Stress is not what we think it is. We think that chronical stress is just a normal part of life – considered to be just how we have to live. We turn just a blind eye to it because it is just too hard and emotionally too painful to face what it will take to alleviate our stress.
It is almost as if we arrived to a kind of collective agreement not to talk about it and in modern society we have a twisted perception that stress is a badge of honor – a reflection of our qualification/s, our position, responsibility, importance, career status, and social status. We are literally preparing to take any quick-fix remedy to revive our bliss. However, stress is anything that triggers the amygdala in your brain to turn on the stress-response – “fight or flight” response.
So, anything that puts you into the sympathetic stress response and fills your body with cortisol and epinephrine – the cortisol sensation response – that are poisonous to your health. However, in certain circumstances it could help protect your body when in stress, e.g. when you are chased by a cheetah or when you are involved by an accident or any other external cause of trauma. This is useful when the body goes through the stress from an injury. But, when stressed from emotional sources, the body evolves to perform this response during mind-driven events such as fear during taking exams, or even going through a life changing event such as a death of a family member, or to relocate, or a divorce. That is why many times, when individuals are stressed because of life changing events, or situations such as those, they get these symptoms and wrongfully believe they are actually physically sick when in reality, it result from the body being under stress.
The important problem is that the amygdala does not know the difference between true dangers – the danger of being chased by a cheetah that puts you into flight or fight mode and minimizes blood flow to your vital organs – lungs, heart, digestive system frontal lobes of the brain (ability to focus, concentrate and to think logically), triggered by the sympathetic response versus stress generated by destructive thoughts, ideas, emotions and fears that originated in your mind which turns on your stress responses which triggers the parasympathetic response minimizing blood flow to the muscles of your limbs – a relaxation response.
As healers, we are supposed not only to put a plaster on the consequences of stress, but more important – to revitalize the soul and to revive your bliss. Revitalized people live Cheerfully and achieve Victoriously.
We have to realize that the causes and roots of disease are stresses generated by events like:
- irritations and frustrations in traffic
- lying for whatever reason
- sense of treated unfairly
- sense of insecurity
- poor and dissatisfactory service
- lack of acknowledgement, love, protection, appreciation and provision
- toxic relationship/s
- soul-sucking job that drains your life-force
- thoughts of not forgiving
- thoughts of hatred
- thoughts of revenge
- sense of not belonging or the perception of being useless after retirement or disability
- financial worries
- social loneliness
- pessimism about political and word views
- desire to play a meaningful part in the symphony of life
- feeling out of touch with your life purpose
- negative/destructive beliefs about your life
- being emotionally overwhelmed
- pretending what you are not
- experience disconnection from Source
The list of possible causes are almost endless, let alone the compound effect of any combination of those mentioned in the list above! The desire to re-invent oneself and to be different is almost automatic and in most cases result in a downward spiral of different degrees of depression and mood swings.
In other cases, the consequences are the direct cause of what we term the “burn-out” syndrome resulting in:
- skipping of meals
- lack of regular exercise
- lacking adequate sleep
- shallow breathing
- excessive consumption of sugar, caffeine, nicotine, liquor, drugs, or herbal stimulants
- constant thoughts about work related issues
- remembering what you lied about in order not to be caught out
- mental replay of stressful inner dialogue
- negligence of relaxing activities
- unable to meet constant demands
- putting yourself always last
- eating processed or junk food (as quickly as possible)
- going past your own fatigue to finish the day’s work
Because the body cannot keep this state for long periods of time, the parasympathetic system returns the body’s physiological condition to normal – homeostasis. In humans, stress typically describes a negative, or destructive condition. A second major effect of cortisol is to suppress the body’s immune system during a stressful situation, yet again, for the purpose of redistributing metabolic resources primarily to fight-or-flight organs. While not a major risk to the body, if only for a short period of time, if under chronic stress, the body becomes exceptionally vulnerable to immune system attacks which makes us much more vulnerable to viruses and bacterial exposure. This is a biologically negative, or destructive consequence of an exposure to a severe stressor and can be interpreted as stress in and of itself – a detrimental inability of biological mechanisms to effectively adapt to the changes in homeostasis.
On average, people have more than 50 – 60 stress responses per day that disable the body’s self-healing abilities. By not acknowledging that – by not making you aware of it, healers may actually be reducing your life span, or decreasing your quality of life, or even be killing you.
What healers needs to reclaim is the soul and mind medicine – the “self-medicine” beginning with yourself to be unconditionally:
- cared for
- loved – unconditionally just as you are
- provided for
- give expression to your creative genius
- laughing out loud
- knowing you belong
- uncover and discover who you really are
- awareness of your purpose of your life
- meaning of life
- speaking your truth
- communing with nature
- nourishing the body with real food
- tapping into Source
- without apologizing to be just you
We have taken the bio-chemical medicine just too far. We need education about new information and also to gain knowledge about the concepts, mechanics and dynamics of physics, to aid us in comprehending a better and more meaningful understanding of creation and the universe, in both the macro and micro cosmos of our existence. It opens up new perspectives with unlimited opportunities of probabilities and possibilities regarding cause and consequence in relation to our health, and so-called “chronic” and “incurable” diseases.
There is nothing paranormal in the universe, except our limited understanding of nature; also, about health, healing and what we term “miracle healing.” In the distant past, people admired things they could not explain which they termed “miracles.”
The requirements to restore lost health, is so much the same as when we want to restore a building in ruins:
- Awareness of dilapidation – unacceptable state
- Desire of different outcome – restoration
- Require knowledge – need of new information
- Require help – need tools and processes
- Preparation – clearance of dirt
Healing of the body and mind manifests when the purification processes between thought and biology reaches its pinnacle.
We find the principal difference in the approach between conventional and that of holistic medicine in the wise words of Hippocrates: “It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease rather than to know what sort of disease a person has.” The consequential difference of outcome of treatment between these two approaches is: In conventional medicine it is a matter of seeing is believing, while in alternative medicine, it is vice versa – believing is seeing.
As metaphysicians, we do not disregard the conventional Western approach to medicine altogether. There is a definite place and need for it. For example, after physical trauma, when people could be left with open wounds, broken bones, internal bleeding, in need for stabilizing the body after a stroke or heart attack, practitioners like surgeons, radiologists and pathologists in the conventional field could be of great help.
However, to heal from chronic or more serious ailments like cancer, kidney failure, backache, migraine, depression, etc. requires a much more holistic approach and therapy to aid people in the end. Writer believes that there are unimaginable opportunities for both approaches to work complimentary to each other in favor of the person in need.
People are to a large extent still uninformed and somewhat ignorant and thus hardly aware of the holistic fields of medicine. Sadly, medical funds also operates highly discriminately against healers in the alternative arena of medicine, mainly as a consequence of the medical control boards that refuses to acknowledge or to register and list them with medical funds. Needless to say, these governance bodies are managed with people within the conventional western medical environment that were educated in the Newtonian and Cartesian theories, ignoring the aspect of energy.
From research I found that many people live their lives almost like a ball inside a “box” with four sides being beliefs (e.g. about money), culture (collective social behavior of a group), tradition (collective practice and habits passed on from one generation to another), and religion (dogmatic rules and philosophy to adhere to, and bluntly accepted by a social group) – all the do’s and don’ts, should and should not’s, supposed and supposed not’s. If you do not know who you are (your own unique personal identity), these four sides will hit you like a ping-pong ball from side to side to side leaving you completely confused and frustrated. It constantly leaves you with haunting concerns about what people would think, say, or believe about you – family, neighbors, friends, colleagues, the preacher, etc. By lacking knowledge about your true Self and identity, and the ability to maintain it, you literally set yourself up to sacrifice your true-self on the altar of compromise for the sake of:
- a job/career
It is erroneous to realize that all four of the sides of our boxed-in existence are not creations of God, but by humans, as behavioral control mechanisms.