From “Fight Or Flight” to Peace
As human beings, we are blessed via Universal Mind with an emergency system in our body to assist us in life threatening situations. It is often referred to as “The Flight or Fight” response and is known to the medical field as the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) Axis. This system is meant to be activated once every 24 to 72 hours for up to 30 minutes.
When activated, this system releases massive amounts of adrenalin, sugar and cortisol, and initiates the inflammatory process, while significantly lowering growth hormone, sex hormones and protection against infection and cancer. (None of which are needed in life threatening situations).
The purpose of this activation is to allow a person to function at a level well beyond their normal capabilities. This optimal functioning can be maintained healthily for up to 30 minutes, This emergency system has allowed many people to save their own lives and/or the lives of others in life threatening situations.
When a person INNOCENTLY misuse the power of Thought (through worry, guilt, resentment, upset, over-analysis, grief) for even 3 minutes, he/she activates this emergency system and creates a physiological response meant for life threatening situations ( a measurable biological dysregulation/imbalance).
Research in an emerging field of epigenetics has shown that, if the emergency system (HPA) is activated for over 30 minutes at a time, the body feels a need to respond to the accumulative effects of ongoing dysregulation and biochemical imbalance.
How does it do this? The body guided by Universal Mind begins to turn off the genes chosen for optimal daily functioning and activates other genes to create a physiology to deal — in as a productive manner as possible — with the ongoing production of a progressively unhealthy physiology.
Herein lies the problem: If the HPA system is activated on a chronic basis, the prolonged emergency response and the body’s reaction to it result in a physiology that eventually is quite damaging to every system in the body. This process underlies the development of many acute and chronic physical diseases, disability and even death.
So how do we spend more time in a peaceful state, and less time in “Fight or Flight”? When we address the underlying issue of Chronic Mental Stress (CMS), we can access more peace, have the most efficient genes turned “on”, and our physiology will be in balance.
“Between the stimulus and the response there is a space. It is in that space that our freedom lies” — Victor Frankl MD, Psychiatrist, Holocaust Survivor