Our Western lifestyles…….

Our Western lifestyles, and more accurately our perceptions of our stressors, mean that adrenaline is continuously released into our bodies through the HPA axis.

Some of us become adrenaline junkies, as the release of adrenaline provides a temporary high.

The high is always followed by a crash, though, and because of that we continually seek the high again through repeating conflicting and dramatic situations, or through stimulants such as drugs, coffee, and thus the cycle deepens until we reach burnout. Cortisol As well as adrenaline, your body has another stress hormone: cortisol.

When adrenaline starts to come down in the body, cortisol rises.

The more often you activate your adrenaline, the higher the levels of cortisol will become in your body. And cortisol is damaging to your very being.

While your body is making it, it isn’t making dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, which is responsible for many of the health-promoting and protective functions in the body. Low DHEA levels have been linked to numerous dis-eases, while high cortisol levels have been shown to increase fat, reduce memory and learning ability and are linked with bone loss and reduced muscle mass.

We believe that the dis-ease process starts with any negative core beliefs that are developed in the first six years of life.

Any stressful life experiences at this time, anything that we are told about the world and our place in it, any pressures, any traumas, anything that damages our self-esteem or self-worth, if left unresolved, will later affect our health and wellbeing.

A lot of children are told at this early age that they are naughty, shy, stupid, undeserving, selfish, untidy and lazy.

This forms a tendency to negative self-talk, and stress starts to become a predominant life feature.

Many children form the belief that they are just not good enough, not pretty enough, not bright enough, not fast enough, not special enough. And then of course there are the poor diet and lifestyle choices that are increasingly challenging to avoid in the fast-paced Western world that we live in.

Poor eating patterns may start in childhood or develop later in life, but they put a huge strain on our system.

Any negative beliefs that we learned in the early years are then reinforced by upbringing and life pressures.

The chances are that the very people who helped us create those beliefs continue to reinforce them on a regular basis. There is no blame here, by the way, as the people who are enforcing those beliefs have usually had similar experiences in their own lives and are behaving the way they are because of their own imprinting and behavioral fields.

As we get older still, we may also choose to abuse substances or self-medicate in order to cope with the stress that we are experiencing due to the traumas that we are holding in our fields. And so the cycle deepens.

Even if we have been lucky enough to avoid ill-health in childhood, as we age many of us who are caught in this cycle of dis-ease develop a tendency to frequent infections, colds and flu. Culturally we are encouraged to tackle these with antibiotics and medication.

This leads to an increase in body acidity and compromising of the gut flora, and conditions such as Candida can then take hold.

When Candida becomes prevalent in the body, the gut flora loses its full ability to absorb nutrients and there is a toxic build-up and a subsequent further debilitation of the immune system.

For many people this leads to allergies and food intolerances.

The body then goes into constant stress, typified by an increase in HPA stimulation, adrenal burnout and rising cortisol levels in the body.

What follows is lowered physical and mental ability to deal with life and a worsening of symptoms.

 

Your subconscious mind

Your subconscious mind has immense power in controlling your life experiences: from the types of food you eat to the actions you take each day,

the level of income you earn, and even how you react to stressful situations.

Every bit of it is guided by your subconscious beliefs and interpretations.

In short, your subconscious mind is like the auto-pilot feature on an airplane.

It has been pre-programmed to follow a specific route and you cannot deviate from that route unless you change the directions programmed into it first.

The “subconscious” is the part of your mind that operates below your normal level of waking consciousness.

Right now you’re primarily using your conscious mind to read these words I’m writing to you and absorb their meaning, but beneath that mental focus, your subconscious mind is busily working behind the scenes, absorbing or rejecting information based on an existing perception you have of the world around you.

This existing perception began forming when you were an infant.

With every experience, your subconscious mind soaks in information like a sponge.

It rejected nothing while you were young because you didn’t have any pre-existing beliefs to contradict what it perceived. It simply accepted that all of the information you received during your early childhood was true.

You can probably see why this becomes a problem later in life! Every time someone called you stupid, worthless, slow, lazy, or worse, your subconscious mind just stored the information away for reference.

You may also have received messages about your potential in life or limitations you’ll face based on your physical abilities, skin colour, gender, or economic status.

By the time you were 4 or 6 years old, you already had a solid foundation of belief based on all that programming from people in your life,Parents, television shows you watched, and other environmental influences.

Now that you’re an adult, you may think that you can simply discard the hurtful or untrue messages you absorbed during your early life, but it’s not quite that simple.

Remember that all of this information is stored below your level of conscious awareness. The only time you become aware of it is when it limits your progress in creating a balanced, successful and productive life.

Have you ever tried to achieve a goal and kept sabotaging yourself at every turn?

Maddening, isn’t it? It’s important to know that you’re not defective or doomed to fail no matter what you do.

More likely you’ve got some old programmed messages that conflict with the new conditions you want to create.

This is excellent news because it means you can achieve just about anything if you first take the time to reprogram your subconscious mind.

With every experience you have, you draw certain conclusions and store the messages that will guide your future actions.

For example, what kind of message do you think would be stored if you were rejected by someone you cared about?

Your subconscious mind (that clever detective) would immediately go hunting through your memories and find other examples of rejection (like that time your best friend dumped you to hang out with the more popular kids) and draw a conclusion that you’re somehow unworthy or unlovable and deserve to be rejected.

Now, here’s the interesting thing: if you have an experience that conflicts with an already established belief, your subconscious mind will either reject it or reframe it so it goes along with your existing view of reality.

Remember that your subconscious mind is absorbing information constantly and drawing conclusions and forming beliefs based on that information. If you’re daily environment is filled with negativity and strife, imagine what kinds of messages are being absorbed into your mind.