It seems that panic attacks have become epidemic in our society. Having experienced them myself and having worked with others in successfully reducing, if not eliminating, incidents of panic attack, I have come to believe that many, if not all panic attacks are our Soul trying to WAKE US UP!
I define Soul as the uniquely creative way in which we have been gifted to find meaning, purpose and fulfillment in our lives. The Soul is there for our own fulfillment, specifically when engaged in service to the betterment of the world. The Soul is God’s way of living in and through us and it is through the Soul that we participate in God’s on-going plan of creation – specifically, it is through the Soul that we become the people God made us to be and it is through the Soul that we assist God in making the world a loving, peaceful, harmonious, healthy and safe place where the needs of all species are met in abundance. Since the Soul comes from God and is indeed, the Presence of God within us, it is a force to be reckoned with.
The Soul’s desire is for one thing only – that we become the fullest expression of the unique person God made us to be. Unfortunately, we live in a world where we all see our life experience through the false perception of separation. As a result, we live in fear. Fear thwarts our ability to hear, see, and know the Truth of our Soul. Our own fears are then compounded by the fears of others who might attempt to suppress, ignore, criticize, or condemn our Soul. We all experienced direct experiences of being shamed or punished for trying to express or live our truth. As a result of these experiences, we hide our Soul away.
As we work toward locking our Soul away, the Soul fights back. And the ways in which the Soul fights back are not pleasant. As I mentioned before, the Soul is a force to be reckoned with. She might start her fight quietly through withdrawal, mild depression, a series of mild illnesses. But the harder we try to silence the voice of the Soul, the louder she becomes. Chronic pain, unexplainable illnesses, ulcers, digestive disorders, auto-immune disease, anxiety, high blood pressure, clinical depression, panic attack. People have even died in their attempts to silence their Soul.
Many of these symptoms, panic attack most especially, is the Soul trying to wake us up. Even for those whose panic attacks come as a result of trauma (PTSD), I would suggest that the panic is there as a way of encouraging you to get help in releasing and healing the trauma so that your Soul can lead you to the life you were meant to live.
One thing I have learned about the Soul is that it never lies. In fact, the Soul is all about the Truth and is impeccable with Truth. Truth, more than anything, is what the Soul wants us to know. As such, in the birth of the Soul, Truth is what the Soul is trying to help us see – the Truth of our pasts, the Truth we’ve covered with deceit, the truths we’ve rejected or suppressed, the Truth of who we are and who we were meant to be and in coming to know our own Truth, we come to know the Truth of others.
So, if you are experiencing panic attacks, or know someone who is, you might consider the possibility that the panic attacks are a result of your Soul trying to get you to know your Truth, and then seek support in getting to know your Truth. Some truths may be difficult to see and to know (like past experiences of abuse or trauma), but it is only in naming and claiming ALL your truths that your Soul can find its place in the world. You were made to know joy, to experience love, to know peace, to feel safe, and to find fulfillment through your own uniquely creative gifts through which you find meaning and purpose in serving the betterment of the world.
Lauri Ann Lumby assists men and women in the birth of their Soul through one-on-one mentoring, classes and workshops. Starting July 7, 2014, Lauri will be offering a Soul-Support class specifically for “The New Grown-ups” (also referred to as Millennials, Indigos, Crystals, New Kids, etc.). To learn more, click HERE.