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Why Viruses Thrive on Stress of Survival, and How Mind Kills Them With Good Vibes

Updated on May 7, 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.

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Fear, if not checked, can spread like a virus.

-- Unknown

Our "Emotional Climate" -- Our Weapon or Our Weakness

What can you conclude from the fact that hardly any kids are infected by this "corona" virus?

To me it means that kids' immune system is not burdened by layer upon layer of stressful memories, like it is the case in us adults -- making them much more resistant to any viral infection.

This fact triggered in me an inspiration to write this article.

So, O.K., folks, let's first talk a bit about something that I like calling "emotional climate", because then it will become simple to understand why those tiny critters choose us for their hosts.

You probably know that we are basically feeling either love or fear, and from these two emotions stems our whole emotional repertoire.

What we predominantly feel on that scale from love to fear determines our emotional climate -- meaning that we are either mostly enjoying emotional sunshine, or a crappy gloom in all of their respective varieties.

Love and fear have their distinctive vibrational signature, and so do their derivatives -- that's how we started talking about "good" and "bad" vibes that we are sensing from other people.

Those vibrational frequencies are not only emanating outwards, but also sending their signals to our cellular intelligence, our DNA with its genome. Smart heads of science are talking about "pituitary-hypothalamic-adrenal axis", which in simple words means that from our emotionally messed up heads go messages of stress of survival all the way down to our adrenal glands, which then release stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, and guess what -- pretty much shut down our immune system.

And now we are arriving at those little bastards, viruses, which just happen to love that vibrational environment of stress of survival, with any derivative of fear dominating in it. We are talking about all those lousy emotions like anger, worry, shame, shyness, guilt, pronounced cautiousness, doubt, and what else is there.

What is a virus? Unlike a bacterium, or a fungus, or any of those ugly parasites, virus hardly has anything like a "body", talking here about a cell, it's more like a molecule of protein carrying information. Google calls it something like a "submicroscopic contagious agent using living organisms for its multiplying".

It uses mostly animals for its living habitat, because animals are constantly in a state of stress of survival, while searching for food or being watchful for predators. But then, being opportunistic little bastards, they will also jump on a human.

Does it make us automatically sick? Nope. It all depends on our emotional climate.

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Happiness is the highest form of health.

-- Dalai Lama

Virus Can't Live in Environment With Good Vibes

As a matter of fact, you may feel perfectly well, and still be a host to a wild variety of germs -- to be more precise, there are more of these microorganisms in us than there are body cells.

O.K., don't start being disgusted by your body now, it's a normal fact of life, and we have to love our bodies unconditionally, just like we fall in love with a person not thinking what he or she looks like one millimetre under that beauty.

The main reason why we don't get sick is because our good vibrational signature with a well functioning immune system, are incompatible with the one of a virus, and it can't multiply in that environment.

You might have heard, or read, about a genius by the name of Royal Raymond Rife, the one who invented a frequency generator with which he was literally exploding viruses and other hostile germs. So, they are sensitive to the frequencies emanating from happy cells, or from a device like that.

It can't hurt now that we remind ourselves how our cells are complete organisms, in many ways resembling our whole body's model of functioning -- with a nervous system, elimination, digestion, with thousands of receptors instead of five senses, and with a defense mechanism.

Just like we, as personalities, have two basic emotions, love and fear, so the cells have two basic modes of functioning -- one of creating, growing, rejuvenating, repairing -- and the other of defending themselves.

What is significant here to be emphasized is, that one mode, while active, automatically shuts the other down -- they can't both work simultaneously at the same time.

And another point being even more important is, that our cells are constantly spying on our emotions and responding accordingly. So, while we are in a stress of survival mode, so are they. Our activated fight-flight mechanism in amygdala automatically activates those genes in our genome which set the cells up for defense,

As we prolong that mood of feeling crappy, we are a kind of exhausting our immune system, making it less effective.

Let me also remind you that it's not only that we become a good hosts to a virus, but in an absence of a well functioning immune system, we can fall victims to just about any sickness from a hay fever to heart disease, to cancer, diabetes...any of those that we don't even want to think about.

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Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

The discontent and frustration that you feel is entirely your own creation.

-- Stephen Richards

Our Mind Can Make Us -- Or Break Us

It has pretty much become a household truism that "stress kills" -- but people are still not taking it seriously enough. I would say it's because people become so accustomed to feeling crappy that at some point they "only feel like themselves" when they have something to bitch about, worry about, be guilty about, and so on.

You may laugh if you choose, but that also passes for our "comfort zone". So, we sort-of thrive on stress, while bitching about being stressed is just a part of that thriving. Long live consciousness evolution!!!

Like, we know that smoking is hurting us, but it has become so ingrained as a "survival strategy" in our survival arsenal, that it feels like our very life is at stake when we try to quit. Trust me, it's not the component of a chemical addiction. Simply because if a good hypnotherapist kicks out the habit part from your mind, you won't feel any withdrawal symptoms -- meaning that your body won't miss it at all.

Our mind is extremely powerful, folks, we should even be scared of abusing it, as it keeps us healthy and it can also literally kill us.

In another article I described the case of a firefighter who admitted himself to the hospital's emergency ward with complaints about a pain in his chest.

After a quick battery of tests, doctors told him the good news how his heart was perfectly fine, and he only had a pronounced anxiety attack. But he insisted that they must have misdiagnosed him, because everybody on his father's side of family had issues with heart, or even died from it.

Doctors performed all tests again to put his mind at ease, and told him the same, upon which he went into a rage, now accusing them of malpractice, and he wouldn't leave, all worked up in conviction that he was having a heart attack.

And then he died right there from a massive heart attack -- a heart that was in a good shape before he did that number on it.

You see what I mean? Now, can you figure it for yourself how you are programming your body for a disease by living in a constant fear of attracting the virus?

Think about it.

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Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

If the problem can be solved, why worry. If the problem cannot be solved, worrying will do you no good.

-- Shantideva

Let's Cultivate an Efficient Stress Management

What does it mean to cultivate a good stress management? Many of you are ready to swear that something like that is even impossible, because "life is full of stress, it's a given that can't be avoided".

Why not give it a second thought? What is really "stress"? Is it something on the outside of us which we cannot control? Well, if you believe that, I've got some news for you -- it's all about how you are responding to anything in life.

And please, don't forget that stress is also addictive. Candice Pert, a brilliant cellular biologist got a Nobel Prize nomination for her discoveries about neuropeptides, which are chemical equivalents to emotions.

What she found out was that those neuropeptides of crappy emotions fit nicely into brain receptors for pleasure. Clearly meaning that after we have repeated those low frequency emotions for a while, they become our "emotional habit". Hence that "dark comfort zone" that I was mentioning earlier.

So, once that we are clear about the fact how feeling lousy is more a matter of our addiction than a matter of realistic outside stressors -- we can do something about it.

For my final words, let me bring everything said so far to the theme of this present pandemic going on. It would simply be prudent on our part to do whatever preventative measures are requiring us to do -- but not get emotionally worked up with worries about being infected.

Actually, this would be a good time as ever to start cultivating our stress management, while cutting off all other existing "stressors" from our intimate reality. You know as well as I do that there are only those things where you can do something to improve things, and those where you can do nothing, and which stay the same no matter what you think, feel, or do.

So examine all that in the playground of your mind which you keep perpetuating without actually "doing" anything there -- "just cooking in your own oil", so to speak.. See how you are feeding your addiction to fear by frantically sponging-in all those alarming news.

Go logical about it by asking yourself how you really benefit from being "informed".

And try to recognize that almost "dark pleasure" you are deriving from constantly being on you toes about all those numbers of infected and dead in your own town or at the other side of the world.

See how hard it appears to stop it -- which will tell you the truth about how addicted you are to survival stress. Think in terms of that constant communication between your emotional climate and your DNA, and those genes which don't forgive once they get activated.

In other words, put some sunshine into that emotional climate and try to keep it there -- while doing all that social distancing, washing hands, and staying at home.

Remember, this situation is not stressful -- we are the ones making it so. There is no short supply of good music, funny movies to watch, cheerful phone calls, making fun of ourselves about being unready for all this, or a game to play with family,

Let's not "trouble the trouble until trouble troubles us".


Please, watch the video below, with a famous cellular biologist telling how fear affects our immune system, and how we are not necessarily at mercy of a virus.


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    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      4 weeks ago from Canada

      Chitrangada -- Thank you for your kind words, I am glad you agree -- indeed, life is going on, and we have to make the best of it not succumbing to adverse circumstances. In this case that would only make things even worse, by lowering our immunity and making us more susceptible to an infection.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      A wonderful article, to stress upon the need for remaining stress free, in stressful situations. I completely agree with the points, you have mentioned in your well written article.

      Yes, the situation nowadays is not easy, but we must consciously keep ourselves positive and anxiety free. And, there are so many ways to keep ourselves busy in positive and creative activities.

      Thanks for sharing this excellent article.


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