Some of my favorite things said in:

Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert, PhD.


Pg. 40

            Do not accept the conventional wisdom.  Do not accept the idea that something can’t be accomplished because the scientific literature says it can’t.  Trust your instincts.  Allow yourself a wide latitude in your speculations.  Don’t depend on the literature.  It could be right or it could be completely wrong.  Spread all your hunches out before you, and go with the ones that you think are the most probable.  Select the one that you can test easily and quickly.  Don’t assume that it has to be overly complicated to be of value, since the simplest experiments yield the most unequivocal result.  Just do the experiment! 

Pg. 146

            There is no objective reality!

Pg. 147

            The famed psychiatrist and hypnotherapist Milton Erickson addressed the subconscious minds of several young women, who, although having been subjected to all kinds of hormone injections, remained completely flat-chested.  He suggested to them while they were in a deep trance that their breasts would become warm and tingly and would start to grow…all grew breasts within two months, presumably because Erickson’s suggestions caused the blood supply to their breasts to increase.

Pg. 165

            Emotions are trapped in the physical body and can…be released physically, through loud, emotive expressions.  The result (is) a freer, more abundantly flowing sense of energy.

Pg. 186

            A network is different than a hierarchical structure that has a ruling station at the top and a descending series of positions that play increasingly subsidiary roles.  In a network, theoretically, you can enter at any nodal point and quickly get to any other point; all locations are equal as far as the potential to rule or direct the flow of information.

Pg. 187

            We are all aware of the bias built into the Western idea that the mind is totally in the head, a function of the brain.  But your body is not there just to carry around your head.

Pg. 187

            We know that the immune system, like the central nervous system, has memory and the capacity to learn.  Thus, it could be said that intelligence is located not only in the brain but in cells that are distributed throughout the body, and that the traditional separation of mental processes, including emotions, from the body is no longer valid.

Pg. 195

            A rainbow at one end of the horizon could share the sky with lightning bolts tearing through the blackness at the other end.

Pg. 223

            Old ideas die hard, and even in the face of something as miraculous as penicillin to treat venereal disease or as simple as washing the hands before touching patients, new ideas meet with resistance that goes beyond all rational, logical boundaries.

Pg. 242

            Think of (stress-related disease) in terms of an information overload, a situation in which the mind-body network is so taxed by unprocessed sensory input in the form of suppressed trauma or undigested emotions that it has become bogged down and cannot flow freely, sometimes even working against itself, at cross-purposes.

Pg. 271

            Hugs not drugs

Pg. 271

            All exogenous drugs are potentially harmful to the system, not only as disruptors of the natural balance of the many feedback loops involving many systems and organs, but because of the changes that happen at the level of the receptor.

Pg. 273

            In recent years…there have been loads of animal and human studies to show the benefits of touch, not only for depression, but for illnesses that have physical symptoms as well.

Pg. 273

            Both kinds of user—the one who gets the drugs from a doctor and the one who buys them from a dealer—are doing the same thing: altering their chemistry with an exogenous substance that has widespread effects, many of which are not fully understood, in order to change feelings they don’t want to have.

            When emotions are expressed…all systems are united and made whole.  When emotions are repressed, denied, not allowed to be whatever they may be, our network pathways get blocked, stopping the flow of the vital feel-good, unifying chemicals that run both our biology and our behavior.

Pg. 280

            An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

            (Vorbeugen ist besser als heilen.)

Pg. 282

            People’s overall state of health today is a direct reflection of the ecological mess we’ve inflicted on our planet, a mess that has been created in blind ignorance and disregard for what turns out to be the essential relatedness of all life.  How can we expect to be healthy when our water is foul, our air dirty, our food poisoned?

Pg. 283

            Dr. Norm Schwartz—Only eat foods that have been around for at least 6000 years—no processed foods!... Stay away from poultry, meat, and dairy that has been pumped full of antibiotics, a common practice in animal farming today.

Pg. 283

            The biggest liver-cleaning boost is to go off of drugs, including alcohol.

Pg. 289

            The brain’s only food is glucose, which is carried to the brain in the blood.

Pg. 290

            Your dreams relate not just to your mind, but to your body as well.  Dreams can be your own early-warning system, letting you know if a medical condition is developing and helping to bring your attention to the problem area.  The body may be discussing this condition with the mind, and you can get in on the conversation by consciously recalling the dream…once you make the decision to pay attention to your dreams, they will start to speak to you, and you will understand them with ever-greater fluency over time, with practice.

Pg 300

            Reaching for that drink or cigarette or joint is usually precipitated by some disturbing and unacceptable feeling that we don’t know how to deal with, and so we get rid of it in ways we know “work”.  What if we stopped and checked in with our feelings to ask ourselves what emotions are present before using an artificial substance to alter our mood?  If we can bring this level of awareness to our habitual use of substances, then we have a chance, a possibility, of making another choice.  By continually ignoring feelings, we have none.

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