Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The act of surviving is bad for your health

By Dr. Bruce King via Collective Evolution, 25 May 2014

After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that the act of trying to survive is bad for your health.

Let me explain. First off, it is important to note that about 75% to 90% of all doctor visits are for mental stress related illnesses.[1] Everything from headaches and neck pain to immune system disorders have been connected to anguish of the mind.

How is mental stress related to survival? 

Let’s think about this for a minute. What are the things that people find most stressful in life? According to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale — a list of 43 stressful life events that can contribute to illness — at least half of the top ten most stressful events involve disruption of income. I would say that income is definitely related to survival.

Working to feed and clothe yourself is a pretty obvious source of mental stress, but the ultimate source of stress may be the ego trying to survive.

By “ego” I mean who you think you are; a mental construct that wants to survive. We constantly strengthen our egos by being upset or offended at something being done to “us” or when we feel inferior by the work we do, how we look, etc. All these thoughts that maintain our egos can be sources of mental stress.

What is the solution to all this survival stress? 

I would say that the answer is simply becoming utterly convinced that you are not your body or your thoughts. When you are absolutely sure that your consciousness survives death and your current personality will be replaced over many reincarnated lifetimes then there is no need for survival anxiety.

What would it take to convince you that your consciousness can live outside of the body and that your ego is not your true self? What if you had scientific evidence to support a belief in the afterlife and facts showing that you will experience many personalities over multiple lifetimes?

A triple blind study done by Julie Beischel, PhD and Gary Schwartz, PhD on information received by psychic mediums showed unequivocally that, “…certain mediums can anomalously receive accurate information about deceased individuals.“[3]  In other words, there are some real psychic mediums that can talk to dead people thus indicating consciousness survives death of the body.

There are also people who have died and have come back to testify that consciousness lives on. One famous Near Death Experience (NDE) involved a lady named Pam Reynolds. At the time of her NDE she was having a surgery in which her brain was rendered totally inactive.[4] Of course it’s debatable whether she had her NDE at the exact time her brain was non-functional, but it is a fact that her brain was shut down for a period of time and she did report leaving her body. Pam Reynolds’ experience and numerous other documented NDE’s lends a lot of credence to the idea that consciousness is not simply generated by the brain.

Children reporting past lives contributes to the idea that “who you are” goes beyond your current personality. At the age of two James Leininger began talking about being a World War II fighter pilot in a previous life.[5] This could have been chalked up to an active imagination but a little research done by his father revealed an astounding accuracy in the details of what little James was saying.

This and other evidence has personally convinced me that worrying about physical survival or maintaining the ego is not only a waste of time, it’s bad for your health.

1)  retrieved May 6, 2014
2) retrieved May 17, 2014
3)  retrieved May 17, 2014
4) retrieved May 17, 2014
5) retrieved May 17, 2014

Posted with permission from Collective Evolution


Rainbow Warrior said...

This is such a timely article, thank you! I do my best to explain to my partner these very notions on a DAILY basis. I have received quite a few confirmations that part of why we are together is because I must help him with his spiritual growth/journey. In turn, I am learning from it as well. That said, I feel I'm a bit further along than he is and I don't have as many hang-ups with ego. He is overly concerned with money, image and lifestyle, and it is a constant source of stress for him and how he chooses to deal with that (self induced) stress is a source of conflict in the relationship. It's a good thing I can let go of things pretty easily! We have a child together so leaving him to find his own way in life is not an option. I feel like I have to tell him constantly to relax and not get himself so worked up over things that, to me, are trivial in the greater scheme of things.

Unknown said...

Look, I'm in my fifties and not going to go dumpster diving anytime soon just because I happen to be enlightened and know for a fact that if I starve to death on the street a smelly wreck, I'm going to be reincarnated, OK? You have to take care of business too, it's not just about spiritual development.

Think of it as two different chessboards you have to play at the same time, not letting one dominant the other and using the challenges and tension between the two as opportunities for growth.