Swine Flu Immunity

So you want to be immune to Swine Flu? Read on, but are you in for a surprise. 

In the last few days the consciousness of swine flu has virtually exploded. Everywhere people gather to exchange information, whether on TV, radio, newspapers, or the Internet, it is a main topic of conversation. Why? Because people are afraid. But the question no one asks is what are they really afraid of?

They can’t, in reality, actually be afraid of the flu. The reason is simple: there are thousands of other things that they have much better reasons to fear. Not that the irrationality of it would prevent their paranoia. One look at the “threat” of terrorism and its reactions will prove that unequivocally. The odds of being struck by lightening in your bed are better than being killed in this country by terrorists, dying of Swine Flu, Bird Flu, or winning the lottery for that matter. But I don’t see anyone freaking out about bedroom lightning strikes. It is more accurate to say that people are just afraid.

They are afraid of life itself in the final analysis. To understand more of why I say that and how I see it, read another entry in this blog. What that entry talks about in part is that for fear to take hold, we must believe that two things are true: there is a clear and present danger, and that we are helpless to defend ourselves against it.

In the end, what people are really afraid of is themselves. They have come to believe that there is something terribly, terribly wrong with them, and that there is nothing that they can (or perhaps even should) do about it. No where is this more obvious than in physical illness.

Any scientist will tell you that your body contains a wide variety of microbes, any one of which, if it started growing rampantly, could kill you. This is true no matter how healthy you are, no matter what your lifestyle choices are, no matter how old you are or where you live. But somehow, miraculously, most of us stay more or less healthy most of the time. How is that? My answer is simple: we choose not to get sick.

Is this choice fully conscious? Not in most cases. But not all choices are made in full view of the conscious mind, though the building-block choices from which the bigger ones are made are fully conscious.

For example, the choice to believe that to be human is to be flawed is fully conscious. If you have ever said, “What do you expect? I’m only human,” or “To err is human,” or “Nobody’s perfect,” you are professing an unspoken belief that there is something defective about human beings by their very nature.

So when you make a less than fully conscious choice that tends to prove that people, you in particular, are flawed, it is the natural outcome of countless fully conscious choices. It is not some kind of mindless instinct as Freud would have had us believe.

So to “catch” a “disease,” from the common cold to AIDS or cancer requires a long series of fully conscious choices, all of which seem as innocuous as they are obviously true, that lead to the ultimate not-so-consicous choice to lower the barrier to microbes that have been there all along, and allow them to propogate like mad. Shazaam!! You’re a sick puppy. It is not entirely different from an “overnight success 20 years in the making.”

Meanwhile, back at Pig Flu Ranch, no one gets sick who didn’t invite it. No exceptions. Does this mean that everyone sat down one fine day and said, “Ok. I think I’ll invite this flu strain to flourish in my body.” Hardly. But it does mean that they have been preparing for it, probably for years, and that they have their reasons for sending the invitation today instead of yesterday, tomorrow, or not at all. Just because we don’t know what those reasons are doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

“But what about the case of the baby who became the first American flu fatality?” you may ask. Fair question. Obviously a small child hasn’t had a long life in which to become flu-prone. But they are in the position of having to accept whole the beliefs, thoughts, and fears of the adults around them, especially their parents. And those are the raw materials from which they construct their realities as best they can.

A thorough examination of the adults around this child might reveal some very interesting things. It might show that they were overly concerned about safety in general, physical safety in particular, and health-oriented safety especially. It also seems likely that they subscribe to a belief system that brands humanity as a whole with having attributes such as powerlessness, untrustworthiness, and being at effect in their lives in general rather than at cause. They may also have beliefs that inform them that “their people” (by race, gender, culture, or origin) are especially burdened by all of the above. This is precisely why many “epidemics” occur in “developing” countries, where such belief systems are themselves “epidemic.”

At the end of the day, it comes down to just one simple rule: If you intend to get sick with any disease, nothing in the universe can stop you. And if you don’t, no power in the univese can infect you.

One more point: all the talk about the coming pandemic, though it is supposed to be preventive, actually has a far more dramatic effect on propogating the disease. In other words, these well-intentioned “public service” messages create far more illness than they could ever hope to prevent. But since no one keeps track of anything like that, it is totally and completely invible.

So, if you want immunicty, I suggest keeping these thoughts in mind. What you think about increases. What you resist persists. You and only you are the creator of your personal reality. If you don’t want Swine Flue in your life, then leave it entierly alone. Don’t listen to it, don’t talk about it, and for heaven’s sake stop thinking about it. The life you save is the only one you can save: your own.

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