Negativity and the Immune System
In the previous post on the Immune System Reboot, I raised the question: do you experience symptoms of sickness or symptoms of healing? The proper functioning of your immune system depends on how you answer that question. This is not a hypothetical question; it arises in your mind whenever you experience a deviation from homeostasis. For example, consider something as small and insignificant as an insect bite. You rarely see the bite happening, but you see the effects of your immune system working and for the most part you get irritated by that. This is negativity in action and you are working against yourself. The Aeonic Mother reboots your immune system in the exact moment that you experience a symptom and recognize that your immune system is already working to neutralize the assault. Pretending that you see your immune system working will have no effect whatsoever. The re-cognition occurs when you unlearn the errors that have informed the adaptive immune system, enabling you to witness the power of your creative imagination in the observable healing of your own body. And in the humblest and most precise manner, interactions with plants and insects are all working with you so that you can experience this release.
Fear, Memory, Pain and Immunity
The immune system works most effectively when you are relaxed. This is because cortisol, one of the main stress hormones, has the specific purpose of shutting down the physiological process that you don’t need if you have to run or fight for your survival. The body prioritizes the essential systems to enable you to take action against immediate and real danger and the non-essential systems, such as the immune system, the digestive system, reproductive system and prefrontal cortex learning systems get shut down. The effects of chronic stress on the immune system have been well-researched and the effectiveness of various relaxation methods, such as deep breathing, Transcendental Meditation and Dr Herbert Benson’s “relaxation response” have been thoroughly studied and found to be useful to varying degrees. However, these techniques are coping mechanisms that do not get to the root cause of stress, anxiety and fear, which rests in the learned/programmed emotional memory of the amygdala.
“My current (incomplete) intel is that the nexus of human behaviour is shifting from the ‘learned’ emotional responses of the amygdala, to a more balanced response seated in the relationship between the amygdala and the visceral hypothalamus. The amygdala and hypothalamus are part of the limbic system, which is the area of the brain that processes emotions, memories and instincts.”
The key biochemical involved in this shift is the histamine.
“Histamine is a transmitter in the nervous system and a signaling molecule in the gut, the skin, and the immune system. Histaminergic neurons in mammalian brain are located exclusively in the tuberomamillary nucleus of the posterior hypothalamus and send their axons all over the central nervous system. Active solely during waking, they maintain wakefulness and attention.” Histamine in the Nervous System
Histamine has a bad rap. Histamine intolerance is rampant, along with increasing rates of allergies and asthma. Unfortunately, histamine’s role in the processing of fear-based emotional memory and learning has been conveniently sidelined. You cannot consolidate fear-based memories without histamine. This does not mean psychological processing, as in “I remember exactly when my allergies started,” although that can occur. Physiological or biochemical processing simply enables your brain and body system to differentiate between learned, emotional fear, the root cause of most (although not all) chronic stress and real, immediate, physical fear. The body is designed to work with a hierarchy of fear responses. This is evidenced by the fact that adrenaline, another of the stress hormones, deactivates histamine. Adrenaline’s primary function is to increase heart-rate and breathing, to prepare you to fight or run when faced with a real and immediate threat. Physical survival trumps emotional fear, but without sufficient histamine you cannot differentiate between the fear of real and present danger in the face of which you must take action and the programmed emotional fear that only requires recognition and consolidation as preparation for what might transpire in the future.
Common hay fever antihistamines provide relief from symptoms by blocking the H1 histamine receptors, as these receptors are involved in the allergic response, causing blood vessel dilation and stimulation of the sensory nerves in the eyes and airways. However, H1 histamine is also involved in learning and memory and recent studies have shown that it is essential for the retrieval of memories relating to inhibitory avoidance. (In inhibitory avoidance tasks, scientists/torturers place an animal in a small starting compartment and it receives a single footshock after entering a larger compartment. The animals are tested to see how long it takes them to learn not to step into the larger compartment, various drugs are administered and they are tested again to see the effects of the drugs. Memory retrieval of inhibitory avoidance requires histamine H1receptor activation in the hippocampus ) You need histamine in order to learn from fear-based experiences and to avoid a similar experience in the future. Endogenous histamine in the brain is necessary for many brain functions including neural plasticity, preventing premature aging and memory function. Alzheimers sufferers have been found to be significantly deficient in neuronal histamine. Neuronal histamine deficit in Alzheimer’s disease.
Unprocessed fear is paralyzing, keeping you stuck in a loop that you can’t define. Fear has been very well studied, so that it can be ju-diciously applied for maximum effect. (See Fear Memory for an excruciating summary.) The fear-pain association is an excellent method of societal control, as fear increases pain and pain increases fear. When strong emotional responses accompany early experiences of fear or pain, the same emotion can trigger fear and pain throughout life, if it has not been consolidated by histamine. Unresolved emotional behavioral triggers get unwittingly passed from parents to children and cause the very symptoms (allergies and asthma) that the nice people in the medical profession then try and alleviate with their pharmaceuticals, thus ensuring that the underlying fears are never consolidated. The systematically induced fear of pain (both physical and emotional) reduces both risk taking and learning potential. Conversely, pain without fear is much easier to bear and dissolve. In short, you cannot get up to speed in the Superlearning event without sufficient histamine in your body, as your immune system uses it to process fear, in addition to its more well-known involvement in the inflammatory response.
The Sophianic Narrative and Planetary Tantra give you the tools to transcend fear, negativity and pain, which is the single most significant action you can take to support your immune system through the reboot. A healthy, fully functional immune system is, of course, essential for anyone claiming to be on the warrior path.
The “Bagala Switch” in Action
The Bagala Switch makes it possible to see insect bites and stings, allergies and pain as allies, rather than enemies. The switch is easier to detect in a Bagalamukhi shift (which is why I am able to comment on it now), however, as it has already been integrated into the experience of a human animal it is available to all human animals, at any time. The switch can be invoked by anyone who has made their commitment to Her (Gaian Tantra Vow), although you must bear in mind that it only occurs through the Grace of the Aeonic Mother.
“Discussing this aspect of the devata with friends, I coined the term “the Bagala switch.” This happens when something you thought or felt, or something you held as a permanent view, suddenly switches to its opposite. For instance, you always hated classical music. Suddenly you like it. You always wanted to be famous. Suddenly, obscurity looks extremely attractive. You resisted a change of dress. Suddenly, you are totally into finding some new attire. Or vice, versa. It can go either way, but it appears that Bagala performs her switch exclusively with negative and blocking elements in your life that prevent you from attaining the best outcome of your desires.
Today I have the experience of others to compare to my impressions about the unique skill of this Mahavidya. With the instruction of Bagala, you do not have to learn anything from the blocks, you do not process negative material. The switch is abrupt, so sudden that you cannot rationally work it out. At one moment you just realize that you don’t have to continue doing something that blocks you and holds you back. She switches the polarity and you are suddenly on the other side of the block. I compared it to seeing a sign in front of you, like an arrow pointing left, and suddenly it points right. This impression is unmistakable. Several people had it, and I had it several times myself during this shift. Reversal of attitude is immediate, breathtaking. The rare power of Bagalmukhi seems to inhere in the subtlety of the switch, which amounts to a kind of guidance, swift, silent, and impeccable. In this shift I have acquired enormous respect for the finesse of the devata. In many respects, her instruction is closer to that of a Diamond Sky Dakini than a Mahavidya. Her use of the dakini blade of discrimination is superb. There is much more to learn about the way this shakti operates.”
John Lash, Bagalamukhi Reconsidered
This action is real and demonstrable to yourself and here is an example. I’d been talking with a kalika friend about the workings of the immune system and how observable symptoms are proof of a fully functioning immune system that need to be re-cognized in that moment. She had a psychologically traumatizing childhood and suffered from allergies and severe hay fever. She is also a magnet for any stinging and biting insect within miles, which is very often the case for anyone with unresolved programmed fear issues, as Nature finds a way to bring you (an integral part of Nature) back into balance by stimulating your body into producing more histamine. A week or so into the beginning of this shift, she was walking her dog and was suddenly overcome with pollen and a hay fever attack. She started to panic when her throat began to close and then remembered that this was exactly what we had discussed the week before. This was her immune system (and histamine response) working correctly. In the moment that she acknowledged this fact, consciously re-cognized it, the switch happened; negativity was silenced, her symptoms diminished immediately and disappeared completely within 10 minutes. She is still almost hay fever free, in the height of the season.
It is a huge deception perpetrated against the Anthropos as children that causes us to perceive signs of healing as symptoms of disease, so that we use the power of our luminous epinoia against our own bodies for the rest of our lives. Awareness of this deception, along with the presence of mind to observe your symptoms for what they truly are at the moment they occur, gives you the power to break the spell of fear and disease in an instant. This is the simplest, fastest and most powerful way to support your immune system in reboot and participate directly in Correction.
“The hardest thing in the world is to assume the mood of a warrior,” he said. “It is no use to be sad and complain and feel justified in doing so, believing that some one is always doing something to us. Nobody is doing anything to anybody, much less to a warrior.”
Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan,
The supreme dakini is the memory of the body. Hevajra Tantra