Anxiety; just reading or hearing that one word is capable of eliciting emotion. Anxiety is a massively popular topic in our society, one saturated with confusing and sincerely unhelpful misinformation. But there is also truly helpful and effective information available as well. I’ve done 10 years of intense studying so you don’t have to! Allow me to attempt to simplify your journey in understanding and healing anxiety.
Anxiety is a popular topic for good reason, everyone experiences anxiety to some degree, it is part of the human experience (unless you become enlightened). Some people have it here or there, and some folks are consumed by anxiety; it certainly has the potential to cripple your entire life. There is really no avoiding anxiety, so being educated about it is a wise and loving decision.
So what it is anxiety – really?
And why is there so much misinformation? To answer my second question first, it is important to intimately study the subconscious mind when understanding any emotion, not just the symptoms the emotion gives you. Studying your subconscious is no easy task and requires some meditation skill, but is a necessity in understanding your personal anxieties.
To break it down very simply, on the most fundamental level this is what defines anxiety: Unidentified fear, hurt, self-pity, or anger; any one or combination of these four emotions. That is all anxiety is, any of these unidentified emotions will generate anxiety in your body. Simple right? Ok, maybe not so simple but at least simplified. It can still be very difficult to identify, process, and release the emotion, let alone reprogram the belief that is generating it! Side note: your beliefs generate all the emotions you experience, so healing anxiety permanently becomes a process of changing your beliefs on the subconscious level, but let’s leave that discussion for a different time.
The First Step in Understanding Your Anxiety
The keyword in the definition is “unidentified”; if you have anxiety that automatically means you don’t know what you are feeling, the true emotions you are having are not yet within your conscious awareness. So your first step to understanding your anxiety is to properly identify and take responsibility for the emotion(s) you are actually experiencing.
As a general rule, anxiety usually manifests as an attempt or desire to escape the present moment. This desire to escape the moment is certainly impossible and therefore, will generate a great deal of discomfort in your body (you can have very severe physical symptoms and responses in your body and brain that follow the emotion). Think of it as a negative form of excitement; excitement’s evil twin!
The most common way people summon their anxiety is by anticipating the future (in an attempt to feel safe or in control), more specifically, anticipating negatives (this can happen consciously or automatically from the subconscious mind). Your subconscious feels that by anticipating the future you can be “ready” to face your fear, and at the very least it gets to say “I told you so!” if your fear manifests.
The problem is that your anxiety is never helpful, and there is certainly always a positive emotion that will be more useful and pragmatic for you.
The core of your personal anxieties can have infinite origins and variables (intense anxiety will come from trauma or strong attachments). Ultimately, the need to meditate and reflect on your emotions is critical. Your emotions (your personal fear, hurt, self-pity, or anger) that you discover in meditation/reflection will lead you to the data you require to heal your anxiety.
I hope this short article helped you understand your anxiety a little better!
CLINTON R JOHNSON, Eternal Health Services
Clinton R. Johnson is the owner of Eternal Health Services, a clinical hypnotherapist, and a meditation/metaphysics expert. Clinton is very compassionate, knowledgeable, friendly and professional. He specializes in treating anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma healing, and helps in facilitating personal growth. Clinton has helped heal over 1000 clients from all walks of life, all ages and professions, (including an Edmonton Oilers player).
He teaches each client how to meditate and heal themselves; as well as other concepts such as how to properly process emotions, heal trauma, heal the conscious and subconscious minds, and much more.