• Heather Goodwin

The Mind-Body Connection… More Than You Think

Updated: May 19, 2020

Communication. What comes to mind? Your mouth and vocal cords directing sounds toward another person with the intent to impart some sort of message? Yes, that’s one form of communication. But perhaps an even more powerful form of communication is the constant chatter between our minds and our bodies. Our minds are always talking to our bodies and our bodies continuously respond to its messages. I promise you experience this every day. Have you ever had “butterflies in your tummy” or met someone who was a “pain in the neck?” Have you ever survived a “broken heart?” These are all well-known adages for the very real mind-body connection phenomenon.

Butterflies in your tummy, that somewhat annoying physical sensation you experience just before or during a foreboding event, is perhaps one of the easiest mind-body conversations to understand. When we think about or experience a stressful event, such as an important job interview, our bodies respond to this anxiety-laden thought or occurrence through a cascade of events. Just the mere thought of the upcoming interview can throw our bodies into fight-or-flight, marked by a release of the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. This biochemical release diverts blood and energy away from our stomach and small intestines to our large limbs and muscles, preparing our bodies to flee. The fluttering sensation is simply a physical experience of the restricted blood flow in the stomach area, ultimately instigated by a simple thought. This is why it is so important to manage our thoughts (our minds) before they scream at our bodies to freak out. The more we allow our minds to run amok (and left unattended, they will), the more the body experiences stress, the very root of all disease.

Now, let’s take a deeper look. In the complex book, Power vs. Force, Dr. David Hawkins meticulously demonstrates how our states of consciousness and emotions have immense power over our physical bodies. This is the essence of the mind-body connection. He demonstrated this by creating a 0-1000 calibration scale whereby he used applied kinesiology (or muscle response testing) to determine which “states of consciousness” made our bodies weaker and