Last time I wrote about some current base lines related to fear programs…some working as they were designed into our physiology and some not.
I am continuously intrigued by videos, photos and stories going around on social media these days about animals and how interesting behaviours and alliances are emerging. Yesterday it was a guy playing a piano for two rescue elephants. One of the elephants was swaying his hind end to the fast music….the other swayed and from time to time pounded the keyboard with his trunk. A few weeks ago it was the elk in a zoo saving a marmot from drowning in his water trough. A few years ago it was Jessica the hippo who slept under a pink comforter at night and had free rein of the house of her human companions.
This takes me back to the idea of…..Life Beyond the Fear Program. What happens when as a human we live devoid of fear? How can we evolve to the next level?…….to become an expression of human that is almost unimaginable since life without fear is not a part of our recent past? What happens when humanity no longer has any need to focus on the concept of survival but only becoming better….kinder….wiser…..more just? Do you think that when there is that shift of focus the necessities of life still get taken care of….just in a different way and through a different mechanism?
The Zoo where the elk resides said this about why such an animal would pull a marmot out of a trough and then nudge it with his hoof to check on his condition and possibly help it revive…..…“the basic needs are being met so you start seeing a little bit more elaborate behaviour..... they are engaging their brains in a different way that would have been basically for survival. But now it is a little more complicated and advanced.”
I think about that quote……and then I think about what was in part 1 of this blog. Humanity has basically been in survival mode with the fear program loop. What are the possibilities if we choose, en masse to step out of the program? Who can we become as individuals and a collective if we all just decide to redirect all our focus and energy into our own evolution without worrying "what if………." What would humans, our horses and all other animals be like if “survival” was not their primary focus when they interface with their world? If these stories are any indication of what is possible I can’t wait to see how this all plays out down the road! This evolution has only just begun.
With Peace and Love,
Until next time H
If you have found your way to my website and blog you are likely at least familiar with the idea of our planet going through an evolutionary leap at this place in time. One of the things that is changing is the elimination of the fear program that has provided a baseline for our evolutionary experience for a very long time. That may not be news to some of you. It is a concept that has been rattling around the New Age movement for a long time. The interesting thing though is the implication to animal behaviour programs on Planet Earth. Think about it...how does fear effect our lives? What does it even mean that the fear program is being deleted?
To understand this more clearly we need to take a few steps back and understand the role of fear in our original design. The most obvious and clear layer of the purposefulness of fear is our immediate reaction/response to a clear and present danger. Horses are a great example of this...when they are in danger their prey response kicks in and they run, brains turned off, all resources redirected to produce flight energy and they go until they have run a further distance than their "natural" predator can chase in a flat out run. The horse then reevaluates its safety and if it does discern itself to be safe then it will redirect its attention (and as a result its nervous and endocrine systems) and move on to another task...usually grazing. Grazing is a task that makes a prey animal naturally vulnerable so when it goes into that position it is pretty sure things are okay. That is the basics of how fear is designed into Earth animal (including Human) physiology. Of course the details are different but the concept of.......perceive true danger - react - recover and reset .......is basically the same. This attribute is designed to keep us alive and uninjured.
But this system has become a whole lot more than this. Fear is now a chronic condition. Our planet has entered into a fear response en masse and never emerged out the other end to begin grazing again. Few of us even realise it or know what it is about.
What does all of this mean to us in a more practical sense? Our bodies, our cells, our nervous and endocrine systems are stuck in a fear response. This is the stage with a horse that their bodies redirect energy and thought to emergency functions and they are running for their lives. We have stepped into a loop of flight (or at least flight response) rather than to stop and reevaluate our safety. The result in humans is their emotions become numb and emotional exhaustion soon follows. Our emotions are linked to our endocrine system (think hormones) and that is the beginning of what can be a break down in our physical health. For sure it is a set up for a breakdown in physical and emotional health. But I don't want to focus on the specifics of physiology at this time.
As a species we have stopped listening to and FEELING ourselves so we are no longer functioning from a place where we can easily and clearly discern between perceived and actual danger. It is a different part of the brain that perceives danger and responds to it.....and we are stuck in perpetual response........ we have misplaced the system that allows us to make this shift back and forth.....the react, and reset / recovery shift.
Think about this system and how it works. How it may be working within your physical and energetic bodies and what the results may be. Do you have a chronic fear response? Do you even FEEL enough to know if you do have a chronic fear response? Do you fear things that have no reference point in your life? Do you fear things that you have never had a negative experience with and therefore don't have a direct and personal experiential fear response created out of your own guidance system? Do you feel fear (or is your body in a physiological fear response without the experience of the emotion) but are in no current and present danger? Do you think that fear keeps you safe or instilling fear in children will keep them safe? Do you rationalise when you feel fear but someone else has suggested you are safe? All of these are symptoms of a beautifully designed human guidance system in need of a reset.
I am going to leave it there for now. You can use this short meditation anytime you would like to reset to your own, original energy as a baseline. Check back for part 2 where I will speak of how to get out of this perpetual response and potentialities for the future.
Until next time thank you for sharing....Heather
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