You reap what you sow. You become what you believe. As we saw in the last post, those who received the sham pills or acupuncture got exactly what they believed they would get. Their brain waves and proteins created a chemistry which communicated with their immune system through its cell membranes. The results — they experienced the discomfort and pain that they believed they would, as told by their doctors.
The idea of mind over matter has been argued for decades. The science, and our understanding of this amazing chemistry, is still in its infancy stage. The scientific frontiers are proving what the age old wisdom taught us but modern mechanistic medicine refused to accept. We are coming back to understanding that beliefs and thoughts do become things, physical things in our bodies and our lives.
It is a leap for many of us to accept that a person could think or believe something and that simple act of belief could heal them of their respective malady. Up until the last few decades research scientists did not have a grasp on how the brain, our thoughts, and feelings work to create the conditions, situations, and even people that we draw into our lives.
While the role of emotions, the mental pictures they conjure, and the effect they have on our well being is still is very much “uncharted waters” in both neuroscience and psychology, many exciting discoveries have been made. Two of the foremost findings and research in the behavioral sciences is the work of a world renowned neuroscientist and researcher, Candace Pert, PhD, and a physician/surgeon, Maxwell Maltz, MD., who looked extensively at behavior and its relationship to emotions and self-esteem.
Dr. Pert provided the research that indeed proved “thoughts are things” – and they are called called neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters dictate how feelings and thoughts in our unconscious mind are stimulated or triggered through stored memory from the brain’s limbic system. Her ground breaking book Molecules of Emotions provides details of her research and the new science of brain chemistry.
Another foremost finding in behavioral science has been the part that our “self – image” plays in charting the course our thoughts, feelings, and ultimately our lives take. Dr. Maxwell Maltz, a renowned plastic surgeon and author of the best-selling self – help classic” Psycho – Cybernetics“, discovered in his practice that although his patients would receive literally a whole new face, via plastic surgery, they still reported experiencing the old feelings of inadequacy that plagued them pre – surgery.
Through his extensive, and evidence-based, research Maltz discovered what his patients — in fact many people – needed was an “emotional face lift” to remove the psychological scars imprinted on the individual’s self – image left by negative beliefs. While the physical aspect of a person’s appear can be changed, he suggests that unless the emotional “surgery” is performed the individual will still have the same emotional experience. Is is this emotional experience that motivated them to have the surgery in the first place.
Dr. Maltz states: “This self-image is our own conception of the “sort of person I am.” It has been built up from our own beliefs about ourselves. But most of these beliefs have unconsciously been formed from our past experiences, our successes and failures, our humiliations, our triumphs, and the way other people have reacted to us… From all of these we mentally construct a “self” (or a picture of self).”
Do you need an emotional face-lift? What do your beliefs about yourself do to your body, your relationships, and your life? Science is helping us break the mold and see that mind and heart are a much bigger part of health than we have been taught.