Many of you are aware of the mind-body connection, but you may wonder how your perceptions and the mind-body connection are linked? What role does perceptions play in the mind-body connection?
Perceptions and the Mind-Body connection
Your perceptions play a pivotal role in your wellbeing.
You will tend to open up to an event when you perceive it to be supportive to your highest values; you will tend to close down to the event when you perceive it to be challenging to your highest values. This has an impact on your metabolism and your physiology that is then turned on or off accordingly to these initial perceptions of support or challenge.
If you feel depressed and you perceive that your daily events aren’t working the way you expected and you don’t feel like the world is supporting your highest values, then your metabolic rate will tend to slow down. Your glucose can go down and you may end up with low blood sugar.
Diseases applied to the mind-body connection
There are psychological perceptions that correlate with high or low pancreatic function.
Example: People with hypoglycemia have low blood sugar.
Hypoglycemics tend to minimize themselves to others and can even think that they are wrong and other people right. A hypoglycemic will often do what you tell them to do. People with diabetes on the other hand, have high blood sugar and they tend to maximize themselves to others and tend to think that they are right. They are not easy to tell what to do and they have their own way of doing things.
The same principle that applies for hypo and hyperglycemia can work for hyper and hypo thyroid. Your thyroid gland originates from your tongue embryologically. This is why its function has a direct correlation with your metabolic rate, because the tongue deals with chewing, eating, swallowing and speaking.
If you feel like you are saying something you wish you hadn’t, your thyroid function tends to go up. When you are not saying something you wish you could, your thyroid function tends to go down. Repressing what you want to say lower your thyroid function and drops your metabolic rate.
Thyroid functions tend to go up when you are saying something you wish you hadn’t said. That is why hypothyroids are often listless, quiet and don’t speak much. They tend to hold in a lot of resentment and they hold in what they really want to say. The hyper-thyroids tend to talk and speak, and are generally more outgoing and extroverted.
Physiological polarities are a result of imbalanced perceptions
These physiological polarities are often a result of imbalanced perceptions. Because if you are minimizing yourself relative to somebody else, and live in fear of losing them, you will tend to repress what you want to say to them. If you are minimizing others relative to yourself you will have less, if any fear of saying what comes to your mind.
Have you ever been infatuated with someone and been afraid of rocking the boat in the relationship? That tends to lower your metabolic rate because your thyroid function starts dropping.
If all of a sudden you feel like ‘the hell with it’, ‘I don’t really need you’, ‘I don’t have to do it’, ‘I can say what I want to do’ and you say something tactless and basically not worry about it and then go ‘oops I wish I hadn’t said that’, now your thyroid function goes kicking up.
If you exaggerate or minimize things with your perceptions, your physiology automatically changes
You are literally affecting your physiology with your perceptions, if you exaggerate or minimize things with your perceptions. Physiologically your blood sugar levels, lipid levels and hormone levels automatically changes.
Female hormones go up when you are passive and you feel that you are safe and secure in your higher values. Your male hormones go up if you’re dealing with a fight or flight situation. Male hormones go up when you are aggressive and angry. This happens when you feel like you are not getting what you want and the world is challenging you.
Feminine hormones stimulate fat in the body and male hormones stimulate water and muscle levels in the body. So muscle and water tissue goes up with increased male hormones when your higher values are perceived as being challenged. Fat tissue goes up when all of a sudden your higher values become perceived as being supported. On the one hand your body becomes ‘harder’ and on the other your body becomes ‘softer’.
Your hormone imbalances often have a lot to do with your perceptions of the world
Normalize your physiology and bring those perceptions into perfect equilibrium. Ask the quality question to reveal the hidden part of your perception and return to wellness.
Every time your perceptions are imbalanced and you experience polarized emotions, you also go into sympathetic or parasympathetic dominance. Your physiological responses provide you feedback in the form of symptoms at the cellular, genetic or enzymatic level to let you know whenever you have an imbalanced perspective.
Disease is not necessarily a ‘bad’ thing
These symptoms that you experience in your body are your body’s way of trying to reveal the areas in your life where you have imbalanced perceptions. And it is wise to discover the underlying meaning.
If you go out and eat a pineapple, cheesecake, steak, hamburger, pizza, a mango, boiled onions, chocolate cake, pickles and then on top of that a big bowl of beans. Would you agree that the next day you would not feel so great?
The next day, if you went to a medical doctor, you might be told that the symptoms are due to allergies, or stomach viruses, and they might prescribe an anti-histamine, antacid, anti-flatulent etc. And he or she could label all of your symptoms as due to various diseases.
But if you were to go to a naturopath or a chiropractor, they might tell you that you have simply pigged out, and your body is trying to give you symptoms as a feedback to let you know to stop pigging out. So the same symptoms could be labeled as illness or they could be labeled as wellness.
Illness may actually be wellness
What I am proposing is what you may label as illness may actually be wellness. The very thing you think may be causing your illness may simply be your body’s response to misperceptions and the associated miss-actions. Misperceptions lead to miss-actions: something you do too much of or too little of. When second you bring your perceptions and actions into equilibrium, it is amazing what your physiology can do to return to wellness.
I define illness as the result of an imbalanced perspective and wellness as one of a balanced perspective. Wellness means wholeness. Illness means halfness. If you see more support than challenge or more challenge than support, you get illness. A synchronicity of support and challenge simultaneously, gives you wellness.
Your mind, through its value system, filters your sensory reality and motor actions. Every time you go through life and exaggerate and minimize, or lop-side your perceptions, you are creating physiology labeled as illness.
A feedback system to your conscious mind
Again, illness is a feedback system to your conscious mind to let you know that you have one or more lopsided perceptions. Your psyche and its misperceptions are creating symptomology and this symptomology is not something that is bad, evil or wrong. It is just your body’s way of letting you know that you are imbalanced in your perceptions.
Psyche and soma works together to bring homeostasis. This is a negative feedback system to bring your mind back into equilibrium.
The second you balance your perceptions, your physiology changes.
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