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Emotions on our health

All emotions represent a kind of energy in motion. They are neither good nor bad in themselves. When emotions are badly managed, repressed or overflowed, they cause a disturbance in our energy regulation, which can produce multiple organic imbalances and is the basis of many diseases.

When correctly channeled, the energy linked to our most primitive and subconscious emotional impulses represents the raw material of feelings and higher aspirations that give strength and meaning to life.

Recent stablished terms, such as psychoneuroimmunology, emotional intelligence, affective neuroscience, biology of belief, bio-decodification reveal the emergence of new therapeutic approaches which revolutionize the present day medicine and psychology. The former boundaries have been dissolved and we can no longer speak of a body separated from the mind, or a psychism apart from the nervous system. In the 1950’s it was already well described the relation among the personality patterns, including different modalities of emotional response, and the risk to develop coronary heart disease.

In the latter years of the 20th century there was the great discovery of a biological substrate for the understanding of emotions by Candace Pert, former researcher of the National Health Institutes in the USA. Her finding of a network of neuropeptides and their receptors explains how our emotional states mobilizes molecules all across the organic systems in the body. The modulation of this network is one of the key points to understand the mechanisms of action of the EmotionLife® system. 

Now in this century, the acknowledgement of the privileged connections between heart and brain and between the limbic system or emotional brain and the cognitive brain has produced incontrovertible evidences that our biology cannot be separated from our emotional field.  

The conception of the heart and the gastrointestinal system as genuine peripheral brains processing emotions, the discovery of the psychoneuroimmunology, the scientific study of meditation and its relation to the so-called relaxation response, the researches in public health on large population groups, all came to the same conclusion: emotions play a crucial role in the origin, evolution and prognosis of the diseases. 

Feeling loved or not by the others, having a good emotional bond or relational support, the job satisfaction, the image we have of ourselves, what we believe of the therapist and the therapeutic practice, move a net of complex molecular cascades and cellular responses that anchor at the big organic systems level and make the route to the very cell nucleus. The emerging sciences in the last decade, the neurocardiology, the epigenetics and the brain plasticity allow us to bring an authentic biological substrate to what until recently was considered pseudoscience.

We can assert that, the same way we live in our body, we also live in our emotions and our thoughts, and that each of these levels of the Being or of the conscience are densely interconnected in all directions, to the extent that they are actually inseparables. At the human being level, not the animal or the hominid, we have emerged to an evolution stage in which the hardware of the biology and the software of the conscience transform each other constantly as if both were dynamic interfaces of an unique process: the conscience itself.