To what extent does thought equate to action?
If you have a stable relationship, and a high libido, you might think that it causes no harm to imagine taking someone home and, ahem, realizing your desires. But is this really true?
Every time you experience a certain feeling the hyper thalamus in your brain is releasing the associated peptides, which react with cell receptors throughout your body, affecting even single celled organisms. Moreover, if you regularly feel certain emotions then when cells duplicate they will create new cells with more receptors for that feeling, and less receptors for the vitamins and minerals that our body actually needs (this is basically what aging is by the way). And if you associate these feelings with certain people, things or events, then regular use of these feelings creates a long term relationship between certain neurons in your brain. What this means is a series of cognitive biases. You come to interpret information in order to support this relationship, and reject that which challenges it. So even if thought and imagination doesn’t harm your partner, it may well have a big impact on you.
Emoto’s theory about the impact of thought on water provides an interesting example. His theory was that human thought physically affects water, in an almost telepathic way. The idea has of course gained a lot of criticism. But it has also gained a lot of support. And Emoto was even able to show photographic proof of music being used to affect the physical shape of water molecules. If Emoto’s theory is indeed correct, and given that we’re made up of between 50-60% water, think what kind of impact thoughts have on who we are, not only in terms of thought, but also in terms of physical change.
Another experiment for you; this time from Stanford. People had their brains scanned when given indulgent food. Those who felt guilty actually weakened their immunity to the effects of said indulgence, whereas those who just enjoyed it saw a positive relationship.
So let’s say you want to imagine something that would if acted, make you feel very guilty. Is it ok to imagine it? Or not?