Intense anxiety is a trap because it muddies the waters of your mind
01/30/2013 by John Smallman
http://johnsmallman.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/intense-anxiety-is-a-trap-because-it-muddies-the-waters-of-your-mind/

When you are relaxed it is quite easy for you to enter into a quiet and meditative state, but when you are anxious or disturbed and your mind is racing, it is considerably more difficult. And that is when it would be most helpful if you could relax into that peace and stillness. If you are over-stressed, driven by fear or anxiety, go to some place where you can be alone, without interruptions (turn off your phones!), and ask your guides, angels, ascended masters — whoever you are most comfortable calling on — for help.

Keep asking and asking and asking, because when you are very stressed your ego will be extremely persistent in filling your minds with worrying thoughts — thoughts that must be attended to now. This is not the case. If you are over-stressed you cannot think clearly, and to take action in this state of mind is inadvisable at best. To quieten your ego mind, it can be most effective to keep repeating a short prayer or mantra until it stills, and this you can reprise should it start to race again. Intense anxiety, which many on the earth plane frequently experience, is a trap because it stirs up and muddies the waters of your minds, preventing clarity. You know this because you have all experienced it, so it is essential that you establish a quiet place of peace within, to which you can withdraw to still those raging waters.

Many who meditate imagine themselves in a peaceful setting they have personally experienced, or they use an imaginary one from a story they have read and with which they feel comfortable. It does not matter which you choose so long as it is a place with which you resonate and to which you can return in your mind’s eye whenever you choose to do so. Your ego will likely interrupt your peace, by trying to block or disturb that peaceful, visionary place in your mind, by telling you that you are wasting precious time — time that could effectively be used to solve the problem(s) that are causing your state of anxiety. Nothing could be further from the truth! Sitting quietly, peacefully, with your racing mind stilled allows your intuition to come into your awareness. That alone greatly reduces the stress that you are experiencing. And when the mind is stilled your guides can connect with you through your intuition, offering the guidance that is most appropriate in that moment — it could well be “Do nothing right now. You are not ready to make a decision. The situation is not as urgent as it appears.”

If this is the guidance, the intuitive sense, the feeling that you get, then honor it. You are all aware of the damage that can be done when you act in haste. Obviously we are not talking here about any high-speed activities in which you may be engaged, where well-trained reactions that have been carefully rehearsed have to be put into effect instantaneously. When you are feeling stressed you often feel the need to do something now, and apart from the situations just referred to, that is generally not a good idea. If you have not already created a place within to which you can withdraw when your stress levels become excessive, then please do so. You need and deserve an interior place of seclusion and peace, and it is well worth spending time creating one for yourselves, one that really appeals to your senses and entices you inwards.

Having created this space, use it daily. It will help you re-energize the flame of divine Love that burns constantly within you. Fires need air so you need to create a draft for them: the flame of Love within you simply needs your attention, your acknowledgment, so use these to fan your flame and it will blaze up enthusiastically, warming your hearts and strengthening your faith that you are the divine and beloved children of God, forever in His thoughts.

You need the nourishment that your daily visits to your inner space provide. If you neglect or forget to go there regularly you will find your stress levels rising, also your doubts and frustrations. When you find yourselves becoming short-tempered, irritable, exhausted, it is a sure sign that you need to withdraw and restore your vitality, your life energy, and re-arouse the flame of Love that burns constantly within you. It wants to work with you but can only do so when you allow It to — by opening your hearts in acceptance of the now-moment in whatever form it presents itself.