In my previous article Plant Medicine vs. COVID Anxiety, I shared a few thoughts on how to gain control over your mind in the midst of the COVID insanity. I can hardly imagine a subject more important and relevant. It is relatable to anyone, anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, the pandemic has become the focus of the world. And as I have previously suggested, it is certainly a time to defocus from it and focus back on your life.
Taking your life back from the global chaos is the single, most important thing you can do for yourself and your family. Losing your mind to anything in life is pretty bad, but losing yourself into the COVID drama is much worse because it brings the fear of death into your daily life.
Fear of death is an innate fear in all of us. I had my own journey through it which I detail in my first book PATH published in 2013. My shamanic initiation in Mexico with the Huichol Indians during a peyote ceremony took me to the edge of life from which I could stare at the abyss. I was stung by deadly scorpions at the peak of a Peyote ceremony and spent 3 days between life and death. You can read it in the book if you would like to hear more. Here I only mention it because I see that what drives people crazy is not the COVID itself but the fear of death that is usually suppressed in us by all means through our lives.
Now during the pandemic, this fear has been triggered and brought to the surface. People are scared to die. This innate, primal fear is now being used to destroy our world. For those who have drunk Ayahuasca, this fear is known from the experience. It is something you might experience during a ceremony. But even that is just an ego death, your physical body is safe. In my case, being full of deadly scorpion venom during that night, my physical life was threatened. I won’t share here what I learned from this deadly experience, as some of it I have already shared in the book. But I do want to talk about the reality we live in today which is now permeated by the fear of death. The point of this article is to help you see it from a higher perspective and thus harness your fear to a manageable size.
Medical errors alone cause an estimated 250,000 deaths in the United States annually. Cancer claimed hundreds of thousands of lives during the time you were locked up in your home fearing COVID – 606,520 deaths in 2020 in the US alone, to be exact.
Tuberculosis kills 4000 people per day around the world. Not to mention all of the deaths from car accidents, drug overdose, violence, and many other causes – none of which have shut down the world.
It is actually mind-blowing to learn about these facts. COVID, which has a 99.7% survival rate, is as bad as a bad flu, which we have annually all over the world. People die from the flu as well, but we never heard about shutting down human civilization because of it.