Thousands of years ago, the ancient sages, seers and yogis of India did not possess the technological tools necessary to measure and quantify the physiological shifts that happen in response to psychological stimuli. They did, however, deeply understand that mind, body and spirit are intimately related. Vedic teachings look at our behavior not in terms of chemicals or hormones but in terms of energies, qualities and karmas.
Vedic knowledge teaches us that we are not simply victims of outer forces or bodily chemistry, but can control our own lives through contacting our inner awareness. We now know that with every thought and emotion that passes through our field of consciousness, there is a corresponding biochemical shift in our physical bodies and brains. The behavior of our brain changes dramatically as our emotions change. Our emotions act like drugs in the brain; they alter the neurochemical dynamics of our endocrine system for better or for worse. Emotions can store memories deep in our physiology, making it difficult to reverse long held traumas.
Regardless of what effect they are having, it is clear that emotions are powerful forces that exist simultaneously both in our mind and body. We cannot dismiss them as merely subjective and look at physical health apart from them. In the Vedic view, emotions are energies but at a subtle level, reflecting our karmas and states of mind. The bodily and brain reactions that are affected by our emotions are consequences rather than causes. We can change these by changing our consciousness, attitudes and way of perception.
Dr. David Frawley
Vedic counseling utilizes ancient Vedic philosophies and principles, mantras, yoga, meditation, lifestyle management and mind control to create lasting healing and empowerment.