Gain control over your life — and avoid illnesses such as the flu — by choosing love and alignment instead of drugs to create peace in your body and in the world
Influenza is spreading rapidly across the United States — but where’s the miracle drug to prevent and stop it? Pharmaceutical heaven is almost closed for the strain currently making the rounds. Health experts say this year’s vaccine doesn’t provide protection for H3N2, calling it only 10% effective. So how can we stop this flu from spreading?
The answer can be found by learning from the Spanish Flu pandemic and addressing what today’s flu outbreak has come to teach our world. The Spanish flu of 1918 was possibly the deadliest epidemic in recorded history, especially for people aged 20 to 40 years old. To understand why people in their prime were more vulnerable than others, let’s look at world happenings at the time.
In the fall of 1918, World War I was winding down in Europe. Young people fighting in the war endured extremely brutal conditions, leading to feelings of futility. Almost by definition, war generates hate and intolerance, weakening our bond as fellow human beings — a bond that provides the foundation of life. Tragic losses of fathers, mothers, children, siblings, and friends smash that bond. The enormity of WW I losses set the framework for hopeless and helpless feelings among the populace, especially those in action. Devastated, people couldn’t find a solution to the massive horrors they experienced. This conflicted with what humans have been born to do: live lives of unconditional love.
What’s Really Wrong?
Hate, intolerance, and loss from this era may have spread exponentially through the generations. Feelings of injustice or victimhood became embedded in our collective cells. In part, the current flu might be attacking people in their prime because of world situations today. War continues and so does worry about the next possible nuclear bomb. Will countries find stability? Is today’s world breeding hate, intolerance, and powerlessness in a big way?
On a physical level, hate and intolerance weaken the heart chakra and lungs. As a result, when we live through wars, events such as 9/11, and the horror of frequent terrorist attacks, a person’s cell memory may react to the ‘victimhood’ and elicit hopeless, helpless feelings. In turn, these feelings may cause respiratory weaknesses that collapse the immune system and allow a virus to attack.
The Flu As a Gift
Perhaps the flu can be viewed a gift because, as a society, we have chosen to rely on medication instead of learning to cope with health issues in self-contained ways. As a population, we haven’t been taught to cope with life’s problems. Instead, a standard way to deal with hopelessness and helplessness is taking antidepressants — the second largest class of prescription drugs next to heart medication (and its use is increasing). According to a report in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the percentage of Americans on antidepressants went from 6.8% to 13% between 1999 and 2012.
How do antidepressants work? They increase the serotonin level in the brain, creating a false sense of joy. Why not learn to cope in a way that releases natural serotonin? Then we naturally feel joyful and hopeless, helpless feelings disappear. Fine-tuning our coping skills also helps us take control so we can manage our lives better. We gain a sense of strength and confidence when we know we have choices and don’t feel trapped. This creates a strong immune system that can more easily ward off viruses.
The energy of feeling happy is more powerful than any food or drug.
What Weakens the Immune System?
At the base of every disease — including flu — is a situation that weakens a person’s immune system. This could stem from difficult circumstances at work or home, troublesome situations with children, loss of a loved through death, divorce, or a breakup, severe financial difficulties, or worries about the world. Examining what went on before the onset of disease can usually be linked to something that stressed us. When the stress gets too great, one thing can put us “over the top,” thereby collapsing our immune system.
Bill decides to stay stuck in a hated job so he can pay family bills. His ‘stuckness’ triggers feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. Over time, this situation builds resentment and anger. Then an adverse event happens — he loses his parents to death — and the grief he feels puts him ‘over the top’ and his immune system ends up compromised.
What could Bill do to avoid contracting a disease? Being aware that this situation could compromise his health, Bill could proactively identify and seek solutions. Because he believes a solution exists for every situation, he doesn’t allow himself to sink into a hopeless, helpless state. To find greater purpose or passion in his work, one option is to seek professional help such as life coaching or therapeutic counseling. From that step, he could draw a fresh roadmap to manifest exactly what he desires.
Another option is using the MO (Modus Operandi) Technique that, in effect, reprograms the subconscious, super conscious, and conscious minds. This technique first gets him to release any ‘stuckness’ out of his subconscious mind so he can move forward. How? By imaging his stuck feelings, locating negative energy in his body related to feeling stuck, and releasing that energy out of the area where it hangs out. Then he could reprogram his super conscious mind by accepting options from his higher self. All the negative energy he’s identified is replaced with positive energy instilled into his body.
How can Bill reprogram his conscious mind to accomplish this? By repeating an appropriate affirmation for 40 days. His affirmation might be something like this: “From this day, I make every decision based on knowing that I’m moving forward in life with ease. All doors are now open for manifesting the future I desire.”
Reprogramming all three minds makes lasting change possible. And by increasing his awareness, Bill might see doors open for a new job he hadn’t noticed before. Even if he stays in his current job, he can now approach it with a new perspective — one that gives him greater satisfaction than ever before.
Let’s say your seven-year-old daughter Mollie comes down with the flu. As a parent, you have the knowledge that the flu is caused by a situation that has led to a hopeless and helpless feeling. Your first question to Mollie is, “Honey, is there something going on at school or at home that’s bothering you?” She replies, “The kids make fun of me all the time.” This may be really taking place or happening in her mind, but both are valid in Mollie’s experience.
By identifying what’s causing these feelings for Mollie, you can then discuss choices such as talking to the teacher, making new friends, and other possibilities. You then can assure Mollie that the situation can be resolved. From this experience, she learns how to feel hopeful by finding a viable, healthy solution to her problem.
The Flu As A Wakeup Call
Traumatic situations can set up feelings of powerlessness, hopelessness, helplessness — even rage and anger. When people feel trapped with no solution in sight, many turn to antidepressants or other solutions, such as a flu vaccine that’s only 10% effective. The result is that fear can set in, creating a massive feeling of hopelessness and helplessness — the type of situation ripe for a superbug to invade.
To learn from the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, we must ask why it reached pandemic proportions. Remember, World War I engendered hate, intolerance, and loss that violated our collective purpose. The result can be lethal to our bodies. If we don’t learn to replace these deadly feelings with unconditional love, we could face situations as devastating as a flu that’s uncontrollable.
What Can You Do to Prevent the Flu?
First, examine your situation and determine what might be causing feelings of resentment, powerlessness, anger/rage, or hopelessness/helplessness. If you’ve faced emotional setbacks before, you may already know how to release these feelings from your body. You can do this with the MO Technique as detailed in my book, Wisdom to Wellness.
As a society, the grave lesson to learn from the greed, hate, and intolerance prevailing now is that our hopeless and helpless feelings don’t have to turn into an epidemic. We can gain control over our lives, choosing love instead to create peace and harmony in the world.
All problems have solutions that don’t involve turning to drugs or vaccines. Building a system of support that addresses the underlying causes of disease will teach us not only to cope, but also to feel genuinely happy. We can each determine our own modus operandi (MO) to deal with life’s demands, possibly with professional help. We can release any hopeless, helpless feelings based on our programmed emotional beliefs and roots found in our cellular memory. Those who experience depression can get professional help to feel powerful again, and those who already use the MO Technique can help others.
Freedom from all disease is our message of hope. That is how we will be able to create a more powerful — and healthier — nation and world.
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