The language the bodymind uses is surprisingly simple to understand. Unearthing the inner conflict is the first step; dealing with that inner conflict and transforming it from conflict to resolution and peace is what enables healing to take place.
In 1954, the American Society of Psychosomatic Medicine was founded. Though psychosomatic can also be termed as mind-body, it has been considered by most to mean “all in the head” and thus lost its favour. In the 1980s, George Solomon introduced the field of psychoneuroimmunology which set the stage for mind-body medicine.
Dr. Candace Pert, a neurophysicist, along with countless colleagues, has been mapping the brain and pathways of something called neuropeptides through the body. After 15 years of research, she and her colleagues form one conclusion. The thoughts themselves invoke chemical reactions in the brain, called neuropeptides.
The neuropeptides then flow to different parts of the body, influencing it on a physical level. Since the brain is an equal opportunity employer, it does not discriminate as to whether the thought is useful or not. It will process a beneficial thought just as easily as one that is not.
‘ Emotions are the currency of exchange between mind and body’ –Dr. Candace Pert
Neuropeptides travel along the nervous cells throughout the body. This is how the brain ‘talks’ to the body. Thus if our brain perceive anger, fear or depression, every immune cell of the body knows that very quickly.
When a negative word is used, it causes a negative reaction to the body resulting in a range of chemical reactions in the brain which then triggers a response. Constant repetition of negative words will instill in our mind that we are failures, worthless and stupid. Gradually, we will begin to believe this with manifestation in our body and life.
Examples of negative words/emotions affecting body
A person with low self-esteem (either being put down by others or self) tends to have a stooped posture.
Someone who thinks his boss is a pain in the neck, may soon acquire a neck pain.
And a person who thinks s/he is carrying too much burden or responsibility, may have a constant ache in the shoulders.