What is Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety is a fear reaction to imagined dangers that are hard-wired in the brain. At the subconscious level, the sufferer believes themselves unworthy, particularly around those who appear ‘normal’. The logical mind is aware that’s not true, but the other parts won’t cooperate.
Step 1: Understand the Roots of the Problem
Anxiety typically comes from negative mental patterns formed early in life, most often before age of 6. Childhood traumas set subconscious defensive patterns that carry into adulthood. Objective reality becomes skewed – the sufferer perceives themselves as fundamentally broken and unworthy.
They brought you into an overcrowded world for selfish reasons, confused parenthood with ownership, and enforced their world-view on you. They take the side of the state, and will blunt your true nature down to whatever people on television instruct them to.
It’s like prison, but for kids. Logical thinking is enforced at the expense of intuition and imagination. Children are trained to obey government constructs and accept a life of work and consumerism as the only reality available. Those who resist get threatened with poverty.
Step 2: Prepare your Body & Mind
The first step towards breaking free is to accept that you have a problem. The second step is to let go of the shame, because you’ve done nothing wrong.
In the shamanic view, mental illness is seen as the potential birth of a healer – it is the process of overcoming spiritual crisis that leads to the healer being born. Fortunately, the world is in serious need of healing: this presents a major opportunity to help the world by helping yourself.
Once you are ready to move forward, here are three tangible steps you can take:
Turn off your TV
Television keeps you passive and fills your mind with ideas that linger long after you stop watching. This is the most powerful first step you can take to reclaim control of your brain and and begin the rewiring process.
Clean up Your Diet
Soon after quitting television, old eating habits will start to falter. This presents a glorious opportunity to cut sugar and alcohol out of your system. This will skyrocket your discipline and bring another wave of even deeper mental clarity.
Get in Shape
With extra time to fill, a clear mind and some discipline achieved, focusing on physical fitness is an inevitable step that ties this first process together. The process of getting in shape will transform your body, sharpen discipline, and bring the concept of mindfulness into your life.
Why do I still feel like crap?
After you stopped watching TV, started eating clean and got into a stable exercise routine, there should be two noticeable effects:
- Your mind has become very clear.
- You start to become hyper-aware of your anxiety, and your day-to-day social failings.
This period is very discomforting (the discipline you acquired previously will be tested). The reason for the discomfort is because the anxieties are bubbling to the surface. Despite the discomfort, this is the time to be proactive, and seize out your dysfunctions by the roots. The next row explains how.
“All that we are is a result of what we have thought. What we think we become.” ~ Buddha
These exercises mark the entry point to breaking free from anxiety – using the voice to bridge the subconscious and the physical body. That technique can ultimately be used to tackle stuck energies in the subconscious that manifest as anxiety.
Begin this portion of the journey with the simplest of exercises: focus on what you are doing, in the moment. When distracting thoughts arise, put your mindfulness back on the task. Cleaning your home or preparing a meal is a great way to get started. Take it to the next level at the gym. If the mind gets too distracted, focus on breathing: inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale…
Mantras are energy-based sounds passed through the ages that vibrate throughout the body when spoken aloud. Pranayama is an advanced Yogic technique where breath is consciously controlled to stimulate ‘prana’ (life force). Chanting mantras out loud regulates breath and generates prana is specific ways, making a very accessible entry point for beginners to get the hang of the concept.
This technique begins your introduction into energy psychology, which addresses the sum of thoughts, behaviours, emotions and proven bioenergy systems (such as meridians and chakras). EFT is a framework in which emotional and physical issues are treated as bio-energetic patterns inside of a mind-body-energy system.
This is the step in which you cure your anxiety, once and for all.
Matrix Reimprinting is an offshoot of EFT. Both use the Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian system. In EFT, you verbalise an issue as you tap meridian points around your body, in order to alleviate stress.
Matrix Reimprinting differs in that it tackles the root of the stress in order to transform it. Its premise is that past negative memories are held as ‘holograms’ within the mind-body-field. Until those holograms are addressed, the patient will keep tuning into them on a subconscious level, clouding their perception of reality.
It is the only one of the exercises on this page that requires a professional. THeir purpose is to lead the patient into tramatic past memories. Because those memories still linger only within the patient’s mind, they have full power to transform them. The practioner leads them to the childhood issue and prompts their adult self to step in and take control.
The net result is that the negative memory gets transformed on the subconscious level, and then simply vanishes from your life. Where there was once a weight draggign you down, expect only blue skies and a wide open future.