Why is the system in our lives today supporting a fear and protection system?

In today’s world, humans have not learned to live together in harmony.  Many humans attack others to take their food, their land or their possessions.  Therefore, we grow up in a world to be afraid of others.  Instead of learning to live together as one human family, we are taught to fear others. During our development, we learn (create receptors) to read the stimuli in the environment.  We move to things that offer growth and protect ourselves from things that threaten our lives.

Unfortunately, many people make money from our fears.  The more fear we have, the more weapons we buy, the more armies we create.  We give our money, food and possessions to others who promise to protect us.  Therefore there is money to be made by keeping people in fear. Weapon manufacturers make the most money when two sides fight against each other because these corporations sell their weapons to both sides in a war.

Because people are taught that war and fighting is a way of life, then the population accepts this belief to be true. The evolution theory by Charles Darwin says that there will never be enough food to feed everybody, therefore, war is a way of life because people will fight to get their food.  So the governments use the Darwin theory to justify war and violence as a natural way of life.  If we believe that then we pay lots of money to protect ourselves.  “Protection” is one of the world’s biggest business opportunities.  For example, the corporations who own the weapons companies and also own the news/TV media.  They use the news to make people afraid so that people will give them more money to make more weapons and a bigger military.  There is profit in protection. These corporations do not make money if there is peace.

As a result, violence and war is encouraged because it is good for business.  However, if people continue to be afraid by the news, their brain releases stress hormones into their blood.  These hormones activate receptors to close the body down to the threats in the environment.  As described in previous posts, when the body is in protection, the stress hormones shut off the growth processes.

The reason is simple: it takes energy to grow … but it also takes energy to protect yourself. If something threatens you, you want to have enough energy to save your life. When our minds are in fear, the brain releases stress hormones into the blood.  These hormones shut down the body’s growth mechanisms to save energy, because the mind (through the use of stress hormones) has told the body to conserve all of its energy for “fight or flight” to save its life.

Fear is BIG business and therefore, the world is encouraged to live in fear so that corporations can continue to make money off of our need for protection.

What do you believe is the answer?


25 thoughts on “Why is the system in our lives today supporting a fear and protection system?

  1. Bruce thank you for your energy and Truth you share 🙂 Just had to comment how ironic it is that the ad at the bottom of your beautifully written piece is a McDonalds ad – one of the biggest corporations in the world. I believe one of the solutions is not supporting corporations, and consciously choosing to spend our money for sustainable change. Also we must realize and see fear for what it truly is – an illusion. We are limitless beings, anything is possible. Blessings.

      • Agreed it is promoted that way by the church ie. Original Sin… But “sin” means “to separate.” So it actually originally separation from oneself — leaving the Garden for the Ego. Or, separating from the Eternal for the world is Light and Dark — which are a manifestation of the eternal anway. So I guess it’s all good!

    • love all these comments ..they resonate with a truth and isn’t it wonderful that apparently to flow as one, migratory birds only communicate with seven others ….so if we focus on the love that we are and allow that to resonate with seven others and they do the same the voila !! enjoy the love that you are

  2. Hi Bruce,
    Perhaps it is best to not focus on what the media serves up. I stopped watching the news quite some time ago. It might also be wise to look inward, I revisited meditation almost 6 years ago and in many ways, practicing the art has saved my life. Yoga works as well. So tune in (to our hearts), turn on (to things other than media news) and drop out (from what society considers “the norm”). Focus inwardly.
    Larry B.

  3. Start by turning off the news and doing calming things that soothe the nervous system. I am working on this so at least I am not buying into all the fear based information that we are bombarded with. I encourage the young people in my life to focus on positive things and do positive things. Creating fear and offering ‘protection’ equals controlling the population and making money off it. The individual needs to take back their own power.

  4. The means do not justify the end, the means is the end, peace will come only through peaceful actions. Learn to meditate, join in the world wide movement. All we need is a critical balance, calculated to be as low as 3.5%, if enough of us believe strongly enough that we co-create our world we will see peace.

    First one needs inner peace, meditate, reflect, relax. Remember the fight or flight response is an autonomic response, that means if you allow fear, the fight or flight response will be elicited. You will have a flood of adrenaline, nor-epinephrine and cortisol through your body and your brain will switch into the survival modes of the ‘reptilian brain’, higher brain function is impeded and you become easily manipulated by further fear tactics. They will rob you of your energy and you may be dis-empowered.

    Learn to evoke the Relaxation Response. It is also an autonomic response and when you train your mind to evoke it at the very first instant of fear, it may prevent the fight or flight response or even if the fight or flight has already kicked in the chemicals/hormones produced by the parasympathetic nervous system autonomic response elicited by the Relaxation Response will work to neutralise or convert the fight or flight chemicals to benign or useful substances. The neuro-chemicals produced when the Relaxation Response is evoked include: Oxytocin, vasopressin, serotonin, dopamine, endorphins. Google search to discover the benefits to one’s body and mind

    Remember a leader is the one who keeps calm, stays relaxed, whilst all others are in panic, fight or flight. Practise Meditation, practise evoking The Relaxation Response until it is the default response, let go of fear and the truth will appear! _/\_

  5. I agree that fear isn’t the answer. My experiences in fear have been a reduction in my humanity, compelling me to be even more fearful.
    It’s been an adrenal response to those that pushed against my fears in order to rob me of choices. While this may sound paranoid, it’s what happens when losing ground, and shifting away from a destined process.
    Fear being a comparative, it’s used to advance others. Fear is also used to compel the public at large to follow one another and be a collective in fear to conform, a process that’s natural in humanity, such as an elective process.
    Protection is sold to the public as insurance, an original racket from the 1920’s. Insurance is an illusion we buy because we are afraid. We’re afraid, based upon the programming we allow ourselves to hear, think and feel.
    Opinions are a group consciousness that puts humanity against itself. As long as we have opinions (judgments) we will divert away from our own unique path, and “follow the crowd” for approval, out of fear.
    If we choose to be less than our uniqueness, then our demise is the karma we choose.
    The answer? Strike your path. Stay true. Be the peace you seek.


  6. I think that if this behind-the-scenes war industry was made public and the individuals who head up these companies were publicly identified we’d be in a better position to see how we are being manipulated. I’m well aware of the highly negative and sensationalist bias of the so-called news (it would be better named as ‘murder,mayhem and madness’) and can usually detach myself from it but the war industry is another matter.
    Thanks for raising this Bruce.

  7. A collective shift of consciousness is obviously needed. Fear based thinking needs to be replaced with love. The only solution I know of is to start with ourselves, and work on improving everyday. Our goal is unconditional love. We may never achieve it 100% of the time, but we can all certainly try harder. Religion has had it’s opportunity for 2,000 years and I believe history would agree with me that it has failed. I think we need to move past the idea of a dude in the sky arriving soon to save us. The problems in our world are caused by the collective us. It’s our responsibility to fix them ourselves. I suspect that forgiveness, patience, tolerance, support and love are part of the solutions.

  8. Dear Bruce .my mentor and the man who changed my life with the biology of belief that studied with you .I run a company that specializes in coming out of crisis to growth. And I put intention to this important knowledge .but it seems that the false power of the stress hormones especially for man is more important and addicting than talking about stoping the growth .can you elaborate about the growth and the most import values? What do the really do to there bodies and life’s when the growth mechanism is in danger. Love to have your answer . Thanks .Or Eleni

    • Dear Eleni,

      Thank you for the gift of your message and taking the time to write. Your work is very much needed in our world. Here are some thoughts….

      When I have a thought, my mind sends out signals, in the form of growth factors, hormones, or other chemicals. Thoughts can also initiate rapid oscillations of nerve cells in unison, which creates a kind of field effect that influences other cells and neurons almost instantaneously. Now, what’s interesting, and what I found out in my research at Stanford, is that your brain can veto what’s going on in other places in your body. The signals sent out by your central nervous system actually override the function of cell membrane receptors that are responding to signals in their immediate environment. That means the brain can ultimately control the activity of tissues and organs. I believe that the most powerful information processing by the brain is in the domain of the subconscious and that it can shape tissue responses. These signals can actually influence the membrane to engage selected genes that then actively respond.

      When part of the brain senses stress, for example, it initiates a complex signal cascade that directs the body’s cells to launch a protection response, particularly through a stress hormone called cortisol. Now, let’s look at what happens to, say, a typical liver cell, which has receptors on its membrane that bind to cortisol. When it does this, the membrane sends information to the genes nside the nucleus of the cell to shut down their ability to break down a form of sugar called glycogen. The genes stop doing this, and extra sugar is released into the blood. That sugar is used as energy to counter the stress. This cascade could have been started by a real stress, or by a belief that causes stress even if it is a misperception.

      You may be interested in this link: https://www.brucelipton.com/resource/interview/veteran-science-writer-jill-neimark-interviews-bruce-h-lipton-phd

      Appreciate you reading this lengthy reply and have a wonderful rest of your week. Love and light to you Eleni

  9. Agree!! I stop reading news papers and watching tv news, and i haven’t been this fearless in my life….what can we do!!??..we can continue and spread this kind of messages in all forms of communications,,FB, internet and talk to as many people that we can , thou most of them are not mature yet to listening to this…

  10. and as i learn the imune sistem has less energy , you get ill and tata!you go to the doctor wich give you DRUGS.and the big money go to big pharma !end of story

  11. Well stated. However, Charles Darwin never actually said “survival of the fittest.” His views were appropriated and twisted to serve the purposes of the people you are writing about. There’s a good summary of how Darwin’s research was bastardized in the book “Sex at Dawn.” Also, what is often overlooked is that human’s rose to the top of the food chain by learning the principle of “survival of the fittest…GROUPS.” Learning to work together is what caused our evolutionary leap (see “The Social Conquest of Earth”). And, finally, those who live in fear are more probably conditioned from trauma (or hereditary trauma) to fear the world from an elevated, reactive automatic nervous system. The cause here is not “evil” people. It’s our misunderstanding of trauma and its effects on the human nervous system and brain chemistry. Our ignorance about PTSD of veterans and sex workers (the two hidden genocides of our time) and the passing on of these and other traumas to the next generation is what is creating a hypervigilant population on the whole (see Peter Levine’s “Waking the Tiger”). Education on trauma recovery and the example of those who are not reactive are the solution to our downward spiral.

  12. Awareness and empowerment. If more people become aware of what we are led to believe and see through it they can make more informed decisions. If we learn to understand how powerful we really are by putting our focus on what we really want and living in gratitude with love for ourselves and others, we can move forward from an old and destructive path.

  13. It’s quite informative, how are receptors been prepared to read the stimuli in the environment. One thing I feel hard to connect the big picture (Macro link) towards war on that and all human being justify the war is something hard to sync with me. I don’t think everyone want the war as a solution.
    While clarifying this part I would like to mindfully admit on, how the today world which make business out of Fear / protection and how we have been known paralysis by that.

  14. Trust the Universe it’s beautiful and amazing, trust yourself you’re beautiful and amazing, trust that we all are beautiful and amazing, create the harmony of happiness, we are one.

  15. Osho had a wonderful solution. Universal education and free economy. Well. I thought the biggest problem today is religious terrorism. Trying to covert them to normal human being is almost an impossible problem. Why am I choosing this fear? Osho thought, India could do away with the army/military. He thought, invite big corporates from all over the world & they will take care of security! Or you say, see that every one is usefully employed & who is their to quarrel. If you believed him, then china would invade north east & Pakistan north etc., so you have the expansionists. Poets like Rabindranath Tagore dreamed and called for universal brother hood. Then you think of brothers quarreling for property and killing each other. Plato thought of UTOPIA. So, on one hand strife & war is going on in various form. But what I personally feel is, the greatest threat is from irrational fearful religion. We should confront that evil square on.I see no solution there. All other strife can be solved amicably. But I do understand what you say. You are thinking of the arms dealers. That is how ISIS has become more dangerous. The sword had a limit. The evil have become much more powerful with modern weapons. What a paradox! I feel it is time for world government. We must ensure a corruption free global meritocracy, with proven service record to rule humanity. Those gem who would love to serve humanity, who have made enough money & have renounced riches & positions, they should rule. We should also have a world military. Let those nations who are facing religious fundamentalism join hands and send army based on population ratios to contain war on humanity, like what is going on. Simply having veto power & no control over such issues is useless. These veto powers are the vested interests who are making money by selling arms. So, in the world government, government manufactures arms & there is no sale. All private arms firms & news media will be run by world government. So ultimately two parties remain, the world government & antisocial elements. I think that is a reasonable proposition.

  16. Until or unless, an individual becomes fully aware of him/herself as a spiritual being having a human experience, and sees through that awareness that Love is all there is and that death is not the end, fear will continue to be the choice. Fear, separation, disconnection from self; all contribute to the big fear machine. I could go on. I’ve said enough for one day…on my own page. Thank you for yours. 😉

  17. In Lies We Trust
    When truth becomes conspiracy, reality becomes an illusion.
    The world as we know it, is an illusion based on lies and deceit.

    If the world seems insane, it’s because it is run by insane people.
    Money makes the world go round.
    So money talks and people can be bought.
    Jobs at all cost, cost us all.
    So stop going along to get along, because it is wrong and it does cost us all.
    They say (the psychopaths) there is a sucker born everyday.
    Ignorance is not bliss, it is how we are all being used and abused.

    Blind trust will be humanities undoing.
    So stop believing blindly and question everything.
    They lie and we believe, because we trust.
    Stop trusting and believing anything that is mainstream.
    It’s all being manipulated.
    You may think you are free, but really you are only free to conform.
    Freedom is nothing more than an illusion.
    Truth is knowledge.
    Knowledge is power.
    Knowing the truth will set you free.

    People say they love their (grand)children.
    Talk is cheap.
    Actions speak louder than words.
    This world is in a sad state of affairs and needs fixing.
    So grab a cause and get involved.
    Be the change you want to see.

    “It does not take an army to fight evil.
    All it takes is for individuals to do one good deed at the time.”

    So if you do nothing, nothing will happen.

    You can make a difference now
    by sharing this message.

    Deal with reality, before it deals with you.

    How Will the 99% Deal with 70 Million Psychopaths?
    What can we do collectively to contain and manage this small minority of psychopaths. Can we contain the 70 million psychopaths in the world today?

    Psychopaths Rule Our Entire World – Politicians and Bankers are all Psychopaths


  18. First, Thank you for this amazing post, I wish everyone could read it and truly understand that.
    LOVE is the answer. When everyone surrender to love and realizing that love is the most powerful energy that exists, everybody will take back his power (because love is the true power) then with love and awareness the world will become heaven.

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