What is the science of awe? How do moments of awe contribute to better immune response, lower inflammation and lower stress response?
The whole purpose of the Noumedynamic (moved by soul) Model used at MICH is to understand the incredibly powerful role that our egos play in both healing and creating disease. We can attribute the entire placebo effect to the ego. The placebo effect accounts for approximately 30 percent or more of the effects that occur when anyone takes a pharmaceutical drug, even morphine!
In a moment of wonder, when the ego is moved by the soul (Noume) it allows the cosmic light of life to penetrate deeply into the life force, imbuing it with warmth and life energy. These are intense moments of nourishment that have long lasting effects on all parts of our organism and optimize its functioning.
When we allow ourselves to be moved, by a sunset or a moonrise or the dance of light on the snow or the sea, we are allowing the cosmos to fully support us, wholly, naturally.
Awe awakens us
Awe awakens the mind. Research shows that awe awakens us from self focus to collective interest, from isolation to integration, and breaks down division and us vs them thinking.
Moments of awe are moments of physiological coherence, mediated by the heart. They open us up to the vastness of life and the cosmos. Awe awakens our curiosity, providing intellectual purpose. It promotes pro-social actions and the desire for community integration.
The ability to be in awe is one that has developed over millions of years. It is the epitome of evolution, the highest form in the human being. It is the true meaning of our lives, the true purpose of being human and being alive is to be “moved”. We do not have to add meaning to our lives; our lives are naturally meaningful. And uniquely so! Each one of us is moved by different things. But we all are, if we allow ourselves to be, naturally moved by life, nature. and the wonder of the universe in which we live.
May you have many “moving” moments this solstice season and may watching this 14 minute excursion into the ‘research of awe’ change the way you live.
Judyann McNamara – ND, DHom, CCH
Originally a physicist and biomedical researcher, Judyann has had a clinical practice for over 15 years, has held conferences since 1984 and has been a teacher of courses in physics, health sciences, homeopathy, holism and spirituality since 1975. To learn more about Judyann, visit her profile page in our Professional Directory, click here to read more posts by Judyann.
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