Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.
We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in a blink of an eye.
-- Carlos Castaneda
Our Mighty Subconscious Mind Can't Do Our Thinking For Us
-- How could we put in a proper perspective our personal contribution to either attracting corona or staying free from it?
-- Is hand washing, wearing a mask, and distancing enough?
-- And even once that we are told that " the danger is over" -- will that fear still hang in there, possibly affecting some negative outcomes unrelated to corona?
-- Could that phantom uneasiness forever screw up our sense about our security in the world we live in?
The following is a system of understanding the connection between our dominant concerns, worries, and fears, and the outcomes in life -- as it is particularly relevant to this outbreak of corona.
While the true nature of that virus may still be up for grabs due to all contradicting findings -- let us treat it as "some" infection going on on a large scale. And even if in reality there is not much more to it than a regular yearly flu -- by now we got indoctrinated by the powerful media machinery to treat it as something "very threatening."
Therefore, we are about to address our existing reaction to it, not it's objective nature.
But, in my task to make those main points clear, let me guide you slowly towards corona itself, while focusing more on this very "mental technology" we use in processing that scary mental item.
Now, I am not going to insult your intelligence by defining conscious and subconscious mind, but some due points are unavoidable which may sound like I am doing exactly that.
Let's talk about our subconscious mind in terms of psycho-cybernetics. Cybernetics being a study about goal-striving mechanisms, as they are used in torpedoes, or in the navigational computer of an airplane.
Of course, that first part "psycho" has nothing to do with "psychotics", but refers to our conscious mind which is programming that goal-striving mechanism in us -- our subconscious mind.
Default function of our subconscious is to keep us alive by orchestrating that astronomical number of chemical, electrical, and energetic operations in our body in each passing second of our life.
So we may say, with all humbleness that our conscious ego would allow, that executive intelligence of our subconscious mind is out of any charts -- simply unfathomable. Even talking about percentages of our mental operations -- which we naively tend to see as a mainly conscious domain -- more than 90% of everything we think, feel, perceive, and "know" is happening below the threshold of our awareness.
But, before we start rejoicing over all that enormous power of our subconscious mind, let us make something clear, which will soon be relevant to our theme of corona.
Namely, other than running the business of our vital functions -- our subconscious mind cannot think.
You want to be in the driver's seat of your life because if you are not, life will drive you.
-- Oprah Winfrey
We Are in A Driver's Seat at All Times
It may not sound very tactful of me to say it, but your subconscious mind doesn't really give a damn if you live or you die, whether you are happy or you spend your entire life in a pissed disposition.
Yes, it's completely impersonal, like that mighty genie of Aladdin's lamp. Being a goal-oriented mechanism, it will translate all your persistent thoughts and feelings as "something to be done". It's always there for you, loyally obeying your predominant thinking -- especially the one carrying an emotional charge.
The domain of subconscious mind reaches beyond the world as we see it, it is as mystical as our DNA, with one foot in the quantum realm, being very much involved in "entanglement of everything", where everything of some vibrational frequency attracts everything else of a similar vibrational frequency.
So, up to a point, your subconscious will be doing what is in its default program to do -- to keep you alive -- but beyond that it's all up to you what will be happening in that life. It's like possessing a car with superior performance -- but it won't be telling you where to drive it, how safely to drive it -- or not to smash it.
When you really give it a deep thought, it's almost scary how our neglect over our habitual conscious contents may affect us. Indeed, an average man with an average intelligence, and average appetite for making his life work, may remind us of a toddler in a cockpit of a jet.
He is bound to "experiment" all his life -- trying how this works and how that works, never really seeing himself as a responsible user of a superb machinery -- which may work for him, or against him.
And, staying with that metaphor, so often he sees too late that there is no parachute among that equipment.
In the theater of confusion, knowing the location of exits is what counts.
-- Mason Cooley
A Confused Subconscious Mind
Being a part of the Nature, our subconscious mind is always affirmative, since negation is exclusive construct of conscious mind which is capable of operating with abstractions.
Meaning that Nature always IS and DOES, there is nothing in it that "isn't -- doesn't -- maybe is -- should be -- shouldn't be". Likewise, subconscious has no sense of humor, sense of concern, sense of importance -- in its language everything we keep thinking about has something to do with "goals to be pursued".
Even aside of corona, it applies to all our worries and our crappy thinking -- often making us confused over why "shit happens", and even more, why it "keeps" happening.
It may especially apply in matters of our health and the general level of our vitality. What we think might not even be of such a consequence like what we continuously feel. In terms of psycho-cybernetics, our crappy feelings equate to a negative feedback signals.
Imagine if you were up to do something and a person is standing beside telling you: "No, this is not the way to do it. You got it wrong. No, you are messing it again." In torpedoes and airplanes, this mechanism is letting the computer know that they are off the course.
Actually, a plane is more than 90% of the time off its course, but its fine tuned equipment smoothly takes care of necessary corrections. However, with us humans it's somewhat different, as we may make our negative feedback mechanism so trigger-happy that after a while even those innocent situations feel like we are "off the course".
And then we over-correct, which in our language means "over-react." Being constantly in that mode of functioning, we are bound to see both -- corona as a huge danger, and our preventative measures as not enough.
Which confuses our subconscious mind, now not knowing which goals to work on -- if none of them seem to be worth pursuing. Muscle works against muscle in a chronic tension, and as far as our goal-oriented, creative, and mighty subconscious is concerned -- we truly "don't know whether we are coming or going".
A conscious mind that's constantly torn between inner conflicts of "do-and-don't" sends some crazy directives to subconscious. One would almost compare it to what politicians are doing, with a constant rumba between the leading party and the opposition -- few steps forward, few back, then few sideways, and then going on and on in circles.
But let us not go there, we are being too busy explaining this fact that with all that mess within the hierarchy of our mental forces, our confused executive subconscious may start taking directions from outside, from the collective consciousness -- in this case the one screaming with fear from one "horrible virus".
And that may spell a disease.
Time heals some woulds, but love heals them all.
-- Matshona Dhliwayo
Somewhere in the United States, a small town sheriff radioed about the taste of city water going to be bad because extra chlorine would have to be added due to increased readings of microbes in it.
Soon after, telephone calls flooded his office with people's complaints about the taste of their drinking water. Then he apologized in the name of the technician who admitted a mistake -- and NO EXTRA CHLORINE WAS ADDED.
What about this corona? Think about the power of the voice of authority.
Ultimately, It's Love That Sets Goals of Vitality and Health
Think for a moment about those corona deaths at the old folks homes. Why some are dying while others are not? Of course, the easy answer would be that not all of them got infected, right? But, in that environment where people spend most of the time together, eat, talk, and play in groups -- practically all of them should be infected. But not all die. Why?
In terms of psycho-cybernetics -- what signals did they send to their mighty subconscious mind when they heard about this corona outbreak? Try to imagine so many of those who are nightly praying to God to take them, because they are tired of life, tired of weaknesses and pain, maybe tired of being neglected by their young family.
Their biology is already so weak and eager to quit on them, that corona came almost as a blessing. But not all of them. And, let me give you another example of this subconscious positive goal striving.
Isn't that odd that there are still some survivors of the WWII concentration camps living in their 90's now? What happened back there which made them exempt in that ambient of death? Really, did they live in some separate quarters of the camp, where Nazis served them foods of their choice, gave them nutritional supplements and wine after dinner, and played music for them?
No, they kept feeding their subconscious with will to live. They didn't keep their focus on the "corona of their circumstances", didn't shake in their pants anticipating the worst.
You got the point? Corona, by itself, means nothing, until we give it a significance that's painted in one or another strong emotion. Yes, we can keep doing our ritual of distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands, and it's a good practice -- especially if we believe that it will save us, if we support it with faith, and hope, and any other life-promoting feeling. Even laughing at ourselves for doing all that is better than worrying.
So, don't send to your mighty subconscious thoughts of a possible defeat, those are bound to be interpreted as "instructions for pursuing a goal". And again, even if you don't get sick from corona -- whatever that may really be -- some other crap may befall you, something that carries the same frequency signature of your worries.
Love your life -- don't be scared of losing it.
Love and fear don't mix, and fear always wins, belonging to the core of our strong survival instinct.
Love, love, and nothing but love will do -- in any present or future "corona" of our life..
© 2020 Val Karas
Val Karas (author) from Canada on May 17, 2020:
Rana -- Thank you for your kind words of praise.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 17, 2020:
You are definitely on to something. There are not many at 75 who do not visit doctors or have a slew of medications.
Your mindset is a great one.
Some people try but then their thoughts dont remain positive all the time. Doubt creeps in and that's when disease gets them.
I thought this was airborne, but i suppose it is more so if someone is coughing or sneezing around you.
Rana Zulfiqar Hyder from Faisalabad on May 15, 2020:
Informative and superb narrative.
Val Karas (author) from Canada on May 15, 2020:
Dora -- Yes, turning things around to make them funny will assist our immune system in maintaining health. "Strictly between us" -- I find it funny that people are wearing masks, because masks are not protecting THEM from others, but OTHERS from them. And corona is not airborne, so why distancing? I don't remember seeing people, before corona outbreak, massively hugging and kissing one another in the streets and other public places -- so that now distancing is necessary.
Well, prior to this distancing enforcement, I was going to all kinds of superstores surrounded by people, never giving it a passing thought that they could infect me with corona. I wash my hands, not because of one stupid corona, or because I had to be told by authorities to do so, but because it's simply a normal part of personal hygiene.
Needless to say, I don't wear mask, I don't worry about corona one bit. O.K., I've been called crazy before, so go ahead, you won't be the first one -- my strong immunity covers that too, lol.
Thank you for your nice comment, my friend. You are always so positive, I know it comes from your devotion to faith -- and I deeply respect that.
Val Karas (author) from Canada on May 15, 2020:
Brenda -- You know that I was not legally allowed to contend that "our state of mind can ward off any disease" -- but if I am allowed to say it as MY OWN orientation in these matters, that's exactly what it would sound like. It is not based on my own made philosophy -- but on some sound studies like psycho-immunology, epigenetics, and placebo effect.
I won't go there much now, but suffice it to say that mind and body are actually two aspects of the same thing, and we are enormously conditioning our bodies for either health and vitality -- or for disease, in some cases even death.
So, IN MY OWN CASE, I haven't seen a doctor in more than 13 years, which is almost a little miracle, because it's hard to find someone at this age of 75 who is not using one or another form of medical intervention.
And again, IT'S ME, I couldn't write an article suggesting to others that "they would also enjoy a robust health by a positive frame of mind", but I could give them a hint that what matters the most is how efficient their immune system is. By the words of Dr. Bruce Lipton, a popular cellular biologist, it's impossible to get sick with immune system operating properly -- and stress will do a number on it more than anything else.
We are constantly attacked by microbes, and like doctors are saying, big chances are that you already had corona in the past, and didn't know it.
Well, so much -- lol -- before this comment turns into another hub.
I am glad you liked the hub, my friend.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 15, 2020:
This is sound advice. There is no sense in dwelling on it constantly. It would surely make one feel bad to say the least.
I don't know if it will protect us from getting it, but it is always better to be happy with a great outlook on life.
Thanks for sharing.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 14, 2020:
"Even laughing at ourselves for doing all that is better than worrying." True. I like that and you make us realize that our mental state is as impactful as our physical condition. Thank you.