What is worrying about on a spiritual level? Worrying, anxiety,
nervous- ness, and insecurity are all obstacles to bliss. The more we
understand for ourselves that the Universe , Mother Father God, Spirit will
take care of us, the more worrying literally disappears. When we understand
that we are what we think, we create our own reality, and we are literal
projections of our own consciousness, it becomes apparent that worrying is
destructive. It is essential to take each moment as it comes, to experience it
fully, then to release it completely so that we can just as fully experience
the next. There is a story commonly told in India about a businessman from
Bombay who had a very important meeting to go to in Madras. He had a minor
family emergency which delayed him from leaving on time and, despite a mad taxi
rush to the airport, he missed his flight. He cursed and paced and convinced
himself that his business career was over, booking himself on the next flight
which was four hours later. He discovered the following day that that original
flight had engine problems and crashed. His family problems had saved his life.
We absolutely never know what's in store for us. We may perceive a delay or a
change in plans as tragic, worrying every moment about the consequences, only
to find it's the best thing that could have possibly happened to us. We never
know when we will take our last breath, so why not relax and make the most of
the precious time we do have?
If we think about it, everything in a life is a potential risk or
adventure. When we incarnate, we choose to face those situations which will
bring to us just those lessons with just those people that we need for our own
evolution. The more we can release our preoccupations about what could go wrong
and force ourselves to willingly risk, the more quickly we can move on with our
growth. As the title of Barry and Vissell's new book teaches us, we must
Risk to Be Healed.
The spiritual lesson of worry is to surrender, to "Let go and let God" as
Parama- hansa Yogananda used to instruct. We can observe that the great
spiritual masters project their powerful, divine thoughts, affirm the highest
good of all, and then they let go and have fun, trusting that everything will
work out for the best and that their worry will only create unnecessary
You mean I can really give up worrying? Where do I sign up? Yes,
you can and you can sign up right now by reading on and integrating into your
life whichever of the following suggestions sound like they might work for you.
l. Cut out anxiety-producing drugs. Eliminate caffeine and excess sugar
and alcohol. Why go out of your way to add more tension to your mind and body
than you've already got?
2. Learn deep breathing. There is no faster technique that we know of
to rapidly go from tension to calmness than a few seconds or minutes of slow,
deep or alternate nostril breathing. It actually balances and calms the energy
currents of your body.
3. Neurolinguistic programming- NLP teaches you to remember a past
situation in which you were able to release worry and everything worked out
beautifully. If, each time you begin to obsess about a potentially worrisome
situation, you can replace that fear with those good feelings you had in the
past when everything resolved itself naturally, your outlook will be much
brighter. 4. Affirmations- Use an affirmation such as "I _________(your
name) release worry and fear and surrender this situation to my highest good
here and now. The Universe is taking care of me in every moment." 5.
Visualization- Close your eyes for a moment and think of a scene which
is extremely peaceful and relaxing for you, perhaps a calming and soothing
nature setting. Imagine yourself in that scene, relaxed, and serene. Whenever
you find yourself tense and worried, gently but firmly draw your mind back to
that calming scene. 6. Homeopathy- For people whose chronic worrying
tendencies really interfere with their lives, we've seen wonderful results from
using homeopathic remedies. Regardless of whether your worry manifests as
insomnia, overconcern with order and details, heart palpitations, or abdominal
cramping from stress, homeopathy may provide long-term relief. 7. Talking
about it- For some people, just talking about their worry and anxiety with
an experienced therapist can defuse it and put it into perspective for them. 8.
Hypnotherapy -Sometimes returning to the root of the deep-seated worry,
releasing the fear, replaying the event(s) in a more positive way, and doing
positive reprogramming can be very helpful. 9. What's the worst that could
happen?- This is a well-known stress management technique for coping with
the unknown future. Most of us feel better once we acknowledge our worst fears
and realize that we could survive even the most negative outcome. By
comparison, the actual circumstances usually don't seem so bad. 9. Creating
safety-Think about what it would take for you to feel completely and
totally safe and protected so that you didn't need to worry about anything.
Imagine this scene in full detail and experience what it would feel like in
your body, in your mind, in your heart. Allow this profound feeling of safety
to permeate your whole being so that you know that deep down everything is
always just fine. You can access this inner safety