The Fear Effect

Fear is it necessary?

This question can be answered in many different ways but today I hope to expose to you how our constant lifestyle of fear based survival can be a major cause of our health issues in developed societies.

By all means I’m not saying we shouldn’t take caution or thoughtfully consider risk when taking chances. What I am talking about is a much deeper rooted fear, the survival mechanism that got our species through hard times in the past.

As humans we honestly only have a few basic needs namely, what will I eat? Where will I be able to sleep without concern of danger? How will I protect myself from the elements?

To others this may be an over simplification but I promise these are the most common questions of people long before the creation of most of our modern burdens and oddly enough these thoughts still dictate our actions today. Of course the wording may be a little different now like: How will I pay for groceries? Where can I afford to live? What kind of clothes fit my budget?

I understand these question completely and occasionally find myself in a place where I get trapped in this ancient thought process as well. But then I think about it for a minute, and I realize that our planet has so much ABUNDANCE that we actually have statistics of people dying from food falling out of trees above them. Then an even deeper, more sickening thought creeps into my mind, there are people in the world whose natural resources have been so corrupted that these thoughts should hold a lot more gravity to them, but they seem to enjoy life just as much if not more than me sometimes. At that point I get a little sick and realize that my constant fear is actually a lack of GRATITUDE for the varied ABUNDANCE our existence is reminding us of everyday. 

How does this relate to fear you say?

It’s quite simple, we are constantly searching for a means of survival and putting off our desires and ambitions due to the illusion of lack that stems from our fears of inadequacy.

But what does this mean?

To me it means that we as a species are stuck in a survival mode that keeps our body in an alert and excited state in order to preserve our existence.

Let me tell you some of the things that our body does when it perceives threat:

  • heart rate and blood pressure increase
  • Pupils dilate to take in as much light as possible
  • Veins in skin constrict to send more blood to major muscle groups (responsible for the “chill” sometimes associated with fear — less blood in the skin to keep it warm)
  • nonessential systems (like digestion and immune system) shut down to allow more energy for emergency functions
  • Trouble focusing on small tasks (brain is directed to focus only on big picture in order to determine where threat is coming from.

Now I am not a doctor or scientist but just from looking at these basic descriptions I think it’s pretty obvious for us to connect the dots on what kind of effects these can have on the human body when sustained for too long. There are other effects of being in fight or flight mode but in order to allow you to do your own research  I have provided some links below about the fear process.

Let me wrap this up with some of my perspective. Perhaps we should embrace the ABUNDANCE of life through FAITH instead of fear even if for the simple reason of wanting to be healthy so we can ENJOY this amazing GIFT called life.

THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU and remember you are WORTH MORE THAN GOLD.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/fear2.htm

http://www.wingchuncenter.com/Articles/art01.htm

http://www.insightdirectory.com/articles-/176-the-profound-effects-of-fear–the-journey-of-transformation-by-lynn-serafinn-maed-cpcc.html

http://my.psychologytoday.com/files/attachments/37382/rodrigues-ledoux-sapolsky-arn-2009.pdf

About Samuel Ardeneaux

Raised as a preacher's kid for most of his adolescence, Sam is a young man who has come value LOVE and AUTHENTICITY more than anything else. Through the creation of MoreThanGold he hopes to provide a space for personal growth that will inspire others to remember their true worth.

Posted on August 17, 2013, in Health, Informative, Love, Meditation, Reflections, Sam, Wellness and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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