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Story matters, your body is listening

Imagine realising that your body is always eavesdropping on your constant chatter. Yes, your spoken words and those silent ones darting around frantically in your mind, they are all heard. Nothing gets past your body.

I guess you may be wondering ……………😳.

Says who and so what?

Well, Dr Candice Pert, a celebrated neuroscientist and pharmacologist, considered a superhero for her contribution to the emergence of Mind-Body Medicine as an area of legitimate scientific research in the 1980’s, that’s who! In fact, her work earned her the titles of “The Mother of Psychoneuroimmunology” and “The Goddess of Neuroscience”. Her work is vast and fascinating, however, essentially she discovered neuropeptides. These are the cellular binding sites for endorphins in the brain and they are an essential link in our understanding of how emotions are manifested throughout the body. Her work has given immense credibility to the fact that what we think and say directly impacts our physiology, our health and our levels of wellness.

Pjotr Garjajev, a Russian biophysicist and molecular biologist revealed how our spoken word can impact the manner in which our DNA instructs information to our cells. Yes, apparently our DNA is not only responsible for the construction of our bodies, it also serves as data storage in communication. Have you ever?!


Deb Shapiro a Jungian psychologist, also describes neuropeptides as providing the link between perception, feelings and thought on the one hand, and the brain, hormonal secretions, and every cell in the body, including those of the immune system, on the other, creating a single, whole-body communication system. In other words, each part or system in your body is listening and responding to your mental chatter. Wherever thought goes, a chemical goes with it.

The above are but a few references relating to the amazing people contributing to this growing body of work.

Starting to see why this matters?

The very concept of our DNA being influenced by our words is premised on the understanding that the fabric of the universe is vibration, and all words carry with them frequencies of intention.

Joe Dispenza shares that many of us are living in a constant state of stress and anxiety, always on high alert, worrying about all that can possibly go wrong. Now, this constant negative mode of thinking and speaking triggers genes that can cause all kinds of problems, from panic attacks all the way to far more serious diseases.

You see, when our thoughts and words lead to emotions, chemical reactions are triggered which include the release of hormones and neurotransmitters. Ongoing negativity such as anger, resentment, fear and unforgiveness can cause our bodies to release the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. And, no surprise, high levels of these hormones can contribute to ongoing health issues.

Fear, anxiety, panic and rage, for example, trigger the amygdala (the flight, fright, freeze part of the brain), resulting in the production of adrenaline and cortisol. Cortisol impacts, and can reduce the size of the hippocampus and suppresses the immune system. Adrenaline suppresses your prefrontal cortex (the most evolved part of the brain) and drives the production of inflammatory cytokines which in turn drives chronic inflammation. Again, no surprise that chronic inflammation is the root cause of more than 50% of many crippling diseases these days.

Water and words

Quick diversion…Let’s think about the impact words and thoughts have on water. Remember Dr Masaru Emoto’s research in this regard? Brief synopsis – negative words spoken to water resulted in dark black misshapen crystals, while positive words spoken to water resulted in well-formed, clear crystals. I wrote a longer blog on the topic and if you keen you can find more here. Now remember that we are approximately 70% water, so imagine for a moment what your everyday words and thoughts are doing to the water in your body.

Positive matters

Gratitude is one of the strongest vibrational frequencies known to humans. It is also linked to raised levels of oxytocin, which stimulates dopamine (that feel-good chemical) and suppresses the amygdala. Oxytocin is more of a hormone than a pure chemical (Dr Ian Weiberg) and is triggered by gratitude, empathy, trust, awe and belief. It is also released when a person feels part of a connected group and has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and chronic inflammation.

Ok, enough with all the science, however, it was a necessary evil allowing us to take a very brief look at just how powerfully your thoughts and words are impacting your body.

Believe me yet?



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