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What the (bleep) do we know?!

Posted Nov 22 2008 2:17am

Subtitle: An amazingly powerful needs no introduction guest post from Jamie.

Addictions

“No one has ever come along and given you sufficient intelligent knowledge about your beautiful self, how you work from the inside out. Why do you have addictions? Because you have nothing better. You have dreamt of nothing better because no one has ever taught you how to dream better.”

What the (Bleep) do we Know is an illuminating documentary about quantum physics, the essential paradigm shift that it presents, and how that might come to affect us–or rather, how we might use it to change ourselves and our world. It delves into issues of philosophy, choice, gods, fates, self-determination, and so much more. It confuses, probes, and enlightens (but mostly, at least for me, confuses).

There are so many wonderful points made in this movie, but I’ve chosen one that I think is particularly relevant to us, and that’s what I’d like to focus on today. One of the main talking points of this film is the notion of emotions–in the form of short-chain amino acids called peptides–as addictive chemical substances. These peptides, the film asserts, attach to individual cells in the body, changing the basic chemistry of the cell in unique ways, depending on the coding of the peptide (i.e. the type of emotion). These cellular changes are similar to the way the opiates like heroin affect the body, and so can become addictive in their own right.

Like with heroin, the body needs more and more peptides to get the same emotional rush as the cells adapt to their input. And the flooding of the body with these peptides can eventually cause cells to reproduce with more locations at which the peptides can attach, which leaves that much less space for the cells to perform their main jobs: nutrient and oxygen absorption and removal of toxins. What happens when the cells can no longer do these jobs? Their ability to produce proteins is inhibited. A great example of this given in the movie is of the protein elasticin, which keeps the skin tight and firm. So can emotional addiction lead to wrinkly skin? Apparently so.

The talking heads also take us a step back from this notion of emotions, connecting emotional addiction to the neural nets that make up our brains. The brain is wired and re-wired according to patterns of action and reaction. So, for example, if you’re a pretty angry person and you react in an angry manner with some regularity, it’ll become easier and easier to draw on anger as the neural pathways which allow (or perhaps elicit) that response become cemented in place. And then you consistently have angry emotion peptides going down to your cells, right? But if you can stop yourself in mid-anger time and time again, you’ll eventually be able to re-wire that neural net, and it will become easier to avoid that knee-jerk, angry response.

The final connection I’d like to draw within the scope of this movie is to the experiments performed by Dr. Masaru Emoto, which the film briefly references. In the experiments, Emoto printed words on paper and taped them (words facing in) on bottles of water. He then froze the water from each bottle and photographed the water crystals that formed. The differences between the crystals of water exposed to, for example, the words “Thank you” (in English and Japanese) and “You fool” indicate the effect that thought can have on something as fundamental as water on a microscopic level. And if we take into account that our bodies–and, in fact, much of organic life–is made up of water, how might words, thoughts, and intentions affect us?

These three concepts–the emotional addictions, the neural pathways, and the effects of thought on water–seem to me to be profoundly connected. And, to be perfectly honest, it provides a basis of understanding in a set of ideas that is to me profoundly confusing (I don’t do science very well; I’m a liberal arts kind of gal). Each of these concepts indicate to me the importance of living deliberately, of thinking things through, of feeling things fully instead of automatically. Does that mean that we should never react in anger, or spontaneous love? Must we always be emotionally detached, holding life at arms’ length so that we can think each action through? Most assuredly not! But we should not get into a rut, always reacting the same way thoughtlessly. And surely life is more interesting when we choose to experience, rather than allowing the experiences to carry us along like twigs going over a waterfall.

But to bring it home, Bumbling Band, what does this have to do with us? Simply this: Attraction. You know, that crazy notion the Miz has that what we think truly impacts what flows back toward us. Think happy thoughts, have a (more or less) happy life. Think angry thoughts, have a (more or less) angry life. What is already inside of you affects what happens to you.

But let’s take it a step further. I would say that we all, in large or in small part, want to change. We want to be stronger, thinner, smarter, better. We want to be more. So what is stopping you from changing, from becoming that stronger thinner smarter better more?

By the reasoning of this movie, you need to ask yourself: What is my addiction? What person, place, time, or event is a big center of my emotional and psychological life? What ingrained reactions am I allowing to go off without thinking them through? What ugly thoughts and intentions am I directing in towards my own beautifully, fearfully complex self? Make no mistake–if you change in the ways that you want to change, you might have to let go of those things. Your body and mind know this, and they don’t want to let go of what they already have.

Want an example? Here’s mine: I’m addicted to unrequited love. I don’t know why it always seems to happen, but I am chronically drawn romantically to people who are not and will (probably) never be interested in me. I rarely take action to engage in a relationship with said people. I prefer to stew in my own angst. I am addicted to unrequited love.

How does that affect me? Well, I think that I tend to sabotage myself, because I prefer the unrequited version to the real (whatever that means) thing. I’m so involved in writing poetry and songs related to how this other person will never love me that I never allow myself to move beyond that to a situation in which I will find myself in a healthy romantic relationship.

And that’s me. So how ’bout it, Band? What are you addicted to? What is holding you back from change, from changing, from continuing to grow and develop? And what can you do to change it?

Here’s the application: Tomorrow, when you wake up, deliberately create your day. Think about what you want your day to be like. How you want to act and react. How you want to take control. How you want to change. Take it a step farther. What things do you want to happen? What good things do you want to come your way?

Will this early-morning reflection enable you to change the cosmic fabrics of the universe? Will you be flying by the end of the day? Um, no. Probably not (although if that happens, please let me know right away!). But if you consciously change your desires and consciously change your intentions, you will eventually come to the point where you consciously change yourself.

And you may (as MizFit likes to say) begin to draw unto yourself things that match your attitude. Good things. Wholesome things. Things that enable you to change.

Or you can remain chained to your addictions, and continue to draw those things to yourself. Things that may not be bad, but that may dim in comparison to what you could have.

The choice may not be that simple, or that immediate, but make no mistake that this is a choice that you can (and do) make every day.

And, oh Bumbling Band, if that werent enough Katy has offered up a freebie for todays post. A vision board.

This busy wife, mother, friend, sister, runner, reader, newbie knitter is a consultant with Creative Memories.

In an effort to keep herself focused & keep her goals in front of her (literally!) she uses the Creative Memories Mini Everyday Display Board for her vision board.

Since it works so well for her she wants to give one away. A mini display in black, with an extra set of heart-shaped magnets.

You can be entered to win for the lowlow price of a comment below. USA only (I know…but it’s the shipping, People) & winner will be announced monday.

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