Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday #71: "Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d" by Candace Pert

Dear kids,

Candace Pert is a rock star. Read everything she writes. Then, become a scientist like her.

Notes and highlights:

Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d is an in-depth discussion of the mind-body connection. Written by a well-known neuroscientist, it gives evidence that the mind and body are one.

The science, briefly: Every cell in the body is studded with receptors that receive signals that direct cell division, metabolism and every other cell activity. “Signal[s] come from other cells and [are] carried by juices . . . providing an infra for the ‘conversation’ going on throughout the bodymind. You know these juices as how neurotransmitters and together called peptides.” 98 percent of data transfer occurs through these, while only 2 percent occurs between cells.

Receptors and signals together are the “molecules of emotion”. There is a ligand for each individual emotion, each individual perception, each different kind of awareness, including bliss, hunger, satiety, anger, etc.

The ligand isn’t only active part of equation. Receptors wiggle and send vibrations to attract the proper ligand, like a lock and key coming together. These vibrations and constant responses form a continuous electrical current throughout your body.

Your body, then, is your subconscious mind. The molecules in the brain aren’t the cause of your emotions; they are your emotions.

Other notable quotes:

  • Good and God are different words for the same thing.
  • “Music can bypass the liquid and directly resonate those receptors, interacting like a peptide—or an emotion.” Drugs do the same thing.
  • Words also powerful “thought pattern can be identified as networks of brain networks, but these networks only either goes a closed at any given moment, in order to open, must have networks w/ sensitive receptors and that fire together frequently.
  • “Emotions are the flow of information perceived to be essential for the survival of any particular state of consciousness being observed.”
  • We all have multiple personalities. Therefore, we do well to “train yourself to come from the highest possible ‘observer’—the subpersonality that’s most closely associated with the divine, or the higher self.” Practice this “you” through meditation or prayer.
  • On dreams: during REM sleep, the peptide VIP is released. VIP ensures cell survival in the frontal cortex. “Is VIP nourishing neurons that are active during a dream, thus stabilizing the neural networks being formed at the time of dreams? If so, this could explain how dreams can literally become reality.” 50 percent of infant sleep is REM, as compared with 25 percent of adult sleep, because neural nets are forming at such a high rate. In one study, REM-deprived sleep study subjects began hallucinating and became psychotic.
  • Also cites studies showing people can suggest to themselves what to dream about and what eye-movement patterns to make during REM sleep.

To get the book, see:

Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d on Amazon

Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d on Goodreads

Candace Pert on Wikipedia

Official Website of Candace Pert


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    1. I’ve always wondered how much I am getting. I dream as soon as I fall asleep and every time I wake up, I am dreaming. What does this mean?

  1. I do the same. My sleep is not very good since the stroke. I am not certain what it means, other than my sister had a Dr. tell her that she, evidently, reaches rem sleep quicker than most as she can do on 3-4 hours a night.

    1. But I have to sleep MORE than most people even though I’m always dreaming. I suspect the whole REM thing will be debunked at some point. I don’t get what more dreaming has to do with deeper sleep. I had tons of dreams last night. One about being on my last dollar and no car (a recurring one lately…). One about going roller skating for a birthday party. I remember them all for a while after waking up.

      1. I watched a TED talk yesterday saying that after dreaming comes deep sleep and they believe that is where the transfer from short-term memory to long-term memory takes place. But I have read that dreaming is necessary for us more than sleep because it allows our subconscious to work things out.

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