Science & Spirituality: Awakening the Mind Body Connection with Dr. Joan Borysenko
Join renowned scientist, Hay House author and spiritual teacher, Dr. Joan Borysenko for a program titled, “Embodied Spirituality: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science” September 14 in Bethesda. A pioneer in holistic medicine, Borysenko is beloved for her warmth and wisdom that heals and inspires. She will share how the human mind is created through our bodies and our relationships and how to develop strategies to deepen consciousness, health and bliss. The program will honor Dr. Candace Pert, a giant in the world of mind-body science. It will include light refreshments, a holistic mini-expo and the beautiful crystal bowls and angelic harp music of Eli Ammerman
Less than 30 years ago, the concept of an integrated mind-body-spirit was nonexistent in Western medicine. The mind was believed to be a product of the brain—the master control center over the body. But in the 1970s and 80s, the brilliant and bold scientific research of visionary Dr. Candace Beebe Pert forever shattered the notion that the brain reigns supreme as the seat of intelligence, thought, memory and emotion.
Her groundbreaking work, along with partner, Dr. Michael Ruff, charted the ubiquitous distribution of informational molecules—the neuropeptides and their receptors—throughout the brain and body. These studies paved the way for a radical new paradigm of viewing the neurological, endocrine and immunological systems as a unified communications network that connects every facet of body and mind via continual and elegant conversation. Candace coined the term “bodymind” to describe this sense of a singular human entity encompassing body and psyche. Thus, the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) or mind-body medicine was born.
When these neuropeptide and receptors bind together, a cascade of intracellular signaling begins directing systemic bodily processes. Today, receptors for more than 200 neuropeptides, e.g., endorphin, oxytocin, insulin, vasopressin, have been mapped to every organ system, to blood, muscles, glands, neurons, bones and immune cells, as well within emotion-mediating areas of the brain. In other words, the very same biochemicals that run our bodies and brains are also mediating our emotions. Whether or not there is conscious awareness of such processes, states of mind actually exist throughout the body. This prompted Pert to propose that our body is literally our subconscious mind, a notion long understood in Ayruveda and other traditional forms of medicine.
Pert’s work deeply influenced millions of scientists, doctors, psychotherapists, holistic practitioners, authors and spiritual seekers worldwide. At her memorial service last October, Dr. Deepak Chopra proclaimed that much of his work was shaped by Pert’s scientific theory in which the emotions integrate the workings of mind, body and spirit. A spiritually evolved person herself, Pert welcomed all forms of spiritual practice into her life.
Pert shared her scientific research with nonscientists in a readily understandable and engaging way via lectures worldwide, documentaries like Healing the Mind with Bill Moyers, films like What the Bleep Do We Know!?, CDs and her books, Molecules of Emotion: The Scientific Basis Behind Mind-Body Medicine (Scribner) and Everything You Need to Feel Go(o)d (Hay House). Throughout, she explains how the informational molecules profoundly influence our health, our happiness and how we experience and create our reality, and encourages the utilization of scientific knowledge to enhance our lives with tools for spiritual, physical and emotional well-being.
Advance tickets are $49. Proceeds support the 501(c)(3) Sanctuary Retreat Center in Upper Montgomery County –a charmingly rural venue for retreats and celebrations on 28 beautiful acres. For more information and for tickets visit SanctuaryRetreatCenter.com or contact Dr. Gilah Rosner at [email protected]
Dr. Gilah Rosner manages Sanctuary Retreat Center, where she can be found creating and facilitating holistic/spiritual retreats, leading rituals, teaching, singing, meditating, gardening, catering and preparing herbal remedies.