January 23, 2020
Can we self-heal emotional pain like physical injuries?

Can we self-heal emotional pain like physical injuries?

When you listen to someone who is depressed, for example, they will suck you in to their story– – Mhm. – If they can’t do suck
you into their story, they’ll hurt you so
your pain gets triggered and then you get sucked into the story. – Mhm. – So… It’s the victim’s story
that keeps the state of a victim alive. And you can’t escape it because… The story is what gives you meaning. – Yeah, it gives you an identity– – Yeah. – And so then it becomes
psychological again– – Mhm. – And that whole kind of cycle of like, having the threat to your identity be taken away so then people are stuck in their own pain– – Yeah. – On their, basically on their own accord. – Mhm, absolutely. – That’s really interesting. I guess like, I guess what makes you really unique in your approach to things is that you’ve got this neuroscience background but that, you know, through spiritual teachings and things, you understand the mind body connection. And I guess I’m just
interested in, you know, we as humans try to intellectualize things and understand them but… You’re kind of saying that there’s a lot more intelligence in the body, and if we started listening to our body– – Mhm. – Those flight or fight,
those survival responses are gonna be less triggered if you pay more attention. So can you kind of elaborate on that? – Absolutely, so… The body is always sending us signals. We know this because the vagus nerve, which branched off from the brainstem,
it’s transcranial nerve is decending from the
brainstem into the body. The brainstem is like the trunk of a tree. So if you look at the trees around us, the trunk of the tree is equivalent to the brainstem. The branches of the tree is the left and right hemispheres and then there’s a root structure. And the root structure is the spinal cord, and if we don’t nurture the soil, you cannot expect the branches to flourish. – Mm. – So in this instance, the
vagus nerve descending, the dorsal part of it, goes into the heart and lungs, the ventral part goes into
all the organ systems, endocrine functions, renal functions. Digestive functions, so all that information is going up into the brain. – Hm. – In fact, 90% of the
information traveling in the vagus nerve is
going up into the brain. – Mm. – And only 10% is being
communicated back down. – Mm. – So it’s our bodies that
are giving information to the brain. And for the most part, we largely ignore that information. – Yeah. – We live from here, so
all that intelligence is left unnoticed. – Hm. – And so… The first set of… I guess, entry point
into this intelligence is observing body symptoms. – Mm. – If you’re feeling tired, does that mean that
your body needs coffee? Or does it mean your body needs rest? – Yeah. – If you’re feeling pain,
does that mean your body needs painkillers? Or does it mean, hey,
maybe there’s an injury that I need to treat? And with psychological processes, I see psychological scars
as physical injuries. And I treat them as physical injuries. – Mm.

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