You may be aware that there is a connection between your mind and body, and wonder exactly how what you perceive actually impacts your physiology.

Your perceptions play a pivotal role in your well-being. When you perceive an event to be supportive to your highest values, you will tend to open up to it; when you perceive an event to be challenging to your highest values, you will tend to close down to it. This has an impact on your metabolism and your physiology, which is then turned on or off accordingly, depending on these initial perceptions of support or challenge.

If you feel depressed and perceive that things aren’t working the way you expected and you don’t feel as if the world is supporting your highest values, your metabolic rate will tend to slow down. Your glucose can also go down and you may end up with low blood sugar.

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There are psychological perceptions that correlate with high or low pancreatic functions.

For example, people with hypoglycaemia have low blood sugar. They tend to minimise themselves to others and can often think they are wrong and that other people are right. A person with hypoglycaemia will often do what you tell them to do.

On the other hand, people with diabetes have high blood sugar and tend to maximise themselves to others and think they are right. They are not easy to dictate to and have their own way of doing things.

This same principle can apply to those with hyper- and hypo-thyroid functions. Your thyroid gland function directly correlates with your metabolic rate, so for instance, if you feel you’re saying something you wish you hadn’t, your thyroid function tends to go up. If you aren’t saying something, but you wish you could, your thyroid function tends to go down and your metabolic rate drops. That’s why people with hypothyroidism are often listless, quiet and don’t speak much. They tend to hold in a lot of resentment as they hold in what they really want to say. Those with hyperthyroidism, in contrast, are generally more outgoing and extroverted.

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These physiological polarities are often a result of imbalanced perceptions. Because if you were minimising yourself relative to somebody else, and live in fear of losing them, you will tend to repress what you want to say to them, while if you are minimising others relative to yourself you will have less fear of saying what comes to your mind.

You are literally affecting your physiology with your perceptions. If you exaggerate or minimise things with your perceptions, you are automatically changing your physiology, changing the blood sugar levels, changing lipid levels and hormone levels.

If you feel passive and you feel that you are safe and secure in your higher values, your female hormones go up. If you have to deal with fight or flight, your male hormones increase. If you are aggressive and angry and feel that the world is challenging you, your male hormones go up. If you are on the passive side, your feminine hormones increase.

Feminine hormones stimulate fat in the body and male hormones stimulate water and muscle levels in the body. Your hormone imbalances often have a lot to do with your perceptions of the world. If you bring those perceptions into perfect equilibrium by asking quality questions that reveal the hidden part of your perception, you can normalise your physiology and your body can return to wellness.

Dr. John Demartini is a human behaviour specialist, educator, author and the founder of the Demartini Institute.