Sometimes, the world revealed to us through the filter of main stream media can appear to be filled with nothing but tragedy, pain and heartache. Under persistent bombardment of these vibrations it can be easy to ask yourself “what’s the point?….what’s the point of even trying to change things when all the odds seem so hugely stacked against us?“. If you’ve felt or are feeling this way then you’re not alone and moments of despair and hopelessness are very much a part of the human condition, BUT if you find yourself feeling this way, it’s worth considering this: what is reported on main stream media is not a true reflection of all that is happening in our world.
Knowledge is power and understanding how dramatic (particularly negative) events wield the power to ensnare our brains is something that we personally feel we should all be aware of. There’s a reason that tragedy and negative news sells papers, because to a large extent evolution has wired our brains to pay more attention to dramatic, often negative news than the alternative (that is unless we consciously and mindfully choose to pay attention to the positive stuff in equal measure to put the negative stuff in it’s proper context):
“Media studies show that bad news far outweighs good news by as much as seventeen negative news reports for every one good news report. Why? The answer may lie in the work of evolutionary psychologists and neuroscientists. Humans seek out news of dramatic, negative events. These experts say that our brains evolved in a hunter-gatherer environment where anything novel or dramatic had to be attended to immediately for survival. So while we no longer defend ourselves against saber-toothed tigers, our brains have not caught up. Many studies have shown that we care more about the threat of bad things than we do about the prospect of good things. Our negative brain tripwires are far more sensitive than our positive triggers. We tend to get more fearful than happy. And each time we experience fear we turn on our stress hormones. ~ Psychology Today”
In of itself, there is nothing terrible about keeping yourself informed about what is going on in the world, unless of course the manner in which you are being informed is totally unbalanced. If you feed yourself a steady diet of constant tragedy, crime, terrorism, murder, death, devastation, then the end result is generally one emotion = FEAR.
“The process of creating fear begins with a scary stimulus and ends with the fight-or-flight response.”
Fear stimulates the portion of our brains which control the ancient survival reaction called the fight-or-flight response. Fear interrupts the processes in our brains which help us regulate our emotions and take time to reflect before acting so we can make ethical decisions. Essentially, fear negatively short circuits our brains affecting our ability to make decisions, leaving us susceptible to intense emotions and impulsive reactions.
“When people are terrorised, the smartest parts of our brain tend to shut down. The neural networks in the brain that are involved in rational, abstract cognition— essentially, the systems that mediate our most humane and creative thoughts— are very sensitive to emotional states, especially fear, so problem solving becomes more categorical, concrete and emotional [and] we become more vulnerable to reactive and short-sighted solutions.” ~ Dr. Bruce Perry, Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy.”
We feel it’s important and empowering to understand this fear mechanism because like the old adage “information is power” we believe that “understanding is power”. Through understanding what fear triggers in us, we have more of a chance of dismantling this process of devolving into fear-driven, illogical, short-sighted decision-making beings.
Honestly, if every one of us could recognise and somehow dismantle this process within ourselves, then the world could change tomorrow and that’s the huge importance of this inner work, it’s the core of everything! Every time we take the time to understand how our behaviour as beings, is driven by external stimuli, we take a step closer to awakening to our true nature as luminous embodiments of Source energy walking around in these human vehicles. And that’s really important because the more of us that AWAKEN, the more ripples we create which radiate out to touch the lives of others in ways we can never fathom.
“Change in the world comes from individuals, from the inner peace in individual hearts. Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. ~ Dalai Lama”
Anna + LJ xx