THE NECTAR OF THE GODS


(Today's tip is adapted from my forthcoming book, 'Feel Happy Now' - see the 'Want to Learn More?' section at the end of the book to learn more...)

'You would then reach into your bag and pull out a Fuzzy the size of a child's hand. As soon as the Fuzzy saw the light of day it would smile and blossom into a large, shaggy, Warm Fuzzy. When you laid the Warm Fuzzy on the person's head, shoulder or lap it would snuggle up and melt right against their skin and make them feel good all over.'

-From "A Warm Fuzzy Tale" by Claude M. Steiner

In the early 1970s, a graduate student named Candace Pert discovered that every cell in our body contained what she called 'opiate receptors'. She found these receptors were particularly in tune with one special kind of chemical messenger called 'endogenous morphines', more commonly known as 'endorphins'. Endorphins (or, as my four year old calls them, 'en-dolphins') are your body's natural opiates, the neurotransmitters that control pain and create pleasure. They are the biochemical source of that happy, glowing feeling that Claude Steiner calls 'the Warm Fuzzy'.

Whenever you feel a warm glow after sex, the sweet feeling of looking at an extremely cute puppy or baby, or even the release and relaxation of climbing into a warm bath at the end of a hard day, what you're feeling is endorphins swimming happily through your bloodstream. You get a natural endorphin release when you do physical exercise, make love, laugh a lot and relax deeply. And not only does the presence of endorphins in your system make you feel better, but it can make you smarter and more capable as well.

As Paul McKenna says in his book Change Your Life in Seven Days:

'Because endorphins are neuro-transmitters, they create more bonding in the brain, so every time you experience an endorphin release, they actually make you more intelligent. And every cell in your body has receptors for endorphins. How great a design feature is that?

Not only can every cell in our body experience happiness, but the more often we choose to be happy, the more intelligent we become!

The best thing about understanding the phenomenal role of endorphins in our health, happiness and well-being is that we don't have to wait for spontaneous releases of endorphins in order to experience their benefits - we can cultivate the endorphin response through practice.'

Let's do a quick experiment so you can experience this for yourself:

Imagine your body is filled with golden light. (It can actually be whatever colour you like - any colour that brings a smile to your face when you think about it.) Now imagine that light flowing throughout your body like a warm liquid, nourishing every cell and organ along the way.
If you look closely, you can see tiny little 'en-dolphins' swimming in the light. Each en-dolphin is a carrier of joy. Imagine yourself diving into the light and swimming with the en-dolphins. You can continue doing this for as long as it feels good...

You will find that over time, just thinking about swimming with your own endorphins will bring a wave of good feelings to your body and mind!

Have fun, learn heaps, and happy exploring!

With love,
Michael

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WANT TO LEARN MORE?
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Here are some of my favorite resources for learning more about how to create good feelings inside your body...

Books

*The Endorphin Effect by William Bloom
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0749921587/geniuscatalys-20

*Feel Happy Now! by Michael Neill (pre-order)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1401915302/geniuscatalys-21

*The Pleasure Zone by Stella Resnick
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1567315518/geniuscatalys-20

*Using Your Brain for a Change by Richard Bandler
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0911226273/geniuscatalys-20

*You Can Have What You Want by Michael Neill
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1401911838/geniuscatalys-20


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