My father is a Vietnam veteran. I did not find out what that really meant until December 31st, 2006; when my life changed, forever. My father and I were not the closest throughout my childhood, and…
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Dr. Joseph Murphy, The Miracle of Mind Dynamics: A New Way to Triumphant Living, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1964, pp. 57-61
How to Overcome Waves of Doubt and Anxiety
Our Bible states that there arose a great tempest in the sea. Each man is a ship traveling on the ocean of life. All of us are immersed in the great universal sea of consciousness. All of us are traveling psychologically and spiritually to certain goals, objectives, and achievements. Sometimes the ship becomes covered with waves; this represents the race belief in failure, lack, and limitation. The storms of doubt, anxiety, and depression haunt us at times The disciples said: ‘… Lord, save us: we perish.’ The disciples represent your faculties of mind, your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, plus mental attitudes and expectancy in general. You must train your faculties of mind to look inwardly and to have…
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Neville Goddard is an author of many written and audio books.
All his work revolves around an interpretation of passages from the Bible: “Rather than look at the Bible as a historical record of an ancient civilization or the biography of the unusual life of Jesus, see it as a great psychological drama that takes place in human consciousness. Takes drama as yours and I’ll turn to these lights sterile world deserts of Egypt to the promised land of Canaan “ ( “At your command ” , unofficial translation of the in 1939 ).
In conferencing and in his books early, Neville addressed mainly what he called the “Act” technique to create your physical reality through imagination, being correlated with such teachings are so-called “New Thought” movements. Describing the “Act” Neville recalls personal episodes, recounting how he traveled from New York to Barbados during the [Great Depression] without any money, or how, and using only the power of his imagination. One of the repeated suggestions in preaching the “Law” is to “review”. The revision aims at changing reliving reality with imaginary events that we wanted to run otherwise. This type of meditation is to imagine a scenario based on circumstances of an undesirable event, but with a favorable end.
The theological vision of Neville on the “Promise” evokes a cosmogony union with God ( self-awareness, God-within, higher self), and that union is the very purpose of everyone’s life, purpose of which route is described in the Bible – a psychological drama that it is common to every man. He said about the “promise” that “it is not winning; it is a gift and a blessing of entirely thanks. Divine promise is unconditional; Divine Law is conditional ” and comes at the right time.
Neville also says Jesus is your imagination. Jesus lives through your imagination. Jesus is your desire. What an idea to ponder. My imagination and desire are from God. I absolutely love that concept.
Here is one of my favorite Neville Goddard Lectures. He is so soothing:
There are many nail options on the market today. From paint, gel stickers, and strips. My absolute favorite is incoco nail strips. You can find them on amazon here. There are many different nail strip brands on the market, and I have tried them all. From Kiss, Sally Hansen, jamberry, incoco and more. And incoco is my favorite. Here are the reasons why:
- They last longer than another other I have tried (literally, 14 days)
- A larger selection of colors and patterns
- Apply easier (are very flexible and pliable)
I will post some pictures of mine, when I put a new set on!
Catherine Ponder’s books are considered some of the most inspirational works, and known as one of the pioneers of positive thinking. She is a minister of the non denominational Unity Church since 1956, an alternative US religious sect, has written several books about how to become wealthy dating from the 1960s to just a few years ago. Her works continue to sell well and receive good reviews from readers eager to learn how they can help themselves overcome life’s challenges.
After studying business she enrolled in the Unity Ministry School, receiving a bachelor of Science in education in 1956. Catherine wrote her first prosperity book The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity in the early 1960’s whilst she was living in Birmingham, Alabama. Her life expanded dramatically whilst she was in the midst of finishing that book. She has also given many lectures on the universal principles of prosperity.
Ratings of Catherine Ponder’s Works
Readers adore Catherine’s books. They continue to sell well, new or used, on Amazon and other book-selling sites while reviews give these self-help books 4 or 5 stars ll of the time.
Catherine Ponder has studied the bible intensely. Contemplating on God’s word and providing insight. She is one of few who has brilliantly made the link between faith in God and wealth. One can look inward to find direction and support from God within us. That was Catherine’s main point to be made.
In her book Pray & Grow Rich, she has many chapters on the different forms of non-traditional prayer. From Prayers of relaxation, cleansing to receive, protection, decrees (more on this in a second), miracles, meditation, silence, and realization. In one of the chapters, she suggests seeing God next to you during a difficult or stressful time. This is one of my favorites. I have done this with great success and found it to be very soothing.
In her lectures, she talks about her Prosperity Decrees. These are not simple, idle affirmations, instead these are powerful statements, when repeated over and over, reach your subconscious mind. Her Decrees are as follows:
Successful Self-help Guru
Readers seeking the advice and inspiration these books have to offer are also looking for a specific thing; the secrets to financial security and temporal success in this and other aspects of life. They won’t be disappointed. Ponder is as good as her word, unraveling the mysteries of financial struggle and the secrets for turning one’s fortunes around. And tuning into our infinite nature within.
Throughout the decades of pain, heartache, unimaginable and incomprehensible suffering I almost couldn’t endure from having debilitating, life-interrupting anxiety attacks. There are techniques that CAN and DO relieve anxiety. These are my absolute favorites:
I know, everyone says ‘just breathe’. But how ridiculous does that sound when you’re in the middle of a panic attack? I know. Believe me. But there is a method to the madness, I promise. One of my favorite and actually very effective methods is counting your breath. Inhale slowly through your nose, to the count of 5 – 7 seconds, hold for 5 – 7 seconds, then exhale slowly through your mouth for 5 – 7 seconds. Do this at least a few times and you will feel the difference very quickly.
The Five Senses:
This has helped me many times as well. Focus on the five senses. What are you feeling, smelling, tasting, hearing, and touching at this very moment. Focus intently on each sense. This can help ground you back into the present moment, away from worry of fear or harm.
I will often do a mental checklist in the middle of the panic attack, and change it according to what is making me feel anxious at that moment. For example, for whatever reason, when my stomach gets upset from IBS symptoms (cramping etc) I panic. I worry. So I will remind myself of things like, I have been through this many times before, I am safe, there is a bathroom nearby, even if I do get sick it will pass, it always does, I’m not going to die. Even though every time this happens, I think it’s food poisoning, it never has been in the past ever. A mental checklist like this reminds yourself that you can and you will get through anxiety, and ground you in the present moment, which is actually safe.
Affirmations can calm you from the inside out. An effective way to do this is picture yourself as a small child, who is feeling as you are feeling at that moment, and what you would say to that little child. For example, (I say to myself) I am safe, I am calm, I am OK, I love me, God’s healing flows through me now restoring me and making me whole, I will get through this, this will pass, and one of my favorites: relax mind & body, let go and let God. (If you are able, go into a quiet room, close your eyes and repeat affirmations). Affirmations can penetrate your conscious mind, into your subconscious mind.
Essential Oils can help calm your nerves as well. My favorites are lemon, lavender and peppermint. I will put them individually or all of them on different parts of my hands, or neck.
Cardiovascular exercise does wonders for anxiety attacks. It helps release the build up of the cortisol chemical that is overly secreted during an anxiety attack. It can also take your mind off the anxiety, and it can tire you out. If you try this, I recommend giving it at least 15 minutes. It takes our minds a few minutes to reset.
Some of these methods above involve distracting yourself from the anxiety. Sometimes that’s really all that is needed. Anxiety is nothing more than fear of something in the future. (Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real). Even talking with a friend, listening to their story (about anything) can engage your mind, and help you from focusing on your anxiety. Remember, it ALWAYS passes, even though sometimes it feels like it never will! (I have had anxiety for days, weeks, what felt like months. But it did lessen and pass).
One last thing, that I think is very important. Remind yourself that you are doing better than you ‘FEEL’ you are doing. For instance, if you have a panic attack, and you get through it (even if it lasts a few hours or so); you survived! Pat yourself on the back! Tell yourself good job! You got through it! You didn’t run home, you didn’t die 🙂 We need to celebrate our victories, even the smallest. Especially when we focus all too much on what’s wrong with us. There’s nothing wrong with you or me. Maybe we are a little more sensitive to anxiety or life’s stressors, but that does NOT mean we are broken. And every day we get to wake up and take another breathe is a victory in itself. Celebrate you. ❤
Dr Joseph Murphy, an ordained minister of an alternative modern religion, was considered one of the 20th Century’s great thinkers and speakers. He wrote numerous self-help books which remain popular today but also spoke to crowds in his capacity as a minister of Divine and Religious Science. His lectures and sermons were met with huge audiences weekly. How have his books impacted society? What were they about and can they help you today?
Today’s reader is familiar with the self-help model. It is a popular notion that one can learn ways to be more successful without visiting a counselor and that the power to do so comes from within. Dr Murphy was one of the more profoundly popular and influential advocates of this way of thinking, influential on the public and also on future thinkers in the same vein. He certainly lived a long life. Born in Ireland in 1898, he died 83 years later in California. Murphy’s teachings appear to have served him well. Had he lived into the current century, Murphy might have been surprised to learn that his works can be purchased on Kindle and from online book stores such as Amazon, maintaining mainstream popularity even 35 years after his death. They were not part of the landscape in 1981.
Murphy’s Self-Help Topics
Dr Joseph Murphy’s books looked at subjects such as achieving wealth, happiness, and success. He also talked about harnessing the power of prayer, and the subconscious mind, but not in the traditional Christian sense. Although readers are sometimes confused by his title as a minister, it is clear that his beliefs and teachings fell outside biblical Christian thought. This confusion could be deemed a negative aspect of his cultural legacy, but Christian readers looking for biblical applications don’t take long to realize their mistake. Otherwise, Murphy is said to have helped many men and women improve their lives by learning how to visualize their desires and make them reality.
Many readers continue to write letters of appreciation to a society devoted to Murphy’s memory. They (including myself) believe his works were instrumental in getting them through tough times and achieving financial success. His works receive high ratings from readers almost all the time. They have been translated into several languages. This last point alone testifies to their power in modern culture.
Even though the writer has long since passed away, Murphy’s books are never out of print. They include “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind,” “Miracles of the Mind,” and “Magic of Faith.” Murphy made it clear that much of the power men and women seek is already within them if they overcome their mind’s potential to overwhelm them.
Here are some of my favorite books from Dr Joseph Murphy:
Anxiety and panic attacks are on the rise in modern society. Some say it’s because the pace of life is so stressful, others that nutrients are gone from our food. A better approach would be to say both things are true. Address the stressors in your life rather than trying to cover them with treatment. If the cause of anxiety is physiological rather than situational, however, taking supplements could help relieve the symptoms, but always talk to your doctor. Serious anxiety should always be addressed professionally.
Supplements or Food?
Do you really need to take a pill or a powdered drink mix in order to obtain relief from symptoms of panic and anxiety? It is possible the diet could be a better place to start. Indeed, take a look at what you eat. Are meals well balanced? Do you eat vegetables and fruits of all colors, lean meat and poultry, whole grains, and legumes? If not, then you could be depriving your body of ingredients that run a healthy nervous system and help to balance hormones. Start there, and if your efforts to eat better don’t work, come back to the notion of supplements.
Supplements that Might Work
There are no guarantees, but the following products could help you to relax. Magnesium is at the top of our list because it is so commonly deficient in the modern, western diet. Consumers obtain magnesium from dark, leafy, green vegetables, oats, grains, and other sources. They can also take this mineral as a pill or a powder, often in combination with calcium which is also neglected. These and other minerals support nervous system health and prevent problems like Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), a frustrating cause of many sleepless nights and ongoing anxiety among countless North Americans.
One reason the absence of sun affects people so much is that this is the primary source of Vitamin D. Without it, our bodies do not absorb minerals as easily. Vitamin D is important in its own right too as seen in the frequency of Seasonal Affective Disorder. The easiest way to take this as a supplement is to buy drops. A little goes a long way.
The nervous system, metabolism, and hormones require B Vitamins found in turkey, grains, and bananas. Don’t deprive yourself: consume more of these foods or take a tablet every day containing a mixture of the many B-Vitamins with their manifold roles in the body.
It’s not a supplement, but exercise releases feel good chemicals into the bloodstream which fight stress and promote a sense of peace. You also sleep better when you exercise and tend to feel good about yourself.
IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects thousands of people in North America. As a result of this condition, they experience frequent gastric discomfort and irregular bowel movements. They are either constipated or suffering from diarrhea much of the time, even nauseated, but their pain and suffering could be mitigated by consuming certain natural products. If symptoms involve dizziness, severe cramping, or blood in the stools, talk to a doctor. In the meantime, you could ease symptoms by trying these supplements and/or foods because a doctor probably doesn’t have medicine for what ails you.
Prebiotics and Probiotics
Eat foods in these categories and maybe you won’t need anything else. Prebiotics prepare the gastrointestinal tract to receive probiotics or beneficial live bacteria. Before you cringe, bacteria are already inside your body in their billions, often the bad kinds which love a diet rich in refined carbs. Prepare with prebiotics such as chicory (coffee replacement) or garlic. Drop some of the sugar from your diet and replace refined foods with a bowl of plain yogurt and berries plus a dollop of honey. Honey is a healing, natural sugar. Yogurt with 4% or 5% fat is thick and creamy and honey cuts down the acidity. Meanwhile, berries provide immune-supporting antioxidants plus fiber to help keep you regular, not to mention wonderful flavors. Plain yogurt contains live bacteria which will thrive in their new environment.
If you are allergic to dairy products, consider trying soy or almond-milk yogurt containing live active bacteria. Try plain varieties in favor of flavored, sugary ones. Yogurt is simply disgusting to some consumers, so other foods to try include miso soup and fermented vegetables. Another option is to take probiotic supplements. Conduct your own research to determine which of these is the most effective as they tend to be expensive and you will need to take them every day.
There is a strong chance you aren’t eating fiber. Most North Americans are undisciplined this way and they make things worse by eating baked, sugary foods which contribute to bloating and loose stools. If you are going to eat a muffin for breakfast, at least make it yourself using bran, whole wheat flour, and oats unless you have discovered that wheat is causing some of your problems. Then make sure it’s a wheat-free muffin and choose oat bran, flax meal, plus molasses, honey, and brown sugar for sweetness. Throw in nuts, seeds, and fruit like grated apple.
A better meal is a bowl of oatmeal with nuts, berries, seeds, honey, and/or flax meal or even nutritional yeast. The flavor of nutritional yeast is strong, so add a little at a time until you can handle about one to two teaspoons in your bowl with the oats. Choose thick oats or, better yet, steel cut oats. These will provide fiber, protein, and other nutrients but it’s the fiber that should matter to you. The oats, yeast, and fruit are packed with soluble fibers which help your body to get into a regular gastric rhythm. In other words, you will poop more regularly and stools will be fully formed. Be sure to drink enough water too: fiber requires water in order to do its thing.Consider taking a fiber supplement as an alternative.