Whatever we think or feel becomes manifest in our bodies. You know how that is: when we’re joy-filled, we’re radiant, we’re healthy; we’re able to take on whatever we encounter, effortlessly. By contrast, when we’re in distress, the body is weak, the skin is pale, and we may not be able to even eat.
What we don’t always realize is that the experience is not only expressed in our bodies, but stored there. Massage therapists see this all the time: someone is quietly resting on their table and suddenly starts crying or even shouting when a particular place is released in the massage process. It’s also stored in our organs and glands—as a “program” for when and how to function.
Bruce Lipton’s Biology of Belief and Candace Pert’s Molecules of Emotion describe how this works. The cells have thousands of receptors that tell the cell what to do based on what chemical and electrical signals they’re receiving, and those receptors change as the number and intensity of a particular signal increases or decreases. This means that the cells of the body get “addicted” to stress or distress or joy and demand more of it!
The feeling of resentment or anger, or any form of stress, sends many signals to the cells telling them to shut down and get ready to fight, and if we maintain such feelings for a long period of time, the cells will literally act as if that’s their only job and stop doing the other kinds of things they would normally do.
Fortunately, we can turn that around. If we can find a way to release the feelings and replace them with a sense of peace or harmony—for even a short time every day—the cells will begin to revert back to normal functioning during that short time. Obviously, the more time we can spend in that harmonious state, the more cells can be restored, and the sooner we can experience full health. This is part of why, when people meditate, many physical conditions are improved. Positive prayer, as communion with the divine, works as well. So does taking regular walks, drives, or boat trips in beautiful places.