The enviornment signals your genes but for decades, we’ve taught to believe that genes create disease and that there’s no way of avoiding our so-called, hereditary maladies. We assumed that we’re doomed by our DNA and that there’s no escape. Misconceptions such as these, are being blown out the water by the latest findings in epigenetics. We’re living in exciting times, indeed, as we’re beginning to transcend the false notion of generational curses.
Genes create proteins, which in turn are responsible for the structure and function of our body. When we consistently feel emotions such as compassion and appreciation, our genes respond by creating healthier and stronger proteins that are equal to those emotions. The autonomic nervous system then begins to heal and restore the body. The immune system is also signficantly strengthened when we live positive states.
Conversely, when we live via the hormones of stress, the survival gene signalled by the state utilises all of our life-force energy because it believes that it needs to run, fight or hide to survive. As a result of indulging in the stress response, the proteins created aren’t of good quality because your genes have less energy to work with. This is how the overindulgence in the hormones of stress breaks the body down, creating disease, simply because the body is being fed weaker proteins, which aren’t capable of maintaining the basic functions and structure of the body.
Chronic forms of stress and anxiety break the body down due to the maladaptive inner environment they generate over time. Being conscious of one’s emotional state is the first step one must take if they prefer to live a life, full of joy, vibrant health and wellbeing.
A bit of realism is needed here, of course, as it’s impossible to feel joy all the time. Everyone has their triggers, those events, people and circumstances which take them out of their peace and consequently, the present moment. Triggers only pull us out of our natural state due to our unconscious reaction to them. We believe they pose a threat because of the way the mind automatically defines them. All circumstances, no matter how dismal, however, are rendered powerless without our reaction to them. The reason the stress response is called the stress response is that it’s our unconscious response to the environment, which signals the survival gene.
We’re human, we all get startled by life. What matters isn’t the fact that you’re triggered, but how long you choose to dwell in those fear-based emotions. Shortening the refractory periods of negative states is the beginning of the process of starving your blood cells of the addictive neuropeptides released in the brain the moment the survival gene is activated. The more you live in joy and appreciation, the more your body and cells can respond positively to the new, inner environment you’re feeding them. Your body can be an inferno of hellish, tumultuous emotions or a utopia of light, joy and bliss. The choice becomes yours once you become conscious of how to self-regulate your emotional state.
In 2017, I was diagnosed with hypochondria and panic disorder by a therapist because I kept having panic attacks. Losing my best friend of fifteen years, my dog, only compounded things on top of other issues, I was unconsciously suppressing for years. While growing up, Mother called me a hypochondriac and said I was just like her Father, my Grandfather, who struggled with hypochondria himself.
Knowledge is power. When I stumbled across the work of Bruce Lipton, Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza, everything changed. I realised that it wasn’t my genes creating the condition, but that the unconscious belief that I was a hypochondriac literally signalled my genes to express themselves in the same way as my Grandfather did. The only thing perpetuating the condition was my misaligned perception. What a profound realisation it was to learn that if I change my perception that I can control my inner state!
At first, it was uncomfortable. The moment I became fully conscious of that pattern, it got worse. Maybe that’s why they say; ignorance is bliss? The heart palpitations, sweaty palms, bouts of dizziness, sleepless nights seemed to get worse while I integrated the emotional pain trapped in my body due to believing that I was someone I’m not.
I experienced what some call the dark night of the soul.
I realised, through meditation and shadow work that I had a plethora of fear-based beliefs hijacking my perception perpetuating the condition. Even though it was so painful and uncomfortable for me to stay the same, it felt just as difficult, at first, to leave the familiar and embrace a new set of feelings.
My mind believed I was going to die every day for years. As I look back, I’m thankful for those times, as stars can’t shine at their brightest unless they are encapsulated by darkness. Those so-called, dark days, showed me that I not only yearn to survive but also to thrive.
The moment I ceased believing that I’m doomed because of my genes, my perception of myself and the world radically changed for the better. Unconsciously gobbling up those beliefs from my Mother, signalled my genes to function in the same ways as my ancestors; and who knows how long that pattern has been in my family? I’m proud to state that it ends with me─no more! I wouldn’t wish that hell upon anyone!
My book, The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind, is spreading like wildfire. I wrote it to teach people how to utilise honest methods of introspection and meditation to bring their unconscious programs into consciousness so they can transcend their habitual process and reclaim their energy from the old self:
“Repetition programmes the subconscious mind. You don’t have to think about how to open the refrigerator door, for example, as you’ve done it so many times that it’s become automatic. The subconscious is the habit mind, which isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. It also contains a host of mental and emotional patterns, that have a considerable impact, not only your behaviour but also the kind of people and situations you attract in your life.
The reprogramming of the subconscious becomes a challenge when a person develops a whirlwind of patterns that sabotage their experience of life. This book aims to help them transform these automatic processes.”
–The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind
Our reaction to the outer world signals our gene expression. All circumstances are neutral until our mind defines them as either beneficial or life-threatening. The conditioned mind often defines situations automatically in a fear-based way because it’s desperate to survive; thus, it believes there’s a threat around every corner because it fears termination. This is no way to live; however, my friends. As I just wrote, you’re here to thrive, not only survive. None of us is getting out of this life alive. We might as well embrace the unknown, go ahead, take the dive!
The outer environment is powerful. The people we spend the most time with shape our personality. If we’re not careful and selective while interacting with others, we may take on certain traits, beliefs and behaviours which don’t benefit us. With this in mind, some good people aren’t necessarily good for you. If you spend too much time around them, their destructive tendencies begin to rub off on you. We all have family members and friends with such traits, and may even have some self-sabotaging habits ourselves.
I’m an open book about my past. I was a drug addict for almost a decade of my life. From the tender age fourteen to twenty-three, I was taking all kinds of substances to run away from myself. Why? Because I couldn’t cope with the emotions of the survival gene I was unknowingly switching on at the time. When my addictions dissolved, (over a decade ago now) I had to come to terms with why I was geared towards them in the first place.
“It is most important to know that sinners or saints are largely made through the company they keep. If a sinner is willing to mend his ways and decides to live in the company of saints, he is bound to change, while a careless spiritual man will deteriorate in the company of wicked people.”
Even though I’ve overcome the addictions and don’t feel tempted in any way, if I spent time with people doing the drugs in front of me all the time, my genes would (my reaction to my outer environment) express themselves in the same way they did when I was an addict! The result is that my cells would start to crave the drugs once more. Changing your outer environment for the better is tremendously vital for creating a better life. I write from experience and the bottom of my heart.
As Christ once said to his disciples; you can’t put new wine into old wineskins. What he means is you can’t create a new life from an old state of being, and you most certainly can’t if you’re still surrounded by the same people, situations which created your current life. Changes must be made within and without!
Get away from negative influences. Even if you have to leave behind someone you believe is your best friend, they’re most likely only keeping you around to reinforce their own destructive tendencies. I had to leave many of my friends because their substance abuse wasn’t good for me to be around. You can always fall back into negative patterns. Be careful, as the more you advance on the path, the more darkness you’re able to perceive within and around you.
Become more conscious of your patterns and habits. Take an honest look at yourself and see where you’re self-sabotaging. Also, take note of your triggers and shorten your refractory periods by meditating and changing your state of being once you’re triggered. The more you starve the old-self who feeds off your survival gene, the more you’re feeding the ever-new-self who feeds off your thrival gene.
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