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We Are Much More Resilient Than We've Been Told

Updated on January 19, 2020
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

These Ancient Folks Must Have Been Vey Bored Before ET's Arrived to Improve Their Offspring
These Ancient Folks Must Have Been Vey Bored Before ET's Arrived to Improve Their Offspring

You've Come a Long Way, Baby

"I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here." -- Arthur C. Clarke

It always amuses and inspires me to remember how the fact that I exist means an unbroken line of my ancestors all the way back to the beginning of the human race. Or maybe even further back, if we are to believe in the theory of evolution.

However, since the true human origin is still up for grabs, I shamelessly choose to believe that my first male ancestor was an extraterrestrial dude who impregnated a sexy looking female primate -- hairy chest and everything -- that was roaming aimlessly like a lost puppy around the wastelands of prehistoric earth. It must have been a very horny ET after that long space travel, but who am I to judge anybody's taste. O.K., that romance went somewhat more complicated than that, you don't have to remind me.

Why not believe in that? Just like anybody else so far I have a right to choose my own way of being wrong. I have my first female ancestor's hairy chest and also partial brains of my ET's first male ancestor -- by the way, trying to activate some more of his genes -- if "humanly possible".

I have a feeling he won't mind that I am not calling him "holy father", since there was nothing really "holy" about what he did. Also, he must have had a good sense of humor to create us so imperfect, but I do thank him for at least this ability to see the funny side of the whole damn racket called "life".

Nevertheless, let's get back to that long, very long line of our human-like ancestors.

It's Amazing What Our Body Could Do  -  Once We Stop Complaining About Arthritis
It's Amazing What Our Body Could Do - Once We Stop Complaining About Arthritis

It's All Neatly Recorded In Our DNA

"The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived." -- Robert Jordan

There is no way that we could get a good picture of all hardships involved in the naked survival of all those generations preceding our birth. Now, even if you know about DNA only as little as I do, you must join me in my fascination with the fact that all that power to survive is recorded somewhere within our genome.

It's all available to be activated, along with those other genes that contain instructions for our body how to get hit by anything from a hay fever to a cancer. Isn't that amazing how our culture is primarily playing on that part of our genome, having instilled into our consciousness all that scary crap which brings us to doctors -- to pay for their kids' education.

In the meantime, no one bothers to educate us about our true resilience and adaptability which has become our default nature through eons of some unimaginable hardships. Doesn't it ever strike you as strange that our species could have easily become extinct along with so many others that were biologically much stronger than us?

So why didn't we perish? After all, we couldn't outrun our food, and all in all we don't look one bit like those eating machines -- sharks and crocks who don't really fuss over their menu. Besides, brains could have been only a very limited advantage in any of those primitive scenarios of survival -- and yet, here we are.

Isn't this fact pointing at an amazing actual resilience and adaptability which might show us its full potential -- if we just didn't keep screwing it up with our powerful thinking machine, powerful enough to alter our genome and make a bunch of pathetic sissies out of us?

First it was the centuries of so called Dark Age when everyone got heavily brainwashed by religious dogma. Then it got replaced by the dogma of medical science/business in whose interest it is that we maintain a self-image of fragile species heavily depending on them for our survival.

Indeed, our ancestors would be turning in their graves seeing our fussing over every little aspect of our life, which we are calling something like "survival between two doctor's appointments" -- because sickness is proclaimed to be a "normal part of life".

Our Ancestors Survived a Hell  -  Leaving Their Brave Legacy in Our Genes
Our Ancestors Survived a Hell - Leaving Their Brave Legacy in Our Genes

With a Lower Brain to Keep Us Safe - and Also Stressed Out

"Life doesn't get easier and more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient." -- Steve Maraboli

Unlike our habits which may come and go, those records of previous generations are all neatly preserved in the archives of our genome. This "recording feature" is also present in our memory bank, as we could -- under hypnosis -- clearly remember any tiniest detail of our past, like for example: what was mother cooking for dinner on our fifth birthday.

Isn't that cool? However, that's where our memory retrieving ability stops, because all data from our ancestors only stay as a biological potential, and our brain has no use for skills "how to outsmart a beast that finds us delicious".

Well, mind you, the primitive, lower brain is still processing our life situations, so that's why we have anxieties and worries -- it's our primordial fight/flight survival mechanism that's recognizing our boss (sometimes a mother-in-law) as that threatening beast.

Imagine, all those records are somewhere within our genome's memory files. All those famines, volcanic eruptions, torrential rains and floods, all those forest fires and animals chasing us, pandemics and wars...every evil imaginable -- it all made us strong enough to survive.

Please, don't start doubting it, now that I am having so much fun describing our adaptability and true resilience. Just think how some animals and marine creatures change their color or shape to camouflage themselves. Think how even flowers attract bees and other insects with their color, so that they spread their pollen around.

That same unseen intelligence has made us superior to all other creatures -- not only by giving us brains but also this incredible default survival mechanism, with cells maintaining and healing themselves with such skill and precision that scientists of so called "progressive medicine" are puzzled why we have to die at all.

When Our Cells Are in Defense Mode, They Shut Down Growing and Healing
When Our Cells Are in Defense Mode, They Shut Down Growing and Healing

We Are Either Healing or Defending

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer" -- Albert Camus

So, now you ask why we get sick if we are really so equipped for health and life. You see, unlike all creatures of the animal and plant kingdom, which have a life span preset in their genes, we are endowed with brain which can -- and does -- override our genetic predisposition.

Our lowered vitality becomes a problem when we misuse that powerful machine, which is interpreting our dominant emotions, thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs as commands that are setting the level of our vitality.

Our body cells have basically two modes of functioning -- one excluding the other in any given moment. Namely, they are either in the mode of growth and repair, or in the mode of defense. So, when we spend considerable time every day being pissed off at ourselves or the world, in all garden variety of those rosy dispositions, we are shutting down the growth-repair mode.

We call it "stress", right?

Please, try to forget about connection between your genetic predispositions and some sicknesses. If your mother was suffering from migraine headaches just like you do, that means that you ate the same food your mother did, and got impressed by something about your mother which "kept your mother in your system".

I must have mentioned this peculiar case in another article, but I'll do it again. You know, after you pass 70, you are bound to start repeating yourself one way or another. So, let me mention this case of a woman with her multiple personality again.

As the story went, one of her personalities was extremely allergic to all citrus fruits, and the other could eat all she wanted of it. Now, if we are talking a body's "genetic predisposition", how could just a shift between personalities mean switching that allergy on and off, depending on nothing else but which of the two personalities was "on"?

Can you see why I am ascribing such an enormous power to our mind?

Our Brain Has the Power to Literary Make Us or Break Us
Our Brain Has the Power to Literary Make Us or Break Us

Almost Scary How Powerful Mind Is

"Nobody can hurt me without my permission" -- Mahatma Gandhi

Indeed, thanks to our acquired convictions about our "fragile" health, we have somatized all those concerns. And even though the mainstream medicine still hesitates over true power of mind, they are increasingly getting all evidence about it -- through the placebo effect and the well accepted phenomenon of psycho-somatic illnesses.

O.K., you are saying, so why do kids get sick, since they are not exposed to this medical media of advertising the sickness. The answer would be a little more out of the jargon of everyday physics. Namely, kids pick up the energy vibrations from people in their environment just as readily as body cells do. Remember, they are little sponges for information forming their own "survival arsenal".

If you are watching that TV show "Dog Whisperer", you know that even dogs are sensing the energy of their masters -- let alone those antennas of little impressionable kids.

And just like cells do it, kids interpret unpleasant vibes as a signal to stop the growth/healing mode. They are too young to have a developed psychological defense mechanism. Those negative vibes may come in any form, it doesn't have to be a discord between parents.

On a deeper level, we are energy beings. What happens in our hearts and minds generates a distinct frequency which spreads out into our environment. What do you think why depressed or anxious people instinctively avoid crowds and noisy places? Because their system can't process impressive sensory input coming in form of noise, commotion, and those "tsunamis" of vibrations waves produced by people around.

What meets the eye is nothing comparing to those invisible conditions that we are daily exposed to. When we don't maintain a good stress management -- our vitality suffers. And the very first tenet of a good stress management should come in a form of a slogan: "We are all much more resilient than we believe".

Those Unfriendly, Uninviting and Cold Streets Make for a "Flu Season"
Those Unfriendly, Uninviting and Cold Streets Make for a "Flu Season"

No Flu Season - Merely Blues Season

"You have power over your mind -- not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." -- Marcus Aurelius

Can we see now what is our real available level of adaptability and resilience? It's enormously strong, and with all that treasure of survival skills recorded in our genes from our ancestors -- we don't even have to run up the tree from a lion chasing us, or drink filthy water in which an elephant just took a bath.

In other words, we don't have to do much to "make" ourselves healthy -- but rather "allow" it, step out of the way with our crazy concerns over germs and the rest.

We constantly inhale flu germs, along with a whole catalog of a micro-zoo -- there is no such a thing as "flu season". It's only that our mood automatically goes down with more clouds over our heads replacing sunny skies, and we start vibrating at a lower frequency, resulting with our immune system being less active than usual. Everything is interconnected in our body, and some of those connections are in physical form of nerves, while others are more subtle and energetic.

There is more of serotonin, that "feel-good" neurotransmitter, produced in our guts than in our brain. So it stands as true when they say that "when you are sad, your big toe is sad as well".

Thus, let us give it a little thought, and the next time we hear all those pathetic stories about our fragile health -- let us be a little on guard not to take it seriously, because we truly are much more resilient and adaptable than we think.

Hey, I am not suggesting that you stop seeing your doctor; but between those check-ups you may try to think more about yourself as enjoying a vibrant health and strength. Who knows, maybe your good doctor will tell you one day what mine told me at my last visit some 12 years ago: "I don't know what you are doing, but keep doing it."

© 2017 Val Karas


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    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Val Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Mary---I am glad you liked it. Yes, we don't have a slightest idea how powerful our mind is---in both directions, positive and negative.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed your hub and I do agree about the power of the mind and how stress beats us.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 

      3 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Very good hub on our ability to adapt to changing conditions in our environment, nice historical review, and point-of-view from present day personal account.

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      3 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your insights.


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