Did you ever wonder why things cause you to have different responses? Diverse events cause diverse reactions or responses. There are almost as many reactions as there are events…almost. To have alternative responses or diverse reactions to new occurrences is one of the wonders of the human body. Do you realize that the event, or cause, generates a reaction, or effect? So what! What wiring or chemical solution connects the cause to the effect? This is much like the power of a car’s motor needing to be connected to the wheels to make it go. In a car, the drive shaft connected to the (rear) axle and differential will transfer the power from the motor to the wheels. In a person, the connection between the event and the reaction is caused by chemicals, or drugs, manufactured by the body.
The proper amount of the chemicals, or drugs, is just as important as the manufacturing of the correct chemical or drug. So ladies, when a fly is accidentally let into the kitchen through the back door you aren’t supposed to use your husband’s shotgun to kill it. That’s what is called “over reacting”. “Over reacting” occurs when the amount of chemicals manufactured by the body is much more than you need to do a simple job. In the kitchen, in order to avoid the dangers of a misguided burst of bug spray, not to mention the unpleasant odor, every ingenious homemaker knows its time to employ the vacuum cleaner and suck that varmit out of the air and down a deep, dark hole or spray window cleaner on it instead of bug spray. Thus, diverse events cause diverse reactions. You may just want to explore a less dynamic method of insect removal, however.
In the human body many chemicals are manufactured and dispatched. These drugs or chemicals are strategically placed for immediate deployment upon notice from the brain. In some cases these chemicals are dumped into the bloodstream and picked up by the proper receptor a long way from where they are produced. Generally these chemicals or drugs are produced in glands. The function of some of these glands is so important they don’t even have to answer first to the brain. Their function can sometimes be triggered by an imbalance of other chemical criteria such as acid-base balance (pH) or positive or negative concentrations, but in any event, the brain has a great deal to do with proper glandular functions. Sometimes the brain reacts just to the type and amount of these chemicals, manufactured by the body, that are unused and remaining for cleanup.
Did you ever have to be out in the cold and rain all day? By the time your work, or the shift, was ending, or you had reached your destination, your bones had begun to ache. All day the wind and rain made you have to keep your head down. You just kept keeping on. Your hands had become so cold that you could hardly move your fingers. Finally, you could go home. The fan in your car’s heater had ground to a halt two months earlier and won’t work. When you get home and you unlock the door you remember that you had turned the heat off that morning to save energy and the money that it takes to pay for it. Your hands shake a little by the time you move your frozen body toward the thermostat or the gas heater with a burning match. Your body shivers. You creep back into the kitchen. You fill the kettle with cold water and put it on the stove at the proper temperature which will allow hot soup in about thirty minutes; just long enough for you to soak in very warm bath water. You go to the bathroom and start your bath water and begin peeling your wet clothes off at a rate not to exceed the water filling the tub. You put in the soap and finish peeling off your wet clothes. You remember to relieve yourself. You are striving for maximum comfort. Finally, the warmth you have been dreaming about all day is a well deserved reality.
At first you really can’t tell how hot the water is because the feeling is just returning to your cold, damp, frozen, carcass. As your body begins to warm, your brain notifies the proper glands and they begin to dump heart thumping drugs, manufactured by your body, into your bloodstream. Your first thought is that you have died and gone to heaven. You bask in the warmth of the hot bath water and you reflect on the day. It had been a successful day but only because you had stuck with it and got the job done. The drugs or chemicals that your body is manufacturing and oozing into your bloodstream due to the bath are the same drugs that your brain remembered from better days. These were the same drugs that your brain recorded as giving you the warm fuzzy feelings when your mother had supper on the table, a warm bath and a soft, warm bed to sleep in after a hard day at school and playing outside until dark. In this scenario the item missing is mom, or someone at the same location demonstrating some form of love. At least, the power bill was current. It’s amazing how our subconscious draws from past experiences and can relate to things long since forgotten.
Were you ever successful at something regardless of your age? Remember how important you felt when you were presented with the award or singled out as being special? You were suddenly and openly accepted and appreciated by others because of an achievement on your part. Did you hold back just a little to show humility or did you stick out your chest and grin big like a briar eating jackass? If you humbled yourself your brain was actually holding back some of the drug and not allowing an overwhelming rush of excitement. In other words you were trying not to be overwhelmed by the award.
Years later you realize how important that day, or that period, of your life really was and you kind of chuckle at yourself as you reminisce. It’s hard to duplicate that same feeling but your mind recorded those same chemicals and it’s waiting for another event that has approximately the same criteria for the same type reward.
As you continue your daily life, and you are constantly rewarded for basically the same accomplishments, your brain reduces the amount of chemicals with which it floods your body. Your accomplishments slowly become commonplace to you. This is what is known as “handling success” or “successful leadership”. When you try to change the way you do things, in order to regain some of that original excitement, you do what is called “messing up a good thing”.
The above chemicals regarding warmth and success are good chemicals that our brain uses to fulfill some of our emotional needs for security and love. There are many chemicals or drugs manufactured by the body that the brain can use to promote “self”. The promotion of one’s self, generally results in the violation of another’s comfort, space, or physical well being. If your brain floods your body with rewarding chemicals when you abuse others, you are lacking basic qualities. If your brain floods your body with rewarding chemicals when you have stolen from others, even if it is a material possession or another person’s reputation, you are acting out of insecurity and hardness. Insecurity and hardness spawns condemnation, judging, jealously, bias, bigotry, retribution, etc. When you crave the feelings that come with hurting others without motive you have allowed your heart to harden with chemicals of self destruction. Only God’s Love can overcome and heal that condition. Even punishment will not heal you. When you hurt others with motive, you have learned how to justify or rationalize self pity, self indulgence, self adoration, self etc, with the bending or denial of truth to favor yourself. When you harden your heart you can not hear, you cannot see, and you cannot feel the emotions and needs of others. Since God is love and you do not see and feel the needs and emotions of others, you also harden your heart toward God. God’s gyroscope, GPS and guidance system is installed in each and every one of us as we are conceived. Before birth, they are attached to our soul. Jesus will make certain not only of the correct chemicals but also the right amounts that will turn our wheels. All we have to do is flip the switch and activate the program. Many people go through their entire lives without knowing they have a rich uncle who loves them. All you have to do is acknowledge Him and get to know Him.
These self manufactured chemicals or drugs that our brain dumps into our bloodstream or with which our nerve endings are deluged and placated are important to us. They are the drive shaft that connects our motor to our wheels. Nothing happens in our lives without a chemical being dumped into our bloodstream or over a synaptic nerve ending causing a reaction. We can’t even have a thought without the flow of a self manufactured chemical or drug passing through our system somehow or somewhere.
Chemicals and drugs produced by the body fall into at least 3 categories. The first involves the senses; feel (tactile), smell, sight, hearing and taste. The second is physiological which involves homeostasis or chemical balance of the body. The third addresses the emotional aspects of life. All three categories involve the defense system which attempts to guarantee the perpetuation and overall performance of the body.
How we know which chemicals and amounts of those chemicals to produce in any given circumstance involves the creation of templates which are developed by initial, reactive and redundant stimuli. These templates dictate the amount and type of chemicals that are used toward recovery. The third category, the emotional, has an initial chemical that is emitted by the body when one of the five senses triggers acknowledgement of a stimulus. The five senses are seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling (tactile), and smelling. The initial chemical response that warrants, laughter, crying, fear, anxiety, lonesomeness, pain, satisfaction, power, etc. alerts the body that a reactive chemical may be necessary. The reactive chemicals that the body produces can be its own painkiller, its own depressant and/or antidepressant; adrenalin, epinephrine, enhancer, dopamine, melatonin, serotonin, etc.
Drugs and chemicals from an extraneous source, outside the body, are unfortunate distractions. They are lies and falsehoods that allow a person to deceive themselves regarding facing emotional responsibility. Emotional responsibility comes from within an individual.
Chemicals or drugs, produced by our bodies are, in time, what dictate who we become or don’t become. Opportunities for success are there for those who try. Small successes lead to big successes. It is important to remember that what we learn through endeavor is what makes us strong, and not the reward. The reward comes when we endeavor correctly using all the rules that are preset by our guidance mechanism. The more we do, the more we can do. The more we can do, the more we will know, the more we know, the more we can learn. The more we learn, the more we can teach others. Be certain not to cheat yourself. Your life and the way you live it is a precious gift. Be a vessel of living water that God pours through you to others.
Between successful times and when there’s no warm bath on a cold day, Jesus’ love will flood your body with heart warming chemicals that will overcome all obstacles. Live your life by using His guidelines. Seek His truth and surely the chemicals of warmth, success, love, patience, and gentleness will flood your body. Religion is the opiate of the masses. Don’t become a victim of senseless rituals. Love from the only living God can fill your life with purpose and meaning. You find this love by reading His Word, the Holy Bible, associating with others who truly know Him, and praying. Not only will your life have warmth and meaning so will your death in due time. It is not how we die that gives our life importance but it is how we live our lives that gives importance to life. Lori/Hank