We have looked at the effects in our cells and bodies of danger, threat and stress. Yet we have an internal pharmacy that can also deliver molecules of love and connection, empathy and relaxation. In fact, love and affection form the perfect bridge from science to the sacred.
There has been investigated a major stress hormone, adrenaline, to illustrate how our cell receptors works. Yet during a stressful event, a slew of other chemical potions are released to ensure our survival. And this points to an interesting molecular difference between male and female responses to stress.
During stress both men and women release another molecular medicine: oxytocin, a bonding and calming molecule. The easiest way to receive an immediate, welcome dose of oxytocin: HUG someone. Give your sacred cells the gift of connection.
The release of oxytocin into the blood can be initiated by kinship, connection and physical touch. A newborn nuzzles his mama, recognizing her smell; she in turn nourishes him, and her touching and stroking encourage him to bond with her. And so it is with adults. Touch your friend’s hand, massage your lover’s shoulders; you are stimulating molecular massage that enhance emotional bonding. Bonding – like the perfect fit of a cellular hug between matched molecules – promotes health in many ways. This helps us understand why love, lovemaking, pets and petting can promote health and relieve stress – and why close relationships can protect us from harmful effects of stress.
We have learned a great deal about how our cells listen for molecular messages, but what about other, less measurable communications such as intention, spiritual guidance and prayer?
While a resident at San Francisco General Hospital, cardiologist Randy Byrd laid the framework for groundbreaking studies on the groundbreaking studies on the power of the prayer by exploring whether prayer would help people in the ICU who had suffered heart attacks. Though the patients in the study did not know they were being prayed for, they had fewer second cardiac episodes and complications than those who weren’t prayed for. Since then, numerous studies have arrived at similar as well as contradictory conclusions:
– Being on the receiving end of prayers may improve physical health. Our cell must be able to get the message somehow. Where are our cell’s receptors for prayer? So far, none have been revealed. Scientists, such as Larry Dossey have speculated that prayer energy travels as extremely low-frequency electromagnetic waves that somehow touch and influences our cells.
Loving our Cells, our Selves
The sacred messages from this article are to regard our cells ability to listen and receive with gratitude and reverence and to consider ways in which we do this in the fullness of our lives. Let’s pay attention to the words we say to ourselves and others. Let’s watch the ways we reach out to connect. Remember: our cells are listening!
Our cells are formed in the intimate embrace of molecules receiving from God the holy spark of life! They are sacred vessels for divine love seeking connections in the present moment. They contained the lessons about giving and receiving, opening and softening, nurturing and protecting, community and truth.
REMEMBER TO LISTEN!
If you decided to work with your cells, with your selves, answer to these following questions and go inside your Sacred Space and send love and gratitude for the work are doing , to your cells, to your organs, to your entire body.
– How receptive am I?
– How deeply do I listen?
– How well do I communicate?
– What and how do I communicate best – words, emotions, prayer, energy fields?
– What do I need to communicate?
– Do I speak the truth, live the truth?
– Does my usual communication foster cooperation?
– How do I hold my relationships as sacred?
– What are my most sacred relationships?
Extract from the book “Secrets of your Cells” – Discovering your Body’s Inner Intelligence, by Sondra Barrett, PhD. I recommend this book, a practical guidance for engaging cellular intelligence in everyday life through our thoughts, choices and actions.