As you survey the path ahead, your vision locks with laser focus onto your target. Your body knows it's time for a fight and the adrenaline starts to cause the blood to flow into your arms and hands. You breathing becomes shallow and you can see your unsuspecting target. The time has come.

Suddenly, you sense that another hunter has focused his attention on the target too. YOUR target. This is going to get ugly. Not only do you have to act immediately before the opportunity passes, but you're going to have to compete with another hunter.

With reflexes honed over thousands of years of evolution you act with the swiftness of a coiled rattlesnake, punching the accelerator of your mini-van to the floor and zooming into the last parking space in this section of the Mall parking lot.

As you read the paragraphs above, could you feel the tension mounting? Could you feel the thrill of the hunt? The grim preparedness of impending mortal combat? If you were let down when you read the last sentence that revealed the story was about competing for a parking space - don't be. Situations like this happen to people every day, and the internal response - the release of the hormones that govern fight and flight - are the same ones that happened to our distant ancestors for whom the fight/flight response was a matter of life and death.

Survival is coded into our DNA. It’s the primary job of the fight/flight response and it is what has ensured the survival of our species from predators, natural disasters, and the IRS. (Just kidding about the IRS.)

This need to survive has developed of the hundreds of thousands of years that the human race, in whatever form it took along its evolution, has existed. The development of this survival instinct has kept with the changes in our environment over time. That is, up until around 1844 – the beginning of the industrial revolution.

From the time that Samuel Morse tapped out his first telegraph message on May 23, 1844 until the present, our environment has undergone more changes that it had done in the previous ten thousand years. Our internal circuitry that controls the fight/flight response – the instinct that help ensure our survival – has become utterly confused about what constitutes a real threat and what doesn’t.

In the good old days when our ancestors had to defend against saber-toothed tigers or against members of neighboring tribes, the stress hormones that give us the ability to fight ferociously or flee expediently get processed during the act of fighting or fleeing.

But what happens when those same hormones get secreted when our access to parking close to the mall entrance is threatened? They don’t get processed in the same way because, even though your subconscious mind when into crisis mode, your conscious mind knew that there was no real danger at hand.

This occurrence of going into fight/flight mode for no good reason happens to almost all of us, again and again, day in and day out over our whole lifetime. The effects on your health when you’re living in a constant state of high alert can have a devastating effect on your health and your ability to fight off real predators like colds, flu and other opportunistic dis-eases.

In my next article I’ll reveal the identity of the energy circuits that control the fight/flight response and point you to a video that shows you some ways that you can restore them to the balanced and healthy state they were intended to be in – even when you have to fight the cave-person from the neighboring tribe for that parking space right next to Best Buy.

Author's Bio: 

Ron Matthews is a Certified Energy Medicine practitioner who spent the first 30 years of his adult life as an electromagnetic physicist and an avid student of Qigong and Taiji Quan. Ron has a robust Energy Medicine practice and has written several Energy Healing home-study courses covering a wide range of applications. Visit his site at