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So the neuropeptides are substances (amino acid codes or keys) that
make us think the thoughts that arise from the emotions they
stimulate in us.
This is one of the prevailing ideas of raja yoga and it is good that
science is able to accept it now.
> Thank you Diana for the link.
> After years of studying the form and function of neuropeptides
(tiny bits of protein that consist of strings of amino acids), Pert
has concluded that they are responsible for our emotions -- not only
the familiar feelings of anger, fear, sadness, joy, contentment, and
courage, but also spiritual inspiration, awe, bliss, and other states
of consciousness that scientists have never physiologically explained.
> Scientists have found neuropeptide receptors throughout the nervous
system, and Pert's research has shown that the immune system also
produces its own.
> She has come to believe that the brain and the nervous, endocrine,
and immune systems are interlocked in a "psychoimmunoendocrine"
network that serves as a multidirectional, body-wide system in which
every part communicates with every other part.
> This concept nullifies the prevailing idea that the mind has power
over the body.
> "Instead, emotions are the nexus between mind and
> matter, going back and forth between the two and influencing both,"
> Dr Candace Pert, (her book is titled "Molecules of Emotions")
> Georgetown University Medical Center
> Department of Physiology & Biophysics
> School of Medicine