Val is a life-long student of unexplored human potential and many challenges that self-honesty throws at us on that path.
All of us need to begin to think in terms of our own inner strengths, our resilience and resourcefulness, our capacity to adapt and to rely upon ourselves and our families.
-- Steven Pressfield
You've Come a Long Way, Baby
It never stops amusing, and also inspiring me, to remember how the fact that I exist means an unbroken line of my ancestors all the way to the beginning of the human race. Or maybe even further, if we are to believe in the theory of evolution -- which I personally don't.
Namely, since the true human origin is still up for grabs, I shamelessly choose to believe that my first paternal ancestor was an extraterrestrial dude who impregnated a sexy looking female primate -- hairy chest and everything -- that was roaming aimlessly like a lost puppy around the wastelands of the prehistoric earth.
It must have been a very horny ET after that long space travel, but who am I to judge anybody's taste. Now, now, O.K., it's just my sense of humor -- I know that that "romance" went somewhat much more complicated and outlandishly complex than that, you don't have to remind me.
Why not believe in that?
Just like anybody else so far, I have a right to choose my own way of being wrong. I do have my first maternal ancestor's hairy chest, and also partial brains of my first paternal ancestor -- by the way, trying to activate some more of his genes -- "if humanly possible".
I have a feeling he won't mind that I am not calling him a "holy father", since there was really nothing "holy" about what he did with that female ape. Just kidding, again, but hey -- I must have got this sense of humor from him, looking at the way he made us imperfect.
But I do thank him for that trait, as it's helping me to see all the funny side of this racket called "life on earth".
Nevertheless, let me get serious and get back to that long, incredibly long line of our ancestors, and what it can teach us about our true resilience.
When it's only you that you can rely on, you're surprised at the resilience you have.
-- Paul Dini
It's All Neatly Recorded in Our DNA
There is no way that we could get a true picture of all hardships involved in the naked survival of all those generations preceding our birth.
Now, even if you know about DNA only as little as I do, you must join me in my fascination with the fact that all that power to survive is recorded somewhere within those strands of our genome.
All that long story of our adapting through some untold climatic and other unfavorable conditions -- is right there. Some geneticists are actually saying that DNA is such an incredible library of those past stories, that its memory reaches all the way back to the beginning of the first organic chemicals on this planet.
My personal imagination goes even further, seeing our DNA as the mediator between our physical bodies and our personal quantum design which is nothing but energy plus information.
But hey, let's not make another step down that rabbit hole, as we don't need it in this story.
It is all available to be reactivated, along with those ET genes which probably made it possible for us to outlive dinosaur.
I believe it's the historically accumulated stress of survival which instilled into our genes also the multiple possibilities of their negative expressions -- which we experience as anything from a hay fever to a cancer.
Now, isn't it a shame that our medical culture is solely focusing on that aspect of our genetic predisposition, instead of our positive potential hidden in our genome.
But then it even doesn't have to be such a big surprise -- as soon as we start recognizing the medico-pharmaceutical establishment as one gigantic business in whose interest it is to have steady customers.
And just like any other business is trying to present their services and products as something that you "badly need" -- we have been duped into belief that our "fragile biological constitution is in a constant need for doctors and drugs in order for us to survive".
With that in mind, it's easy to understand why we are not told about our true resilience.
Just look these days how throughout all this Covid-19 pandemic the story of our natural immunity has been suppressed by the authorities who keep insisting on the mega-sell of the vaccines and boosters as our "only way to be saved from deadly symptoms of this virus".
While it's up to each individual how they choose to see the whole thing -- here we are focusing on our default, historically established mechanism of unbelievable adaptability and resilience.
When fear rushed in, I learned how to hear my heart racing but refused to allow my feelings to sway me. That resilience came from my family. It flowed through our bloodline.
-- Coretta Scott King
Our Lower Brain Keeping Us Safe -- but Also Stressed Out
Unlike our habits which may come and go, those records of previous generations are all neatly preserved in the archives of our genome. There is even such a rare genetic predisposition called "atavism", where patient is displaying a disease that has normally disappeared from modern varieties, but was present in a far ancestor of that person.
Actually Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD mentioned how his wife had gotten sick with something that ancient Persians brought with them to India during their conquest.
This recording feature, in its smaller but still impressive extent is also present in our memory bank which keeps all records of anything that ever happened to us since birth. Under hypnosis, someone may tell what their mom was cooking for dinner on their fourth birthday.
Isn't that cool?
That's where our ability to retrieve forgotten memories stops, because all data from our ancestors only stay as a biological potential -- beside the point that our brain has no use for survival instructions about "how to trick a beast not to have us for a meal".
However, that primitive, lower brain is still processing our life situations, so that's why we have anxieties and worries -- it's our fight / flight mechanism that's producing body reactions to anything that it may recognize as a threat -- whether seeing our boss, or seeing our mother-in-law as a "potential predator".
All those records are somewhere within our genome's memory files. All those famines, volcanic eruptions, floods, all those forest fires, and animals chasing us, pandemics and wars...every evil imaginable -- it all made us strong enough to survive.
Please, don't start doubting it now that I am having so much fun describing our enormous adaptability and true resilience. Just think how some animals and marine creatures change their color or shape to camouflage themselves. Think how even flowers -- with no detectable nervous systems -- attract bees and other insects with their color, so that they spread their pollen around.
Indeed, folks, if even brainless plants and animals are so adaptable, why are we so "susceptible" to all these countless conditions and diseases?
The answer should be simple -- because our developed brains are our biggest blessing, and at the same time, our biggest curse. We are screwing up our genetic potential with all self-inflicted stresses.
That same intelligence which made flowers beautiful also made us incredibly resilient -- actually to a point where some genetic scientists are wondering why we die at all, beginning to see even aging as a disease, not an imminent part of life.
Cellular scientists have done experiments with alive chicken cells, and just making sure that they were not stressed by any biological lack or outside negative stimuli, they kept them alive and healthy for many more years than s chicken lifespan would allow it -- barring the event of them being used for food before their natural death.
We need to hear stories from older women. There's wealth of wisdom and real resilience there, but they're silenced.
-- Hannah Gatsby
It's Almost Scary How Powerful Our Mind Is
Indeed, due to our acquired strong convictions about our "unstable, delicate health", we have somatized -- turned into our biology -- all such concerns. We are so suggestible, that a hypnotized person will get drunk from drinking a glass of water, if he was told in his trance that it was whisky in the glass. Not just drunk in his mind, but his whole physiology will react to whisky, not to water.
One of the strongest proofs I ever got about the enormous power of mind over body was from the story of that certain woman with a multiple personalities. One of her personalities, when active, was terribly allergic to all citrus fruits -- whereas the other one could have of them all she wanted without any allergic reaction.
The whole field of psycho-somatic ills, and the science of psycho-neuro-immunology, are clearly proving that our minds can make us or break us.
Now think what the systematic suggestive conditioning has done to us over a couple of centuries, ever since medicine has appeared as a part of our modern cultural paradigm.
Okay, you are saying, so why do kids get sick, since they are not exposed to this medical media of advertising sicknesses and cures.
The answer would be a little out of the jargon of everyday physics and biochemistry.
Namely, kids pick up the energy from their environment, just as readily as body cells pick up signals about its safety or threat by listening to our emotions. If you are watching Cesar Millan on his TV show "The Dog Whisperer", you know that even dogs can sense the energy vibes from their owners -- let alone those
"energy antennas" of the highly impressionable kids.
Up to a certain age, kids' brains are constantly operating on theta frequency, which is the one dominating in brain during a hypnotic trance. They don't have discriminatory abilities developed, so they form negative beliefs out of almost anything; and then it's up to their possible genetic predisposition if those strong impressions may upregulate the expression of this or that disease.
On our deepest levels, we are energy beings. What happens in our brains and our hearts generates distinct energy frequencies which physically either affect us positively or negatively.
Indeed, with all that natural resilience encoded into our genome, our predominant thoughts, emotions, attitudes and beliefs are capable of kicking it all out of whack.
When it comes to our collective health, how we deal with the multiple crises and problems around us also depends on the power of context -- in other words, our resilience.
Not a Flu Season -- But a Blues Season
We don't have to do much to keep ourselves healthy -- rather, we have to do "less" in order to be healthy, namely, have less of those crappy thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs.
We constantly inhale flu germs, along with a whole catalog of others, so there is no such a thing as "flu season".
It's only that our moods considerably go down with more clouds replacing sunny skies, and we naturally shift into a defensive mode by putting more clothes on us -- all suggesting to our cells that the environment is not so friendly anymore.
That adrenaline from defensive mode lowers our immunity, and we may go sick with flu.
Without having some concrete evidence for such a statement, but I am prone to believe that the homeless folks are much less susceptible to infectious diseases, simply because they can't afford to fuss over the weather or any other conditions.
On the other hand, we, the spoiled breed of modern humans rush to the doctor at the first sneeze.
We got ample proofs of it these days when the Covid-19 propaganda is causing some massive anxiety, one of the symptoms being shortness of breath -- then making people rush to the hospital, thinking it's the virus causing it.
While it may be true, it may also be a result of fear. Diaphragm, which, in tandem with rib cage muscles, performs breathing, goes into a little spasm because of a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system, and together with stress hormones causes that shortness of breath.
I've mentioned it elsewhere, how that holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Kelly Brogan MD, had said that "people were dying more of fear than of coronavirus". The massive fearmongering done daily by the media made the whole world go extremely susceptible to the virus.
So that those who had a genetic predisposition to respiratory diseases, attracted the virus, along with the elderly who naturally have lost the zest for life, feeling lonely and possibly neglected by their younger family.
Anyhow, I am not suggesting that you stop obeying instructions from your doctor -- that would be very unethical of me.
This whole article had no intention to make the medical intervention look invalid, but rather to point at our natural resilience, so that by becoming more aware of it we may be healthier humans.
Who knows, maybe some day your good doctor may tell you what mine told me some fifteen years ago when I saw him the last time:
"If all my patients were like you, I would lose my job."
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