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Monday, June 1, 2015

Self Observation and Auto-Intoxication


Our brains can do a remarkable thing. We can intoxicate ourselves (auto intoxication) simply with thought. Now, that doesn’t mean that we are drunk in the way we would be if we drank a bottle of vodka but we intoxicate ourselves in other ways. With thought we secrete chemical messengers which create anger, fear or sadness.
When you get into the habit of observing your thoughts and the emotions they create you will get to the point where you can actually predict the feeling as the thought comes to your mind. You can picture it as taking a shot of a chemical which produces a particular emotion. The more the thought is repeated the more powerful the emotion will be just as the more intoxicated you would be if you took shots of vodka.
This is not fanciful. It is a reality. Our brains produce these auto-intoxicants, in response to thought and they enter our bloodstream just as alcohol would do and then it takes time to “sober up”. Try it the next time you get angry. Feel the surge of the intoxicating chemical and then observe it as it dissipates over time. Eventually you will get to the point where you can intercept and dismiss such thoughts before they have a chance to alter your mood.
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