From a spiritual perspective, we have created, allowed or drawn to ourselves our own circumstances (sometimes I have to wonder why) to experience something, learn and evolve. We have come into the world to help it grow in consciousness and awareness. We are not victims, though from a physical perspective, that may seem a contradiction. From a physical and logical perspective, much in life doesn’t make sense or bring comfort, and can’t be easily explained away.
- The dictionary describes anxiety as: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
- Positive psychology suggests that anxiety is a mental state that results from a difficult challenge for which the person involved has insufficient coping skills.
- Support groups describe anxiety as ongoing stress or worry, when there is no particular reason or cause.
If you are anxious about an uncertain outcome, maybe you are not trusting that everything is exactly as it is meant to be, and the outcome will be perfect for your circumstances, even if you don’t initially understand what is happening.
If you are anxious about insufficient coping skills, then your boundaries or beliefs could be under challenge so that you will recognize your strengths and talents; the ones that you thought you didn’t have.
If you are anxious when there is no particular reason, you may be having a lesson in trust, and need to realize that you don’t have to be in control of every last detail.
Stress, worry, nervousness or being anxious are normal responses to many of the challenging and disrupting events in life. Anxiety is ongoing and remains when there is nothing to be overly concerned about.
Addressing anxiety on a physical level, a person could think about their beliefs and thought patterns. It is often said that anxiety runs in the family. If thought creates, then one has to wonder what thought patterns have been passed down the family line. Even if the thought is unconsciously projected, it can still be effective.
Many ‘inherited’ thought patterns can bring about a feeling of anxiety:
Cancer or some other terminal disease runs in the family
The family line doesn’t have longevity
Life is not meant to be easy
Bad things always happen to good people
The world isn’t safe anymore
I don’t have enough time
On a spiritual level, a person could think about why they would have allowed such circumstances into their life, and the positives that such circumstances have brought with them.
Nothing is ever as it seems. Whatever may appear to be the problem, isn’t the problem. It is only bringing up something unresolved from the past. Looking past the obvious can bring insight, and unlock hidden wisdom, and eventually bring peace of mind, but to reach that point, a person may need short term outside help, such as counselling or pharmaceuticals. Any disruption to our health and wellbeing has multiple levels or facets. An approach that considers the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being, could be a benefit and blessing.