Higher Self Early Warning System

Panic! At one point (or more) in our lives, we will experience a panic attack. Shortness of breath, gripping fear, overwhelming worry, and a physical signal that something isn’t right! Think back to the last time you had a panic attack. What thoughts were whirling through your mind? Were they thoughts of “don’t do this, don’t go there, turn around”? Did you stay the course and move forward or did you take a different path?

Panic is our body’s way of giving us an early warning to change direction. It may not need to be a huge directional change, but your higher self is sending you an urgent text message that what lies ahead is not in your best interest. Some people suffer from chronic panic attacks, sometimes occurring everyday; while others suffer only a few in their lifetime. If you suffer from frequent or chronic panic attacks, have you ever spent the time analyzing them to find a common theme? You might find that your higher self is trying to get a message through to you.

I remember having a significant panic attack in October 2003 as I was driving from Michigan to Virginia to finalize my move for a new job. This was not a move that I wanted to make, but a move that I had to make for employment. I was on the I-70 expressway in Maryland near Frederick and I could not breathe. My mind was racing, I broke out in hysterical tears, I was consumed with fear, and every cell in my body was telling me to turn around and go home. I had to pull over on the side of the road and it took about 30 minutes to compose myself. I did not want to move, I knew that it was the right path for me to take, but I felt compelled to accept this national level job given that I could not find work in Michigan in my chosen field.

Eleven years later, things have turned out fine but it was a difficult road for the first 3 years and the path has always had some underlying struggle. I did not listen to that inner voice giving me a physical signal to stop and so my path from that point on was not a smooth path.

If you ignore a panic attack, it does not necessarily mean that your life will fall apart. You can certainly make the path the best that it can be like I did, but it doesn’t mean that it’s the right path at that time. What it does mean is that you are taking a more difficult route, a route that is not the best for you at that time. In the Law of Attraction, our emotions and our body send us signals when we are out of alignment with our true path. The messages start as a little voice in our head, then signals to change course, and then a full on physical panic attack to finally get our attention. We ignore these signs because often we feel that the path we are on is the only path. There is always more than one path.

Lavender1What should you do if you’re in the middle of a panic attack? Place some Lavender or Peace & Calming essential oil in your palm and inhale, or put a drop or two of Grounding oil on the bottom of your feet. Hold a grounding crystal such as Black Tourmaline or a calming crystal like Blue Lace Agate. Lie down and listen to calming music. Then listen to what your body and inner voice are trying to tell you. Do not block the messages; instead, write down what comes to you.

My panic attack taught me that I could plow through the panic and make a good life, but it was difficult and I would choose differently in the future. My panic attack taught me that there are always forks in the road, every single day. My panic attack taught me that when we ignore these signals, we are only making life more difficult than it has to be. My panic attack taught me to trust my inner voice and my physical early warning system. Your inner voice is never wrong, so trust it!

About Allie Phillips:

Me Aug 2014Allie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She holistically combines these methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. It worked for her and will work for you!  She particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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Just be

Do you ever crave silence, or do you like to lead a lifestyle that is filled with work, to-do lists, taking care of others, seeing friends and family, and the buzz of modern day technology?

For the past 2 weeks, I have conducted an experiment by observing mankind and I have found that most people spend their waking hours in a flurry of activity. As I watch people walk down the street, stand on street corners, purchase coffee, or stand in line at the grocery store, a majority are on their cell phones or listening to their IPod and are disconnected from their surroundings. This morning was a particularly beautiful morning in Virginia and as I sat down by the Potomac river just to watch the waves and the ducks, 9 out of 10 people that walked by were on their cell phones or IPod. They were tuning out the world and a beautiful morning. What struck me was that they missed an opportunity to just be in silence and take guidance from their inner voice.

As I talk to people about the chaos of modern life, some say that they enjoy the constant movement of life, while some feel exhausted by the constant demands of work, family, friends, and technology that never leaves them alone. When I suggest a time out (from 1 to 48 hours) away from everything except being in silence and enjoying your surroundings, everyone grimaced at the idea and came up with two excuses: (1) I don’t have the time for a time out, or (2) I don’t think I could stand being with my thoughts. These two responses are precisely why we all need a time out away from television, computers, cell phones, IPods, and activities that simply keep us busy from just being.

If you do not feel that you have the time for a time out, then you are likely going through life on a treadmill trying to get from one task to another, falling into bed exhausted, and waking up exhausted. We all have demands on our life; some are vitally important, such as taking care of an ill family member, but others are simply tasks that can be put off an hour or a day. If your life is so frantic that you cannot even take a one-hour time out, then are you really living?

If you feel unnerved about the idea of sitting in silence with nothing but your thoughts, even if you are out in nature and enjoying Mother Earth, then a time out will help you relax and to learn what your inner voice is telling you. And if you do not like what you hear, you can begin to change the chatter so that it is more positive and supportive. By drowning out your inner voice with “stuff”, the voice is still making an impact on your subconscious. And if that voice is unknowingly critical and judgmental, that will leave you feeling depleted and unworthy. So although it may feel uncomfortable to disconnect, consider doing this even for a few hours. Then increase to where you can disconnect for longer periods of time more frequently. Doing so will strengthen your ability to hear your inner voice (your intuition) and put you on the path to taking control of your life. Remember, we are human beings not human doers. And what is the point of being on this glorious planet if we won’t take time to smell the flowers?

Please share your comments on how you feel about taking a time out.