This is John Culbertson from MysticJohnCulbertson.com and this is your mini spiritual lesson for September 19th, 2018.
Our topic this week is emotions.
Today’s emotional tip: Releasing Anxiety
Anxiety is a feeling that not all is right. That something is going to happen and that you have little to no control over it. Severe anxiety attacks can result in sweating, increased heart rate, and shaking. They can immobilize a person for minutes to sometimes days or weeks.
Though not foolproof, one of the all-around best methods for dealing with anxiety is through creating a worry box or a worry container. Though this can be done mentally, I am speaking here today of an actual physical box or container.
Many people with anxiety have no idea of what causes the anxiety. Some soul searching and reviewing your worries and concerns can go a long way to finding root causes of anxiety. To do this exercise you simply take a pen and a piece of paper, and you write on the paper a list of all those things you find yourself worried or concerned about.
This should be done daily and typically right before bed. Take your list, fold it, and put it in the box or container. Every full moon you will take your box or container and burn the contents of it. Don’t worry about saying anything special or needing to have certain visualizations. Simply safely burn the contents of the box and watch your worries and concerns go up in flames.
This is one method of helping to release fears, worries, and concerns and also reducing anxiety.
The other thing to realize is that anxiety is typically caused when we feel unprepared. If a person can trace their anxiety back to what it is they are feeling unprepared for – they can take action steps to begin the process of preparing for those things which they feel unprepared for.
An example, and a common one, would be a person feeling unprepared for social interaction. Social anxiety is certainly helped when a person begins to learn more about social interactions and practices those social interactions in a safe environment until such a time as they feel more prepared to engage in them. That safe environment may be at home with a parent, spouse, or friend or it may be in a therapists or minister’s office. Regardless, doing something to be better prepared will reduce social anxiety.
Finally, it’s important to understand that when you try running away from anxiety or you focus too strongly on it, you’re only going to increase your anxiety. Learn to take some deep breaths and be with what you’re feeling. Metaphysically anxiety is most often linked to not trusting how life if flowing. Mentally affirm to yourself: “I am okay. I am safe. I trust God and I trust life.”
Our prayer for this week is as follows:
I am happy and content, now and forever. I know God is within me and contains only perfect joy. God is the Spirit of all and knows only truth and right action. I feel happiness flowing through me and all around me. I feel myself being the light of God for those struggling with their own emotions. I believe that happiness is for everyone and I do not allow my own happiness to be limited or destroyed – for I am fully in control of my emotions and I choose them as freely as I choose what to read, listen to, or watch on TV. I am blessed with joy and I bless others in joy that they too may find happiness within and not seek it externally. So it is, so it is, so it is. I believe, so it is!