The job of your survival instinct is to keep you out of danger and alive. But what happens when the information to keep you alive is confused?
Learn about your survival instinct and how it makes you feel stuck when you want to improve your life.
The survival instinct
Through the sympathetic nervous system your brain is always receiving information from your senses to determine whether you need to fight, freeze/hide, or flight.
The survival instinct is about the survival of your body and the survival of the species. This survival instinct has been recorded as a program in the cells of your brain and your body since the beginning of existence.
As we live we continue to add more information to our cells so we (humanity) continue to stay alive. Then, that information, which we believe to be essential to staying alive, is recorded in our cells and passed down to our descendants.
Programming our survival instinct
During the cave man era, anyone who had an experience that brought him close to death had that experience recorded in their cells. Do not eat those berries. Do not wander too far off the cave. Do not get close to those critters. Do not trust the people from the other cave.
Any experience that comes with a very strong negative-feeling emotion gets recorded in our cells because to the body it means harm and possible death.
This recording of programs in our bodies is very helpful information that’s passed down to our descendants’ cells. It instinctively tells them to stay away from those experiences that could cause them harm or death. They don’t know how they know, but they know.
In our current time we don’t experience death threats that often. But our brain is still looking for them and recording what feels agonizing whether that’s physical or emotional.
Confusing our survival instinct
Every time you feel a very strong negative-feeling emotion, the survival instinct says “Oh, oh. This does not feel good at all. In fact it feels horrible as if I’m about to die. That’s it! I’m categorizing this experience, and more experiences like this one, as a death threat.”
Some of the current painful experiences that felt like you were dying could be:
Any these stories that were experienced with tremendous hurt are considered death threats to the body even when they are not. They all got recorded because the pain was so strong that we tied it with the feeling as if we were about to die. The survival instinct is only doing its job—trying to keep you alive.
As soon as you start to tell yourself in your perception that you can’t do something anymore, then your biological system will adjust to prove you right. You will not do what you think you can’t do.” –Bruce Lipton
What’s keeping you stuck?
Your survival instinct is very strong. You might have noticed that whenever you want to do something new to improve your life, your brain and body see it as a possible threat. No matter how much you want it, you will be held back by your humanness. Good to know, uh?
Now, you don’t have to go on a witch hunt trying to find those programs tied to your survival instincts. It’s too much unnecessary and untimely work for nothing. The best way to deal with those programs that are keeping you stuck is to deal with each one of them as they come out to the surface.
Follow these steps when you notice that “something” is preventing you from moving forward:
Once your empowering images become more dominant, use the Harmony Scale to help you return and stay in a positive place where you can see more options, possibilities, and opportunities, to go after your desires.
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