We all know what “feelings” are. Up or down. Buoyant or blue. Delighted or depressed. Many levels of feelings and moods color our outlook and activities. Feelings and emotions are non-specific physical and mental sensations that we may not be able to describe but we know are there.
Because we see ourselves predominantly as physical beings, most of us are more comfortable talking about how we feel physically – good, tired or achy – rather than about how we feel emotionally – happy, sad, grief-stricken or disconsolate. But emotions have a physiological base as well as a mental base. Emotions are products of the limbic system which Arthur C. Guyton, MD describes as “…the entire basal system of the brain that mainly controls the person’s emotional behavior and drive.”
Long-term and short-term emotions and feelings come in varying degrees of intensity. The effect particular emotions or feelings have on your life and physiology is directly proportional to the strength, or intensity, of the emotions. And how is “intensity” manifested? As variations in energy flow. Emotions are internal energy fluctuations prompted by mental interpretations of sensory perceptions and thoughts. Very strong emotions, such as those experienced by victims of natural catastrophes, wars, violent crimes, irreparable loss, or other psychic shocks, stimulate strong internal energy activity and often change the life of the person involved. Minor emotional disturbances, the ho-hum variety of so-you-missed-your-favorite-TV-show-today, make few ripples on the vast flowing ocean of energy feelings. The degree of emotional intensity determines the degree of energy disturbance in body and field. In other words, thoughts are things!
Strong emotions and feelings are the cement of memory. Boring is not memorable. Excitement is. Feelings attached to major emotionally-packed incidents weld the physiological response pattern to the memory of the incident.
Positive-radiating feelings are less likely than negative feelings to interfere with healthful physiology. Negative feelings throw a kink in your link with your power-generating field. And negative feelings can interfere with health-promoting smooth, well-regulated internal physiological function. Feelings such as shame, irritation, jealousy, frustration, guilt, resentment, loneliness, inadequacy, greed, despair, fear, and hate, keep the body on alert and act as resistors to creative energy. Constant negative feelings keep you constantly defensive in attitude and physiology.
Intense negative emotions and feelings introduce energy-depleting organization into your personal field. Since your field is the template for the rest of your body, and your feelings can affect your field, your best strategy for health, happiness, and success is to make sure you feel your way through life positively!
Major trauma and emotional upsets can set up a chain reaction to disease. Folklore and intuition have held this view for centuries. A German doctor who had a personal experience of cancer has provided evidence that the turmoil of negative feelings can be, and often is, the root cause of severe physical problems.
In October 1981, Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer summarized his research with the statement, “I searched for cancer in the cell and I have found it in the form of a wrong coding in the brain.” Dr. Hamer presented his findings at the Tubingen University in what was thenWest Germany. He reported finding evidence of a link between psychic (mental) trauma and disease. His information came from studies he had conducted involving 15,000 cases. That’s a lot of cases – and behind cases are real people.
Dr. Hamer found that behind each real person’s developed case of cancer was “a strong stimulus, a brutal psychic trauma, which hits the patient as a major event in his life, an acute dramatic conflict, lived in a complete psychic isolation.” The primary constant Dr. Hamer found among these cases was that the cancer started with “an extremely brutal shock, a dramatic and acute conflict, experienced in loneliness and sensed by the patient as the most serious he has ever known.” Psychic isolation is a state of mind and emotion. It is perceived rather than physical isolation. It is a state of severe loneliness in the midst of multitudes.
Brutal physical trauma from accidents or assaults may leave scars on your body; however, the incident is over quickly and your body can repair and rebuild tissue and bone in a few weeks or months. Psychic trauma experienced in loneliness is persistent; it leaves no visible scars, but it can “cripple” your physiology and your field. Strong, negative, people-directed feelings – anger, guilt, jealousy, and the like – mixed liberally with defense physiology make for a potent symptom-sustaining cocktail. Feelings that erupt in response to people can be on-going. These are the feelings that can get you into physical and emotional trouble. Remember, what you THINK about…you bring about! So think about what you think about.