Managing Anxiety in the Midst of Collective Fear

SOS: A Mind Exercise for Managing Anxiety  ~

Managing Anxiety

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When we’re feeling anxiety, it’s usually directly related to whatever level of uncertainty we’re experiencing. In normal times, managing anxiety has been an individual matter and has to do with being okay with not knowing what’s going to happen.

However, due to the pandemic and other environmental challenges, we are all experiencing existential levels of disorientation and uncertainty, which in turn increases our collective levels of anxiety. None of us knows what’s going to happen next. Whether it be how to interact with our social networks, following new procedures or handling economic stress, being able to focus our attention on something positive may simply seem out of the question.

These feelings can come on suddenly and be extremely visceral! For example, the other day I was planning a trip out and in anticipation, my thoughts started to spin, which, in turn, elevated the emotions I was feeling. Then, my breathing got shallow and my heart began to race.

Managing AnxietyIn a matter of moments, I had gone from neutral to being scattered in a tempest of collective emotions: fear, unhappiness, anxiety… and who knows what else!

Fortunately, because I’ve always been more sensitive to these sorts of experiences, I knew to quickly release my agreement to buy into it. Then, when I had more time, I went through this centering exercise to pull myself out from the malaise and center myself in the New Paradigm again.

Please note: This formula is not intended to take the place of appropriate medical or psychotherapeutic care. If you are having serious symptoms contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Managing Anxiety in the Midst of Collective Fear uses affirmations and the Intuitive Learning Circles that can help when you are:

  • Picking up on anxiety around you
  • Getting anxious about an important decision
  • Being pulled in too many directions
  • Overstimulated or feeling under attack
  • Feeling dizzy or overwhelmed
  • Unable to follow through due to anxiety.

Set aside between fifteen and thirty minutes. Start by reading the directions: Gaze at each Circle for approximately two minutes. A longer or shorter time may be necessary. Let yourself breathe and relax as much as possible.

Here’s an example of how the Circles can help you restore balance when you’re managing anxiety:

Contemplate the positive affirmations that go with this Circle for a minute or so:

“I bring my senses into balance.”

“I focus them so that I can feel calmer and concentrate on what’s important.”

“I use them to help me be more aware of my surroundings and what I’m doing.”

“I focus on thoughts and actions that are genuinely beneficial.”

The Circle may seem to move, spin or even change color. That means that it’s working. Just keep breathing and let the energy move. Once it calms down, your emotional state may improve as well. Then you’ll be ready to continue with the exercise.

Mind Body Integration

Mind Body Integration - Self-care for lossFor best results, look at each symbol both crossed over the midline of your body and uncrossed so that the correction is more complete.

Feel free to move at anytime in any way to help you embody your experience!

Managing Anxiety

This exercise will help you slow down, pull your thoughts and energy together so that you can communicate your intentions clearly.

Step One: Clarity

Breathe in and exhale. Gently gaze at the Circle and affirm to yourself:
“I organize my body and mind to have healthy boundaries
and strong protection.”

“Taking good care of myself is important.”


Step Two – Balance

The Balance Chakra is located on your Sacrum, better known as your Tail Bone. When this  energy center is in balance it’s much easier to connect with stability and the natural flow of life or “the Tao.” 

It may feel like you’re all off balance or whirling like a top. Keep breathing and let this Circle help you get more balanced again.

Pay special attention to your tailbone.


Step Three – Protection

Continue to breathe and put yourself in a mental landscape that’s very safe, calm and peaceful.
You are completely protected here.

Let your mind imagine a soft breeze gently blowing busy or anxious thoughts away like leaves, swirling up and disappearing into the Sun.


Step Four ~ Clarity

Let this Circle help you turn the volume down on your senses. They could be turned up too high. You can calm down and see things as they are in the present. Move if you need to. Let your shoulders drop.

“I can see the light in a dark situation.”

A nice side benefit to balancing your senses in this way is noticing that you feel more balanced and your emotions are calming down. Practice both crossed and uncrossed over the midline of your body.

“I enjoy this calm sensation and remember it.”


Step Five – Slow Motion

Your mind might be hurried, spinning or frenzied, so let this Circle help you imagine that everything’s slowing down. 
It’s okay to slow down… moving in slow motion.

Again, do that both crossed and uncrossed over the midline of your body. If you like, you can imagine a ball of string slowly unwinding.


Step Six – Trust

Let your belly relax where your ribs go up in the front.
It’s okay for you to relax there and breathe as deeply as you want.

Get yourself centered and balanced.

It’s okay for you to just be. Things are getting sorted out now.


Step Seven – Release

Help your body to release physical and emotional toxins by relaxing with this Chakra Key that improves the function of your kidneys. Use this positive affirmation:

“Letting go is a relief.”


Step Eight – Steadfast

Use this Circle to focus in on your heart.
Your heartbeat is steady and getting calmer by the minute.

“I am okay.”


Step Nine – Breath

Let this Circle help you open up your breath now.
Your lungs work together with your heart to keep oxygen flowing through you.

“I’m breathing in the breath of life and exhaling _____________.”


Step Ten – Equilibrium

It’s important to keep breathing.
Your diaphragm works together with your heart and lungs to help you breathe.
You really are okay. Your breathing is okay.

“I breathe deeply into my belly and resonate with the breath of life.”


Step Eleven – Resolution

As you gaze at this Circle, you can deactivate the overstimulated parts of your brain. Just keep breathing and say to yourself:

“I am calming down. Everything is relaxing.”


Step Twelve – Integration

Hara lines are like tiny webs of light that connect the chakras. Sometimes they are broken due to trauma, toxicity or sudden changes in the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight).

“The hará lines between my chakras and healed and connected, like a golden web of light.”

“I organize my consciousness around healthy boundaries and strong protection.”


Step Thirteen – Synchronize with Your Heart Center

Gaze softly at the Key and allow your heart center to open, relax and expand. You can even imagine a warm energy radiating out of the center of your chest and as that light moves out, you find that all kinds of anxiety, sorrow and heaviness is easily released to the Sun. Letting go – recycling into new life and inspiration.

“My heart chakra is letting go of harmful patterns so that it can synchronize with health, happiness and positive life flow.”


Step Fourteen – Emotional Freedom

Dissolve your connection to the mental and emotional malaise that’s behind our collective anxiety. Use this symbol for dissolving destructive blueprints to clear the patterns from your mental continuum and send them to the Sun to be purified. 

“I dissolve destructive patterns that interfere with my health. I send them to the Light to be purified.”

Then, collapse the energetic sewers that spread the malaise.

Close the doors in your mind that lead back to collective anxiety and fear.

Closure for Mind Body Healing


Step Fifteen – Ground and Center in the New Paradigm

In order to actualize the full benefits of this process, put both feet on the ground and let this Circle help you get grounded in a new paradigm of equality, cooperation and sustainable prosperity. 

Congratulations! Going through this formula has set you up to be more resilient and aligned to face the challenges of our times successfully!

Consider taking a brisk walk or exercising to help discharge your excess energy. When you’re ready, see if you can take action on some new solutions that come to mind.

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If you feel that Managing Anxiety has helped, but hasn’t addressed all of your needs, Rheanni Lightwater, BFA, CHT, CKP

has 25+ years experience in the art and science of mind body healing. Contact her for a private session if you still feel off track or overwhelmed.

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Managing Anxiety should not be considered as an exclusive method of treatment. The appropriate medical or psychotherapeutic authorities should be consulted for the diagnosis and treatment of any medical or psychological condition. If you are having thoughts of suicide or extreme panic, call 911 or seek help immediately. The information and practices described on this website are best considered as an adjunct to orthodox medical or psychological treatments.