Val is an out-of-the-box writer often questioning the validity of many popular tenets of cultural paradigm..
By now, I don't know if those few of my regular readers are more tired of my "alleged" resume, or I am getting more tired of mentioning it. But, as I keep playing my identification card, those one or two new ones may know not to expect some ambitious poetry, a recipe for lasagna, or an advice how to publish an e-book.
Well, those, and so many others, are all fine niches, except that they are not mine. I am all about that weird stuff dealing with the so called human condition, there including de-hypnotizing from social suggestive influences, and what I sometimes call technology of using our mind which may bring certain big psycho-physical benefits.
Why am I calling it "weird"?
Simply because I don't see anybody in our Hub Pages community writing about it. So I sometimes think -- while inspired by that satirist in me -- how people are just tolerating my literary crap, saying: "Let the old fart have some fun".
Yes, my satirist knows how I haven't got much ego left, so it doesn't care how I may emotionally respond.
Anyhow, so here I go again, pretending that some of those readers out there may stop by yet another title of my article, giving me a merciful piece of their curiosity. O.K., you satiric creep, shut up now, and let me do my thing.
Dominating amongst all my interests in human nature is this one about human unused potential. It was ceremonially born the moment I learned how we have some over thousand so called "junk genes" in our genome, for which geneticists don't know what they are doing there.
Well, one thing seems to be sure -- they shouldn't be called that way, because, like one prominent lecturer has said, nature in its infinite wisdom would have evolved them away if they hadn't been there to be used.
Even before learning about that, I accepted that controversial theory that humans were genetically engineered by some advanced space people. Why so? Simply because of all those well documented savants and geniuses with some evidently outlandish abilities.
Like that Indian woman who could multiply a seven digit number with another seven digit number in her head. Then, there were others -- to me, all pointing at a part of our nature that's dormant, with only here and there protruding out of our mostly animalistic, survival-oriented nature as some sort of "nature flukes".
So, now you know who you are dealing with here -- someone who believes that we are all unexpressed avatars, just duped into our limitations by eons of one or another kind of Dark Age.
Our Flexible Genome
Back there in my intellectually budding teenage years, I called functionalism the model of our psycho-physical expression, assessing it as pivotal in our life.
Even at that early age, it meant to me much more than anything that was happening outside of our personal space, which appeared only as secondary to the way that we are mentally and emotionally processing it.
So I experimented with many "inappropriate" emotional responses, those that were not suggested by the herd sense of "normalcy". To avoid being called "abnormal", of course, I would pretend to be affected by something negative going on, but in truth I didn't care.
I still do it these days, when people around me fuss -- I fuss too. But early in my life I already questioned why so much nerves was wasted over something that was beyond our control.
The whole direction of my modestly studious future efforts sprang out of it, only to be refined after some thousand books with recent insights in the new branch of genetics called epigenetics.
For the longest time, together with those big minds, I believed in genetic determinism, that is -- that we unfold into a biological verdict dictated by our "unchanging" genes.
Only with epigenetics I learned, to my huge enthusiasm, that genes give us our gender, color of eyes, and some possible physical features and health predispositions of our ancestors -- but it's up to the upregulation or downregulation of their expression how our biology and vitality are unfolding.
And those processes, according to a growing body of evidence, don't take some months or years -- but constantly vary, in accordance with nothing else but our dominating emotions, thoughts, attitudes and beliefs.
Having learned about that, coupled with the fact of those huge number of dormant genes, made me a great enthusiast in theorizing about our unused potential.
Indeed, folks, who the hell are we really, once that all the crap of imposed ignorance gets peeled off of our true shiny essence?
It instantly brings to mind the anecdote about Michelangelo being asked how he sculptured the statue of David. The great artist, and now my inspirator, said:
"I took a granite block, and chiseled off everything that was not David".
Will there come time that we, humans, will start chiseling off everything that's not who we really are? There are highly promising signs of a new wave -- not New Age, but so called New Edge in science, which is based upon the tenets of epigenetics, quantum mechanics, and mind-over-body medicine.
Our Emotions Make Us -- or Break Us
In recent years, mind-over-body medicine has taken a huge step over the initial placebo phenomenon. With workshops performed in dozens of countries on all continents, Dr. Joe Dispenza with his technical team has demonstrated how even some "incurable" health issues were resolved in a matter of days with nothing more than certain methodical mental efforts.
He had spent over three decades studying the cases of spontaneous remissions, where cancer patients, and others with some heavy diagnoses cured themselves by sheer change in heart and mind. No change in their diet, or religious activity, or even positive affirmations did it -- but mostly and primarily a big change in their emotional treatment of their life.
Which somewhat reminds me of the ancient Ayurvedic practitioners, who, allegedly, don't ask a new patient "where their body hurts" -- but "where their life hurts".
Somewhat similar criterion I found in dr. Lisa Rankin's book "Mind Over Medicine", where the good medico revealed about her disillusionment with her medical practice, upon discovering how the underlying causes of so many improperly treated health issues were emotional, not anatomical.
So, it would only stand to reason that, if our emotions can mess up our bodies, they can also heal them. And that's where this belief in our unused potential comes to its full value.
Medico-pharmaceutical establishment has made us believe that our health is fragile and in a constant need for their services, even if only those yearly checkups. Most of us are so indoctrinated into it that they can't imagine life without those visits -- while not knowing that lack of trust in our body's ability to heal itself is often enough to tip the scales of our health towards a disease.
Indeed, that constant concern over any little unusual discomfort or pain is sending a strong message to our cellular intelligence that "we are helpless without medical attention" -- and then it may not do its job without that faith.
It is my strong belief, expressed in few of my articles about this current Covid-19 situation, that the virus is not all that dangerous, but it's our lowered immunity -- caused by prolonged fear, social isolation, and financial uncertainties -- which makes it so deadly. And then, of course, there are those cases of preexisting conditions and genetical predisposition to respiratory diseases which make the virus so dangerous.
But, aside of that issue, I have all the proofs I need from my own experience, that our state of mind, especially the emotional and attitudinal part, is decisive in where our health may go.
It's in our unused potential, that ability to upregulate the expression of our genes, which then send signals to our immune, endocrine, and all other systems, providing a blueprint of our vitality that they will follow.
It's Happiness Breeding Success -- Not the Other Way Around
Now, we are not only talking about our health here, but about our quality of life as well.
If you would see me on any given day stand by my balcony window and casually observe the traffic seven stories below, you might get an impression of a "boredom" going on in those moments.
But, how far from the truth would it be, as there is a pretty good chance that I am feeling more fulfilled and happy than an average billionaire, king, or a sheik. I am not kidding you, nor am I exaggerating here to brag about some "outlandish abilities".
However, we might as well agree that even those of a social elite have their crappy days, since there are things that no money can buy. But here I am talking about an average, not a rare day.
Indeed, someone may have great ability to amass possessions, but be miserable most of the time. So, what's really the definition of "success"? At their death-bed, many a rich and famous person had their painful regrets in that life inventory.
For, they used that part of their potential which didn't ultimately bring happiness, harmony, health -- despite all apparent pampering conditions and luxuries.
Quality of life, in this materialistically oriented culture, often heavily leans on possessions, sex, and chemical crutches. In the meantime, a whole bunch of genes in our genome is waiting to be activated in ways that will produce true success.
Was it Abraham Lincoln who once said something like: "We are not happy because we are successful, but we are successful because we are happy."
Indeed, everything that matters something in life gets aligned with our inner state of equanimity, peace, love, and joy -- all relationships, health, even business opportunities.
"Striving for peace and happiness" is a crazy idea -- since strife, by definition, means inner unrest, and it pretty much sounds like "trying hard to meditate". Also, our analytic mind is not a site in our brain that can, vibrationally, generate happiness.
Trying to "figure out" a path to happiness is like bringing to bed a manual for making love and reading it in duet before "knowing" how to feel.
Well, the only way to it is by nurturing our very capacity for harmony, happiness, love, and health -- by scooping into our unused potential, and be a different person.
After all, as all cards are dealt, and it seems like "that's as good as it gets" -- how wrong can we be by exploring the unknown of our true identity. Thinking in terms of all this just might make the whole difference between our life evolving, and its stagnating.
Thank you for reading.
© 2021 Val Karas