Dealing with Fear
Dealing with Fear
Our latest blog is guest written by Centre parctitioner Maria Franklin
We often think of fear as a response to a severe threat or danger. While this is true, it’s often the ongoing levels of stress and anxiety that cause debilitating problems in our everyday lives.
This may be a fear of speaking out, not being good enough, not being heard or understood, or fear of being ourselves and stepping out from the crowd, following our own interests and intuition.
We can get stuck in a loop of thoughts and behaviors that keep us trapped in the same place, unable to make a change. This ongoing stress and anxiety generates a biological fight, flight or freeze response in the body, which can affect digestion, blood pressure, breathing and heart rate.
Being stuck in a loop of fear, can prevent us from thinking rationally, relaxing and enjoying the moment and experiencing joy in our life.
One of my early teachers described FEAR as the need for ‘Further Expansion And Response’. A common response is to shut down and be afraid to face the fear, and to feed it with endless mind chatter, anxious thoughts and pessimistic self talk. However, if we can start to unpick the fear and respond from our rational, creative, thinking brain, it’s not always quite as bad as we imagined.
While some fears may be innate in humans, many fears are learned. I find that repeating patterns of stress and anxiety commonly have their roots in events from the past, perhaps in childhood, where we may have been unable to fully process the emotions and feelings generated at the time. We may also have developed or picked up unhelpful ways of dealing with situations, or experienced shock and trauma from specific events.
I often use the analogy of a lorry crashing into a wall – we can remove the lorry, but the impact on the wall is still visible. When something crashes into our life, which can be a one off event or an ongoing stressful situation, the impact can damage the body’s information field and affect our responses to similar events in the future.
Sometimes, as in the wall analogy, we can clear the debris and rebuild from what is left, and other times we need to replace the damaged ‘bricks’, with the correct information, to help us move forward and create a healthier way of being.
In my work, I find it’s usually necessary to work with the physical, mental, emotional and energetic aspects of the body. I have found that using the NES Infoceuticals have been a really beneficial addition, helping to correct these missing or damaged parts of our information system.
The principle behind the development of the Infoceuticals was to show the body-field what it should be doing and, through resonance, bring it back into the right vibrational patterns. Like the vibrations of one tuning fork making another tuning fork start to vibrate, you can simply present the right energetic signatures to the body-field and bring it back into a more ideal state and begin to heal the body.
When we clear these energetic loops and heal the body, we can begin to feel calmer, more in charge of our thoughts and behaviours, and able to deal with situations in a more rational and thoughtful manner.
Five simple things we can do for ourselves to help with fears and anxieties are -
1. ESR - Emotional Stress Release - holding the hands lightly on the forehead just above the middle of the eyes when looking straight ahead, and half way to the hair line. This helps to bring the blood back into the fore brain so we can think more clearly about the current stress. Great to use with children to help them express their feelings.
2. HIT – High Intensity Exercise - a few short bursts of intense exercise with rests in between, can help to release tensions and reset the flight / fight responses. It can be done at home, after a short warm up. Running or doing star jumps on the spot, as hard as you can (health permitting) for about 30 seconds, with 90 second breaks, repeated up to 8 times depending on how you feel, can work wonders. But please only do this if your body is healthy and fit enough.
3. MEDITATION – Often this can be difficult if your mind is racing. Listening to relaxing sounds or finding a guided mediation that you can follow is a good way to clear the mind, reduce stress and become more self aware.
4. MOVEMENT – gentle movement like yoga, Qigong, or stretching the body in different ways can help to move energy, clear blockages and lighten our load.
5. FOOD and WATER – eating fresh natural foods and clean, pure water is important. Often when we are in a state of fear and anxiety, we don’t digest and absorb food adequately which may result in lacking certain nutrients. This will be different for different people, so it’s better to find out what supplements would be beneficial, than to guess and end up taking something you don’t need.
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