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Affirmations – Using Affirmations for Success
The New Theory behind Affirmations
Before you can hope to master the universe, however, you must learn to
master yourself, and so we will end with a return to the more personal level,
and a popular theory from internationally-respected neuroscientist, Candace
Pert, Ph.D. Her theories, based on her discovery of opiate receptors – cellular
binding sites for brain endorphins – and her further laboratory research, may
explain exactly how your thoughts and affirmations create your personal
What follows provides a completely different perspective on why we must
watch our thoughts at all times and try to maintain a healthy, positive mental
This first part is fact. Human beings are made up of around 50 trillion
eukaryote cells, which are cells with a nucleus that carries our DNA. The fact
that each of these does carry DNA means that each one contains the
equivalent of all the body’s functional systems – nervous, circulatory,
digestive, respiratory, excretory, endocrine, immune, muscle and skeletal,
integument (skin), and reproductive. Each cell is a living organism in its own
right, and has the capability to grow as a single entity when placed in a Petri
dish. Consider the furore over stem-cell research at the moment because of its
potential to essentially create human body parts.
Now to the crucial issue that impacts your affirmations – the popular theory of
how these cell receptors may be responsible for your emotional make-up.
Pert believes that your emotions are triggered by a part of the brain called the
hypothalamus, which is known to be responsible for certain metabolic
processes and other activities of the Autonomic Nervous System. She believes
that when your thoughts provoke an emotion, your hypothalamus creates a
chemical that is matched to that particular emotion. These chemicals are
called peptides, or neuropeptides, which are sequences of small chain amino
acids – the building blocks of protein.
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