Greetings Divine child —
Anxiety is a program, just like all other fears are programs.
The mind has downloaded all these fear-based programs into the ego computer in an effort to protect you, but the mind doesn’t know what is real and what is not. If I say, "I'm going to give you a slice of a lemon and I want you to put it in your mouth and chew on it," does your body react? Does it send the signal to the nerves in your mouth, telling the glands to start salivating? Can you practically taste the sour lemon just by thinking about it? Yes. But did you actually chew on a lemon? No. The ego does not know what is real and what is imagined. That's why you might constantly feel like you're in a state of fight or flight (a.k.a. survival). You're not actually encountering life-or-death situations 24/7, but your ego-mind can't tell the difference. It just keeps running the program.
But guess what: you can reprogram it!
Remember that everything — everything — is just energy vibrating at a certain frequency. Remember, too, that you have the power to change these frequencies, and it starts with reprograming the mind.
How to Reprogram the Mind
First, know that it will take time and practice. You wouldn't expect to know how to hop into a car for the first time and instinctively know how to drive. These are brand new skills, and they're up against decades of old programs, so be sure to take the time to practice them as often as you can.
Set yourself up for success
You wouldn't want to attempt to merge onto the expressway during your first drive. No. You'd want to practice in an empty parking lot for a while until you feel comfortable enough to graduate to the sleepy neighborhood streets.
Make sure that when you begin the practice of reprograming your mind, you start off in a safe space. Ideally, this is a quiet space where you won't be bothered.
Homework & tests
When you do the work in your safe space, you're building a foundation of knowledge and understanding, much like doing homework. Don't expect to know or be able to apply everything right away. Like I said, it will take time and practice. When the tests appear — and they will — know that it's okay to still have that anxious feeling. Just talk yourself through it, as if you are your own counselor: "I am safe, I am powerful, I am creating ease and comfort." And remember to breathe, just as you have practiced.
Harness your imagination
When you do your homework, you'll do the same thing we did with the lemon exercise. You'll harness the power of your imagination to recreate the sensations of the anxiety-inducing experience (but in a safe space). Remember, your ego-mind doesn't know what is real and what is not.
Here are the steps:
Before you begin, take 3–5 slow, deep breaths.
Set your intentions to allow yourself to feel only what is necessary at this time so that you can release what you want to release. If you'd like, you can always ask for guidance and support from your true-self.
Close your eyes and imagine the situation that brings about the anxiety. It's helpful to recall a recent event, or one that is branded in your memory. Try to avoid hypothetical situations. Use real life experiences. If it helps to write it down or record yourself talking through it, do that. Do whatever works best for you.
When you notice the sensation associated with anxiety — maybe it's a quickened heart rate or sweaty palms — stay there. Keep breathing and focus on the sensation. That's all you need to do. Breathe and focus on the sensation.
If this is too much, feel free to pull yourself out and try again later. But if you can stay in this space until the sensation starts to lessen, do that. When you focus on the unwanted feeling, you're releasing blocked energy. You're breaking the old pattern by focusing on the sensation (as opposed to the typical response of denying, minimizing, or distracting yourself from feeling the sensation), and in so doing, you are changing your frequency.
When you're ready, hold your breath for 3–5 counts and then slowly release it. Do this a few times until you feel steady and calm in your present environment again.
Remind yourself, out loud or in your head, that you are safe to do the things you want to do, and that you are safe to live the life you wish to live. The more you do this practice, the easier it will become, and the more profound the effect will be.
Again, this fear-based program will take time to rewrite. Understand that anxiety is a natural human response, but it can be rewritten.
After you have practiced for awhile, take note of how you are feeling. It would be a good idea to keep a journal to help you see your progress. You are climbing a mountain, so take a break now and again and look back down to see how far you have traveled. It will not help to tear yourself down, that will only set you back. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to celebrate the successes, no matter how small your ego-mind says they are. This is a lifelong practice that gets easier as you continue to practice. This is why you are here: to find your way back to your true-self, your all powerful, creative self. Breathe. You got this!
Remember who you are — you are Divine Love.
This blog is progressive, please refer to earlier posts if you feel the post is advanced.
Disclaimer: HLS does not treat, heal, cure or otherwise provide any medical or psychological services whatsoever. HLS offers this information to you in the hopes that you will be able to discern what does and does not resonate with you.