Stress historically manifested in times of war, famine, strife and poverty. Stress has always existed as a natural outcome of extreme circumstances yet, in spite of the fact that most in modern society are not directly living through wars or famine, modern life is particularly stressful, causing many people to be living in a seemingly perpetual state of stress.
People definitely feel the emotional and mental strain of modern life but do not readily connect them to the physical conditions they may be experiencing. Stress generally starts because of intense mental and emotional activities or situations. By the time we’ve become too tired from ongoing stress it has made us look and act like nervous wrecks; the mental and emotional strain having affected organ functions to the point of chronic physical debility. Sadly, today this is also affecting the very young.
One thing that is different about stress and it’s derivatives today is that it is being described differently. The wording suggests that it is something totally new; that had never existed before, suggesting disease instead of fatigue or depletion due to over strain. Terms like, PTSD, Anxiety Disorder, ADD, ADHD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attack, Panic Disorder, and others sound like they are saying a lot but in fact mean very little. In describing the effects or circumstances rather than the cause is to make more people identify with it, placing marketing ahead of healing.
We have all experienced mental and emotional strain and know that it can be more energy depleting than hard physical labor. As long as our energy reserves are able to replenish themselves it is easier to cope with stressful situations, but with ongoing strain we get over-tired, recuperation slows to where we find ourselves feeling perpetually tired mentally, emotionally and physically.
Don’t let the new wording fool you. As far as the human body and mind are concerned there really isn’t anything new! Cars, iPhones, and computers are constantly changing but, the human body and mind have stayed pretty much the same over time. This has made it possible for healers to draw extremely valid, intelligent and logical conclusions about bodily activity long before our modern times. Although no one will deny that treating severe trauma has certainly come a very long way in recent times – organ functions, their specific symptoms and what can be done about them have been accurately determined with precision for thousands of years and science often validates those findings.
Paradoxically, even though the systems for having drawn those conclusions exist and are easily found even to this day, it seems odd that modern researchers should ask, “how did they know this?”, “why does this work?” or, “how does this work?” If those who are interested in knowing can find out, why don’t they avail themselves of that knowledge base?
The fact is, they often do but want to present it as their own finding as though the modality or source of that information did not exist for fear that people might investigate it.
Stress is tied to situation – Stress severity is tied to duration
The effects that stress may have produced 5000 years ago have been recorded. They were exactly the same then, as they are today; and, why shouldn’t they be; in that time the human body has stayed exactly the same. Whether a person finds themselves injured in an accident, suffering the loss of a loved one, working at a demanding job or experiencing the insanity of a battle field; the body and mind, within certain limits, are equipped to handle it. People survive these situations, because of how we adjust to compensate for them, even if we are sometimes a little worse for the wear.
Stress generally starts in a situational setting that goes beyond tolerable limits. The longer you are in those circumstances the more severely you are affected by stress. Finding ourselves in extreme or unpleasant situations that we are not able or willing to leave, avoid or get out of; our worries and fears gradually turn into a sustained state of tension. If someone in your family, at work or, a neighbor is driving you nuts; just knowing that they’re there to stay can be stressful. Should the requirements of a situation be greater than a person’s ability to deal with, they become uncomfortable leading to stress.
Similarly, if you try to tell someone who can barely count, to attempt to do complex mathematics, how long do you think it will take before they start stressing over it? Or, if work is stressful you have the option of finding another job or coping with the stress where you are. In all cases there is something undesirable acting against us. The greater the strain of that force, the more likely we are to become stressed.
A machine consisting of 100 parts, can have no more than 100 things that can possibly go wrong with it. To consider the atoms of each part is to add unnecessary complexity, making a simple solution impossible. Although it is entirely true that the human body consists of billions of cells, that those cells are organized into a finite number of anatomical parts and vital organs is not insignificant. In general, if there is an ailment, it stands to reason that because of the limited number of organs there can only be a finite set of problems that can arise which cannot exceed the number of organs within the body as a whole. The need for cells to organize themselves into organs suggests that they are governed by that “organ”ization. Some might disagree.
Situations that produce stress tend to be threatening in some way; if they weren’t they wouldn’t be stressful. Fear is the natural response to any threat. That said, stress can be greatly demystified if we see it simply as a form of worry that can sometimes escalate into fear. We all know what fear and worry are, how they can make us feel and what they can do to our body. From that alone we know that stress has a very standard and predictable operating procedure. In other words, the effects of fear are part of the fear; varying only in intensity. The modern wording used to describe stress points out the symptoms brought on by the effects of fear through “fight or flight” but, not why they are happening. This often confuses the issue, greatly over-complicating the perception of what is actually causing it.
Body Mind Connection
We just discussed the mind as the driving force behind the body. The body reacts to what the mind is witnessing which implies that the body is subordinate to the mind. But, when the body is not well the mind can become noticeably impaired. Chemistry does not even come close to fully explaining this. To understand how this happens we need to examine what every person should know about their own mind, and body.
Every person is aware that their will, their rational intellect, their feelings that permits them to experience virtues and emotions are part of their mind. None of these aspects of the mind are strictly physical. The fact that the mind itself has no scientific explanation further punctuates that point. We are aware of these faculties through the proper functioning of our physical body. The two work together according to documented rules of “interaction.” The body is the most obvious measurable gage of our “state” of health. How it reacts, feels and looks because of our non-physical activities is predictable. Mental/emotional patterns create a physical imprint onto the body and the body can also create an emotional state based on it’s imbalances.
Stress is a general state created in reaction to the emotion of fear. The resulting hormonal and chemical changes arising because of that emotional state is limited to the number of organs the body has to work with. This limits the number of possibilities as causes of abnormal body chemistry to the number of organs determined by their state of depletion due to stress.
Could it be any simpler than that?
Now it is just a matter of determining which organ does what and how do you restore it’s functions and the energy it needs to do those functions. That’s it! Unfortunately, chemical analysis as accurate and correct as it may be does not answer these questions.
Knowing that we only have a limited number of organs means that the body can only react in a limited and predictable number of ways according to the functions of those organs, making the problem easier to analyze, manage and solve. Traditional Herbal Theory does not chase body chemistry seeking to directly modify it. This would be grossly inefficient and nearly impossible to sustain, unless of course, your purpose is to sell something to someone for the rest of their lives without ever solving their problem. It’s a case of marketing being placed ahead of healing.
Instead, Herbal Theory occupies itself with the organs that produce and maintain body chemistry on the premise that by simply balancing a specific organ or coordinating the functions of a group of organs, they will effectively balance their own chemistry without interfering with their normal functions. This is not only simpler and more direct, it’s also more efficient, logical and without side-effects. There is a logical deductive system for determining this that does not rely on the chemistry.
It is the function of our organs to sustain our lives by adjusting to our situations. The effect of stress on the function of the organs will be in proportion to the intensity of the situation the body is being forced to endure. The resilience of the organs is according to how much energy is available to them to fulfill their functions and, among other things, maintain mental stability. This means that the intensity of the stress we feel will be in relation to the ability of our organs to keep their equilibrium; the weaker they have become, the more susceptible to stress we are and the more you will feel it.
In principle, the more energy you have available to you, the stronger you are, the more work you can do, the more you can cope with, the less tired you feel – it’s that simple!
In order to understand why stress brings on brain fog, anxiety, panic attack, ADD, PTSD feeling cold, craving sugar, perpetual fatigue, being unable to concentrate mentally and so on, it is important to understand the effects of stress on our organs because it is they, through their provoked deficiencies, that produce the subsequent chemical imbalances that manifest as these separate symptoms. But, in order to discuss stress intelligently, stress must first be defined so that you know exactly what you are dealing with.
Stress itself is neither the worry nor the fear previously mentioned; it’s a symptom or group of symptoms that come from them. It’s the feeling we get when we’re being overwhelmed with “too much,” in relation to our capacity to cope. In spite of our best efforts and, upon reaching the limit of our capacity we feel a sort of paralyzing helplessness. We feel that something is wrong but, it’s hard to define exactly what it is.
It forces us to seek out help, consider resting, seeking a change of scenery, fortifying or supplementing ourselves – anything we can do – in order to recuperate from the excesses we have experienced or have been forced to endure. While the word “distress” defines a state of helplessness that arises in spite of our best efforts, the word “stress” itself is used to describe the actual strain of that distress being brought about through the excesses of a particular or ongoing situation.
In principle, everything that exists has natural inborn properties or capacities. Every mineral, plant and animal exists for a purpose; if they didn’t, they would not need to exist because they would have no reason for being. The activity of all things is defined by their individual capacities which is where their abilities come from; the more evolved, the greater the number of attributes, the greater their capacity. Whatever is forced beyond its natural capacity will usually be damaged or destroyed by that excess.
In engineering, the term “stress” is used to express the work or, more precisely, the “overwork” that a material or structural component is being made to endure through the application of excessive force. When tested to their breaking point, these components are being deliberately “over worked” beyond their safe working limits until they are “stressed,” at which point they fail structurally – not a good thing!
The exact same principle translates well into human stress and can be applied to describe both the state of mind as it adjusts to the state of the internal organs that are being “overworked” because of the demands of the distressing situation a person finds themselves in.
Obviously, organs do not literally break from this. Instead, from being overworked, in time they manifest forms of depletion that lead to perpetual tiredness on all levels. In this tired, depleted state the organs are still working of course but, they are only able to work at a lesser capacity – at a slower pace, as they try to recuperate. The effect is that mentally, we get foggier, emotionally we get frazzled more easily and physically we feel and look exhausted.
All of us deal with or generally cope with stress differently. Some have a greater inborn “capacity” to deal with what they are facing;. They can “hold it together” better than others. Their energy determines their breaking point; how long they are able to hold out. This varies from person to person. Those who say that they thrive on stress have a burn out point too! Eventually, the time comes when they need a vacation or they feel an ulcer starting to flare up.
It is important to note that you cannot accurately define stress by constantly using the word “stress” in the process of defining it. That would be like talking about colors while having only one color swatch to describe them all. So, in order to truly find intelligent solutions based on sound reason from a completely natural point of view rather than tired and often inconclusive conventional thought, it is important to introduce a few other concepts that in principle relate fundamentally to the subject of stress but are hardly ever used in the context of stress.
There is no other way of showing what stress itself actually is, separating it from what it is doing to you so that you can intelligently do something about it to address the cause rather than the symptoms. To do this, the concepts of “Work,” “Capacity” and “Energy,” although generally studied in physics, are very useful here. Since the body is definitely a physical thing that has a known “capacity” to do “work” for as long as it has enough “energy” to do it means that there is no reason why these concepts cannot and should not also be applied in the context of health in general and stress in particular.
Thank you for reading this portion of this stress report.
I hope you’ve found it informative. If you’ve read this far you are likely looking for a real solution to stress and may want to read further. The complete report offers much, much more detail; explaining concepts that offer real and workable, all natural, chemical free solutions to stress and it’s symptoms.
The number one goal of this information is to inform from a different point of view. A reasonable, more direct and simple alternative view offers something to compare and weigh against accepted, conventional thinking. Hopefully, this fosters independent critical thought leading towards more valid avenues to explore further and more completely. Solutions come from knowledge not from trying endless products without a basis or rationale for why you are taking them.
The simple principles that govern Nature are identical to the laws of life and health and everyone should make it a point to learn them because ultimately your life is your own responsibility. If you surrender that responsibility, you become subject to someone else.
Explaining basic principles may take a little time but, in the end, they become part of you, leading to a simpler understanding. What is in this brief preview and the final complete report is what I have learned and used to completely free myself of stress. It was a decades long effort but, having a clear, calm, agile mind again with abundant energy without ongoing supplementation made it well worth while.
Again, thank you. Should you buy the full report I hope that what it contains will help you as much as it has helped me!
Think smart, think simple, stay healthy!