By Nancy Brady



 Centuries ago health care included tending to the body, mind and soul. Our ancestors realized that no condition was separated or segmented from the whole. In fact, healing the soul was recognized as a key to balancing the rest of the body. Socrates said to the physicians of his time, “Heal the soul first.” Decades later, Aristotle was exploring similar ideas when he stated, “Soul and body, I suggest, react sympathetically upon each other.” And again in the 3rd century BC, the renowned Greek physician Erasistratus studied body movements to see how they reflected the “inclinations of the soul”. Through the ages, the study of emotions held a high status in the minds of prominent physicians. 

Politics began to influence this medical approach to wholeness in the 17th century as scientist Rene Des-cartes, who originally maintained that the soul was the seat of the emotions, set aside these beliefs as he was thrust into bargaining with the Pope to satisfy their individual needs. They made an agreement that the study of medicine  would confine itself to the body only, and leave the care of the mind, emotions and soul to the church. This gave Descartes access to bodies from the church’s morgue to continue anatomical research, while  protecting the church’s authority on care of the soul. Thus began the scientific division of the physical body from its energetic and mental  bodies with all interrelated parts being treated separately. 

Fortunately for us, science has once again turned its attention back to the importance of treating the whole body to attain healing. What spiritual healers have known all along, science has now proven. Lab tests have demonstrated that emotions are actual chemical messengers, neuropeptides and their receptors, and part of our body’s information system. These information communicators are located throughout the body, including the immune, gastrointestinal and hormonal systems. At first the scientific community was surprised to find what was previously considered to be only brain chemicals, circulating throughout the body. Discovering that these chemicals store in systems of the body has profound implications for physical health and is explainable in simple physiological terms. 

Originally, neuro referred to brain and mind activities only. Since neuro cells have been found in other parts of the body, we can say that mind also functions in areas outside the brain. The mind is a moving communication network, often performing below our consciousness. It organizes communication by connecting the major  systems and their organs and cells. There is also a non-physical aspect of this circulating mind that connects to outside stimulus. The input obtained from outside is then carried back to all parts of the internal system. This chemical transaction has intelligence, because intelligence is part of an information field. We experience this  intelligence, which exists outside the physical world of matter, through our networking mind. This non-physical, intelligent aspect of  mind that guides our system is what we call the soul. It is this  unseen part of our multi-dimensional body that is the director of our  physical body/mind experiences. And it is this same body/mind/soul  that our Greek ancestors passionately sought to understand.

 The soul uses emotions, the chemical processes, as a voice for healing. Emotions are no longer only to be tolerated as part of a  passing female mood cycle. They are vital expressions of our  experience in the world, both internal and external, and affect us  significantly. Many of us learned as children that it was not safe or  desirable to express anger, perhaps even sadness and other natural  emotions, so we stopped their outward expression. While the repression  of emotions does not eliminate them, it does redirect them to be  stored in distinct areas of the body. Their chemical messages then  become mechanisms for activating neuronal circuits, pathways that  create a pattern for specific behaviors. When emotion is unprocessed,  or stuck, the chemicals from these paths continue to draw the same  patterns to us repeatedly. In this manner old behavior programs are  recreated. Over time, these buried emotions can affect our immune  system, which they also inhabit, and the body may begin to talk to us  through pain or illness to get our attention. 

Happily, we do have methods of healing old emotional wounds. Emotional pain that is still living in the body can be released, freeing us to experience life differently. We can eliminate outdated behavioral habits and responses that have brought pain and let them be replaced with joy. By recognizing and responding to the emotions that communicate through our body, truly messages from our soul, we utilize our innate tools for growth-growth and healing of our body, mind and soul. 

Nancy Brady is a practitioner specializing in emotional healing. She is a Certified SHEN Practitioner and is also certified in DNA Technique and Genetic and Core Belief Replacement Therapy. She holds a  degree in nutrition and is a spiritual intuitive. Nancy can be reached  at (949) 487-1551.

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