Fear is far more contagious than any virus, so please don’t panic during this challenging “learning opportunity” for our species. As the doctor who saved my life said, “Your body can take care of whatever goes wrong with it, as long as its immune system stays strong.”
That means that your liver, kidneys, digestive tract, thymus, and lungs need to be healthy and functioning so that your body can do what it’s programmed to do – beat the shit out of foreign invaders. Your “warrior cells” kick into high gear and do what they are genetically programmed to do, as long as you don’t panic!
Panic, along with the obsessive-compulsive thinking that it creates in your brain, tanks your immune system completely. Why? Because stress raises your cortisol level, and a high level of cortisol interferes with cellular functioning. And that’s the very last thing you want right now, right?
In his famous (and still available on Amazon) book, Food is Your Best Medicine, Dr. Henry Bieler tells the story of how your “Amazing Body” works. It’s an old book, written in 1965, but the information hasn’t changed, because our bodies haven’t changed much in the last 120,000 years. Here’s the link to the blog I wrote about the protocol that saved my life. https://riseleypublishing.com/dr-bielers-protocol-saved-my-life/
Ever watch PBS Nature shows? If not, visualize this: there’s a full herd of gazelles peacefully grazing on the African plains, happy and satisfied. Then the camera focuses on a stalking lioness as she stealthily sneaks out of the underbrush. The gazelle at the back of the herd, who smells her first, flicks an ear, and the whole herd takes off like the wind—leaving the lioness without a meal for her cubs, although she might get the gazelle that can’t keep up. That’s life on the Savannah.
What to do?
Just stay calm. Sooner or later, we’ll probably all get this virus, and most of us will survive. If you were my age (which most of you are not!), you’d remember when the herpes virus roared through college dorms in the ’60s and 70s. Then all that seemed like nothing compared to the ’80s & ’90s when the AIDS virus took out a generation of young gay men.
So now, welcome to this new virus on the block. It doesn’t have malicious intent like some people say. Your immune system will beat the shit out it if you keep yourself healthy, happy, and, most of all, calm. Don’t panic.
How? Just keep asking yourself simple questions:
Is everything okay this 15 seconds? And if everything is okay this 15 seconds, then go onto the next 15 seconds until you calm your own system down. My clients know the rest of this… from your nose to your toes!
Here’s a quick example of how to use Byron Katie’s technique:
- What’s the thought that’s driving you crazy?
Coronavirus is going to kill me!!
- Is that true?
No! (You don’t know that it’s true right now, right?)
- How does it make you feel and react when you believe that untrue thought?
Terrified! I go crazy! (Emotions affect the immune system!)
- Who would you be if you didn’t have that thought?
Calm. Happy. Optimistic.
- Now turn the negative thought around:
That virus won’t kill me. My body can handle whatever comes it’s way! I am strong!
Stay happy. Keep away from negative people. Negative news. Surround yourself with people who appreciate you.
And get perspective. When I was a little girl of five or six years old, there were two mothers on my block stuck in iron lungs, and one paralyzed little boy of nine in a wheelchair—Polio virus. My grade school turned out to be the testing site for the Salk Polio vaccine, and I still remember the pain of the shot that I got at seven. (I didn’t find that out until the ’80s when I worked for the Epidemiological Catchment Area Project at UCLA.) By the time I was in high school, not ten years later, Sabin had developed an oral vaccine, and now polio is history. Stuff happens, and this too will pass.
Stay positive and grateful for all that you have. If you need help calming down, or changing your brain, Cognitive Behavior Modification, Awareness therapy, and Past Life Regression can change your perspective on life.
Next week? I’ll tell the story of my own Near Death Experience at 19. It changed my perspective entirely. Death isn’t the issue. Living a meaningful life is!
If you need help with changing your mind, your brain, and your habits, just give me a call. (323) 933-4377
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