The Effect of Stress on our bodies
Extract from Exiting the Matrix by Charles Eisenstein
Ultimately the choice of the story that we believe is not based on evidence. Its rather that we recruit the evidence to fit the story that resonates with the state of being that attracts the belief. And then, when the belief is ready to change – which happens perhaps when our state of being is changed – when things have happened to us in our life that have changed us – then that old belief doesn’t fit the changed being that we are becoming through maybe a crisis or a collapse or through an amazing mysterious experience. Now those beliefs don’t work anymore so new evidence comes. Isn’t that funny – we start to notice new things – we start to accept phenomena that we had rejected as fanciful before. And the evidence come to flesh out the belief – to serve the belief. I think that’s how it works.
Extract from ‘On the Mystery of Being’. New Harbinger Publications. Kindle Edition The Body, the Medical System, and Modern Society by Dr Gabor Maté
Suppose you have asthma. What happens in asthma is your airways are narrow and become inflamed, so the airflow becomes obstructed. You are wheezing and gasping for oxygen. They give you medication. It’s a biological process; the medication suppresses the inflammation and opens up the airways. This approach is necessary and, insofar as it goes, it’s accurate.
However, it’s also hopelessly narrow. There is much more to asthma than a biological process in isolation. For example, it has been shown that if you’re a black woman in the United States, the more episodes of racism you suffer, the greater your risk of asthma. And, if you’re a child, the more stressed your parents are the greater your risk of asthma. In fact, you can almost predict whether a child needs more or less medication depending on how stressed or depressed the parents are.
There’s an epidemic of asthma right now in North America. That raises the question: Is asthma simply a disease of the airways—we call it “reversible airway disease”—or is it a disease of the whole person who is suffering stress, or is it a disease of the family system through which the stress is transmitted, or is it a disease of the society that creates racism and that in general puts families under stress?
The Work – Byron Katie
The Work of Byron Katie is a way of identifying and questioning the thoughts that cause all the fear and suffering in the world. The steps are simple and first involve identifying the stressful & limiting thoughts; then inquiring into those stressful thoughts by asking 4 simple questions; then identifying Turnarounds to those stressful thoughts; and finally finding your own examples of how those Turnarounds may be true now or in the past.Read more about Byron Katie
Pedro Da Silva
Augustin de Rougé
Taking care of our Thoughts
automatically takes care of our bodies
As we become more and more aware and conscious, we discover the love for what is in our awareness. This has many consequences. Not only do we experience a surge in peace, love and joy it also becomes less and less possible to attack ourselves and others. We become more sensitive to how stress is affecting our bodies and that prompts us to be mindful of our thoughts and notice when we are not being kind and loving towards our bodies and people with whom we connect. We become conscious of sensations in our bodies caused by stressful thoughts.
“For various reasons, our minds can express distress, without our being conscious of it through our bodies. If we cannot recognise this possibility then we cannot deal with it and so are fated, instead, to undergo pointless operations, to take possibly harmful drugs and – almost invariably – to fail”
Suzanne O’Sullivan Consultant Neurologist (The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery)
Reducing stress supports Health Services by helping people from becoming sick in the first place because the immune system is weakened much less. People in all walks of life can benefit from this approach including carers; those in stressful jobs; those without work or in financial hardship; children and teenagers; the physically disabled; those in relationships; couples trying for children; those with drug or alcohol addiction or with eating issues; ex-offenders seeking support with rehabilitation into society.
Serving the World
If we want to be of service to the world the first step is to know wherein lies the peace of God which could also be described as the peace of loving what is – the peace that passes all understanding. When we are at war with each other not only are we engaged in destruction we are also spreading stressful psychic energy into the world. If we have conflicts within ourselves, we spread conflicting consequences. When we use up energy fighting, hating and judging we cannot serve the world. No matter how noble the cause – be it issues of climate, environment, pollution, poverty, animal welfare, racism – if we begin by raging at (or fearing) a perceived enemy we are adding to the conflict.
That means firstly ending the conflict within ourselves – discovering the peace within. Without peace there can be no healing so letting go of grudges and no longer seeing somebody or some corporation as the enemy is very much what The Work of Byron Katie is about. Recognising that fighting is not the only way to solve problems.
And it also means not condemning ourselves and extending forgiveness and compassion to ourselves for our powerlessness and helplessness as well as our pain. This we can do by discovering, if only for a moment who we are – that we are not who we think we are. Looking for who we are is the first step to peace and thereby serving the world.