After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that the act of trying to survive is bad for your health.
Let me explain. First off, it is important to note that about 75% to 90% of all doctor visits are for mental stress related illnesses. Everything from headaches and neck pain to immune system disorders have been connected to anguish of the mind.
How is mental stress related to survival?
Let’s think about this for a minute. What are the things that people find most stressful in life? According to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale — a list of 43 stressful life events that can contribute to illness — at least half of the top ten most stressful events involve disruption of income. I would say that income is definitely related to survival.
Working to feed and clothe yourself is a pretty obvious source of mental stress, but the ultimate source of stress may be the ego trying to survive.
By “ego” I mean who you think you are; a mental construct that wants to survive. We constantly strengthen our egos by being upset or offended at something being done to “us” or when we feel inferior by the work we do, how we look, etc. All these thoughts that maintain our egos can be sources of mental stress.
What is the solution to all this survival stress?
I would say that the answer is simply becoming utterly convinced that you are not your body or your thoughts. When you are absolutely sure that your consciousness survives death and your current personality will be replaced over many reincarnated lifetimes then there is no need for survival anxiety.
What would it take to convince you that your consciousness can live outside of the body and that your ego is not your true self? What if you had scientific evidence to support a belief in the afterlife and facts showing that you will experience many personalities over multiple lifetimes?
A triple blind study done by Julie Beischel, PhD and Gary Schwartz, PhD on information received by psychic mediums showed unequivocally that, “…certain mediums can anomalously receive accurate information about deceased individuals.“ In other words, there are some real psychic mediums that can talk to dead people thus indicating consciousness survives death of the body.
There are also people who have died and have come back to testify that consciousness lives on. One famous Near Death Experience (NDE) involved a lady named Pam Reynolds. At the time of her NDE she was having a surgery in which her brain was rendered totally inactive. Of course it’s debatable whether she had her NDE at the exact time her brain was non-functional, but it is a fact that her brain was shut down for a period of time and she did report leaving her body. Pam Reynolds’ experience and numerous other documented NDE’s lends a lot of credence to the idea that consciousness is not simply generated by the brain.
Children reporting past lives contributes to the idea that “who you are” goes beyond your current personality. At the age of two James Leininger began talking about being a World War II fighter pilot in a previous life. This could have been chalked up to an active imagination but a little research done by his father revealed an astounding accuracy in the details of what little James was saying.
This and other evidence has personally convinced me that worrying about physical survival or maintaining the ego is not only a waste of time, it’s bad for your health.