Please… No more Panic this Pandemic

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Panic during an epidemic harms the spirit and mind, which in turn weakens the body and causes more harm to the individual. Panic itself can make a person sick, or sicker then they would normally have been. Here is a quote:

The mind or “spirit” of an individual often reacts on his body. It is a commonplace of medicine that the patient must not be allowed to become despondent. An epidemic associated with a panic will do considerably more harm than an epidemic without a panic. It would be a good thing during an epidemic if all melancholic forecasts could be prevented. Medicine has often great value in such a case if the patient has faith in it, and quite apart from its real curative value.

W. M. Strong, Government Anthropologist and Chief Medical Officer. 1923

This quote taken from the introduction of the book ‘The Vailala Madness and the Destruction of Native Ceremonies in the Gulf Division, was written almost 100 years ago. I find it ironic, that this short quote I came across in this book whilst researching a different topic, has so much relevance today in April 2020, whilst we are in the midst of this media-driven fear ‘pandemic’.

Every single day, every mainstream media outlet in this globalised planet throws out fear and panic with shock headlines and inflated death figures due to the corona virus.

We hear how every day, hundreds of corona patients are dying. How they are burying bodies en-mass by men in hazmat suits in mass graves. We hear of how family members are not allowed to attend funerals and how trucks are lining up outside hospitals ready to take away the piles of dead. PANIC PANIC PANIC PANIC PANIC PANIC NOW.

Stop.

We don’t seem to hear much of the details on these deaths – about the  autopsies, which seem to be carried out very quickly, if at all, or any details of the actual testing.  Most deaths are being recorded as corona virus I assume are based on ‘clinical observation’ – that is, if a person presented with any symptoms of corona virus (e.g. cough, flu, shortness of breath), then they can receive a corona virus diagnosis. But I would have thought, that these symptoms need to be differentially diagnosed from other similar diseases. For example – was it the corona or was it a pneumococcus infection responsible for the flu like symptoms – especially if it occurred before a person’s death?

It seems that if corona virus is interpreted as being present during a person’s death (or at least as a factor), then corona can be put on the death certificate as the cause. So even if a person had stage 4 cancer, in theory it was the corona virus that killed them. At least one doctor has come out and argued that this is a growing practice in the USA as guided by the CDC to do this. Other doctors are arguing –  that a person dying ‘with‘ corona, is not necessarily the same as dying ‘because of’ the corona virus.

Other scientists question the accuracy of the varous tests, particularly as it seems that it tests for the presence of corona virues (a family of viruses) in general, as opposed to the specific ‘covid 19’ strain. And then some scientists even suggest there are different strains of ‘covid 19’.

So then this leads to another question – how can an accurate va*ccine possibly be developed for ‘covid 19’ if it cannot be distinguished from other less harmful corona viruses? Consider that as yet, there is no cure or vaccine for the common cold. The common cold is a member of the corona virus family. And say, Covid-19 mutates each year? Covid-20, Covid-21 etc…. Then in theory, a vacc*ine would become quickly obsolete, meaning that the whole world could be stuck down by pandemic and lockdowns every few years.

Or is this the plan?

So then we should get used to lockdowns. As well as doing all our shopping online because all the other shops and businesses around us are boarded up, long shut down. And kiss goodbye to Easter. Or holding hands with your new girlfriend. Unless you like the feel of latex.

I suspect we are seeing massively inflated death figures being reported in the news. This in turn creates fear and panic in the general public, who for the most, trust the mainstream media.

We should ask, that if the pandemic is so deadly, why has it been downgraded by the UK government. It is now no longer a “high consequence infectious disease”:

As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious diseases (HCID) in the UK…  in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall)…

Source: Guidance – High Consequence Infectious Disease. Gov.UK Website

Squeeze Me…?

So is it a deadly killer disease or isn’t it? Which is it? If it isn’t, why are the media absolutely terrifying the population with headlines of high death rates and collapsing hospitals with a steady stream of celebrities getting it, and aged celebrities dying from it? What is going on?

All of this over-reporting of death figures due to corona, has one effect. It creates fear and panic in the population; It causes stress, which suppresses our immune systems; It creates irritation which leads to arguments with family members, even worse – violence; It leads to depression and mental health issues leading to self harm or even suicide. These are some real dangers and consequences of this prolonged lockdown. (By the way, the word ‘lockdown’ is a prison expression – Think on that).

In 1923, W. M Strong wrote about the importance of avoiding panic during an epidemic. Panic can cause considerably more harm. In 1923, epidemics were more widespread with TB, Small pox, scarlet fever, dypyheria and many others. They had a much closer contact with infectious and harmful illnesses. 100 years ago, the world was arguably more dangerous and medicine not as developed, and yet a rational and measured mindset was encouraged by the Chief Medical Officer in the face of epidemics. Bear in mind this was  written in 1923, just a few years after the Spanish Flu.

Panic freezes the brain. It creates a fear state. It stops rational thought and discourse.  It leads to knee-jerk reactions. Shutting down an economy, will have consequences. Strange how that today, panic is the most prominent emotion being pushed on us.

Placebo and Panic

Consider the placebo effect. Placebo is a clinically observed effect, where the mind can heal the body (like magic) simply by believing so.

For example, a person with an identifiable disease is given a sugar pill and told by a doctor that this pill is a new breakthrough medicine which will completely cure the patient of his ailments. The person believes completely in the doctor’s assertions and takes the pill. And then as if by magic, his symptoms and disease disappears. Even if examined under an X-Ray, there will be no more signs of the disease. It is like a kind of miracle. The pill had no active medical qualities in it; it was simple a sugar pill. It was the persons own mind and belief that healed him.

This is a very simplistic example, but it is well recognised that placebo needs to be accounted for when testing new drugs. In fact, scientific studies have to create control groups when testing drugs. For example, one group of patients takes the fake (sugar pill) drug. Another group takes the actual drug and none of the patients are allowed to know which group they are in. This way scientists know whether any curative effects of the drug they are testing is due to the actual drug itself, or whether it is the placebo (i.e. the patients own mind) that is healing him.

However, what should be considered is that the placebo effect can work in reverse.

If the mind can make a person heal, it can also make a person sick It can make a disease much worse than it would normally be. It may even in most extreme cases cause premature death.

And this is why panic during this pandemic is harmful. If you read daily shock reports (which I find to be quite questionable in their accuracy), then it creates an intense fear state in the individual.

If in this fear state, you were to get a simple cold, or regular flu or your asthma was to start playing up due to the change in seasons and pollen as we enter spring; this fear state can play absolute havoc with your mental and physical state.

For example, say that in the back of your mind, you had that pernicious thought – ‘what if I have the deadly corona virus? Am I going to dieeeeeee?“. This is not good for anybody’s healing. Your mental state is an important factor in health and wellbeing. Our thoughts have great power over our mental state and physical body.

Even if you do get sick at this time, keep a positive and optimistic mindset. Avoid despondency (giving up). And if you can stomach it, eat a fresh orange, daily for your vitamin C. Keep your windows open to get fresh air. And absolutely do switch off the TV and avoid reading the news.

Do not fear. Do not listen to the mainstream media. Some of their actions should be considered evil.

In fact, read my book instead – The Genki Health Guide. And consider that we are entering into a new age, where we should be taking more responsibility for our own health and bodies.

Fear will be the new normal unless we learn to accept that death is one stage of our physial life, just as birth is.  And that the unknown is a part of our spirtual journey. These are deeper questions that modern life hides under the rug.

Fear of the virus is paralysing our minds. And we are not seeing the bigger picture. Especially all the other monkey games going on around us – much bigger things. Stay Awake.

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Fear of the Coronavirus makes Everyone a Prepper

A side effect of the current apocalypse/pandemic/zombie virus/asteroid is that it seems to make everyone need to poop more.

On the plus side, people are making sure to wash their hands thoroughly after and even sterilising them.

I found this out when I went to Tescos yesterday to get our usual stock of baby wipes (for our one year old) and was met with this:

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There were a few left over – the more expensive ones. which I’m not buying.

But it made me wonder – are mothers stocking up on baby wipes (after all – they are quite valuable), or are general shoppers buying them up to sterilise doorhandles and wipe their hands/phones etc? Whichever – it’s a real bugger. Can’t people just calm down a bit?

Fortunately, I usually buy in bulk so I still have a stock. But it’s kind of ridiculous.

My wife’s Mamma friends also shared their photos of shopping at Tesco’s:

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Dried pasta and spaghetti… mama mia
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flour… stripped bare
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Baby calpol sold out

Human psychology is fickle and easily influenced. If you see shelves like this, it makes you start to think you need to stock up too, and so you start to panic-buy too. This is the real virus. Not corona. It’s fear.

We are all already screwed anyway. If food supplies ever did get cut off. We’d run out of food surely enough. After all, few are able to grow and stock their own foods. We all rely on the food suppliers.

I already wrote here – my opinion on this virus. The only  real panic is the hype stimulated internationally by all the media outlets. That is the real fear we face.

Just imagine if there was a real crisis? Like food or water was cut off? Or if people really were dropping dead in the street like those early videos from China or that movie Contagion? How long till we revert to cannibalism, witch-hunts or pitchfork mobs?

Is our supposed human civility and society merely a shallow veneer? Easily shattered when we face hardship.

If so, our highest point of civilisation must have been during the second world war – a time when society did not break down when faced with great dangers and in fact pulled closer together.

I don’t think we are made of the same stuff anymore. But then, back then, they had to impose rationing, otherwise people would have stocked up and sold the excess on the black market. The same is already happening today with facemasks and hand sanitisers sold at inflated prices on Ebay.

And it’s not just the UK. It’s happening everywhere – where-ever there is this entity called ‘mainstream media’, there is panic buying and virus porn.

Here are some videos by Daily Rant Australia showing it happening in Australia particularly with toilet paper and soya milk:

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Ulcerative Colitis: Healing Steps – Podcast 1

Here is a YouTube Video I made, on my newly named YouTube Channel: ‘JohnDixonAcu’:

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Mike Chang: How Often Should I Stretch to Get Flexible?

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I really like this video made by Micheal Chang on stretching for flexibility.

I was debating with myself over whether I should promote a Mike Chang video.

He is a YouTube star, and merchant, who made a fortune, with the promoting of his exercise programs including building a six pack.

On a plus, he motivated a lot of young people to get into fitness. On the other hand, he got criticism for being very salesy and money orientated. Selling various products and promoting hard a typical – ‘buy my products and you will get 6-pack abs in weeks!’ – kind of thing. However, he seems to have changed now and matured.

I think that self-improvement is a good thing. Though we are far more obsessed with how we look compared to earlier generations. The idea of taking photos of yourself and posting it in public, is completely alien to my father’s generation, who grew up during the 1940s. Hence the massive increase of instagram models, which has just exploded in the last ten years. There was never this kind of thing before. A new kind of narcissism.

The other thing is this constant drive to make the ‘dollar’. It’s permeated in our culture and is to our detriment. As though we are a species of Ferengi (from the Star Trek Universe). Though what can you do when you live in such a money (is debt) orientated society? And no one, absolutely no one, looks up to the Ferengi.

Anyway, this was a good video by Mike Chang with a really simple approach to stretching and gaining flexibility.

And he really looks so much better now, than when he was younger, bigger and salesy.


Mike Chang: How Often Should I Stretch to Get Flexible


Summary Points

Here are some points that Mike Chang mentioned in the video:

  • Stretch throughout the entre day, anytime you feel tightness, stretch.
  • Stretching is nothing fancy. You are just stretching out your body. But you can’t leave your body constantly feeling tense.
  • Don’t worry about how far you can go. Even after 10 minutes of stetching, you will find you will be able to further than 10 minutes ago. Your body will start letting go more.
  • It’s all about progression, and letting the body let go of tension and relax. As we let go of tension, we let go of stress, trapped in areas of the body that are tense.
  • If we are constantly stressed, then we need to stretch more to let go of tension. We don’t want it in the body. It is bad for the body.
  • We all have time to stretch. We all have 24 hours a day. We all have the same amount of time. But some people complain they don’t have time and others do a lot with the time they have. We all have just 5 or 10 minutes to stretch.
  • Stretch anywhere – on the train, when travelling. You don’t need to be in a studio or working out. You can do it anywhere. Whenever you feel tense or tight.
  • You don’t need to sit or lie to strech. You can stretch standing up like with a standing forward bend. Open your chest, stretch out your hamstrings. You can do all sorts of stretches.
  • We get so used to not taking care of the body, that stretching becomes some kind of special event. And when the body doesn’t feel good, you don’t want to use it. It becomes easier to just lay around. So you have to start small. Work your way up. Do whatever is comfortable, then stretching becomes normal. It becomes habit.
  • Change the way your body feels. Lift up your perception of your body. Start stretching throughout the day, so that stretching and letting go becomes a habit.
  • You dont need permission to start stretching. Just go ahead and do what your body wants. Anytime you feel tightness, stretch.
  • When we are constantly tense, it fires the flight or flight nervous system and the sympathetic nervous system. We are always tense. If our body is tense, so too is our mind. Stretching activates the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • When you are in tune with your body, you will become aware of any areas of tension and stress. When we let go of tension, we let go of stress and we let go of the negative emotions that stay in the areas of the body which are tense.
  • Do it throughout the day.

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CHAPTER FOUR (NARRATED VIDEO): Visit to the Acupuncture Blind School – The Tradition of Blind Acupuncturists in Japan

Here is Chapter Four (YouTube Narrated Video) – Visit to the Acupuncture Blind School. Taken from the book – The Tradition of Blind Acupuncturists in Japan. Narrated by Caroline Graham.

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I am grateful for the support and work provided by Caroline in narrating these videos. It has been a very challenging task, particularly as I have a noisy household (small children) and making audio recordings is very challenging due to background noises and other distractions. Despite our best efforts, there are some background noises, which I was not able to edit out.


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Physical Toil, Not Whole Foods will give you a Long Life

We have a Whole Foods close to where we live. They’ve got a great selection of foods and products, but generally we avoid shopping there, because at the prices they charge, I’d need to take out a bank loan.

There is this old joke: –

Only sick people shop in health food stores.

Is it true? Possibly. The first time I ever went into a health food shop was after I got sick with a digestive illness in my 20s and I started to learn about diet.

I tried out all sorts of foods and supplements. Things like: Quinoa – made me vomit, Udo’s oil – too oily for me, Spirulina – gave me a boost of energy when I first started taking it, but then the effects stopped, Rescue Remedy – like those fresh-breath sprays from the 90s, and various organic fruits and vegetables for juicing – definitely needed to take out a bank loan to buy those.

I don’t mean to criticise health food shops. I think they are a great alternative to the awful and exploitative conglomerates/corporations like Tescos and the rest. Though I do sometimes feel we get better value and food quality from some of the smaller businesses by non-British, which sell simple ingredients for cooking staple foods. The kind of stuff our ancestors have been cooking for centuries.

Recently, I discovered Polish bread sold in a local off-license food store. It tastes a lot better than the standard bread from supermarkets and is much cheaper than bread from the health food shops, which I understand is called ‘artisan bread’. As though bread is a piece of architecture.

I think that a lot of the foods and products they sell at Wholefoods are ego items. It’s a way to feel more healthier and wholesome by spending more money on products that have a ‘healthy’ label.

On the other hand, there are things you can buy  in health food shops that you can’t get in regular shops – like flouride-free toothpaste. So I am grateful for them to give us a choice. Isn’t it curious why Tescos can stock 5 or so different brands of fluoridated toothpaste, but not one single non-fluoride option? Or is that my conspiracy mind kicking off? Perhaps it depends on the store.

Organic Fried Chicken

I wonder what would happen if Macdonalds sold an Organic Big Mac for £1 more. Would people be tempted to buy it, telling themselves that it is healthier? Or if KFC sold battery free organic fried chicken? Maybe not. I wonder why they haven’t attempted it yet.

It wouldn’t be difficult for KFC to fence off a section in their factory farms, cram it full of chickens allowed to run around on their short stumpy legs, (hence free range) and throw organic chicken feed at them. They could even inject them with organically derived antibiotics and organic growth hormones so they plump up just great.

It’s not so far fetched. If Burger King can make the so called vegetarian – ‘Impossible Burger’ (and get sued (ironically) by vegetarians because they are cooked on the same grill as meat – yes that did happen), then organic Big Mac’s are quite possible. By the way, there will come a time in the future where Macdonalds and Burger King will have to display disclaimers on their menu boards to stop themselves getting sued.

Burger King Products are manufactured in a place that processes and handles MEAT.  Vegetarian options may contain TRACE amounts of MEAT!

If you are a true vegetarian, you have no place philosophically, stepping foot in a Burger King. Certainly not giving them any money to fuel their animal-killing empire. Perhaps an exception can be made if you just want to use their restroom, but even then it’s still pretty questionable. I mean, you’d have to be close to pissing yourself in the street to accept that it is justified to use, hence justify, the existence of a Burger King or Macdonalds.

Physical Toil

Anyway, the point of my article is that whether you buy the best and healthiest food’ or not, the most important component to robust health and a longer life is physical work, toil and activity. In fact, a combination of an active physical life and simple foods are key factors in reaching an old age. Certainly junk foods and snacks are not good for us, but I also think that the so called ‘health foods’ don’t matter as much as we think.

You can eat all the organic mung beans and soya you want, but if you don’t use your bodies the way nature intended them to be used, good health is not guaranteed. And our bodies are meant to be used. Conversely, you can eat a less than optimal diet, but if you are active throughout your life, you can maintain a good level of health.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a quote from the octogenarian Qigong master Geoff Pike. He passed away a few years ago after a very long life. He also survived cancer in his 40s.

Cauliflower Sid

I once worked with a lumberjack named Cauliflower Sid, who ate little but tinned cauliflower, as the ever growing mountain of tins outside his tent testified. But he also felled more timber than men half his age. He was seventy-two and died at eighty two after falling from a galloping horse. I have shared the dubious delicacies taken from fly-blown saddle bags with men who are sixty and as lusty as nineteen year olds. The fact is, the average lumberjack, cattlehand, seaman, soldier or labourer will often out-work, out-play and out last his diet-conscious brother because his daily existence keeps him fit. With the greatest respect for health foods, such men have probably never heard of ‘we are what we eat’, otherwise they would all have gone to an untimely grave under a monument of empty cans, bacon grease, dried meat, hard tack and bangers ‘n mash… not to mention the hard liquor.

Consider the huge work force of the Third World. Throughout the East you will find middle-aged to old Chinese women trotting up and down the planks of building sites all day balancing baskets of sand and cement; Indians, Indonesians, Filipinos and Malays labouring ten to sixteen hour days – all on a bowl of rice, a chunk of dried fish or meat and a spoonful of green vegetables if they’re lucky. They smoke cheap cheroots, drink cheap booze, gamble half the night, bear many children and usually call it a day in their eighties, with a roomful of respectful great-grandchildren paying for a festive send-off.

All this should indicate that physical toil is nature’s exercise which all of us were built to perform, and it helps greatly when it comes to avoiding the results of inadequate or unwise diet. How does this knowledge help us in our own situation, surrounded as most of us are, by a convenient variety of highly refined processed, frozen, dehydrated supermarket edibles?

If we are honest with ourselves, we probably accept that a dramatic change in our eating habits is unlikely to last. If there are certain things you really enjoy eating and that you have always eaten, giving them up altogether may not seem worth the sacrifice. Perhaps it isn’t. With the tremendous research and millions of words written on the subject of ‘eating for health’, we all have a fair idea of what we should and shouldn’t put into our stomach.

If we are not prepared to take a course in mathematics in order to compute the exact measurements and balance accurate combinations, there is always a simple formula.

  • Eat less meat and more fish and fowl.
  • Eat less carbohydrate and more protein and grain.
  • Eat less processed food and more raw vegetables.
  • Eat less animal fats and more vegetable oil.
  • Eat less white sugar and sweets and more honey and raw sugar.
  • Eat less white flour and biscuits and more fresh fruit.
  • Eat less refined cereals and more roughage.

The Power of Ch’i, Geoff Pike

Geoff makes some interesting points in this extract. However, there are some statements which I would question. When he describes the lifestyle of the Third World workers of drinking, gambling all night and living to their 80s, I don’t think this applies to everyone. Because even with a life of physical toil and labour,  if you don’t look after your body and diet, you can wear it out quicker. Bear in mind, these are countries lacking in medical care. Also, I am not sure about his advice of eating more vegetable oil rather than animal fat. I think that there is some research to show that animal fats are actually more healthier than processed vegetable oils. But either way, I think the quantity of fats in general needs to be reduced. Other then these points, I think his writing is pretty valid.

A personal example

For example, my father who has recently reached his 80’s has spent his entire life doing physical work as a farmer, brickie, and then as a gardener for the last 40 years, along with various other jobs here and there. He still works as a gardener at the time of writing this article. I worked with him for a few years, and can say, I didn’t enjoy the work as I am much more suited to working indoors and prefer wearing clean clothes (yes I’m soft), but I totally respect him for being able to do what he does, especially in the winter and rainy weather. And England does rain a lot.

I also see that it is this lifetime of physical toil that has conditioned him this way and has enabled him to get to the age. He has a simple diet of his own grown vegetables, store-bought porridge oats for breakfast (a favourite of Rupert Murdock, so I’ve heard), and some fish or meat bought from a local butchers or fishmonger. He is not fussy where he shops as long as they have the simple foods he wants at reasonable prices.

My father never eats sugar, biscuits, crips or chocolate and definitely not Macdonalds though occasionally he will eat from a fish and chip shop. He has no taste for those foods. He also happily drinks regular tap water.  Not filtered, – just regular tap water.

Additionally, my father has never once stepped foot in a Whole Foods store. Perhaps I should encourage him to go. I’d love to see his reaction when he saw the prices. The shelves of a Whole food store with its packaged products are a far cry from the homegrown veggies of a London allotment. Which one is really healthy?

I think also the nature of processed food has changed. Cauliflower Sid survived on tinned cauliflower. It may have been lacking in vitamins and nutrients, but it is still better than some of the processed and junk foods, he would have been able to choose today, which contains all sorts of additives, chemicals, especially appetite-inducing substances like MSG. It’s ok as a treat here or there, but this stuff is bad for you in large doses.

Changing habits

The problem is that I, like many other people of my generation and younger, have been adulterated by snacks, sugar, junk and convenience. I wouldn’t even know personally how to grow my own veggies. These processed snacks and foods are very addictive like a drug. It takes willpower to break these addictions. They are comfort foods as well as stress-dealing foods.

The risk of them is that the more stress you have, for example due to a shitty job – the more of these foods you will eat, and the more damage you will gain whether it is weight-gain, or disruptions to your hormonal system. It becomes a kind of vicious circle, because you start feeling worse about yourself and so keep on eating more of these foods in order to lift your mood, but it only makes the problem worse.

When Macdonalds is better value than health food…

We have more junk food available. It’s the only thing that is not affected by inflation. Doesn’t that seem strange? Whereas everything else is becoming expensive – bills, living costs, rentals, and salaries are stuck. Additionally, we work more than previous generations, with more women and men in the workplace, more stress and more pressure. Consequently we have more obesity and increases in diseases. General health is on the decline.

Bread and circuses anyone? Keep people’s bellies full, then they won’t get too upset that they are getting a raw deal.

Antidote

I think one thing that can help us all is by getting into physical activity. Be-it sports, or regular training of some sort. Because when we learn to appreciate and respect our bodies, we also care more about what we put in them. It becomes not a vicious circle, but instead a ‘splendid’ circle, because as you feel better about yourself, you feel more encouraged to live and eat more healthier.

In other words, “We Eat to Live. Not Live to Eat”, as my dad has sometimes quoted to me.

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Making Difficult Decisions: Listen to your Heart

Sometimes we are faced with choices. These may be choices to change your life course. Or to move someplace new. Perhaps start a new job, or relationship.

Choices can lead to big changes in your life. And so it is normal to be a little anxious. Most choices require an active decision on your part. Do you take the new path or stick to what you know? What is the right choice for you? What to do… What to do?

How to make a decision

One time, when I had to make a big decision, I spoke to a colleague who advised me to make a list of all the pros and all the cons of the possible choices, and then make a decision based on that.

This idea of running through the pros and cons seems sensible. It seems logical, but it doesn’t work for me. On that occasion, even if I did the list and decided that one of the choices was better, I still found myself second-guessing and pondering again on my choices. I would basically keep changing my mind. Not good.

I think that human life is not always logical. Certainly not the way I live it. I prefer an intuitive approach.

This made me think of something the British philosopher Alan Watts once said when making decisions. It went something like this – ‘you spend hours and hours going through the pros and cons of a decision, and then finally when the time comes to make a choice, instead, you make a snap decision based on how you feel’.

Yes, this sounds right to me.

Listening to your internal advisor

The advice that really speaks to me came from the Russian author Vadim Zeland, in his book series called ‘Reality Transurfing

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Vadim says that if you have to really convince yourself to go ahead with a particular decision, then this is the heart speaking to you that it is not right.

He believes that your heart knows on a deeper level what is right for you and what is wrong.

I have learnt that if you feel any unease deep in your heart over a decision, or you have to convince yourself to make a decision a certain way, then it is not the right path.

I recall something my driving instructor once told me many years ago, when I was learning to drive. She said, ‘when you are at a junction and you are not sure whether you can go, then don’t go’.

One example from my own life was the choice to move to a different part of the country for work. Though logically, it seemed a good choice to take. I could never shake the feeling that it was wrong for me. There was a lot of doubt in my heart and mind.

In the end, I overrode my heart, and chose what I thought was the logical decision. I moved but it didn’t work out. Even after making the decision, I could never shake the feeling that it was the wrong choice. Numerous small obstacles came up. My family was unhappy. In the end, it didn’t work out, and I ended up backtracking, but I lost time and money doing so. Fortunately in the end, I also learnt from this experience. I learnt that I had to trust my heart and intuition more and listen to it, when making big decisions.

The alternative space

The Russian author Vadim Zeland talks about the ‘alternative space’ – a different dimension or reality, which your heart is tuned into. This means that your heart (not the physical organ) sees the different possibilities, realities or future behind a choice.

On the other hand, the mind (which we tend to use when making decisions), attempts to use logic, but probably more likely operates on past-conditioning when making decisions. The mind may also operate from a perspective of fear or survival and can override any messages coming from the heart. You can think of the heart as intuition. Also what we call the ‘gut feeling’.

I believe that if we can follow our heart, it can lead us to a more fulfilling and prosperous experiences in life.

Anxiety and Fear

A choice to do something new or different can be scary. It is natural to feel some fear when embarking on a new endeavour. But you have to distinguish whether this fear is just the normal kind of anxiety a person can get from doing something new, or whether it is a message from the heart telling you that this is the wrong choice for you.

A sense of fear and anxiety when doing new things is normal and will help you to grow if you overcome it. On the other hand, a sense of unease about a decision may well be the heart directly communicating to you from the ‘alternative space’, that this particular decision is not right and can lead to an undesirable outcome.

Fear or Heart?

If decisions scare you, you should judge whether this fear is because you are being challenged or stretched in a way that you are unfamiliar with, but which may be good for your development. Or is it fear, because your heart is communicating with you that it is the wrong decision?

If the heart is communicating to you that it is a wrong choice, the feeling will be heavier and tied in with a sense of foreboding. The choice simply feels wrong, regardless of whether it would be best for you from a logical standpoint. It may also be a choice that you have to continuously persuade yourself to do, or one where you can’t stop having doubts about it, even after making a decision.

Signposts

I also believe that life throws us small signposts or synchronicities when you embark on a new life or path that is in tune with your spiritual and life development. These are signs from the universe that you are going the right way. So just keep going.

These signposts may be things like meeting a new person that you totally in tune with. Or even obstacles simply disappearing from in front of you, making the path smoother. It may even be money flowing to you, to encourage you on your way.

On the contrary, when you are not in tune with a decision or choice, you may find many small annoyances or obstacles keep coming up. For example, you may meet more annoying people, who just keep turning up in your life. Or perhaps if you move somewhere new, small things keep breaking down – and you have to deal with them. It may seem coincidental but I don’t believe such things are. They are negative synchronicities.

When a choice you make is in tune with your heart, then the decision will make you excited even if it will be difficult. These feelings are good indicators that it is the right path and is likely to lead to all sorts of interesting experiences in life.

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Reality Transurfing Steps I-V. Vadim Zeland. 2016

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