Anxiety is a learned reaction. It is a response we learn as a child be being exposed to a physical experience we did not know how to respond to.
Everyone knows what anxiety feels like, but few know why this experience is part of physical reality. Because everything must have a purpose, the purpose for this physically debilitating internal condition must be examined. Knowledge comes from education, and we must examine the purpose we give to conditions that are not helpful. If this doesn’t happen, we will continue to attempt to fix a condition instead of dealing with the problem..
Everyone knows what anxiety is. It is a feeling that most people do not admit to when it is occurring because anxiety is an attack on the self. When we are feeling attacked, we do not want others to know because this makes us feel vulnerable. Also, when anxiety strikes most of the time there does not seem to be a logical reason for it.
When anxiety strikes, we want to hide, or get away from the perceived external condition that is causing the perceived reason for the anxiety. The problem is we are not sure why we feel this way and want to blame someone or something else, when in fact the anxiety is coming from us and not the thing that is perceived as being the problem.
Anxiety is defined as an internal warning system. Anxiety is explained as an internal trigger warning us we are heading in a direction that is not safe. From this perspective, it can be mistakenly believed that anxiety can be a good thing. However, this is much like saying, sometime it is good to eat rat poison and sometimes it isn’t.
Like rat poison anxiety is never good. It strips us of being able to logically assess a situation and make a good choice based on evidence that is revealed in a given moment. Anxiety is a reaction, and when we act out of an unhealthy reaction, we will not act in our own best interest or anyone else’s. We want to make good choices, not ones that are called on to hide when we don’t know why.
Anxiety is a learned reaction. It is a response we learn by being exposed to a physical experience we did not know how to respond to. Most of this occurs before the age of logic began. For this reason, the purpose of the anxiety is lost in an illogical experience. Thus, when the feeling of anxiety is repeated, we still cannot give it a logical interpretation. This is because there is no logical purpose for learned anxiety.
Many of the lessons children are physically exposed to before the age of 5 make no sense to them. When a lesson makes no sense or is not explained, the experience is one of trauma. This trauma becomes locked in the body as if it were real. Every time something occurs that reminds us of this first trauma, the emotional blip passing over this memory is like it is happening all over again. We don’t remember the original incident, so we are unable to logically figure out why we have this anxiety, and respond much the same as we did the first time this was imprinted as a mind/body memory.
We have all heard the expression, our mind never forgets anything. The reason it never forgets is because it emotionally attaches to everything we learn. This is called learning from experience. An immature emotional memory learned in fear remains this way until something happens to redefine the trauma and take away the emotional attachment to the memory. Once the emotional attachment of trauma is defined as being a childhood memory, the purpose for the anxiety is gone forever. This is called healing.
Physiologically speaking, we learn as children through our breath. When the breath is disrupted, or we unconsciously hold our breath because of an external trauma we do not understand, we become emotionally attached to this specific memory and store it as a fact in the mind/body. This fact defines a purpose of distorted value, which is unhealthy and serves no one.
When we experience anxiety as an adult, our breath is disrupted just like it was the very first time we were exposed to the first trauma as a child. The mind/body language of anxiety can be stifled with medication to hide this symptom, but because the mind never forgets anything a pill is a temporary solution to a symptom hiding behind a false purpose of safety that no longer exists.
It takes a lot of courage to look at the terror learned as a child. It takes a lot of inner strength to address internal anxiety without blaming something or someone externally for what is going on internally. When we finally learn to define our emotional trauma as coming from the past, we are free to redefine our lives as we are no longer being controlled by an immature emotional response that ended a long time ago and in fact has no relevance now.