Q&A: Use LOA to Manage Anxiety?

July 28, 2014 | 26 Comments »

Use law of attraction to manage anxietyA reader recently asked for support on using the law of attraction to manage anxiety.

I thought that post might be better written from a fellow creator who’s actually done it, rather than my hypothetical suggestions about how it could possibly work.

Here’s what my research turned up:

Some advise to just stop thinking about the negative and focus on the positive. I’d love to believe it’s that easy, but I suspect some who experience more severe forms of anxiety (i.e. panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder) may find that advice falls a bit flat.

This is a conscious creator who says, “You must learn to focus your attention exclusively on good things …” and “it’s not nearly as difficult as you might think.”

Wikihow writes that you can do this in 8 steps, which include understanding where the anxiety is coming from, visualizing your future self as being calm and free of worries, and then aligning yourself with that future.

Sounds good. But does it work in practice?

That’s why I’m turning to readers for your experience …

Have you engaged your conscious creative powers to manifest a more peaceful state of mind? If so, we’d love to hear 1) that it does work and 2) some suggestions for best ways to go about it.

Thanks in advance for contributing to the wealth of information here for fellow creators.

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26 Responses to “ Q&A: Use LOA to Manage Anxiety? ”

  1. Robert says:

    I have tons of experience dealing with anxiety and panic attacks and my heart goes out to anyone who deals with this. It is really tough, and can be extremely painful.

    Even though your every instinct is to isolate yourself and sit or lay still you have to do the opposite. You have to get out of your head by DOING something with your body. Walking is good, but cleaning or other chores are better. Anxiety is a feeling of being stuck, any movement is good. Movement tells the brain that you are making progress, moving forward, and you will feel better.

    It is also good to get out of your head by connecting with others. Anxiety is worry about the future, conversations bring you back to the present. Anxiety is focus on self, conversations help change that focus.

    That is my advice, I hope it helps.

  2. Amanda says:

    EFT works the best for me.

  3. Those are great tips, Robert and Amanda.

    And it means so much more coming from someone who’s “been there, done that.” Thanks so much for getting this conversation started.
    🙂

  4. Sophie says:

    Anxiety or panic attacks are often a cover up for something that we refuse to know or hear so before applying the law of attraction, I would look at removing the cause.

    The cool thing is that can be done without knowing what the cause is (it is often an energy so old that trying to figure it out first may increase the anxiety).

    Removing the cause of the anxiety can be done with Access Consciousness Bars.

    And I would also ask, what do I love about having anxiety and see what shows up from there 🙂

  5. You know what I like about that, Sophie, is the question is completely free of any resistance to having anxiety. I was thinking that resistance could be tripping up a lot of folks right off the bat – wanting to get rid of it or “cure” themselves of it because it is so unwanted.

    But again, I don’t really know what I’m talking about here. So I feel compelled to add that little disclaimer to everything I say on this subject.

    Thanks for suggesting the Bars for this, Sophie.

  6. Isabel says:

    I suffered from panic attacks on and off for almost 30 years since I was 19 and I tried all kinds of stuff.

    What really helped me cope was Claire Weekes book “Hope and Help for your Nerves” and her tapes, which now that I think about it in a way tell you to act “as if”.. she says not to fight the panic attack to let it come over you and keep going.

    Bach Flower remedies under the supervision of a trained therapist were also very helpful, as was cleaning up my diet by doing a detox, going gluten free and now vegan.

    Finally, I realized that my panic attacks were not my enemy but really my own intuition or alarm system, when something was not right for me and I ignored it, my higher self would give panic attacks to get my attention – Martha Beck talks about this in Finding Your Own North Star – like the year I tried a respectable corporate job and got attacks almost daily or right before my divorce. My best example is of one morning that I was going to catch a bus to go teach a class and I was feeling terrible, several times I thought about going back home and calling in sick, but I talked myself into being tough and getting on that bus… and the bus was robbed at gunpoint!!! Now if I get an anxious feeling I try to tune in into what me intuition is trying to tell me – and get out of there 🙂

    Having someone to talk that understands what you’re going through is also invaluable. I’m happy to make myself available for that.

  7. Holy COW, Isabel!!!

    I was feeling terrible, several times I thought about going back home and calling in sick, but I talked myself into being tough and getting on that bus… and the bus was robbed at gunpoint!!!

    :-O

    Many blessings,
    Nancy

  8. Isabel, I love the complete allowing you practiced with this experience! That is so inspiring! Not just for this situation, but for allowing in general. You’re an LOA rock star!

    So what’s the URL people could find you at for support?

  9. FWIW, this guy says he cured his anxiety with PLAY!

    Giving myself permission to PLAY was the cure for my anxiety. It was a subtle but powerful shift in how I viewed the world.

    Here is his interview on NPR.

    Many blessings,
    Nancy

  10. Great link, Nancy. Thanks for posting it here!

    Sounds like a nice alternative for folks to consider or be open to the possibility of.

  11. Anon says:

    I’ve definitely wrestled with anxiety; and thanks to LOA I came out the winner! For me it ‘s about slowing down the momentum. Anxiety can feel like a whirlwind; a tornado of negative thoughts with you sitting in the absolute middle, unable to do anything about them. The key is SLOWING THAT DOWN. If you can find a key phrase, paired with an action, that will help you slow down, you can then begin to soothe yourself and really tap into the LOA to attract more positive thoughts. For example, deep, long breathing paired with saying or writing the phrase “it is okay” works wonders for me. I will breathe slow, write slower, and really concentrate only on what I’m doing now. When I want to stop, or try to get up and solve problems, I stop myself. Sometimes it means I cry at the frustration of unreleased anxiety and that’s great! Crying is a release! So by the time I fill up a page, I actually start to feel that things are more okay than they were. From there I’ll flip to a new page and start some soothing self talk about how I’m glad to feel slowed down, how I have the power to really calm myself and soothe my worries, and how that’s the key to tapping into my power, anyway. How all my power is in the now…

    Before I know it, I feel tons better! This is something that has worked so well for me that I rarely need to do it anymore.

  12. Wow, Anon, that’s a process I’ve not heard before that feels really powerful. Clearly it has been for you!

    Thank you so much for sharing that with us. I hope others are inspired by it, too.

  13. Anonymous says:

    My journey with LOA started with hearing the following stated:

    Just say, whether you feel it or believe it or not, everyday “I AM SO GRATEFUL” and I eventually after many days, months started to feel and believe it. My world has opened up immensely the Universe has endless resources just waiting to be given away. Try it….

    Namaste

  14. Brian says:

    You want to remember that you only have a fear or limiting belief because it serves you, it helps you in some way. Otherwise, you would simply replace it with a more empowering, better feeling belief.

    So, someone who has anxiety can ask themselves:

    How does anxiety help you?

    What benefit do you get from being anxious, that you can’t get from being calm and relaxed?

    Is it protecting you from something?

    Is it protecting you from feeling pain or discomfort?

    Is feeling anxious a sort of wall or barrier, to protect/prevent you from putting yourself in social situations where you could be judged by others?

    Is feeling the discomfort of anxiety preferable to the possible, potential pain of being judged by others?

    As they begin to understand more of the structure of their limiting beliefs, they can see more clearly what they want and focus on soothing themselves, and replace their limiting beliefs with more empowering ones.

  15. Amy says:

    I am watching this post and comments very closely as my 17 year old daughter suffers from severe anxiety and awful panic attacks and I want to help her help herself because all anyone wants to do is put her in meds (which I know can help but not for her).

  16. Isabel says:

    Thanks Jeanette for your comment.

    I am just setting up a website for this side of my life since I am still pretty much caught up in my other personality and “day job” as teacher-translator-communicator, but the site is http://www.embrujodeluna.com – that is Spanish for Moon Enchantment. I can also be reached at isabel@embrujodeluna.com

    As I said I have dealt with panic attacks, agoraphobia and depression on and off for years and I am happy to be there for anyone going through it.

  17. Marian says:

    As a long-time sufferer of anxiety, since the age of 11 or 12, I know what it is like to feel so imprisoned by your own feelings, your own body. It feels like an inside betrayal – and indeed it is – because it’s you doing it to yourself. There’s nobody else to blame for it.

    Protection is the underlying cause that I have found – trying to find a way to protect myself from feelings of shame, humiliation, guilt and terror. Those are the real unwanted feelings and where the resistance kicks in. “I won’t ever allow myself to feel that awful feeling ever again” is the bargain we strike with anxiety.

    Learning to trust that I can open up to those feelings, without having to believe the thoughts that go with them, has been very helpful and liberating. The “I’m crap, I’m pathetic, I’m bad, I’m not good enough, I’m unlovable, nobody wants to be with me, blah blah blah” thoughts that are so common they’re like the wallpaper pattern we no longer see. Just unhooking from them one by one with compassion.

    My ability to trust and to have compassion are what I have discovered and strengthened through my “battle” with anxiety.

    I’ve used EFT for all sorts of shame and anxiety situations. Then I realised I could trust myself to be present to a feeling without having to do anything with it at all. It’s the protection itself that creates the strongest anxiety and fear, NOT the one I’m protecting myself from.

    I have written a free ebook on using EFT to help with Shame and other ways in which we feel bad about ourselves. I’m just about to start work on updating it with all the other things I have learned in the past 5 years.

    Compassion for yourself is the most effective ‘weapon’ against anxiety – yes people do resist it, and it’s very difficult to get around that resistance, so I recommend you resist it with something that softens and opens you to deeper acceptance rather than trying to dig it out like a cancerous growth with techniques that eliminate it.

    Sorry for the length of this comment – it’s my life’s work to help people recover their freedom and innocence.

  18. Eva says:

    Anxiety is so complicated… There were a couple of things that really helped me the most. First, I had thyroiditis. I had to fight with my doctor to test me but the test confirmed my thyroid was having issues. Second, I have a lot of food sensitivities. When I completely eliminated corn and gluten in all forms I found my free floating anxiety to be pretty much eliminated. I also have to watch alcohol. I can have one drink but any more and I wake up really anxious. Same with coffee and sugar. I stared suspecting I had physical issues when I would ask myself “what’s actually wrong?” and a lot of times there wasn’t anything really bad happening. That’s when I started looking for other causes. I also like EFT for dealing with non-physical causes of anxiety. Eliminating foods, although not always fun, is so much easier than it ever was. There are tons of alternatives and the relief can be pretty fast. I also think the food sensitivities caused my thyroid issues.

  19. Layan says:

    Waw… All the comments are so helpful.. I will be rereading them several times.. ! It’s comforting to know many have been there and found a way to overcome anxiety. Thank you Jeannette and everyone!

  20. cydney robbins says:

    Hi! I MUST add my 2 CENTS and Second the motion about Claire Weekes and her book Hope and Help For your NERVES. YES! And I think it can be considered very LOA.

    This book is a wonderful cure. I have practiced her 4 step easy method all my life. I suffered terribly with anxiety and terrors as a child. Over time, I have almost completely cured myself.

    Here in a nutshell, is the Claire Weekes method:

    1. Face it. 2. Accept it. 3. FLOAT and 4. Let time pass.

    Number three is the easiest and most effective part. Even if you can’t do 1 or 2. Doesn’t matter.

    FLOAT. Just Float, Drop the Fight. Yes. and do 3 slow deep breaths.

    What jacks down Anxiety right away? Take your deep breaths, and BE SURE to start on the EXHALE> Empty your lungs of CO2. short shallow breaths = anxiety. You need oxygen to calm down. IT WORKS.

    Breathe out first, nice and slow, then slow breath in. do it once or twice. Three times is great.

    Then I say to myself, oh, what was I doing again?
    And I float back to my task. Re focus. So very LOA.

    I recommend reading Claire Weekes book. There is more good advice in there. Just reading parts of the book at a time brings real comfort.

    Best, love, cyd

  21. anon via facebook says:

    Tricky, because we use our mind and body so much for LOA work, and if its already in a state of anxiety…seems you’d have to find ways to RELAX, first. Then, put your LOA tools into motion.

  22. from facebook says:

    I tried for a few years, but found that it was much easier to find a proxy that would enable me to “let go” of any current state of mind. Swimming worked for a while. Anything to get you into a space where you aren’t thinking about being anxious helps.

  23. anonymous says:

    When I’m anxious about something whether it be my fiances or relationships I sit down and listen to Abraham Hicks for 15 mins. It usually helps.

  24. via facebook says:

    From my own experience (a massive once) being IN a panic attack feels like you’re going to die of a heart attack or whatever.

    Normal relaxation techniques are kind of like a drip in the ocean in that state so finding something to focus on to distract attention from current symptoms can break the state.

    I recognised afterwards that it happened as a result of ignoring all the slow down messages, so better to practise LOA outside of the panic state. When you’re in a fairly neutral state, script script script! Run through the script of how you are going to act in a situation & see it like a movie running 20 times or more, faster & faster, and rewind it to run backwards between each viewing.

    I usually use this rewind technique with someone in hypnosis so it can help to have a guided visualisation of your script recorded to listen to. Also find some anchors like a good memory, a great smell that when you think of it or smell it you immediately think of something happier, helps to break the state.

    It’s easier to install these anchors in self hypnosis (a common one is touching thumb and middle finger together) but they can be done when fully conscious.

    The more severe a panic attack or the anxiety is, the lower down the vibe scale you are, so it’s worth figuring out what one step up the scale is like and one step down so you can notice if there are changes. Move in little steps. So, for example, if a panic attack takes you to an 18 or 19 on the scale, is anxiety only a 15 or 16? Then that’s a vibe lifter. Think about what a 14 would feel like then an 13 etc.

  25. Jo says:

    I’ve experienced high anxiety and panic attacks. And my heart goes out to anyone that is going through it. For the panic ones, I’ve found guided imagery recordings helped me slow my breathing and reset my thoughts, at least out of panic form. But for permanent change, finding How it shows up (instead of why) helps the person reboot and let go of the negative stories about the anxiety.

    I believe that each behavior had a positive intention at the time we created it. It may not make sense to us in this Real Time (or others when we did it) but at the time we created it, it was a positive move on our minds part. And it had/has value. Trouble is – it goes past that original positive intention and turns into a loop that shows up in un-resourceful ways.

    So at a time when you are not anxious/panicked is the time to look into the How. Finding How you’re describing this anxiety causing thought is big to help get past it. Using that info, you accept that behavior for what it was then – a positive. And then gently reboot to an understanding awareness of the you now living in Real Time. You can do this by using supportive words, personal to you. Eliminating any negative statements like ‘Don’t worry about that.’ or ‘ Don’t think about that now.’ (Those will take you right back to the subject and back in the loop again.)

    Just use gentle common sense type language on the lower ends of an Appreciation Rant. B/c as Abraham says, going from Fear (anxiety) to Hopefulness is a huge leap. And one that I think the mind has a hard time either buying in to or sticking to for a longer period of time. That’s why a pat on the head and a simple “OK.” to the once positive intention and then gently lifting yourself up, will help bring you to a neutral place. And at neutral it’s easier to move up the Emotional Guidance Scale.

  26. I’m also a big Abraham fan. One of the things I’ve been playing with is the idea that we have choice about what we feel, and when we are conscious of choice, it’s easier to move. There’ve been times when I’m feeling lousy (angry, frustrated, sad, insert here), and trying to choose better feeling thoughts just doesn’t work. So one time I thought ‘I’m going to *choose* to feel (whatever the ‘bad’ emotion was) right now’. Instant feeling of relief, it was extraordinary. Then without even noticing, really, things changed. I checked in later and thought ‘wow. I feel better. okay, I’m choosing to feel better than I did an hour ago’. Really amazing. got me to stop resisting what I was struggling with.

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