Stress

Stress relief

Stress and PsychoNoetics

Psychonoetic clearing is the most powerful component of any treatment program for stress, and oftentimes it is the only treatment necessary.  It is the appropriate treatment for any kind of stress, physical, psychological and spiritual, including stress syndrome and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Physical stress

Physical stress can result from allergies, autoimmune disorders, traumatic injuries, ongoing disabilities and infections. 

Physical disease states that cause stress

  • Allergies.
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Trauma and/or injury
  • Disabilities
  • Infectious diseases

Situational stress

Situational stress can result from any situation, family, job, school, relationship etc. in which there is a strong element of instability, time pressure, long hours, fatigue, conflict, threat of harm or loss, financial or emotional insecurity, being bullied, performance pressures and the like.

Some signs of situational stress

  • Irritability
  • Exhaustion
  • Anger
  • Resentment
  • Depression
  • Loss of motivation
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Frequent illness real or psychosomatic

Psychological stress

Psychological stress can develop any time that we are in internal conflict with ourselves, and/or we are holding and defending a false position, self-concept, or ego stance against attack, real or imaginary, from without or within.

As well is being a problem in itself; psychological stress can lead to thinking and personality disturbances, anxiety, escapism and over-indulgence, poor impulse control, agitation and despondency.  In short, just about any psychological disturbance that has a psychogenic origin can be trigger or worsened by stress.

Psychological stress may result in any of the symptoms of situational stress.  In addition, it can lead to more serious psychological disorders.

Some serious disorders related to psychological stress

  • Chronic anxiety
  • Mental confusion
  • Trouble concentrating, daydreaming
  • Sleep disorders, nightmares
  • Flight into addiction
  • Depression
  • Manic states
  • Anger, rage disorders

Psychospiritual stress

Psychospiritual stress is less a separate category and more a way of looking at stress.  From one point of view, all psychological stress is psychospiritual as well.  That is, in the final analysis it originates in spiritual identity confusion, in the failure to discriminate your real or ultimate identity, your God Self, from your small self, your separate, personal identity, your identity as a thing.

This said however, there is that psychological stress which is due to conflict and ego defense on the personal level, and psychospiritual stress which is due to failure to fully discriminate, integrate and resolve one's personal identity and one's spiritual identity, i.e. self and Self

Spiritual modalities, such as education, inquiry and meditation lead us to the experience of our ultimate identity or Self, however it takes psychonoetic clearing to stabilize this realization and enable us to stay there unconditionally.

When clearing is necessary

An excellent indicator that we have unconscious stuff that needs to be cleared is the presence of stress in our daily lives, whether it is situational, psychological or psychospiritual. When we feel "stressed out", we can be reasonably sure that some deep memories, physical or psychological, are playing themselves out on the screen of our mind. There are many things, from yoga to a stiff drink that can lower our stress, but all of them are temporary and lead to dependency. Psychonoetic clearing does much more; it helps us let go of the memories and therefore the identities that create the stress in our daily lives, thus heading it off before it arises

In addition, a chronic state of stress (of any kind and any origin) leads to the state of breakdown and exhaustion known as Stress Syndrome.

Stress syndrome

All stress is a defensive reaction. It is the defense of our identity, physical or ideational. Stress syndrome is more than that; it is a partial or total breakdown caused by continual stress. When the fight or flight reaction of the sympathetic nervous system is continually activated, our system becomes exhausted and starts to break down. Stress syndrome, not ordinary stress is the major problem!

When does stress become stress syndrome? ...when there is no possible way of terminating the threat that is creating the stress. As long as the danger remains constant, the body remains in a state of defensive arousal, and when this situation is prolonged and becomes chronic, stress syndrome ensues. Most real dangers are sharply circumscribed. When an antelope is being chased by a lion, it either escapes or is eaten. Either way the situation is quickly resolved.

However, when threats are self-generated, when the threat comes from within us and is rooted in our immune system, our conditioning or our ideas about ourselves, it cannot be resolved. This is when we find continually defending against things that are not really survival threats. (We all know people whose external circumstances are enviable, who are subject to little or no visible threat, yet who are continually "stressed out". Their threats are self-generated.)

Constant defensiveness creates a continual state of stress, and continual stress turns into that which physicians and psychologists call stress syndrome, i.e. a cascade of physical and psychological symptoms and in extreme cases, a complete breakdown of health. Allergies, autoimmune disorders, and all manner of mental and physical disturbances can result from or be worsened by stress syndrome.

There are three possible ways of handling self-generated threats; avoiding the situations that create them, reducing a response to them (through drugs, exercise, meditation or the like on to) or clearing the identity confusion that activates them. As to the first option, it is almost impossible to avoid all situations, physical and psychological, that trigger us. Not only is it impossible, but the attempt to do so will constrict our lives, often to an intolerable degree. As for the second option, these tools work at least partially, but they create dependencies.

It is only the third option, clearing the memories that form the boundaries of our identities, that works permanently and has no disadvantages. This is the conscious way of alleviating stress, the psychonoetic way. However, most people, even in the mental health professions, are unaware of both the possibility of clearing memories and the techniques of doing so.

Summary

External threats continually arrive in life and are dealt with and forgotten. However, oftentimes threats are not real, but a product of misinterpretations, whether physical or psychological. In these cases, we are continually generating our own threats through our perceptual distortions. We can never mount an adequate defense to these threats (and thus end them), because we continually recreate them. Instead, we remain caught in an endless loop of threat and defense, a state that leads to the psychological and adrenal exhaustion of stress syndrome.

By clearing memories, we correct our perceptions and prevent ourselves from developing a stress response. In these circumstances psychonoetic memory release can eliminate stress at its source, not only improving the quality of our lives, but also forestalling the development of chronic and debilitating illnesses.

Post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is caused by experiencing a psychologically overwhelming event in the past, either in childhood or earlier in our adult life.  The childhood experience of abuse, emotional, physical or sexual, or sometimes even witnessing an abusive situation constitutes an early trauma.  However, it needs to be a situation to which is traumatic from the point of view of the cultural context in which it is witnessed.  For instance in Freud's time, witnessing one's parents having sex, even in later childhood or adolescence could qualify as traumatic, whereas today even children are inured to witnessing both sex and violence by television.  However, actually witnessing violence and/or rape on a peer probably would qualify as traumatic.

Some other traumatic events, not necessarily restricted to childhood, would be life-threatening illnesses or accidents, experiencing violence, being in combat or a natural disaster or being in prison.

It is not enough to have experienced a trauma to be diagnosed with dramatic stress disorder; you also have to exhibit one or more symptoms. The most salient of these symptoms is the persistent re-experience of the traumatic event, either in dreams or in your reactions to otherwise innocuous events that remind you of the original.  Other symptoms might be phobic avoidance anything that reminds you of the original event, chronic anxiety and over vigilance, sleep disturbances, or persistent, unexplained difficulties with relationships, work or any of their other areas of your life.

PsychoNoetics greatest strength is in clearing memories or Karma.  A few psychonoetic clearings can completely eradicate or greatly ameliorate even the most persistent case of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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