[audio] #58 Overcoming Intense Anxiety Attacks

August 19, 2014

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This is a late nite podcast.
I’m running on low mental steam.
Hope it all made sense!
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I tell the story of overcoming an intense anxiety attack last nite.

1. Every few months, I experience an intense anxiety attack. It makes me believe that I’m a crazy person, everyone knows it, and no one wants to tell me. Or something of that sort. I haven’t figured out why that happens yet.

2. During intense anxiety attacks, all positive thoughts go away. The brain for some reason cannot access them.

Good thoughts are: this is just a phase that will go away with time. Do not trust my thoughts. I am not my brain. (These are neuroplasticity teachings + what Eckhart Tolle, Buddhists & other spiritual teachers say).

We are not our thoughts. We are the observer of our thoughts.

But I couldn’t remember these things during the anxiety filled nite.

3. My default affirmation “I love myself” did not work. This is an affirmation I picked up from Louise Hay & Kamal Ravikant (author of Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It)

4. As a last resort, I used this affirmation: “I am blessed by God” – something I picked up from the Joel Osteen podcast. It started working!

The dark clouds parted. New good thoughts finally came to my mind.

I remembered CS Lewis’ Screwtape Letters. Where an old devil teaches a young devil how to corrupt a guy. One of the ways is to flood his mind with negative thoughts. A way out of the negative thoughts is to focus on God, says Lewis.

So I started saying, “I am protected by God” – this worked even better.

I pictured the negative thoughts as the devil & my positive affirmations as the defense against them. This worked so awesomely.

Then I remembered what the channeler Bashar said: Negative Thoughts are liars.

Slowly, I gained positive steam and the anxiety went away, dude!

And today was one of the best days ever. Felt great. Worked out super hardcore. Mood is high.

I also tell some other stories:
– How I go on long walks now and it’s super fun
– Indian comics I read as a child where a guy was being chased by a demon, in the middle of the nite, and how he overcame that challenge
– Listen to everyone’s advice with an open mind, but assume you can figure out an easier & better way that works for you

Resources:

The Depression Book: Depression as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth – Zen Teacher Cheri Huber