuropeptides and neurotransmitters

are also on cell walls of the immune system shows a close association

with emotions and suggests that emotions and health are deeply interdependent.

 

Research has indicated that an inextricable chemical link exists between our emotions which includes all the stress in our lives, both good and bad, and the regulatory systems of the endocrine and immune systems through the central nervous system. This emphasizes the importance of expressing our emotions both verbally and physically in an appropriate way. When strong emotions generate fear, anger or rage and these are not expressed in a healthy way then the body's natural response is that of the sympathetic nervous system. At this point, inappropriate storing of these stressful emotions produces an excess of epinephrine. This excess of epinephrine causes chemical breakdown, resulting in internal weakening of the immune system and increased potential for disease.

 

 We can safely say that thoughts, words, emotions and

the physical body are synergistically linked together.

 

A thought is expressed in an electromagnetic brain that sends a message to the neuropeptides, which in turn is fired off into the central nervous system to produce the result from the human body. A Belief System is a strong enough (or perhaps recurring) thought that is relayed to the neuropeptides within the message system of the body. In turn, the physical body reacts to the emotional Belief Systems that it is conditioned for. The key is to change the messages that are sent to the body, and to do that we change our Beliefs.

 

 How to Change Them

The conscious mind can be compared to a word processor. It is the decision maker for our day to day affairs. It sends the subconscious Programmes to perform certain tasks, observes how the subconscious Programmes perform and then decides on what else needs to be done. The conscious mind is estimated to be only 10% of our mind. What your conscious perceives as a Belief isn't exactly what your subconscious believes. You may think that you have absolutely no subconscious limitations on abundance or money. To the conscious mind, it doesn't make any logical sense that there would be restrictions within the subconscious, or for that matter on any other level of your being.

 

 A unique quality of the conscious is that it can quickly judge concerning what is right and what is wrong, something that the subconscious doesn't do. The conscious decides what information should be kept in the brain and what should not, at least to some degree.

 

The sub-conscious mind is like a computer's hard drive. It contains all of our memories, habits, beliefs, personality, self image and controls autonomic bodily functions. The subconscious is both the storeroom of information and the performer of tasks. It also contains "predefined instructions" that you do not have to consciously think about, such as your heart beating. The subconscious is estimated to be 90% of the mind. This means that when we recognize that one of our beliefs is negative, 10% of your mind wants change the other 90%. Any decision to change is first formed in your conscious mind. This decision will in some way conflict with existing Beliefs.

 

The body is like the computer hardware, set up to respond to the programming. Every second of every day your body is responding to the programming that is sent from the subconscious mind automatically. However, there is some evidence that the body has an intelligence of its own. In an experiment, cells that were subjected to nutrients gravitated to the nutrition. When subjected to toxins, the cells retreated.

  

 Programmes are recreated and handed down from generation to generation and we are not aware they are only beliefs but take it to be ‘truths’ about ourselves and our world. Our brains are like a super-computer assessing the information and responding. How we respond to an experience depends on the information that is given to the mind and how it is received and interpreted. When a Belief has been accepted as real by the body, mind or soul, it becomes a ‘Programme’.

Programmes can be for our benefit, or become a detriment, depending on what the Programme is and how we are reacting to it. Many people live most of their life with the hidden programme that they cannot succeed