In primitive times of the development of mankind, human beings struggled to survive. Everyday just to eat and live, men defied death. The confrontation with the possibility of extinction was also present as well as life itself. We have not changed and our immune system is still running as at the time of survival. The response to stress triggers a release of adrenaline to cope with two options the most important: to flee or fight ( “fight or flight syndrome”). This discharge leads to a greater neuromuscular function and to better withstand pain.
In our disempowered and sanitised society, we are not faced with these extremes of the body, so, they end up surprising us. We take this feeling normally to assist a person in danger as a pathological manifestation of our weakness faced with a situation that overwhelms us or paralyses us instead of us carry forward in our choice of action or escape.
When driving a car, you are asked to put the car into gear and then accelerate. If you do, you’ll have a movement which will depend on the force with which you push your machine. If you accelerate without engaging the gears, you have a terrible noise, a trembling of the structure and a surprised driver that did not see the expected motion. Adrenaline causes the same phenomenon in humans: if we learn to use it is an invaluable, otherwise it will only disturb us.
We now recognise the different manifestations of these discharges in our body. There are five major manifestations of our fears and our anxieties that will correspond to the problematic release of adrenaline:
* The anguish of anticipation,
* The fear before confrontation,
* The fear in the confrontation,
* The second dose in the confrontation,
* The anguish from the confrontation.
Through our daily pathological anxieties, we release over long periods small doses of adrenaline without specific purpose or cause. A possible confrontation with the spouse, the department head, the “colleagues” at work, this causes unnecessary anxiety. The body gets used to the constant release of adrenaline, the subject will be more tense, agitated and unable to respond to a real emergency situation. The constant stimulation of the system, without reason and without action, is like a car that accelerates continuously without being in gear, and burns the engine. The theory of compulsive possible conflict is destroying us and makes our lives difficult. Especially the fight against situations instead of fighting windmills. Moreover, after some time, this unused energy, stagnant and “hot”, will be turned against someone weaker than us in our daily lives: a spouse, child or small pet (if you are really low and pathetic). This fresh release of “poison” must be identified and sublimated to not destroy us. That anxiety, in the area of the world of thoughts. It is a work of internal alchemy begins with chi kung.
In the planning of an actual confrontation, it is normal to be scared. This stimulation prepares us for the reality. Whether the request for a raise, the prospect of a break with someone close, a combat sport or for his life, the feeling will grow until the manifestation of the event. This fear may be the one of defeat or one of success. If this discharge of adrenaline lasts long enough it becomes useless. It is very difficult not to be the victim of this waiting period, its often much worse than what we really expect. This is the realm of “calming mind”, but this represents an advanced level of practice.
In a conflict situation, and depending on our level of knowledge of these phenomena, we have a violent discharge which is coated with adrenaline. In our reality, we will be overtaken by the flight of a sparrow or to fight with a bayonet in the dark. The more intimate we are with these discharges and these situations, the more we live it fully, in its abandonment. The response will be more true if our intellect is not participating, we are in the instinctive response which is directly dependent on adaptation of perceptions; mental compulsive mind is not the place. We can gently familiarise ourselves with our reactions with a progressive exposure to our fears. Thus we will be able to respond normally to life, not in a typical resistance of Tao.
In a conflict situation with life, we can misjudge a situation. This misjudgement can appear suddenly in the realisation of the confrontation: again we pass by a fear to fail or succeed that will give us a “second round” of sudden release of natural stimulant. Too often ignored by scholars too unadventurous in their studies on fear, the second wave can break our action in its implementation. Confident of our ability, but surprised by the turn of reality, we can be knocked by this phenomenon. An imaginative fantasy, nourished by hopes and dreams can be the difference between our projections and reality. I love the image of the fighter that really hits for the first time an opponent. The of course immensely destructive power of his fists of steel , but he was surprised by the absolute lack of results on the other side of him. The imagination and cheap books ensure him victory still, but the reality is not as attractive. The illusions can be gone in combat and receive a “second wave” of fear that at worse paralyse, better to flee. A husband who wants to break with his wife can be sure of himself and his power until the final confrontation where his partner leaves. The universe of human decision-making may be the source of a memorable discharge of adrenaline. Exposure to fears will help set the level of fear response to a pleasant level for everyday life: This level differs depending on whether it is sewing or a special forces officer.
After the conflict a “dragging” release and discharge of the remaining residual tension. If the confrontation is a success or not, there is at that moment often a violent feeling concluding that this experience is complete. The emotions will be linked to the happy or not resolution of the confrontation which will make this time readily perceptible or not. When we are very pleased with the success of a confrontation, the corresponding end discharge may be confused with the signs expressed emotionally, but it is there any way. The more the phase of confrontation is not resolved, the more the phase will be violent. If all the stages do not end in a frank resolution, residues will be very present and very bulky.
How to recognise the manifestation of the release of adrenaline?
The results of a slow discharge, type 1 of anguish and type 2, are much more dangerous and can become chronic. The same symptoms can exist for a bad psychological reaction to type 5, the discharge after the fact, this is a state of shock.
We have four major symptoms:
* The loss of sleep or disturbed sleep,
* Loss of appetite or weight loss,
* Depressive syndromes,
* High blood pressure and palpitations.
Regarding the release of the violent moment of confrontation, conflict, we find five events general:
* To obstruct part of the heart beat and to shake the entire body (including voice),
* A lack of saliva and a spontaneous sweat (hands included)
* A “tunnel” vision to that reduces peripheral vision (useful but dangerous)
* Nausea or possible to go to the toilet,
* A distortion of time that can seem longer or shorter.
These are the events listed as the most common in studies on the biochemistry and fear thereof.
To find some relaxation in these situations, a normal operation, we have three essential concepts:
* Accept an intellectual comprehension and experiment of the mechanisms of the body,
* Feel the adrenaline discharge without confusion and weakness,
* Utilise, the more natural “fight or flight” situation.
We will detail these later stages.