Many people are becoming aware of just how many pollutants, toxins and chemicals there are in our daily environment. It would appear our lives are being insulted by these things at every corner! It is becoming more and more difficult to isolate ourselves from their noxious influence. Therefore, we have to make choices about how we deal with this reality of modern society.
A growing portion of the population is experiencing reactions to everyday substances found at home and work. For example: You may have asked those around you not to wear perfume, or maybe your diet has become so specialized that impromptu dinner engagements with friends or family are nearly impossible. This progression into multiple sensitivities is not an overnight process. It starts with one thing and steadily increases to many things to the point that individuals become more and more isolated.
I will not debate that there are legitimate concerns to avoid certain substances that can do harm. However kitchen knives, fire, rabid mosquitos, fanged rabbits etc, are all potentially dangerous, but you have a choice to develop a fear towards those things or not. Developing irrational fears about substances in your environment is very detrimental, probably more harmful then the substance itself. I have noticed a mental construct common to those that experience multiple sensitivities. There is a portion of this condition that I feel arrives from a constant aversion about the world we live in combined with a sense of victimization.
I want to address the mental programming we do to ourselves in responding to external stimuli without being consciously aware of its consequences. For instance, it isn’t hard to find studies that show the body can be trained to respond to stimuli, whether from thoughts, emotions or various other senses, a lot like the Pavlov response or self hypnosis. Studies aside, you have probably experienced waking up at the same time for multiple days in a row, or one minute before the alarm is supposed to go off. These are examples of having some impact over body systems we think we have no conscious control over. What happens before reacting physically to something is first a thought colored with an aversion to something. These are the mental and/or emotional responses that end up programming your body with information. With reinforcement these programs strengthen into a belief structure that will run by itself without much conscious input. Here are a few of these mental constructs that underly these responses to environmental stress:
I must always be on guard
I am easily harmed
I am not safe in an uncontrolled environment
I have no control over what happens to my body
I am a victim of a polluted world
You can see that this is a fear-based negative programming structure that is the near opposite of adaptability. These kind of emotions and thoughts always contribute to the etiology of disease. All the while, it appears that some of these sensitive individuals whom I have met have a mindset that this quality of being highly sensitive is an achievement in refinement, purity, and wholeness, as if their level of sensitivity is an indication of their spiritual progress! I will state that the elimination of fear is a better measure of spiritual progress.
The truth is that these thoughts have consequences. The worry does more to disintegrate health than the short term exposure to a toxicity. The body has a remarkable adaptive ability to handle environmental challenges if it has the raw materials to function adequately. Sound mind, sound body. Trust the innate intelligence of your physical vehicle. Be aware of your body without being so concerned with its function that you no longer have the capacity to live life through it!