Can You Rewrite Your Story About Fear?
There is nothing that strikes fear into the hearts and minds of all of us like the word cancer. The Big C. It doesn’t matter if it is our diagnosis, that of a family member, a friend, a co-worker, an acquaintance, or even a pet. Fear. The Big F. The two go hand in hand. When we hear someone has been diagnosed with cancer, we think what if it were me. And if it is our diagnosis, with fear comes thoughts of death. And what do we fear more than death? Change. And death is the ultimate change.
I’m going to take a step back and explain something I learned about fear. The physical sensations of fear are actually the same as the anticipation of excitement. Take the example of two people waiting in line for a rollercoaster. One is super excited about getting closer to the station to onboard. Every time she sees the rollercoaster start up the hill she gets a rush. Her palms get a little sweaty, her heart rate increases and her stomach does a flip. And what’s happening in her mind? She is replaying all the times she had fun on a rollercoaster. She is reinforcing the physical sensation with an imprint of a story – a perception – a belief.
Now what about the other person? She is getting more and more anxious as she gets closer in line. Her palms get sweaty, her heart races, her stomach does a flip. What’s different? She looks at the rollercoaster going up the hill and she thinks of all the stories of tragedies that she has heard of in which a rollercoaster has flipped off the track, gotten stuck at the top, or even worse someone plummeting to their death.
I know the scenario here because I get like that in line and my daughter is jumping up and down screeching how fun it’s going to be when we sit at the top teetering a bit back and forth and then the rush of the rapid descent. I know. What I didn’t know was that my physical sensation was the same as my daughter’s. What was different was the story I had attached to the sensation. And every time I felt that sensation neuropathways knew just what to do. Grab a fear package and add the story. A horrible story.
Create a scary story I can grab onto and my mind will do it; the neuropathway will be reinforced. And every time I do this the groove will get a little deeper, like a rut on the side of the road. The more rain, the more water. The more water flow, the deeper the groove. The deeper the groove, the faster you’ll get stuck and the longer you may stay. It’s the same with perceptions, which are our personal beliefs.
Fear and cancer.
As I was writing this article I was thinking about Dr. Bruce Lipton and his work in Epigenetics. He describes epigenetics as, “the study of inherited changes in phenotype (appearance) or gene expression caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence.”
Dr. Lipton continues by stating that, “Medicine does miracles but is limited to trauma. The AMA protocol is to regard our physical body like a machine in the same way that an auto mechanic regards a car. When the parts break, you replace them. The problem is that while they have an understanding that the mechanism isn’t working, they’re blaming the vehicle for what went wrong. They believe that the vehicles, in this case our bodies, are controlled by genes. But guess what? They don’t take into consideration that there’s actually a driver in that car. The new science, epigenetics, reveals that the vehicles – or the genes – aren’t responsible for the breakdown. It’s the driver.” www.brucelipton.com/resource/article/epigenetics
So what about cancer?
Dr. Lipton admits that, “It used to be that we thought a mutant gene caused cancer. But with epigenetics, all of that has changed.” In one experiment he divided cells and placed them in varying environments. He concluded that, “If cells are in a healthy environment, they are healthy. If they’re in an unhealthy environment, they get sick.” Then he took the results further.
With cancer, “Here’s the connection: with fifty trillion cells in your body, the human body is equivalent of a skin-covered petri dish. Moving your body from one environment to another alters the composition of the ‘culture medium’ the blood. The chemistry of the body’s culture medium determines the nature of the cell’s environment within you. The blood’s chemistry is largely impacted by the chemicals emitted from your brain. Brain chemistry adjusts the composition of the blood based on your perceptions of life. So this means that your perceptions of any given thing, at any given moment, can influence the brain chemistry, which in turn, affects the environment where your cells reside and controls their fate. In other words, your thoughts and perceptions have a direct and overwhelmingly significant effect on cells.”
Bam! Your perceptions of any given thing, at any given moment, can influence the brain chemistry, which, in turn, affects the environment where your cells reside and controls their fate. As an intuitive healer I know this. As a shamanista (modern day shaman) I work with changing perceptions. I coach. I have always known that my perceptions created my reality. What I didn’t know was that it was every time in every way.
There is hope. Breakthrough the fear and begin by taking the beliefs you have and distilling the stories that frame those beliefs. Most likely they are based on someone else’s view and if not they’re based on fear of what would happen if you didn’t see the world the way you do. We can heal mind, body, and soul. And it all starts with waking up and being consciously aware of our thoughts.
Fear is a guide post to change. And change may be what we really fear because as we change, the world around us changes, our own reality changes and with that our lives.
Back to the rollercoaster. I think of my daughter’s face when I’m in line and the fear sensations have turned to triggers of excitement and that excitement get stored as a story of love for my daughter, an experience worth repeating. I had to actively change the story and the beliefs underlying the sensations.
Where do you have a story that may need to be changed? What belief do you have that may not be true? How can you change it? (Hint: notice your body and the sensations in it. That action can be a life saver-mind, body, and soul.) To read more: visit: www.juliettetaylor.com/blog
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