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How I Overcame Anxiety By Upgrading My Nervous System

How I Overcame Anxiety By Upgrading My Nervous System

If you’ve ever felt like your world emotionally flipped upside down, like everyday there was another helpless panic attack and that no one could possibly understand you, then this post is especially dedicated to you. I know there are many people who have experienced and endured worse than me, and I feel for them, and I know what it feels like to hit emotional rock bottom.

This is just my story with the intention of acknowledging you and inspiring you to make adversity your calling to greatness.

How it all began

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    I woke up in my uncle’s house feeling the buzzing of my cellphone at 6:36 a.m. It’s Tim – my friend from Hamburg. He invited me with his group to come down to Munich and enjoy the Oktoberfest celebrations. I begin to remember moments of last night, drinking great beer with my fellow Germans and I began laughing out loud (yes, by myself) at the funny memories we enjoyed.

    I looked down and realize that I’m still wearing my Lederhosen and that there are a bunch of Tigers Milk protein bar wrappers all over the floor. Probably my forgotten late night snacks. I walked over to the bathroom to brush my teeth and that’s when shit hit the fan.

    I looked in the mirror at my pale skin and weak body and I felt so confused. I tried hard to remember what happened yesterday, especially last night, and I kept remembering up until one point where my memory just blacked out.

    When I checked my pockets, I realized my wallet was missing. Did I get mugged, drugged, beaten, assaulted, molested, injected with something? These were the thoughts that were going through my mind with a new, unfamiliar and terrified feeling sinking in my body. I closely examined my body for any bruises, cuts and damage. I didn’t find anything, however my body was shaking and I still felt terrified…and I couldn’t find out why.

    My uncle called me to go eat breakfast and I hardly had the strength to lift the fork without jittering. I started to feel an uncomfortable sensation of heat rise in my stomach like I’ve never felt before, a lump of constriction in my throat, numbness and tingling across different areas of my body, nerve twitches in my right foot and my left eye, and a feeling like I wanted to puke and couldn’t (a different sensation than wanting to puke from drinking too much alcohol).

    Ultimately, I felt like something was very, very wrong and like there was no way out and like I had no idea what it was. And in that, I felt completely helpless.

    I told my uncle what was going on and he escorted me to a nearby hospital. The first wasn’t helpful and didn’t have a diagnosis for any of the symptoms I was experiencing. This started to freak me out even more. I went to another hospital and they wanted to charge me more than 1,000 Euros to run basic tests on me with a consultation.

    I gave up on the hospitals and went home. I went to the bathroom and looked in the mirror and that’s when it really hit me – I felt like I lost my sense of self, like what psychologists call an identity crisis, and that freaked me out.

    I was hoping this uncanny feeling of fear would go away after that day, and that I could continue on with the Oktoberfest festivities joyfully and continue on with my round the world journey. Unfortunately, I found myself living the next 15 months of my life living in a state of constant anxiety.

    For the first three months, I was in a state of anxiety almost 24/7. I’d feel anxious and afraid for no real reason and I felt stuck that way, like there was no way out and like there was danger always around. Danger to what? I didn’t even know.

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    What I tried

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      I tried so many different tools, strategies, books, programs – you name it – to fix this problem that I seemingly could never get to the root of. I went to a psychologist for a few visits, which I literally had to be dragged into going to because I didn’t think their form of therapy was effective nor did I think anyone would be able to relate to me.

      The psychologist ended up being a good man, but the visit still didn’t help fix my problems. I went onto searching the web for the symptoms I was experiencing and the results I came up with led to having an anxiety disorder, OCD, and an identity crisis.

      Great, how do I fix this? That question kept me in a never-ending loop of pain and frustration. Focusing on trying to fix anxiety and OCD is like a dog trying to catch his tail: it’s pointless, and you’ll never fix it because focusing on trying to fix it is only feeding your emotional pattern to continue to exist, grow and have a stronger grip on your life.

      I soon learned that avoiding and managing the pain only creates more pain in your life.

      How it didn’t work

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        So my self-experimentation of trying to fix it didn’t work off the knowledge I got from the internet, ebooks and forums. I started to think that maybe I had inherited some gene that my mom and grandma had because they worry so often, and that because of that I had to look beyond the ordinary western health care culture to find some extraordinary treatment.

        I then learned about eastern philosophy, practices, meditation and the chakras and thought it sounded so far off funky and kind of cool…it had to be my solution out of this emotional shithole. I even did a 10 day Vipassana silent meditation retreat, which was really a unique experience. Meditating helped me feel more calm, however it mainly only did so while I was in the state of meditation. Not when I was out actually living my life.

        Chakras…well, I felt like I always had to balance my chakras, things which I never really knew what the Hell they were, and that this was a never ending game of balancing them. Although the concept of chakras seemed cool, practicing the chakra meditations were unsuccessful for me in really making transformative progress.

        I then started watching intervention videos of Tony Robbins and grew extremely fascinated with his ability to effectively communicate and influence rapid and powerful transformation for people. I saw a video where Tony helped a man discover the root cause of his stuttering pattern of over 30 years. He helped him turn it around to speak confidently, clearly and effectively in a shorter amount of time, and Rechaud ended up speaking to an audience of more than 5,000 people.

        I thought this was the jackpot and that Tony was the man who could certainly help me, and that by watching and learning from his videos and programs I could help myself move beyond any obstacles in my life and thrive and I could also help everyone around me however they wanted and needed help. I learned swoosh patterns, neuro associative conditioning and his philosophy on the six human needs.

        They are all great things, and I love the six human needs and regularly relate to them in my life, however these tools I used by myself only helped me feel a little less anxious regularly and little more comfortable with anxiety. Then I saw an ad for his coaching program. I thought the next best thing to having an intervention with Tony is to work with one of his top trainers.

        And so I did. And although that helped me grasp more inner power and direction in my life, I still felt underlying anxiety pop up throughout my day. Not as much as before it seemed, but maybe that’s also because a year had gone by already and I had grown more comfortable experiencing the feeling.

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        How I discovered an extraordinary solution

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          A few months into working with my coach, I attended Tony’s most popular event: Date with Destiny. One day, Tony shared a story about how he was looking for a solution for his wife’s motion sickness. He mentioned how he went on a quest and tried about everything and that nothing worked really, and that he was willing to try anything at this point help his wife.

          A friend told him about a man named Donny Epstein, a healer who has trained thousands of chiropractors worldwide to help people heal from pain, tension and trauma, sometimes without any physical contact. Donny was introduced to us in the crowd and his website was shown up on the projector screen, and I just happened to jot down the link.

          Fast forward three days after Date With Destiny and I’m bedridden sick in a dark room with the most sever bronchitis I’d ever had in my life. I’m in pain physically and emotionally, feeling intense back pain, muscle spasms, and that feeling of fear and anxiety is creeping up. At the time I had been working with an upper cervical chiropractor who helped me experience greater range of motion in my neck, comfort in my body, and the only issue was I was in a different city at this point when I was sick.

          I checked on my phone to see if there were any upper cervical chiropractors nearby and I couldn’t find anybody who was available. In my hopelessness and misery, I turned open my DWD notebook and I just happened to flip on the page with the website address to find practitioners Donny has trained. I almost desperately started making calls to see who was available. Only one answered, and she invited me to her workshop that same night.

          I drove there and arrived early, waiting eagerly to experience this phenomenal care that Tony Robbins spoke so highly about. As I entered the office and met the other and “practice members” as they are called, I experienced an energized educational presentation about how our spine and nervous system influence the quality of our lives and why we need to upgrade our nervous system to live an extraordinary, healthy life.

          During the majority of this presentation, I was slouching in my seat feeling sick, drained on energy and feeling skeptical. Then the fun began, as two practice members came up to show us a demonstration of the NSA care session. I was blown away. The practitioner hardly touched one woman’s spine and it just started wiggling and oscillating. It was a movement that didn’t look like it could just be made up – it was like magic.

          Then she made another contact and said, “Emotional intelligence,” and the other woman on the table let out a big yell. I alertly perked my head up with fascination and confusion.

          “Soul,” she said, and a woman expanded her chest out with her arms wide as she started singing with an angelic high pitched tone. Another woman began crying with the next contact. At the end of it, both women got off the table looking more energized and happy.

          How that solution helped me transform

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            I was so confused, excited, nervous and in awe. She smiled at me and said that it was my turn. Before I got up, I had one thought flash through my mind that terrified me. If that’s what’s coming out of them, then what the hell is going to come out of me? I went on the table and next thing I know, I feel this sensation, like a little spark, and my body began to expand when I breathed in.

            As I exhaled, I felt tension unwind with a rush of heat that flowed through my body. A few more contacts, and then I was done. I sat up and she asked me if I could think about my problems. I couldn’t. In fact, my mind felt clear, I felt peaceful and I had more energy too. After the first entrainment, I felt like I woke up from a nightmare.

            I signed up to receive entrainments regularly and was introduced to another healing protocol Donny developed that I could do by myself: SRI (somato-respiratory integration). Using SRI techniques, I was able to connect to parts of my body where I felt disconnected and tense before, only to open up to more peace, flexibility and energy as I’d feel the blood and breath flow smoothly throughout my body.

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            The anxiety I’d experienced began to have less of a grip on me, and after my third entrainment, my practitioner informed me that when people are stuck in a posture of defense and trauma, they will loop through and perceive life as danger if they are still in this defensive mode like they’re stuck in the same perspective experiencing the same traumatic experience. I felt the emotion of anxiety loosen its grip on my life as I began to acknowledge and accept the feeling, without trying to change it.

            I continued on receiving care at the office, went to a program called the Transformational Gate, and soon afterward moved on to a new office where I met Eli, a wise and seasoned practitioner that just clicked with me. After a while of consistently receiving care, I became aware of more unexpected benefits.

            The recurring knee tension that prevented me from playing collegiate soccer dissipated. I grew over an inch taller, I discovered a wider range of emotions that I could experience and utilize as fuel for my life, my thought patterns were more healthy and I’ve had more moments of pure presence with the absence of mental chatter, and most importantly, I started to find a gift in my pain.

            As my nervous system upgraded, my consciousness upgraded as well. What I mean by that is, my self-awareness has expanded and continues to expand. I’m more aware of what supports me to feel more energized and fueled for growth, contribution, joy, love and fulfillment in life.

            I’m more aware of the decisions I make and my “inner voice” on which decisions I feel are the best to make. For more than a year, I had no idea how and why I ended up in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual pitfall that I did. Now, I feel it was a perfect divine intervention I needed at the time because it has guided me to learn and adapt amazing life strategies that have greatly improved my life and others with whom I’ve shared them with as well.

            It was the perfect thing I needed at the time to shape and mold me to become who I am and who I’m growing to become.

            How this wasn’t a quick fix my problems, and how it was an extraordinary solution for my life

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              I must say, network spinal analysis and SRI aren’t magical pills to solve all of your problems and challenges. However, NSA and SRI are outstanding tools to help you reboot and upgrade your nervous system to a higher functioning order so you instantaneously becoming a greater version of yourself.

              Throughout receiving care and living my life, it wasn’t always happy and upbeat. I had days where I spontaneously broke down in tears as I would remember an emotionally traumatic event from years ago. I’ve remembered events that I seemingly forgot about, where I felt so enraged. I’ve felt the deep pain of feeling like I wasn’t giving my gifts to the world.

              The key difference of these experiences in comparison to what my struggle to eliminate anxiety was like is this: I consciously felt and experienced these spontaneous memories. Through feeling and doing so, I felt a great sense of relief, lightness and energy flow throughout my body. I felt like I healed a lot more than what I originally was expecting.

              Since then, I’ve experienced how, when I would seek to avoid and get rid of feelings that I didn’t like by throwing it in the back of my mind, it would show up in my spine. And I knew it would show up in my spine because the network practitioners I’ve worked with always seemed to know the theme of what was going on in my life.

              Why? Our central nervous system is located along our spines. We process information through our nervous system and whatever information, feelings, thoughts and parts of us that we neglect, avoid, alienate will show up as interferences in our nervous system along our spinal cord.

              Overall, I became much more self-aware and through that awareness I was able to acknowledge and accept whatever it was I avoided feeling. I then came to perceive my previous “wound” as a “gift”. And that’s how I overcame anxiety.

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              Where I once lived in anxiety, I now feel gratitude. Where I once felt like I lost my identity, I realized I’ve expanded my identity, and that who I am expands beyond my sense of self, and that we are all interconnected in the bond of humanity, like the cells of planet Earth.

              Where I once felt immense physical and emotional pain in my body, I now feel flexible and energized. Where I once dreaded symptoms, I realize the wonderful interruptions they are to bring my attention to an area of life that’s calling my attention.

              Everyone and everything along the journey has served a purpose, each providing value in their own ways. And although I have learned and adapted many great tools for life, I feel that the strategies I’ve implemented from NSA care and SRI along with the wonderful practitioners I’ve worked with have played the most significant role in how I overcame anxiety. And, more importantly, how I claimed my health, personal power and life.

              Why you need to upgrade your nervous system now, whether you experience anxiety or not

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                As of now, it’s been 15 months since I began receiving network care. Since then I’ve introduced it to my family, girlfriend and friends. Each of them has mentioned to me that they feel upgrades in their overall health and that they each feel peaceful, energized and alive.

                The funny thing is we get updates for our phones, computers and technology regularly…yet how often do we as a species get an update on our “internal computer”, our nervous system? That being said, this is what I have to conclude with…

                If you are reading this and have felt stuck in your patterns of anxiety, I encourage you to receive care from a network chiropractor and enjoy the long-term benefits that come naturally right now.

                If you are reading this and know someone who’s suffered greatly in their emotional pattern of anxiety or depression, I encourage you to show them this article and help them connect with a network practitioner now.

                If you are reading this article and want to know how to evolve and grow greater than you thought imaginable by upgrading your nervous system, I encourage you to work with a network practitioner and experience the benefits that will super charge your life and those around you now.

                If you are really determined to experience something so out of the ordinary and powerfully healing, then I recommend you experience care from Donny Epstein himself. The man is like the Harry Potter for your spine. You can work with him by signing up for one of his premiere programs.

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                Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

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                  Why You Need a Vision

                  Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                  How to Create Your Life Vision

                  Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                  What Do You Want?

                  The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                  It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                  Some tips to guide you:

                  • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                  • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                  • Give yourself permission to dream.
                  • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                  • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                  Some questions to start your exploration:

                  • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                  • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                  • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                  • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                  • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                  • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                  • What qualities would you like to develop?
                  • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                  • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                  • What would you most like to accomplish?
                  • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                  It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                  What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                  Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                  A few prompts to get you started:

                  • What will you have accomplished already?
                  • How will you feel about yourself?
                  • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                  • What does your ideal day look like?
                  • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                  • What would you be doing?
                  • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                  • How are you dressed?
                  • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                  • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                  • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                  It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                  Plan Backwards

                  It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                  • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                  • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                  • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                  • What important actions would you have had to take?
                  • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                  • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                  • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                  • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                  • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                  Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                  It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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