Moving on to Mars...
- I was thinking about calling thiis post the "Hodge Podge" or
"Random Musings"-yeah I could find a lot of things to post about
Mars and the influence of Mars but what is on my mind is the
current war that this country is engaged in. Plus I still have one
foot stuck in the Sun. So, by way of building a little bridge for
myself I am going to bring, instead, the biology of homeland
defense by Bruce Lipton. One of Lipton's points is that an
organism cannot sustain active defense against perceived
external threats and growth at the same time. This is telling if
one can read his words with the country in mind as the organism
being spoken of.
It's the Hypothalumus that, in the axis Lipton discusses sends
the signal to the Pituitary and the Pituitary sends the signal on
accordingly. This has given rise, I guess, to the thinking that the
Pituitayry is the master gland. The way I see it, is that the
Hypothalumaus is the master gland, that it's all about perception
in the first place-the signal origination, not about the pituitary
interpretation or switch. The question is whether the Pituitary is
active or passive. If the pathway is one of Hypothalumus to
Pituitary to either Adrenals or Pineal then it looks as if the
Pituitary is the fork in the road.
But I've always seen this as, bear with me here, a straight vertical
line-hypothalumus, pituitary, adrenal gland activation-intersected
by another straight horizontal line-hypothalumus, pituitary, pineal.
Why does it matter, who cares? Well, along the lines of
Pisces-Virgo, continued activation of the HPP axis would mean
growth, spiritual growth of an individual. And if the perceptions of
the environment were ones of safety then this axis could be
activated. If the environment is consistently perceived as unsafe,
then I, as an individual on a spiritual path would either have to
INSULATE myself from the environment or take a pill (ingest
enough of a specific chemical) to overide the correct pituitary
Or conversely, if I'm an individual who is not interested in the
spiritual world I could take another pill to ensure that I would not
have any unwelcome experiences. This is something that I know
Steiner foresaw. That the creators of the Matrix foresaw. That this
day would come. From my reading over the last two weeks
related to gold I see that day has arrived.
So then the question arises again, what is this war about, really?
Some people still say terrorism, most oil, a few gold. But
nowhere except here, as Bradford has said, have I seen or heard
anyone saying that it is essentially a war for the very spirit of
man. For the spiritual health and well being of humanity.
From Bruce Lipton's new book, the cover of which is
coinkidencally featured on Eric's Website...
"The body is actually endowed with two separate protection
systems, each vital to the maintenance of life. The first is the
system that mobilizes protection against EXTERNAL threats. It is
called the HPA axis, which stands for the
Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis. When there are no threats,
the HPA axis is inactive and growth flourishes. However, when
the brain's hypothalamus perceives an environmental threat, it
engages the HPA axis by sending a signal to the pituitary gland,
the "Master Gland," which is responsible for organizing the fifty
trillion cells of the community to deal with the impending threat."
"The technical details of how stress stimuli engage the HPA axis
follows a simple cascade:
In response to perceptions of stress registered in the brain, the
hypothalamus secretes a corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF),
which travels to the pituitary gland. CRF activates special pituitary
hormone secreting cells causing them to release
adrenocorticotropic hormones (ACTH) into the blood. The ACTH
then makes its way to the adrenal glands, where it serves as the
signal to turn on the secretion of the "fight-flight" adrenal
hormones. These stress hormones coordinate the function of
the body's organs, providing us with great physiologic power to
fend off or flee danger."
"Once the adrenal alarm is sounded, the stress hormones
released into the blood constrict the blood vessels of the
digestive tract, forcing the energy providing blood to preferentially
nourish the tissues of the arms and legs that enable us to get
out of harm's way. Before the blood was sent to the extremities, it
was concentrated in the visceral organs. Redistributing the
viscera's blood to the limbs in the fight or flight response results
in an inhibition of growth-related functions; without the blood's
nourishment the visceral organs cannot function properly. The
visceral organs stop doing their life-sustaining work of digestion,
absorption, excretion and other functions that provide for growth
of the cells and the production of the body's energy reserves.
Hence, the stress response inhibits growth processes and
further compromises the body's survival by interfering with the
generation of vital energy reserves."
"The body's second protection system is the immune system,
which protects us from threats originating under the skin, such
as those caused by bacteria and viruses. When the immune
system is mobilized, it can consume much of the body's energy
supply. To get a sense of how much energy the immune system
expends, recall how physically weak you become when you are
fighting infections such as a flu or a cold. When the HPA axis
mobilizes the body for fight or flight response, the adrenal
hormones directly repress the action of the immune system to
conserve energy reserves. In fact, stress hormones are so
effective at curtailing immune system function that doctors
provided them to recipients of transplants so that their immune
systems wouldn't reject the foreign tissues."
"Why would the adrenal system shut down your immune
system? Imagine that you are in your tent on the African
savannah suffering from a bacterial infection and experiencing a
bad case of diarrhea. You hear the gutty growl of a lion outside
your tent. The (body) must respond to the greater threat. It will do
your body no good to conquer the bacteria if you let the lion maul
you. So your body halts the fight against the infection in favor of
mobilizing energy for flight to survive your close encounter with
the lion. Therefore, a secondary consequence of engaging the
HPA axis is that it interferes with our ability to fight disease."
"Activating the HPA axis also interferes with our ability to think
clearly. The processing of information in the forebrain, the center
of executive reasoning and logic, is significantly slower than the
reflex activity controlled by the hindbrain, In an emergency, the
faster the information processing, the more likely the organism
will survive. Adrenal stress hormones constrict the blood
vessels in the forebrain reducing its ability to function.
Additionally, the hormones repress activity in the brain's
pre-frontal cortex, the center of conscious volitional
action-conscious activity. In an emergency, the vascular flow and
hormones serve to activate the hindbrain, the source of
life-sustaining reflexes that most effectively control fight or flight
behavior. While it is necessary that stress signals repress the
slower processing conscious mind to enhance survival, it
comes at a cost, diminished conscious awareness and
reduced intelligence. [Takamatsu, et al, 2003; Arnsten and
Goldman-Rakic 1998; Goldstein, et al, 1996]"