Biopsychosocial therapist and trained in pisco-neuro-endocrine-immunology, Stella Maris Maruso has dedicated herself to these disciplines for more than thirty years and is an international lecturer on emotional intelligence in different countries. Explain how emotions modify the course of the body’s biology, especially in the immune system, and it is possible from them to achieve spiritual transformation. He completed clinical training in mind-body medicine at Harvard University School of Medicine, where he also spoke on success stories.
“We all have great potential to heal wounds in the body and in the soul – explains Maruso, author of books such as” The laboratory of the soul “and” The inner laboratory “, both by Editorial Planeta.
-How do emotions impact our health?
– Attitudes, beliefs and emotional states from love to compassion and from fear to resentment and anger, can trigger reactions that affect internal chemistry optimizing or weakening our functional state. Negative emotions such as sad, depressive thoughts, anxiety, fear, feelings of loneliness, isolation, and vulnerability produce changes in brain chemistry and have a detrimental effect on the physiology of the body. On the contrary, the positive emotions that the brain registers, enthusiasm, living with integrity and serving others, discovering a purpose in life can increase the capacity of the immune system. Ultimately, everything we do, what we think and feel, have physical consequences. It is our beliefs that control our body, our mind, and therefore our life. The hypothalamus is like a mini factory, a place that produces certain chemicals that correspond to certain emotions that we feel. It means that each emotion has an associated chemical and it is the absorption of it by the cells of our body, which gives rise to the sensation of said emotion. Ten percent is what happens to you and the rest what you do with what happens to you.
-What is it about?
– The situation is one and the issue is how we perceive what happens to us. Man can have real emotions in the face of false facts, in the face of an interpretation, and the body responds. One suffers for what one interprets, it is the abc of mind-body medicine. Something happens, you live it and in that perception there is an interpretation and there the mind enters and the thought is transformed into a chemical substance. An event occurs once and each time you remember it, you generate the same biochemical mechanism of living the experience again.
-In what way can we reprogram thoughts to change the biological course?
– When we learn how those bad habits are created in our brain that condemn us, we can not only end them, but also reprogram and develop our brain so that new behaviors appear in our lives. Each human being can stimulate specific chemicals, such as endogenous drugs, with the help of personalized methods that can mobilize the course of their biology. The story lived and perceived in a certain way is written in the body but the story can be redefined, giving it a different meaning, and if I transform, my story too. The body does not want war, it wants peace, our whole system needs to be in harmony.
-Is there an emotional “sixth sense”?
– Absolutely. If every time you imagine and feel something that is discomfort and the body is saying no, it is the chemical messenger that is giving you a message. The sixth sense is in our immune system, which preserves our individuality. It can capture what the five senses cannot. There is an inner voice, no matter what it’s called, that tells you that it isn’t there. It is a state of consciousness.
-Does traditional medicine take into account all this philosophy?
– Health and well-being are supported on a three-legged bench: the first is drugs, the second is surgery and clinical procedures, and the third is self-care. The body permanently warns us when something we think, feel or imagine is good or bad for our biology, through somatic indicators of well-being or discomfort that, generally, we ignore. When we work on the world of emotions, we focus on self-care of the person and that has scientific evidence. It could be seen that the cells of the immune system respond to the emotional systems. That is why for a long time I have given lectures in many hospitals, to groups of doctors who are learning more about this entire universe and we work together.
-How are emotions handled in difficult times like the one we are going through with this pandemic?
– The paradox is that people who go through difficult situations are more hungry for caresses. That hug, seeing the eyes well is always necessary, the human being needs that, it is a chemical need of the body. They are biological needs because the parasympathetic system activates chemical tranquilizing mechanisms and the body needs them for balance. Every time we hug we receive serotonin, oxytocin, substances that are very important and make you feel good. It is a dilemma because we know what we do not have to do but at the same time what our body needs. If we add to that the imaginary catastrophes that human beings think, without being assured what will happen tomorrow, even more so in these pandemic contexts, the situation is not easy. Worry about what has not yet happened is something very negative for our body, that anxiety that dominates our head and does not do us good. We have to learn to embrace uncertainty because we want to be in control of life and that is not possible.
Stella Maris Maruso is a bio-psychosocial therapist. He created the Health Foundation to assist people who are going through crisis or illness and want to improve their quality of life. He developed more than 140 seminars on Emotional Intelligence (Mind-Body medicine) aimed at modifying the course of the body’s biology and achieving spiritual transformation. She is the author of books such as “The Laboratory of the Soul” and “The Inner Laboratory” and has lectured and presented success stories at the Harvard University School of Medicine. She is also a thanatologist, a disciple of the renowned Dr. Elizabeth Kübler Ross, and recognized as Ambassador of Peace granted by Mil Milenios de Paz and the UNESCO PEA Foundation.