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My Fascination with the Human Unused Potential

Val is a life-long student of unexplored human potential and many challenges that self-honesty throws at us on that path.

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The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

-- Confucius

Introduction

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 learn not to expect some ambitious poetry, a new recipe for lasagna, or an advice how to publish an e-book.

Well, those, and so many others, are fine niches, except that they are not mine.

Except for my hardly forgivable intrusion into the world of poetry, I am all about that weird stuff dealing with the so called "human condition" -- there including dehypnotizing from social suggestive influences, and what I sometimes call "new technology of using our mind" which may bring about certain huge psycho-physical benefits.

Why am I calling it "weird"?

Simply because I don't see anybody else at our Hub Pages community write about it. So I often think -- inspired by that satirist in me -- how people are merely tolerating my literary crap, saying something like: "Let the old fart have some fun".

Yes, that satirical part of my mind knows well how I haven't got much of a vulnerable ego left, so it won't hold any punches worrying how I may emotionally react to such a possibility of the reader's merely tolerating my stuff.

Anyhow, so here I go again, just 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, zip it now, and let me do my thing.

Dominating amongst all my interest in human nature is this one about human unused potential. It was ceremonially born the moment I learned how we were using only less than two percent of our genes, while thousands have been called a "genetic junk" by the geneticists.

They didn't call it so because they had any proof about their uselessness, but simply because they didn't know what all those genes were doing in our body.

Well, should we rather listen to a prominent lecturer who says that nature in its infinite wisdom would have already evolved them away if they hadn't been there to be used -- by the simple principle of "if you don't use it -- you lose it."

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Live your life to its fullest potential and don't really care too much about what other people think of you.

-- Lii Nas X

Our Flexible Genome

Back there in my intellectually budding years, I used to call it "functionalism" -- this model of our psycho-physical expression, intuitively validating it as pivotal in our life.

Even at that early age, it meant much more to me 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's sense of "normalcy." I didn't give them an outer expression simply not to appear weird, so I pretended to go emotionally with the flow, fussing when others were fussing, and appearing pissed when others were pissed.

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But, all to these days -- and also in my writings about politics or religion or any other questionable part of cultural paradigm -- I seem to "care" about what's going on, oftentimes treating it with my satirical position -- but not losing any sleep over any of it.

It really boils down to having a much more developed individual than collective consciousness. With individual consciousness I don't feel obligated to have collectively accepted beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and attitudes. And yet, for love of being a part of the human race, I may play along the most popular games in town. That doesn't make me phony, but flexible.

Thus, what I used to call "functionalism" and practiced its imagined tenets of emotional self-determination unfolded into this new wave of interests triggered by sciences like epigenetics, neuroplasticity, and quantum mechanics.

I have no problem admitting how I am freakishly into this top shelf of knowledge about importance of what we think -- and especially "feel".

With this new fund of knowledge, to my huge enthusiasm, I learned how our stable genes merely give us our gender, color of eyes, skin, and other basic characteristics, whereas all our state of health, our happiness, our intellectual reach, and our behaviors, are the results of an open variability in our genome.

Simply meaning that our predominant thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and especially emotions -- are either upregulating or downregulating the expressions of genes which are in charge of our states.

I went intellectually nuts over this information, especially that part of it where it states how such changes in genes expressions are happening on a constant basis, not after some needed long time.

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I like to think of ideas as potential energy. They are really wonderful, but nothing will happen until we risk putting them into action.

-- Mae Jemison

Our Emotions Make Us -- or Break Us

In the recent years, mind-over-body medicine has taken a huge step beyond the initial placebo phenomenon.

With workshops performed in dozens of countries on all continents, Dr. Joe Dispenza with his technical team has demonstrated over and over how many of so called "incurable" diseases and conditions were resolved in a matter of days -- with nothing more but by certain guided methodical mental efforts.

He had spent decades studying the cases of so called "spontaneous remissions" -- where cancer patients, and others suffering debilitating diseases and conditions cured themselves by a sheer change in beliefs about an imminent recovery.

No changes in diet or lifestyle or religious activities played any part in it.

Which somewhat reminds me of the ancient ayurvedic practitioners, who still these days, won't ask a new patient "where their body is hurting" -- but -- "where their life is hurting".

Somewhat similar diagnostic criterion I found in Dr. Lisa Larkin's book "Mind Over Medicine". That's where the good doctor reveals her story of stepping out of her medical practice after her major disillusionment with diagnostic and procedural methodology in medicine, which is mostly treating the symptoms, not the underlying causes, many of which are emotional.

So, it would only stand to reason that -- if our emotions, being basically energy with information -- can physically mess us up, they can also cure us, by the simple principle of "what the mind does -- it can also undo".

Medico-pharmaceutical establishment has grown into a multi-billion dollar business, so, like any other business, it has to advertise its services and make them look "necessary" -- if not life-saving, playing on people's default existential fears.

A new household detergent gets promoted by presenting to you a TV scene of germs crawling around the house -- and their product killing them all. It's a well tested selling strategy, also massively used by medicine.

Namely, people have been brainwashed into belief about their fragile and unstable constitution, with a never ending list of possible diseases that could befall them.

Our natural immunity is not propagated -- just look at the current pandemic in which the power of natural immunity is totally a forbidden theme, with "only" their vaccines being able to save your precious ass.

With massive fearmongering applied to lower people's immunity, this virus turned out to be more dangerous than it was by itself -- because fear lowers immunity, and in many highly impressionable people it may provide the biological landscape for any, even less dangerous germ, to turn lethal.

Indeed, emotions have the power to make us -- or to break us.

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When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that's when passion is born.

-- Zig Ziglar

It's Happiness Breeding Success -- Not the Other Way Around

Now, let us not only talk here about our health -- but also about our quality of life.

If you could see me on any given day standing by the balcony window and leisurely observe the traffic seven stories below, you might get an impression of a major "boredom" going on in my emotional state.

But, how far from the truth that would be -- as there is a pretty good chance that I am feeling more fulfilled and happy than an average millionaire, a king, a sheik, or a leader of a country.

I am not kidding you or saying all this just for sake of bragging -- geez, will I ever be able to convince people that I don't need bragging to feel better about myself and my life.

And even less am I talking about any outlandish mental abilities -- it's something that anyone can train in themselves if they just made up their mind to do it and persisted for long enough.

Happiness is just a state of mind, and like any other state of mind it gets established by a persistent upregulation of certain genes and downregulation of some others. So, when you practice feeling happy, your body -- not having discriminating abilities -- can't tell if reasons for happiness are out there or not, it will take your imagined bliss as justified by your life circumstances.

Thus, if you can maintain the feeling like there is an abundance on every level of your life, it becomes your biological and psychological reality.

Then it also works the opposite way. Namely, you may be a billionaire and in a bad health and miserable most of the time, since health and happiness is not something that money can buy.

Quality of life is not determined by the outer circumstances but by our interpretation of them. So don't play lottery if you are not ready to embrace the new reality with willingness to be happy with it -- since jackpot winnings have been proved to cause some big misery, when the winners got all confused an unable to change their emotional landscape to enjoy that money.

Which all makes of "success" a tricky word, folks.

And at the very fundaments of it all are those genes, with this incredibly usable truth that we have the power to change their expressions.

Also, in terms of quantum physics, we have been told that we live in a "participatory" universe where things don't just "happen to us" without our, either conscious or unconscious, participation in their creation.

We cannot not-to be participants in creation of our reality. At those most subtle levels we are only a bundle of energy with information all orchestrated into a living being that we perceive as "ourselves".

So, we might as well give it all some conscious thought -- maybe even become aware of our responsibility over our health, happiness, and our quality of life.

© 2022 Val Karas

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