Neuropeptides as the Carries of Emotions
The hypothalamus is relatively isolated from the “noise” (thoughts) of the cerebral cortex, so it can be utilized to identify subtle energy without alteration. The hypothalamus receives biochemical messages in response to information, or subtle energy that has been received by the body “antenna”. This interface of how subtle level energy is transformed into physiological signals is the ” the point of least understanding”.
Dr. Candace Pert sees the connectedness of all aspects of our system from a biochemical perspective, concluding “brain and body make and receive the same messenger molecules in order to communicate effectively. They speak the same language,” she says, “the language of neuropeptides.”[i][i] Neuropeptides are chemical messenger molecules that are received by receptor molecules on the surface of the walls of cells, which regulate both physiological functions and brain communication in the body. These messengers may be how the limbic system communicates its identification of a stress or change through the rest of the body.
Dr. Pert believes that “emotions are the key element that effects the conversion of mind to matter in the body.”[ii][ii] She has found that emotions and stress levels determine the effectiveness of the body’s capacity for cellular defense. Another researcher, Dr. Lydia Temoshok, defines neuropeptides as “a universal language by which cells from different biological systems interact and alter each other’s behaviour. They are a medium of exchange, and what they share is information.”