Thoughts form a major portion of our being. Millions of thoughts run through our mind from morning till night, seldom do we realise the impact of them. The Vedic seers had studied the effect of thought in detail.
VEDIC CONCEPT 1: ENERGY FOLLOWS THOUGHT
Every single thought has the power to manifest, the rate of manifestation being decided by the consciousness level of an individual. That means, every thought has the power to alter the world around us.
Modern science corroborates this now. In The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World, Lynne McTaggart writes: “…thoughts are capable of affecting everything from the simplest machines to the most complex living beings. This evidence suggests that human thoughts and intentions are an actual physical ‘something’ with astonishing power to change our world. Every thought we have is tangible energy with the power to transform. A thought is not only a thing; a thought is a thing that influences other things.”
VEDIC CONCEPT 2: THOUGHTS SHAPE OUR BEING
We are what we think. We can alter our complete self with just one thought.
Cutting edge scientific researches in neuroscience and epigenetics have shown beyond any doubt that our thoughts, emotions and intentions have a profound impact on our body at the cellular and genetic levels.
Thoughts change our biochemistry
Just thinking about something can cause our brain to release neurotransmitters, chemical messengers that allow it to communicate with parts of itself and our nervous system. Neurotransmitters control virtually all of our body’s functions, from hormones to digestion to feeling happy, sad, or stressed. Expectancies have been shown to change brain chemistry and circuitry which results in real physiological and cognitive outcomes, such as less fatigue, lower immune system reaction, elevated hormone levels, and reduced anxiety.
Thoughts sculpt our brain
What flows through our mind also sculpts our brain in permanent ways. Think of our mind as the movement of information through our nervous system, which is essentially electrical signals running back and forth, most of which is happening below our conscious awareness. As a thought travels through our brain, neurons fire together in distinctive ways based on the specific information being handled, and those patterns of neural activity actually change the neural structure.
Thoughts programme our cells
A thought is an electrochemical event taking place in our nerve cells producing a cascade of physiological changes. The article “How Your Thoughts Program Your Cells”explains it this way:
There are thousands upon thousands of receptors on each cell in our body. Each receptor is specific to one peptide, or protein. When we have feelings of anger, sadness, guilt, excitement, happiness or nervousness, each separate emotion releases its own flurry of neuropeptides. Those peptides surge through the body and connect with those receptors which change the structure of each cell as a whole. Where this gets interesting is when the cells actually divide. If a cell has been exposed to a certain peptide more than others, the new cell that is produced through its division will have more of the receptor that matches with that specific peptide. Likewise, the cell will also have less receptors for peptides that its mother/sister cell was not exposed to as often.
So, if you have been bombarding your cells with peptides from negative thoughts, you are literally programming your cells to receive more of the same negative peptides in the future!
Thoughts activate our genes
Genes are actually switched on or off depending on the environment and our perception of environment.
According to Dr Bruce Lipton, gene activity can change on a daily basis. In fact, Dr Lipton’s research illustrates that by changing your perception, your mind can alter the activity of your genes and create over thirty thousand variations of products from each gene. He further details that the gene programmes are contained within the nucleus of the cell, and you can rewrite those genetic programmes through changing your blood chemistry.