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September 2018

Are You an Emotion Junkie?

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When you hear the word addict, what do you think of? An addict is someone who can’t live without something that’s bad for them right? Like cigarettes, heroin, alcohol or eating too much?

What if I told you that every single human being on this planet is an addict – without question or exception – would you believe me? It’s absolutely true. We are all addicted to the chemical reactions of the emotions we feel the most.

Sadly, most of us feel negative emotions like anger, grief, sadness and despair more than we feel positive emotions like security, happiness, joy and pleasure.

What are Emotions, Really?

You may think emotions are a response to an outside stimulus, and you would be partially right. Someone cuts you off in traffic and your response is to feel anger. Someone surprises you with a gift card out of the blue, just to say thanks, and you feel happy. You get a bill in the mail, you feel worried. Your kid tells you they love you and you feel joy.

But if we dive deeper into what is physically happening in our bodies when we feel these emotions, we suddenly realize feelings are not just feelings in our mind, they are, quite actually, chemical responses to whatever is going on in your environment. In other words, happiness, anger, sadness and joy, are all chemical compounds at their root.

You cannot feel an emotion if your body does not produce the chemicals. But your body does not produce the chemicals without a stimulus from the outside environment (well, it can and we’ll get to that.) But for most of us the equation looks like this:

An Environmental stimulus leads to a chemical reaction leads to an emotion we feel.

Do you see how the mind and body are intricately connected?

Is Anger as Addictive as Heroin?

You bet it is. In a way it’s even worse and more damaging because negative emotions are not illegal. There is no war on anger as there is a war on drugs. You are completely free to create any chemical reaction within your body you desire. Anger, sadness, grief, frustration, none of these chemical structures have been deemed Class 2 drugs by government authorities and you will not be sent to prison.

Except that you send yourself to prison when you become addicted to these emotions.

This is not a woo-woo concept. I am not speaking theoretically here. This is a physiological scientific fact.

An Addiction is Born

Each one of your cells has billions of receptors that are there to receive the neuropeptides (chemicals) produced by your brain. Each cell has receptors built in for every possible human emotion. Like a catcher that’s squatting behind home plate, they sit there, waiting for your brain to throw a certain chemical their way.

So now let’s say something in your environment (like that impatient driver who cuts you off) causes your brain to create and secrete the neuropeptides for anger. These chemicals are released into the bloodstream and travel all throughout your body and the anger receptors on your cells are happy to receive them. The happy, joy, sadness, fear receptors cannot receive anger. Only the anger receptors can receive anger chemicals, kind of like a puzzle piece fitting only into the right-shaped slot.

Once the chemicals are locked into the receptors you “feel” anger. When your anger subsides, the neuropeptides are released from the receptors and eliminated from your body.

Guess what?

The receptors are the exact same ones that happily accept outside chemicals like alcohol and heroin. The EXACT SAME ONES.

Just like when someone becomes addicted to drugs, the more certain receptors are used over and over, the less effective they become. So the body has to produce MORE of a particular kind of receptor to make up for the damaged ones, and then the body has to produce more neuropeptides for all of these new receptors because they are DEMANDING to be fed.

BAM! An addiction is born.

So how do you keep feeding your receptors anger chemicals? You (usually subconsciously) put yourself into situations (bad relationships, bad jobs, bar fights, etc.) that cause anger. You SEEK events and dynamics in your environment, that will ENSURE those chemicals are produced and secreted into the blood stream. Remember:

An environmental stimulus leads to a chemical reaction leads to an emotion we feel.

The good news is, we can also become addicted to GOOD emotions.

Imagine being the kind of person who subconsciously puts themself into situations that make them produce the chemicals for feelings of joy, gratitude and contentment?!! Imagine having the kind of addiction that was actually GOOD for you. The more positive emotions you feel, the physically healthier you are.

When we become addicted to negative emotions and live those emotions day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year, we eventually become sick, and sometimes, very sick.

Changing Your Addiction to Change Your Health and Life

The good news is, you really can become one of those people who are addicted to positive emotions, and this will do wonders for your health. Here are some steps you need to take to make a change:

1. Own Your Emotions

No victims here. You are in far more control over what happens in your life than you may be aware of or even want to admit. You cannot hope to change and blame others at the same time. If your childhood was crappy, it’s time to release it and move on. Your mom and dad are not to blame for any negative emotions in your life NOW. You have got to realize you are an addict and you must break the cycle.

2. Watch Yourself Like a Hawk

You’ve got to catch yourself in the act of feeling/thinking negatively, just as an addict has to be caught in the act of tipping back the bottle or shooting up. Commit to putting yourself on watch. The moment you catch yourself feeling a negative emotion, STOP. Feel something positive in that moment. Don’t spend time thinking or analyzing, just quickly replace the bad feeling with a good feeling. You are creating new habits and wiring in your brain by doing this.

You may be thinking, “Prue, how on Earth do I suddenly switch to a happy or joyful feeling when I am in the middle of feeling incredibly sad or angry. Have a joyful memory always cued up and ready to go.

Simply think of a moment when you felt really good. Maybe it was a recent dinner out with your partner. The lighting and music were perfect, the food delicious and you felt in love. Maybe it was that camping trip when your two sons actually got along and everything was so easy and fun. Maybe it’s the joy you get watching your dog roll around on his back or your cat purring on your lap.

Just pick a go-to memory that helps you to feel great. When crap happens and you catch yourself feeling a bad emotion, STOP yourself as quickly as possible and think of your memory instead. You will be AMAZED at how quickly this will become a habit for you.

3. Accept the Discomfort

You know why it’s so hard for a heroin addict to quit heroin? Because their body DEMANDS the chemical. Withdrawal symptoms are never pleasant, no matter what the addiction is.

Be prepared to feel a different kind of bad as your cells SCREAM at you to put yourself into a situation or remember a negative memory where you felt hurt, underappreciated, angry, scared or sad. Change is never easy, and it never happens as quickly as we’d like, but please commit to the process. Your health and well-being will thank you.

4. Put Yourself into Positive Environments

To become addicted to good emotions, put yourself into good situations. Spend time with people who make you feel good. If you’re in an unhealthy relationship, get out of it ASAP. Your health is on the line! Help yourself form new positive addictions by creating the best environments possible.

Life is full of ups and downs, and negative emotions are simply apart of life. We can’t escape them. But it’s important to recognize a possible chemical addiction to these emotions and change the cycle to change our health and our lives.

So much of my journey 30 years ago, back to health from the literal brink of death, was about facing myself with brutal honesty. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or another disease, there is no longer any time for you to ignore your darkness. You’ve got to face it and deal with it.

Please take these steps to change the cycle of addiction. Your health is so worth it!

And please watch this video of Joe Dispenza talking about how we form emotional habits and how we can change them. It’s only 12 minutes and it is so completely spot on how he breaks it down!! 

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Developing a Powerful Mind That Heals

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A while ago I was doing some research and came across a Washington Post article with the title, “Harvard Medical School professor says ‘Miracles from Heaven’ and other remarkable cures could be real.” This obviously got my attention and quick. I was so excited by what I was reading, I don’t think I blinked once!

The reference to ‘Miracles from Heaven’ was about a movie (based on a real event) that came out a couple of years ago, about a young girl with an incurable illness who was miraculously healed after visiting Heaven and coming back.

As the article points out, religious people call what happened to the girl a miracle while scientists and medical professionals call it “spontaneous remission” or “placebo responses.” Either way, the movie points to something I have been shouting from the rooftop for decades: Much of our physical reality, including our precious health, is created in our minds. Literally. When I hear bigshot Harvard medical professors agree with me, it gives me goosebumps.

The article mentions another individual who experienced a remarkable cure. A woman by the name of Claire Haser who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Of all the cancers, that’s kinda the biggie. Even chemo and radiation don’t generally cure a person, they only give them a few more months on Earth.

In other words, in the history of cancer, a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is a bona fide death sentence.

Understanding her situation, Claire refused chemo or any traditional treatments and said to her doctor that instead, she needed to “not chase a cure but rather to change her relationship with fear.”

What happened?

The cancer simply disappeared. DISAPPEARED. Five years later when she had an abdominal scan there was nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

A woman was diagnosed with PANCREATIC CANCER and DID NOT DIE FROM IT. Let that sit with you for a minute.

And the Oscar for Best Healing Goes To…

David Siedler, the Oscar-winning writer of “The King’s Speech” was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder years ago. He opted to not do chemo but instead had the cancer spot surgically removed from his bladder.

A few years later, however, the cancer came back, and he scheduled surgery to have his bladder removed. His soon-to-be ex-wife said something to him that changed the course of his life. “Well, what happens if in two weeks they go in and there’s no cancer?”

He thought she was just crazy and in denial, but then he started to wonder. What if he used the same vivid imagination he used to write his screenplay, to imagine his bladder was perfectly healthy and cancer-free?

So that’s what he did. For two weeks he imagined a cream-colored, healthy bladder.

Guess what happened?

Two weeks later he went in for his surgery and his cancer was gone. He has been cancer-free ever since.

In an interview with a reporter Siedler said, “I know it sounds awfully Southern California and woo-woo, but that’s what happened.”

Creating a Powerful Mind That Heals

Over the years I have become more and more excited by the fact there is mounting evidence that PROVES our imagination, beliefs and expectations can and do shape our physical health.

I am also aware that many people have minds that are out of shape. Their minds run them, not the other way around.

Here are some ways you can get your mind in shape so that it can play a positive role in your healing (and not get in the way of your healing).

1. Laugh More

When you’ve been diagnosed with any health problem, let alone cancer, your mood pretty much turns dark. You become filled with fear, for obvious reasons. But think about Claire’s story of healing. She had to make peace with her feelings of fear.

One of the best ways to put yourself into a positive natural state is to laugh more. Laughing makes us feel joyous, and joy makes us feel like ANYTHING is possible.

Research also shows that laughter decreases stress hormones and increases good cholesterol, all important for your healing.

I am writing you a digital prescription to start having more fun – watch more comedies, go play air hockey with your kids or grandkids, get some helium balloons, take a hit, and talk to your partner in that funny, squeaky voice. I DARE you not to laugh at that!

2. Expect to Get Better

There are countless studies now that show the placebo effect is real. When people expect to get better they get better, even when they have only been given a sugar pill. That is the power of the mind.

Start expecting to get better. Just start expecting good things in general. Expect to find a parking spot. Expect your kids to act a little nicer. Expect for your favorite store to have a big sale. Just keep expecting good things. The more you do it, the more you see good things happen, the more you BELIEVE your expectations create good things happening, and the easier it is to expect to heal and live a disease-free life!

3. Meditate.

Meditation is one of the best ways to stop the effects of stress in your life and body. Just 10 minutes a day of mindful meditation can keep you calm and centered. I found that mediation put me in contact with my own soul and my own power source.

So many of us feel powerless on a daily basis, let alone after being diagnosed with something that seems somehow more powerful than us. But by quieting our minds from all negative thoughts and distractions, we can connect to our real, powerful selves.

Your mind can be your greatest asset or your worst enemy. Take inspiration from myself and the many other people who have used our minds and imaginations to heal ourselves from “incurable” diseases.

You can do it. This is real. It can happen to you, too. Believe, expect healing and look out for wonders to happen in your life!

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Are Your Emotions Making You Sick?

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It’s only recently that doctors have begun to look at the mind/body connection and realize that emotions play a huge role in our overall health. Of course, I could have told them this (well, I tried) years ago.

You see, it wasn’t long before my diagnosis of stage 4 malignant melanoma 30 years ago that my dear daddy was killed by a drunk driver and ripped from my life. I was absolutely devastated when it happened. I was in my early 20s and my father was my world and my best friend. When he was killed, I think a part of me wanted to die as well.

Cut to:

Months later and I’m being told I have aggressive cancer and only 6 months to live. Coincidence? Not on your life!

The Connection Between Your Emotional Life and Your Physical Health

Freud uncovered links between repressed emotion and physical symptoms nearly one hundred years ago. And recent studies have begun to support the notion that emotional and physical health are directly related to one another.

For instance, some studies have found that over 80% of all doctor visits involved a social-emotional problem, while only 16% involved a solely biological root cause. Other studies have found that those people who repress and deny their emotional feelings suppress their immune systems, which makes them vulnerable to all kinds of illnesses, from colds to cancer. And still, other studies have found that cancer patients who habitually avoid experiencing and sharing their feelings, die sooner and in greater numbers than cancer patients who found positive ways to express their feelings.

That was me to a proverbial T. When my father died, I had no coping skills. I simply could not process the reality that the person who meant most to me in the word was gone in an instant, taken away in a senseless tragedy.

And so I denied his death and my feelings about it. I pushed everything down as far as I could because it was the only way I knew how to go on living. And then in the next moment, I’m being told I am dying.

One of the main reasons my body was able to naturally heal itself from cancer, was because I finally faced my repressed emotions and grieved the loss of my father. If you’re reading this blog post because you’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer or another chronic illness, I urge you to explore your emotions and see what you need to work on.

How to Heal Emotionally

Here are five things that I do to keep myself healthy and cancer-free:

  • Forgive
  • Stop judging
  • Stop watching the news
  • Get creative
  • Practice Gratitude


Research has shown that forgiveness can help us experience better emotional and physical health by lowering blood pressure, improving cardiovascular health, and boosting our immune system.

A study found that after 260 adults practiced forgiveness in their life, 70% reported feeling less hurt, 13% experienced reduced anger, and 27% experienced fewer physical complaints if pain, GI upset, and dizziness.

When I finally grieved my father’s loss, I realized I harbored a lot of anger and downright hatred for the woman who took his life. I had to learn to forgive him for my daddy’s sake and the sake of my health.

Admittedly, forgiving doesn’t often feel easy. I had to learn 2 vital lessons about forgiveness:

1) Holding onto anger and resentment serves no purpose. We subconsciously think our anger, hatred, and resentment will somehow hurt the other person, give them what they’ve got coming.

But it doesn’t. It only hurts us and makes us sick.

2) All human beings are walking around the planet in some kind of pain. And most human beings are doing the best they can. The woman who drank and got behind that wheel wasn’t an evil person and she didn’t mean to take my father’s life. She no doubt had her own pain and problems that culminated in her making a bad choice. As soon as I realized that, my anger and resentment evaporated.

Stop Judging

So much of our negativity comes from how we perceive the world. When we judge something as either good or bad, we signal our minds and hearts how we should feel. All life has its ups and downs, there is light as there is dark, positive as there is negative. This duality is an inescapable fact of existence.

Try to stop judging things as being either good or bad experiences. Just accept what comes your way and learn to see the value and lessons in ALL of it.

Stop Watching the News

I’ve stopped watching the news and it feels great. There is rarely anything on there that is inspiring. Sometimes I think the folks who deliver the news intend to scare and depress the hell out of us. Stop watching or reading anything that instills fear, depression, or hatred in you.

Get Creative

Sometimes the best way we can work through our emotions and get them out of us is to do it through a creative endeavor such as writing, painting or dancing. What kind of activity or hobby have you always thought you’d enjoy but never tried? Do so now. You will be amazed at how creativity can help us process those hard emotions we’ve kept pushed down.

Practice Gratitude

So many of our negative emotions stem from simply being negative. It’s easy to get into mental ruts and look at everything through half-glassed empty lenses.

Since my death sentence, I look at each day with absolute wonder. Every blade of grass, bird call and smile of a loved one sends my heart fluttering. I am grateful for my life, my health, my soul mate, my cat, and so many other blessings. And I know this not only makes me feel “happy” in the moment, this consistent gratitude washes through all of my cells each day, keeping me healthy.

Your emotional health directly impacts your physical well-being. This is no longer a woo-woo concept that only some of us believe. Medical science has now proved it. If you want to become healthy and stay healthy, make sure you feel ALL of your feelings, the good and not-so-good.