As a doctor, I was taught, with few exceptions, that emotional stress was the result of, rather than the cause of, physical illness. Over the course of thirty years in a clinical practice, my experience taught me that the medical profession had it backwards. As it turns out, emotions are running every system in the body.
Books I have reviewed on this site help unveil the exciting new evidence behind this paradigm shift: “the understanding and appreciation of thought and emotion as the most powerful source of healing.”
Here is some of what you will discover:
• The human heart, an organ once thought to simply be a pump for circulation, is now understood to be an amazing organ of communication. It gives a whole new meaning to “just follow your heart.”
• We are not prisoners of our DNA! DNA is not fixed or self-directing. We influence our DNA with the thoughts and emotions we evoke!
• Revolutionary discoveries in the field of psychoneuroimmunology confirm that the mind-body-spirit function as a whole and cannot be separated. Over the last several decades, science has validated what ancient philosophers and healers knew intuitively. The energy of the spirit is responsible for the health and welfare of the physical body.
Ancient text reflects this:
“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” -Proverbs 4:23
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” -Proverbs 23:7
Specifically, our emotions are linked to our beliefs, and drive the chemical reactions responsible for the creation of neuropeptides impacting every cell in our body.
Studies from the field of psychoneuroimmunology also validate the achievable benefits of using language to shift thoughts and emotions. Some of these benefits include, but are not limited to, improvements in:
Disease / Pain / Recovery
Weight / Digestion / Metabolism
Movement / Physical Strength / Stamina
• The belief that a chemical imbalance in “brain chemistry” is the root cause for “mental illness” is an erroneous conclusion based on corrupted data promoted and introduced to doctors as “science.” The “cocktails” of psychotropic drugs disrupting normal neuronal pathways in the brain, and masquerading as treatment for chemical imbalances, could be the largest and most tragic experiment in human history.
This information gives us a new appreciation of how important thoughts and emotions are for health. On the surface, this kind of information can leave people feeling guilty — feeling responsible for their own illnesses because of the thoughts and emotions they experience every day. This is where stress reduction practices can really help.
We are bombarded 24/7 with broadcast news full of sad, anxiety-causing content that poses a threat to our biology—directed by thoughts and emotions. This keeps us in a chronic “fight or flight” frame of mind. We find ourselves consumed by worry or simply frightened for our world-at-large.
Raising our awareness and taking the necessary tough steps (for most) to distance ourselves and our minds from these negative influences is possible. It calls for: