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 those words actually put you in immediate danger?
Does that mental picture actually put you in immediate danger?
Relief from anxiety, right there.” Scott Kiloby
A special Anxiety Inquiry for working with PTSD is based on Scott Kiloby’s Living Inquiries. In this inquiry, we look directly at the words, thoughts, images and sensations that we perceive as a threat. This method of inquiry helps us to see through what we identify as solid and real.
The Living Inquiries provide a gentle and powerful method to look for the story of ‘me’ that has been believed and suffered with for so long. With the support of a trained facilitator, people are able to stay with and dissolve the tangle of words, images and sensations that trigger them.
By delving straight into the perceived threat, danger, or attack, and examining it closely, we discover that it is not real. In the process of looking, we encounter everything that has contributed to our anxiety or fear, both consciously or unconsciously. Under the debilitating anxiety or fear often lies a sense of protectiveness; we have been trying to protect ourselves, usually since childhood, from things or people that seemed overwhelming when we were small and vulnerable. Those of us who are prone to anxiety tend to feel an almost-constant sense of hyper-alertness or guardedness that makes it very difficult to relax. When we realize that there is no need for hyper-vigilance, our bodies are able to switch down a gear, to stand down. We no longer have to respond to every external stimulus as if it were a potential threat or attack.
We work with people on a variety of issues, including:
- Generalized anxiety
- Anger and rage
- Performance anxiety
- Social phobia
- Post-traumatic stress
- Health-related anxiety
- Specific fears and phobias (including spiders and snakes)
In a session there is a defusing, an unraveling of the fight, flight, freeze mechanism, and a relaxation. People are reporting lasting changes, and less reactivity around the activities or objects that were the focus for their anxiety, fear, or anger.
“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
Parts of the above were excerpted from a post by Fiona Robertson.
Lynn Fraser works extensively with people who have experienced Developmental Trauma (arising from chronic exposure in childhood) and PTSD.