Beyond the specific isolation of explicit substances that contribute to the function of the entire organism, subsequent interpretation leads us to suspect that the tissues, organs, and glands of the body are actually joined together in a sophisticated network of communication. Moreover, the evidence suggests that this interaction is bi-directional, supporting the assertion that the biochemistry is a transformational two-way thoroughfare of interaction. The same holds true for a host of other peptides and neuropeptides discovered in various systems of the body and the brain. The evidence continues to mount for a host of objective substances that exist locally and generally for the purposes of mediating specific function and maintaining wide-range communication throughout the body.
Sigmund Freud demonstrated how repressed experiences and emotions can emerge later in the form of mental and physical ailments. He established the influence of repressed emotional events on physical well-being. Emotions are generally not studied as they are thought to exist in the spiritual realm.
The Fields of Emotion
Pert has taken this a step further and performed research with emotions at a cellular level.
She demonstrated how neuropeptides, once thought to be only in the brain, are actually located in every cell in the body. She labeled these substances the molecules of emotion: “Our body is our subconscious mind and our mind is in our body, not just in our head, as is generally thought in our western paradigm. The body is a field. Emotions are everywhere in the field and are triggered everywhere, therefore occurring in the head and the body at the same time. These molecules of emotion trigger different reactions and put the entire body in an altered state of consciousness doing what needs to be done in the moment, sometimes sleeping, emoting, excreting, etc.” She describes how consciousness creates reality, and emotions are our link between the physical and spiritual. Her innovative research has produced volumes of similarly insightful revelations extolling the virtues of the biological matrix.
She writes: “Emotions are central to who we are as a person. They contribute to our interpersonal relationships, as well as the way we relate to ourselves. But we are living in a culture where emotions are suppressed. Just imagine the compensation that occurs as these unexpressed intentions accumulate. It is important to let our dynamic range be, and not restrict it so as to be stuck in any one pattern. It is this very process of inhibition that configures part of the foundation for habitual behavior.” Not unlike Freud, Pert concludes that emotions are stored in the body and need to be dealt with in the body. We have better naturally occurring sources of neuropeptides than any drug or substance we can take from the outside. This potential predisposes us to be in a perpetually blissful state.