Can Energy Healing Cure Anxiety?
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Can Energy Healing Cure Anxiety?Overcome Anxiety With These Tips From Abby Wynne
You’re reading this because you’ve felt anxious at least once in your life—you understand how awful it feels, and you don’t want to feel it again. It’s much more likely, however, that you’ve experienced anxiety more than once in your life. It’s probable that you feel anxious quite often; many people wake up in the morning with anxiety, it can stay with them all day, and then they go to bed with it. Feeling anxious has become a normal way of life.
Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive, says, “If you feel anxious for no reason, switch on the news and find reasons.” For me, this statement really illustrates the times that we are living in, and there’s a lot of fear in the world right now. Nothing can cure anxiety because we need anxiety. Anxiety is an emotion or a sensation that informs us that there’s something wrong. The good news is that energy healing can help you disconnect from many sources of fear, helping you to feel more grounded and rational. When you practice energy healing the fear level in you subsides, your anxiety levels reduce, and you feel more like yourself again. And the even better news is this: to practice energy healing you already have everything that you need inside of you. You just need to know how to do it.
You don’t need to carry crystals around, put a smudge stick in your pocket, or bring oracle cards in your bag to do energy healing. You can do energy healing on the bus, while you’re in the queue for the bank, at home while watching TV, or even at your desk. All you need to do is decide that you’re going to do it!
Energy healing is straightforward, but for it to be effective you need to put 100 percent of your concentration into it. That can be really hard, particularly when your thoughts are jumping around all over the place, which ironically is one of the symptoms of anxiety. Practicing energy healing can often keep our anxiety levels low. Even those of us who have been using energy healing for years still need to practice it every day.
My approach to energy healing is different to most because I am also a psychotherapist. I believe that we need to work with our thoughts, rather than allow ourselves to be bombarded (or terrorized) by them. Our thoughts come up with every possible disastrous scenario and present it to us so that we are prepared for it, just in case. While our head tells us that this type of thinking is a form of protection, what it actually does is give power to a source of fear that is out of our control. Even if we come up with a solution to the presented scenario, our thoughts can quickly generate another, and another, so we eventually feel powerless and small. The more powerless we feel, the smaller our presence in the world; the bigger everything else seems, the more anxiety we experience. People are creating anxiety levels that are off the scale of anything that our physical bodies are designed to handle. This leads to physical overload, causing exhaustion, apathy, loss of motivation, depression, ill health, and disease.
The best way forward is to take the first step, even if it’s just a small one. So, let’s try a small energy healing exercise right now. Follow the instructions below and bring in as much of your concentration as you can into the work. Notice how difficult or how easy it is to be 100 percent present, and just accept that this is where you are for now. If you persist with this it will get easier, but you need to be patient with yourself, too. Unwinding from a high level of anxiety can take some time—if you unwind a spring too quickly, it will tighten right back up again.
- First, make sure that you are somewhere you feel safe. Tell yourself that you are safe, and give yourself permission to relax and not to worry about anything. If you have trouble with this, remind yourself that it’s just for a few minutes, and your body needs a break. Know that when your body relaxes it can heal itself, so you need to make the conscious effort to take control of your thoughts, and tell them to work with you and not against you.
- Become aware of your breathing. Feel the air coming into your body, and feel your chest expanding and falling. You don’t need to change how you are breathing, just bring in your awareness of it. If you want to, you can think or say out loud: “I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out, I feel the breath coming into my body, I feel the breath leaving my body.” It’s as if you’re giving your thoughts a job to do that’s helpful, rather than letting them do whatever they want. You can also say things like: “it’s okay to be here,” “I am right here in this moment now,” or “I am safe, I am here.” This is really calming for your subconscious mind.
- When you’re feeling stable and your breathing is regular, bring your awareness to your feet. Feel your feet inside your shoes, feel the ground beneath your feet. Feel the earth beneath you, and notice whether you feel like you’re in your body, or somewhere else. This bit can be hard, but it’s okay. The more you do this, the safer you feel, and the more present you will become. You can try my body reconnection exercise on SoundCloud to work on this if you want to.
- Now, use an image—a coiled spring is good. How tightly are you wound up? Or a flower—are you closed or open? Let your mind show you an image of whatever you resonate with, whether you’re tight, pretzel twisted, and caught up in knots of anxiety, or calm, relaxed, and soft at peace, or somewhere in between. Your breathing, and the power of your will and focus, are going to help you relax that spring. In turn your body will relax with the spring, and your anxiety levels will subside.
- Breathe in and fill your chest with air, and hold it for a moment. Have your feet firmly on the ground to support you, or sit down on a chair. Use your breath to breathe out some of the tension in your body. Just a little bit of it. It can help you to visualize the image of your choice relaxing, softening, and opening. Focus on one part of your body, and feel the muscles soften there as you breathe out.
- Do it again. Breathe in, hold the breath, get your bearings, slowly breathe out the tension, relax. Yes, this is a form of energy healing—simple isn’t it!
- Breathe in, I am here, breathe out the tension, relax. And repeat until you feel better. Keep feeling the ground beneath you. Know that if you do this too quickly you may get light-headed, so only take a few breaths the first time you do it.
There’s quite a lot going on when you become totally focused on releasing the tension from your body. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how effective this can be, even after just a few breaths. The key to this is remembering that you can do it, and practicing it. When you’re anxious you’re up and away with your thoughts, and it can take a lot of effort to come back down. The safer you feel, the more grounded you become, and you can begin to sense the anxiety before it strikes you flat. This should help you to feel grounded and safe enough to go straight to the cause of the fear, using anxiety as an indicator of something being wrong. This is, after all, is what anxiety is designed for.
There’s a lot more that you can do with energy healing; this is just one small example of how you can center yourself in your body. In my online course Energy Healing for Beginners, I teach that centering is the first step to healing. You can then ground yourself to Mother Earth, and draw down a source of healing energy. It’s all there for you, if you want it. Namaste.
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