Written by Phi, a member of the Parallel Perception Forum.
I can contribute my favorite info about neuropeptides. They are a key component in the chemistry that bonds neural pathways into avenues of thought and emotional cascade.
When a neural pathway has bonded (with peptides), anytime it is triggered the individual will experience strong gravity to go down that same path of thought and emotions will cascade along the sequence of wounding imprinted along that path.
When we cry with a full sense of vulnerability and willingness to let go, surrender and grieve our tears are filled with neuropeptides.
This is one of the fastest and strongest ways for the body to physically remove peptide bonds from neural pathways, so that a new pathway can form.
Through grieving, the body is pushing those peptides outside, through the tears and it is an emotional detox.
The research on these tears shows also that when we cry in a state of resistance to letting go, crying the victim and resisting not getting what we want, our eyes swell up and become red and the tears irritate the skin more. We may get a headache or feel worse and exhausted after crying.
When we cry with surrender to the vulnerable raw suffering of our pain while we willingly let go and grieve, there is a higher component of peptides in the tears. The eyes become less swollen and the crying leaves us feeling refreshed, cleansed and our face is clearer.
We are then open to a new way of perceiving particularly on the topic that we have to let go of. This is the seed moment of when we form a new neural pathway.
I love crying like this, even though it is often triggered by suffering and confrontation of the loss of an idea or dream, it is an alchemical moment of transformation and i marvel at how awesome our bodies are and how transformative our vulnerability is.