The following is an expert from the book titled: Your Body Believes Every Word you Say
"Physicist and psychologist Buryl Payne, Ph. D., Writes:
We know that thoughts generated in the brain activate hormone secretions and stimulate other nerve centers within the body. Thoughts, coded as neural impulses, travel along nerve axons, activating muscles and glands similar to the manner in which telephone messages travel over wires in the forum of electrical signals. Experiments with the GSR, a biofeedback instrument, attached to fingers or toes clearly demonstrate that mental activity reaches into the extremities of the body.
With sensitive EMG instruments, we can show that muscles are activated when we think about anything involving action or emotion, even though there may be no visible movement. Although we do not know how thoughts are generated in the brain, it seems clear that once present, thoughts are amplified by the brain and turned into actions. Every thought we think influences millions of atoms, molecules, and cells throughout the body. Besides this straightforward effect on the physical body, we know f4rom general principles of physics that any acceleration of electrons produces some electromagnetic radiation.”
Many of us have found undeniable connections between emotional experiences and seemingly connected physical manifestations in our own lives and may have wondered how this could be.
Barbara’s book is full of convincing argument that will cause even the most skeptical of us to believe in the connection between the mind and the body. Reading this book helps us to be much more conscious of the things we say and think. For example experts believe that we may develop eye problems when we don’t want to ‘see’ something or ear problems when there is something we can’t bear to ‘hear’ or illness in the sexual organs when we have shame or confusion around our sexuality. We may develop disease in the breast or uterus when we as women ‘give too much’ (Dr Christine Northrup speaks on these types of examples of the mind body connection a lot in her book, Women’s’ Body’s, Women’s’ Wisdom.)
I will include another excerpt from Barbara’s book (Your Body Believes Every Word you Say" that focuses on body/ mind clichés and how their use affects us.
“Cliches as Emotional Expression
Cliches often become seed thoughts. These seed thoughts express emotion using words whose meaning relates directly to the symptoms evoked. For example, an expression most of us have used at one time or another is, ‘That………is a real pain in the neck, head, gut, butt etc.” We are generally expressing our feelings about some particular thing or situation . But saying ‘that is a real pain in the whatever’ can actually trigger a painful stiff neck, an upset stomach, or a headaches. Your spoken words may match a particular symptom exactly, triggering that symptom as a sensation (dis-ease) in your body.
The process also works in reverse. You may begin using those expressions after you first physically feel something amiss. For example, if you have real physical distress from a stiff neck or an upset stomach, you may want to talk about ho you feel. So saying ‘that was a pain in the neck’ or ‘that gave me an upset stomach’ is true; you do already have a sore neck or upset stomach. The seed thought stimulating your physical distress is then reinforced by the distress as you feel it, strengthening your original symptom-triggering thought. Your belief in whatever that ………..is that gives you such distress is stored in your unconscious mind. Then just thinking the seed thought ‘that…….will give me …….(whatever symptom)’ can trigger the physical distress. But discovery of the seed thought [and elimination of it], can break the sickness cycle.”
Once we recognize the implications of the points that experts like Barbara Hoberman Levine, Cristine Northrup and even Candace Pert (author of Molecules of Emotion), we can start to honour our choice of words more and place more emphasis on choosing how we think. Even small little language adjustments like saying I “choose” or “want” to do something instead of saying I “have” to or “should” do something can make a big difference to our emotional and physiological reaction to the following moment or experience.
The old childhood rhythm about “sticks and stones breaking bones but names not being able to hurt us” may not be true at all. Words are powerful. Thoughts are the seedlings to actions and everything is in thought form before it is turned into the energy that manifests it into ordinary reality or physical form. In the words of Shakti Gawain, specialist on Creative Visualization, “Energy follows thought form”. In other words, we can impact our reality through the words we think.