A Movie Worth Watching: What the Bleep

“What the Bleep” (2004) is a psychological account of how our thoughts elicit a physiological response and how our emotions determine our biochemistry.  In this movie, the protagonist is able to utilize the mind-body connection to change her distorted perceptions and physiology.  With successive steps, she is able to progress toward a serene, optimistic physical state that was largely reflected at a cellular level.  By the end of the movie, she is able to traverse her addictions and overcome past injuries.

While there are many compelling ideas raised in “What the Bleep” in particular this movie discusses the integral role emotions play in our well being and its activation of our limbic system (which is responsible for our emotions, memory formation and autonomic nervous system).  This movie highlights the science of our neural networks, which assembles peptides that match daily experiences with emotional state.  The reference that “nerve cells that fire together, wire together” speaks to this idea that specific neural networks are created from the entry of information through our eyes.  Though the information seen by the eyes is usually more than what is processed by the brain, the material we are conscious of is coloured by our emotional experiences, whereby it is processed and then internalized.

Food for thought – if our thoughts alone are able to transform water in a way that reflects our thoughts as seen in Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work Hidden Messages from the Water, then one should wonder how our thoughts are able to dictate the physiology of our bodies, which is primarily composed of water.

Our modern world is teeming with individuals who have been conditioned to emotional suppression since early childhood. Yet, while emotional suppression may sometimes serve a useful purpose, over the course of a lifetime this can cause serious damage to our bodies and minds. In light of the holistic philosophy practiced by Naturopathic Doctors, it is imperative that our health care paradigms aim to increase awareness of how our emotions impact our physiology and in turn our biopsychosocial health and wellness. As informed healthcare consumers, emotional suppression undermines the healthy function of the body and mind; it is necessary that we understand the role our thoughts, attitudes and emotions play in reclaiming health.

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