Visible Expression of Mind (Emotions)
(Excerpts from Death of Disease chapter 14).
1. ‘Emotions’ is visible expression of mind.
Every moment, the mind of a person (which is invisible) expresses itself through his emotions. Even a blind man can visualize the mind of the person standing opposite and draw conclusions as regards the feeling of the anger, just from the penetrating words being uttered. A deaf person merely looks at his neighbor and even then one look enables him to see the greed of the person reflected from his eyes. The reader reads a book and from the weight and feel of the words reads the emotions of the author, though he might have never seen him. A man cannot remain without emotions. An individual rests in chair and his face may look calm, but in the minds emotionally he might be meeting his love, a thousand miles away.
2. Six major emotions cause outward expression of Mind.
(a) Envy, (b) Greed, (c) Ego, (d) Anger, (e) Sex, (f) Affection. One may be permitted to add or to subtract from this list. As there are any number of shades of emotions from person to person. Yet, for the present purpose, our main emphasis lies on the aspect of expression of mind. Thus the variation of details in terms of the description of emotions hardly matter. There is not moment in the conscious life when we don't be under the effect of the swing of any emotion. We cannot conceive a moment without thought and thought run only parallel to emotion.
3. Chemically our body changes every day.
As Donald Cooley expresses in the book, 'The Science Book of Wonder Drugs', "Biochemically, your body is never exactly the same from one split second to another" (125 crores cells change/second). Then what remains constant in man throughout his life? It is the individual made (personality) that prevails with regards to proportion of emotions that go to make his mind. This remains so, till mind itself in its natural process plans to change it.
The supremacy or otherwise of one emotion over the other, and their relative effective force differs from case to case. The difference in emotional set-up makes persons distinct individuality. Therefore, given the same set of circumstances, various person act differently. Thus, same situation may create stress for somebody, for other it may not disturb at all.
Every 'disease' therefore rests on some emotional basis which could be immediate or distant. The link between emotions and disease is known to doctors. They do know that blood pressure is connected with anger. Their only difficulty is that every angry person may not go sick (with B.P.).
a) Sickness should be attributed to a specific proportion of other emotions in the person concerned.
b) A disorder in the body does not spring up spontaneously. Nature gives a man long rope before the person is finally hanged or intermittently disabled by any disease.
Every (impact of) emotion must be marking an ascending line on the graph of our physical condition. Unfortunately, an attack of disease remains latent till it assumes proportion of big red lined disease on the graph paper of our body.
4. We express our emotions through change in body motion.
Dr. Franz Alexander says - "All our emotions we express through physiological changes. Fear by palpitation of the heart, anger by increased heart activity, elevation of B.P. and changes in carbohydrate metabolism, despair by deep inspiration and expiration called sighing. (The interaction with other people emotions. Emotions by act perceived stimulation, which from brain work on body parts, muscles, glands, systems. And then they are again visibly expressed in terms of our emotions as reaction to all this process.)
(The cycle is from emotions to emotions)
5. Our unexpressed emotions also create disorder.
Dr. Kenneth Walker shows that not only our expressed but our unexpressed emotion create disorders in our body. For instance, the suppression of anger adrenalin and sugar get poured into the body stream.
6. Inter-relation between emotion and disease.
Therefore, it would be an absurdity to suppose that every emotion turns into visible disease. It is equally illogical on the other hand, to suppose that disease, when visible, should be linked with an immediate preceding cause.
To link up a crude superficial cause effect relation brings no credit to the modern day’s intelligence. If somebody gets his leg broken, then the conclusion has to be that a broken leg must have relation with past emotion - though apparently unknown.
(to be continued .. )
Vijay R. Joshi.
(to be continued .. )
Vijay R. Joshi.