The Anxiety Inquiry looks for the seemingly external threat, danger, or attack as well as the internal sense of self that is threatened, endangered, or attacked.
“Do these words actually put you in immediate danger? Does that mental picture actually
put you in immediate danger? Relief from anxiety, right there.” Scott Kiloby
We are all affected by fear and anxiety. Some people feel anxious a lot and some of us, who may also be reacting to fear, instead feel shut down or numb. It is part of the fight/ flight/ freeze survival system. Our brain has a negativity bias because in our evolution as a human species, people who were on the alert for danger survived to pass on their genes. We notice danger so we can respond quickly. This is part of our primitive brain function.
Our senses scan for danger through sight, hearing, touch, and gut sense. Our brain stores memories of past danger with sensations or feelings in our body. When we are “triggered”, it means an association of past danger is popping up in the present. It might be a sick feeling in our gut or we are troubled by intrusive images or words. This is how our brain works.
In our modern culture, we are continuously pushing the alarm button. Cortisol and adrenaline flood our system and we experience fear and anxiety. With this high level of stimulation, our system gets stuck on red alert. We might occasionally go down to amber but we rarely get to green, a feeling of safety and well-being. We can ease this!
The Anxiety Inquiry helps us sort through the thoughts and feelings of this experience. We use tools like tapping and tracing to release catastrophic thinking. An image is a collection of colors and shapes. We look to see if the image can hurt us. Words are sound vibrations.
Can these thoughts hurt us? The answer is yes if they are linked with sensations or feelings in our body. We naturally feel uncomfortable or afraid of intense or painful sensations. Watch this Fear of Trauma Stored in the Body then work with this guided practice: Stay With and Mine Your Feelings
A calm, trained facilitator is helpful at first, especially when you are working with highly triggering memories or trauma. You can work with me privately.
Calming yourself and becoming stronger and more resilient in your nervous system is necessary for deep healing. This happens naturally as you start to release the Velcro that holds together past memory and body sensation. Join me for daily practice as often as you can. We meet for a half hour every day at 8AM Eastern for a free online practice of relaxation and rest. Zoom http://zoom.us/j/645904638
“Lynn is offering release, resolution, and healing. In other words, you will feel safe with Lynn.” Jerry Katz , Nonduality.org
You can find this and many other guided practices on Youtube here
Lynn Fraser works extensively with people who have experienced Developmental Trauma (arising from chronic exposure in childhood) and PTSD.