It has been estimated that there are eight to ten major human emotions: joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, curiosity, disgust, anger and anticipation are some of the terms used. From there, more complex emotions are variations or combinations of these.
For example, anxiety is a less acute, lingering version of fear, and optimism could be described as a combination of joy and anticipation. Psychologist Robert Plutchik believes there are a total of 32 more nuanced emotions that human beings can feel.
It stands to reason that every emotional state has a corresponding chemical state within the body. Joy has its own particular chemical “cocktail,” as does fear, surprise, sadness, and so on. Candace Pert, cell biologist and author of Molecules of Emotion, tells us that there are several hundred different types of neuropeptides or chemical molecules that can appear in the body. Some of these we may have heard of: serotonin, endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin are associated with positive states and emotions; cortisol and adrenaline are present for unpleasant feelings like fear, anxiety, anger and depression.
Persons who have had near-death experiences report that when their consciousness leaves the confines of their physical body, they are amazed at how light and unencumbered they feel. Their essence is freed of the circuitry of the human nervous system, coarse human emotions and the “fight or flight” mechanism. In many cases, they report (with surprise) that a certain level of low-grade but constant stress is now gone; it had been such a “normal” part of the backdrop of their human life that they were hardly aware of it. When it was suddenly no longer there, the contrast was stunning.
Choosing More of What You Want to Feel
When near-death experiencers return to the body and resume life, they often feel a bit more “control” over stressful feelings generally. At the very least, they are aware that unpleasant emotions are not who they really are.
Experienced meditators and those who have had samadhi/enlightenment experiences report a similar liberation from the more unpleasant chemical states that the body and brain can manufacture. In deep meditation, the body chemistry of peace, bliss and unconditional love takes over, leaving experiencers wondering how they can be in these amazing states more of the time, even while not in meditation.
While a regular meditation program can contribute to this, I also believe that being in positive emotional states more of the time starts with intention. You’ve likely at least glimpsed what it feels like to be in positive states like unconditional love, gratitude, peace, joy, samadhi or any other positive state. You’re also aware that each emotion has a corresponding cocktail of neuropeptides and chemicals within the body.
A Pharmacy in Your Brain
The hypothalamus is a small, almond-sized region located near the middle-underside of the brain. It links the nervous system with the endocrine system via the pituitary gland and regulates the secretion of a number of your body’s chemicals, including dopamine, the body’s natural painkiller. All told, the hypothalamus controls the release of 8 major hormones as well as body temperature, hunger and thirst, reproduction, circadian rhythms and emotional responses. To complete the process, your cells connect with the hormones and chemicals released via their receptors. Each of your cells has around 50,000 cell receptors that can dock with different neuropeptides.
Intending for Ideal States
In light of this, why not try intending for your cells to grow more of the cell receptors that connect with positive body chemistry, and less of the receptors that support stressful, unpleasant body chemistry?
Ask your hypothalamus to create positive, peaceful chemical cocktails in your body more of the time.
You don’t have to know the names or ratios of the neuropeptides or remember the term “hypothalamus.” Just focus on “the chemistry of peace” or “the chemistry of unconditional love” in your body, and radiate this intention to your cells. Visualize your almond-shaped hypothalamus functioning optimally in your brain for your highest levels of well-being. Ask for the body chemistry of your Ideal Life.
An adult body is comprised of 50 to 100 trillion cells that are each intelligent, capable and conscious. They can help to engineer these states for you. You can also use EFT, energy medicine, NLP, Psych-K or any other tool that resonates with you to clear resistance and help to anchor in these positive states.
Every goal, intention or belief you could have boils down to a desired feeling-state in the body that you hope it will bring to you. Why not make these feeling-states a primary intention? We have more of a choice about how we feel each day than was once thought possible.
You have at least 50 trillion conscious, aware advocates on your side, ready and able to start creating the neurochemistry of peace and gratitude within you, the molecules of unconditional love. The best feeling-states in life are possible for you every day. Connect with your “team” of cells and see what’s possible.