The root of all evil is not money or power; it is the aberrant premises behind them: the great evil dragons of distorted or obsolete beliefs and attitudes; negative thought and expectation; attachment and inflexible desire; and preoccupation with the past or future. The mother of these debilitating forces is Inflexible Perception. The root cause of all suffering is directly or indirectly related to the inability or unwillingness to accept a situation as a part of the whole and adapt one’s self accordingly so as to progress toward Harmony.
Inflexible Perceptions are directly or indirectly responsible for all stress and illness, but they are not all negative. People can misuse the concept of positive thinking to stubbornly avoid facing unpleasant realities that require recognition before they can be neutralized, dismissed, and replaced with more appropriate thoughts. Our Inflexible Perceptions of the world and their resulting beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, attachments, preoccupations with past (anger, guilt, depression, shame), and preoccupation with the future (fear, worry, anxiety) will determine our stress level.
How we perceive, interpret, and label our experiences, both real and imagined, will serve either to relax or to stress us. Distress, or negative stress, occurs when we perceive that the challenge facing us is dangerous, difficult, painful, or unfair, and are concerned that we may lack the resources or capacity to respond. Changes in life situations alone are not enough to cause illness and disease, but when these changes are perceived as distressing, they result in emotional and, subsequently, physiological arousal that can become chronic. Other than trauma, nearly all visits to healthcare providers are related to stress.
Stressors are events, experiences, or environmental stimuli that people perceive as threats. A stressor can be external and related to the environment, but the stress is created by internal perceptions that can lead to anxiety, depression and many other negative emotions. If a man’s car is stolen, he can either take the attitude that he is a victim and was violated, or that he finally has the opportunity to buy a new car with the insurance money. Overbearing bosses, ill-behaved children, the breakdown of relationships, traumas, and conflicts do not cause stress on their own. It is the perception of how we will be able to cope with these stimuli that causes the stress. Therefore, the manner in which one thinks about, or perceives, events is the cause of all that furrows the brow and determines our moods, energy level, health, lifestyle, and even longevity. A toy shop is an evil place if we believe that toys corrupt the minds of children.
Stress management techniques include time management, goal setting, situation management, sleep therapy, nutrition, exercise, assertiveness training, conflict resolution, and social support networking to name a few. While these are all valuable therapies, they deal with the symptoms of stress without tackling the cause. Most drugs used to treat stress are toxic, habit forming and superficial like disconnecting the oil light when it comes on instead of adding oil or finding the cause. Superficial cures trim the weeds, but the roots continue to grow and return with a vengeance. If we wish to control stress, we need to affect the root cause: Inflexible Perceptions. Some people live to the age of a hundred or more and yet they have rarely exercised; some of them have smoked, drank excessively, and have had unhealthy diets. Other people who live seemingly model lifestyles have prematurely died from heart attacks or some other stress-related disease. The roots may not be obvious, but a successful stress management program needs to reach them.
The mother of all the great evil stress dragons is not our circumstances; it is our perception of them and our resistance to adaptation: Inflexible Perception. The greatest of these dragons are 1) distorted or obsolete beliefs and attitudes 2) negative thought and expectation 3) attachment and inflexible desire 4) preoccupation with the past or future. These basic flaws in our perceptions are what give rise to every bit of stress, anxiety, unhappiness, fear and anger we experience in our lives. If we cannot learn to interrupt the tension states that arise in response to these insidious stressors, we can easily find ourselves living in a continual state of physiologic alarm, literally stewing in our own stress hormones.
1) Distorted or obsolete beliefs and attitudes: Whether the stress response is triggered in any situation depends on two things: our perception of how threatening the situation is to us, and our belief in our ability to adapt or cope with it. Perception is the process of attaining awareness, interpreting, or understanding something using our senses that leads to belief when confirmed. Perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes can be both conscious and subconscious, and we create our lives with them by projecting them into the environment around us. Often we perceive an event as being more of a threat than it really is and do not believe in our ability to deal with it effectively. We do not see the world as it is, we see it as we believe which creates our attitudes, self-esteem, relationships, prosperity, health, and everything else. If our beliefs are distorted, wrong or outdated, our attitudes, feelings, and behaviors will be wrong and inappropriate. The inability or unwillingness to bend or adapt those beliefs to the present moment is like trying to steer an ocean liner with a fixed rudder. It has been referred to as psychosclerosis, or hardening of the attitudes and beliefs.
2) Negative thought and expectation: When Inflexible Perceptions create a negative thought, we are less likely to recognize it even if someone points it out. We will defend it as righteous fact even where there is no justification or evidence. We begin to expect the world to conform to us. We look down on others who see things differently and expect them to conform to our views. When they do not, we react in frustration, anger, even derision and violence. When we refuse to adapt to the world and expect it to conform to us, negative thoughts are reinforced, and stress levels increase.
Negative thoughts and expectations are caused by ingrained Inflexible Perceptions and result in harmful beliefs about self-esteem, security, money, people, life, and everything else. Negative emotional states have been linked to nearly all physical and psychological illnesses and diseases from eating disorders to cancer. The negative energy lowers the body’s defenses, makes it easier to see ourselves as less attractive, and care less for our physical needs. When we are in a negative state, we do not attract those elements that would make our lives advance rather we attract circumstances, events, and emotions that are detrimental. Everything seems to go wrong.
3) Attachment and inflexible desire: Inflexible Perceptions create inflexible attachments and desires. They cause us to hold on to things, people, ideas, places, work, and self-image too tightly. We cannot seem to allow things to just happen, or allow people just to come and go in our lives. Control is what humans do, but when our perceptions are inflexible, attachments and desires produce stress, pain, sadness, unhappiness, bitterness, and anger. Some develop a need to control everything and everyone. When we cannot let go of these attachments, the dragon comes to life. Attachment to anything which is not permanent will ultimately lead to stress because it will eventually change and we will lose it as we know it. Only change is permanent.
4) Preoccupation with past or future: Inflexible Perception also spawns the dragon of preoccupation with past and future. These preoccupations adulterate our uniquely human ability to reason and imagine by turning our magical imagination into a trap. We can get caught up in seemingly endless bogs of past (anger, guilt, depression), and future (fear, worry, anxiety) leaving little or no opportunity to focus on the present moment. Without even knowing how or why, these disturbing feelings can take over one’s entire life, sometimes in less than a minute. While we are in the past or future, our Subconscious is trying to create opportunities for us in the present moment, but if we are not there, we cannot see them and miss out on great opportunities and life itself. If the mind is not in the present moment, we are vulnerable to stress, depression, and anxiety.
Without getting caught up in the suffering of man, we needed to do an in-depth study of it to discover its cause. The cause was found to be stress, and the root of all stress was found to be our own rigid perceptions. We found that the cure is not a pill or years of psychoanalysis, it is already within us. It is being aware that the ultimate goal is not a bigger house or revenge, it is peace of mind and harmony for ourselves and those we love. Even the suicide boomer believes that his action will eventually lead to peace for his people and harmony for himself in a better place. The path from stress to gratitude, peace, and harmony began to take shape as a golden stairway of six levels with a clear view of paradise at the top. We can do this.
If we treat the cause, the effect will go away. As a matter of fact, human suffering exists and stress of one kind or another is responsible for all of it. We learned that the root cause is Inflexible Perception, that is, the inability or unwillingness to accept life as a part of the whole and adapt one’s self accordingly. Harmony of the mind releases the immune system to do its job and allows our inherent healing systems to operate at full capacity. When the mind is brought into harmony, it will heal the physical body. The cure then is simply to follow a path that leads to relaxing, letting go of (and replacing) rigid inappropriate perceptions, and learning to be aware, flexible, and adaptable. Plasticity of Perception is the key, and the Imagine Harmony program will lead us there in a logical step-by-step manner.
The cure starts with the decision to be present as much as possible in everything we do. When we are in the past or future, we are not in control of what we are doing; the Subconscious mind is running the show. If we spend too much time reliving events that no longer exist except in the memory, be it a guilt trip or a fond memory that we think will make us feel better, we miss out on the present moment and real life. If past emotions and the fear of what may or may not happen dominate our attention, life can pass us by. The past is long gone, the future does not yet exist, and real life happens only in this very moment. We need to take advantage of it, appreciate it, and treasure it. We need to be present, grateful, patient, kind, happy, healthy, a calm mind at peace, and allow ourselves to be loved.
Our search for the cure to life’s greatest scourge began with an interest in psychology, integrative medicine, health, and happiness. It led to a study of psychoneuroimmunology, epigenetics, religion, stress management, meditation, therapeutic guided imagery, and the physics of chi. Eventually, they all began to fit together, and a clear path to the cure revealed itself.
Throughout history, the great wise men and teachers, philosophers, and prophets have disagreed with one another on many different things. It is only on this one point that they are in complete and unanimous agreement: we become what we think about. The mind can change the body merely by thinking. Manage the mind and the body will follow because the body is a manifestation of the mind. It will reflect and adapt to our perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes. Trying to manage or change the body without changing the mind is a waste of time.
Allopathic paradigms are finally beginning to change from a focus on illness to a focus on wellness. Psychological paradigms are changing from a focus on mental illness and unhappiness to mental health and happiness; from fear and anger to gratitude; from ego to conscious awareness; and from stress to calm. A focus on diagnosing and analyzing the past is changing to observing and choosing one’s thoughts in the present, and from wallowing in a pit of woes to appreciation and gratitude.
The new paradigm is focused on the present and goes far beyond superficial positive thinking. It teaches us to live in the present, how to avoid getting caught up in negative thought, and makes the link between thought, feeling, and behavior clearer. The new paradigm assumes that the Conscious mind is in control and is an observer of the Subconscious as it jumps from one thought or memory (wrapped in the emotion of the time) to the next; that we become attached to a thought only if we choose to. It teaches people to mindfully observe their thoughts in the present like watching TV. We recognize (past induced) Ego based thought and neutralize them by understanding that they might have been appropriate in the past but not now. We dismiss those thoughts that are destructive or inappropriate and replace them with thoughts that are of our choosing and worthy of our time. It is our thinking about our circumstances, not the circumstances themselves, that determines how we feel. It is nearly impossible to feel sad without having sad thoughts or angry without having angry thoughts. In the absence of thoughts about “what’s wrong,” the ill feelings disappear, even if the circumstance remains.
The events that cause stress all have one thing in common: we have to think about those events. If we alter our perception of them and do not dwell on them, we do not experience stress. When we are depressed, our thoughts are usually in the past. When we are anxious, our thoughts are usually in the future. It is the single act of thinking about them and not the present that causes stress. Inflexible Perceptions lead to chronic thought which creates chronic stress. Now is usually good. The present moment is always available for us to form whatever perspective we choose. Stress is not in the situation or event; it is in the mind.
According to the new paradigm, changing our health may be as simple as accepting flexibility in our perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes. We have the power to heal ourselves, increase our feelings of self-worth and improve our emotional state. Perceptions, or the way we interpret things, control our beliefs, and when we learn to control our perceptions, we can rewrite or replace harmful beliefs, attitudes, and thoughts, and accomplish wonderful things.
Most people create a great deal of stress by burdening themselves with unnecessary worries that are based on incorrect assumptions and blame their circumstances and other people for their problems. Actual events and other people are perceived in as many ways as there are people aware of them. Everyone has a different perception of everything, no exceptions. To the extent that we learn to take control of our thoughts and perceptions, stress will be reduced. Taking control begins with awareness, which means shifting control from the automatic preprogrammed reactions of the Subconscious mind to the Conscious mind and creating new, more appropriate responses.
The very essence of stress management requires confidence in one’s self and a decision to control life effectively. A successful stress management program needs to evoke a calm desire for independence, control of one’s own destiny, and an openness to new habits and beliefs; plasticity of perception and adaptation. While a boss, job, colleague, or situation, may seem to be the cause of stress, the quickest way to work toward a solution is to recognize that they are only the visible part of the problem. We need to accept responsibility for the solution. We need to perceive events as less stressful and choose responses that are healthier and more life-enhancing. It is futile to tell a stressed-out person to quit working so hard when the bill collectors are calling but when they Stop, Smile, Breathe, and adopt a grateful, open attitude, viable solutions seem to appear out of nowhere.
When we have bills to pay, a family to feed and a job that we hate, we are not stressed because of the circumstances, we are stressed because we think we cannot pay the bills, feed our family or see our job getting any better. No person, situation, or event can make us feel badly without our permission, but many people still think that their happiness is contingent upon external circumstances and situations, rather than upon their own inner attitude toward things, or toward life in general. And blaming others for our problems just makes them worse. If we refuse to give the outside world our permission, we are the master of our own reality. The world can get to us, but only if we let it. Harmony and stress are states of mind and so their causes are not to be found outside the mind. Our problems do not exist outside our minds.
The Imagine Harmony program is revolutionary and uses the Magic of Incremental steps to progress toward the goal of Perfect Health, Happiness, Vitality, Longevity, and Harmony. It begins with a little background and an explanation of stress and how it works. Then breath work is used to develop mental and physical control. Once we have learned to breathe again, we learn to relax with basic meditation and bypass the Ego. We learn to choose a worthy purpose in life and guide its development through conscious awareness, gratitude, patience, and kindness. We learn to use the healing power of meditation, psychoneuroimmunology, epigenetics, and the present moment. Then when we are ready, we begin a revolutionary journey using Medimaginosis.
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