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Cyndi’s Confession: I Had a Panic Attack This Week….

It was Saturday morning,  the girls were asleep and I was relaxed and working on the computer.

I felt a slight tingle in my arm – heard the thought in my head that said something like “that’s new hope everything is OK” and within 45 seconds my heart was racing and I had a stream of “ALMOST” uncontrollable thoughts that were working to convince me I was having a stroke.  A sense of dizziness and panic set in and…

I also noticed a steady stream of quieter thoughts reminding me that I now have the tools and resources to handle anything – including panic

Still feeling the “ALMOST” uncontrollable panic I got up and began to take action, I…

1) Ran cold water over my wrists and my feet.  During high anxiety/panic blood begins to flow from your head and “non essential  organs”  and moves to the extremities so that you can run – or fight – depending upon the emergency.  Though I was in no immediate danger my body was acting as though I was – and this simple step can sometimes be all it takes to reverse the process and bring you back to center.

For me – this time – it helped – but did not stop the process

2) I laid down and practiced slow, steady breathing.  During High Anxiety/Panic one typically begins a quick, shallow breath which does not allow enough oxygen to get into your system.  Consciously slowing down your breathing allows you to oxygenate – which often brings one back to center.

Though I practice deep slow breathes daily – this time it was not enough.  I needed to move.  The crazy “I am dying” thoughts continued and somehow I was afraid that if I laid down too long I wouldn’t get up again.

3) I went outside – barefoot – and leaned against a big beautiful tree.  Connection to the Earth allows the excess energy in your system to ground.  It is helpful to imagine an opening in the bottom of one’s feet and to consciously watch (picture) the energy leaving and moving into Mother Earth.  It is also helpful to open and imagine being supported by the trees, the grass, the dirt (or sand, or ocean or stream)

This simply step brought about a shift very quickly – and a sense of peace and connection started to filter into my space.

4) I called my friends for support and connection.  I reached out to 2 very positive energetically connected friends who I knew would be able to help me regain my center quickly.  Both took the time to be with me.  Both remained very calm and positive.  And both – in their own way – further supported my ability to open and connect and completely regain my center.

5) I took the time to reflect – and rest.  Yes – I am very busy – and could have easily argued for going right back to work.  However  I have learned long ago that I come first – always – and that the body does whatever it needs to do to let us know when we are in any way out of balance.  And when we don’t listen to our bodies – it finds ways to talk louder – and then louder still – until eventually it brings out the 2x4s…

So I grabbed a comfortable chair and placed it in the shade of that beautiful tree that helped me ground and I closed my eyes and I let go.  And then after about 30 minutes I got up and was able to continue my day – somehow feeling even more peaceful – and alive – then I had before the incident began less then an hour earlier (give or take).

For those that have heard my story you know that it was the decision to find an alternative to drugs for Panic Disorder that has shaped my Life Journey over the past dozen or so years.  This week’s Panic Attack is the first one I have had in over 10 years and it has left me with a very deep sense of gratitude for the path I have taken – and the decisions I have made.

Why did it happen?  I am not certain – it may be related to the anti candida Journey I have begun (and which I hope to write about soon) – or it may have just been a reminder of what it feels like – so that I can be of ever greater service to those who deal with anxiety/panic on a regular basis and are looking for an alternative to the drugs Western Medicine is so quick to prescribe.   I have learned long ago that the “why” questions do not ever really give me the really useful information.  Instead I like to focus on the “Hows” and What’s like…

*How can I use this experience to bring more joy to myself and others?

*What further steps can I take to eliminate panic from my life – and the lives of those who are looking for non-drug related solutions?

*In what other ways can I benefit from this experience?

Which reminds me – have you listened to Lush Life yet?  If not – may I suggest you do so now.  I have been using it pretty consistently since we first created it  (I test all the audios before we release them – but there is no way I can “use” everything).  In this case I tested, loved, and then began to really use it in my day to day life.  For me it’s been phenomenal – and I expect you may find the same.

I have also become a huge fan/regular user of the Ultimate Mind Music – which we are launching July 1rst – so keep your eyes open for that announcement :-)

Loving Life – Aren’t you?

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14 Responses to “Cyndi’s Confession: I Had a Panic Attack This Week….”

  1. Jay K. says:

    I too had a very strong and powerful panic attack this week. I even went to the emergency room on account of it. These things have been gradually getting worse to the point that I find it difficult to enjoy a meal outside the home with my family.

    The doctor took blood and an EKG. Nothing wrong with me. He then prescribed a drug called Xanax. I did not pick up my prescription. First, this drug is a narcotic and it is addictive. Second, one of its side-effects is anxiety. Nothing natural and safe should have any side effects whatsoever.

    So I began my search into the actual causes of these panic episodes. I didn’t just want something to cover my symptoms – that is what you’ll get through allopathic medicine: drugs.

    It seems that our food these days is lacking in minerals. It used to be that people ate from the earth – food grown in mineral-rich soil. Well, through the use of pesticides and nitrates, and not following God’s plan of fallow, the US soil has been left mineral-deficient. And anything grown in such soil becomes mineral-deficient.

    I believe this is the root of all dis-ease, even panic attacks. I have seen several testimonials on the mineral magnesium and how this one mineral can stop panic attacks. If you are magnesium-deficient, and many in the US are, then you are likely to suffer nervous twitches, irregular heartbeats, improper digestion, and anxiety attacks.

    Not just any magnesium can be used. Most store-bought magnesium is magnesium oxide, which is the least powerful and assimilated magnesium there is. What you want is either magnesium aspartate, magnesium taurine (the best), or magnesium chloride. I am now taking a product called Slow-Mag. It contains magnesium chloride.

    Recommended daily assumption of magnesium is 400mg. Overdose is likely is 1000mg+ is taken. So a good therapeutic dosage of magnesium is between 400mg and 800mg.

    Hope that helps any fellow panic attack sufferers.

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  2. lisa says:

    Cyndi –
    I too had a recent event, very similar as you described it, and also, relatively out of the blue. The background doesn’t matter so much – it can suffice that I too was relaxed, happy, easy – indeed, enjoying the birds in the backyard off my woodsy porch in Kentucky….

    The description – and indeed, the very responses/and actions you too – were my steps exactly. With the critical exception that I did not have or listen to Lush Life, which I will try now.

    I turn to your products for so many self-inquiries, and self-awareness directions and ideas. Thank you for sharing your story.
    We are, indeed, so very alive!
    Lisa

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  3. Ken says:

    Wow, you just described what has been happening to me .. It is the 1st real account I have read that is so accurate in the emotions one feels. I’ve lived 49 years of my life with no medical issues at all and now I get hit with this out of nowhere .. I had no idea what to do after 2 trips to the emergency room, so a doctor put me on meds. I hate them because I feel it is just masking the symptoms .. I want a real solution.

    Thank you for sharing that story .. I don’t feel quite so alone now.

    Ken Hall

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  4. Archana says:

    Deeply admire you for sharing this Cyndi. Thank you for all you so generously share. I personally eagerly await every bit of information that your website and the newsletter bring.

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  5. Joanne Stein says:

    Hi Cyndi. Like you, in the last few weeks, I’ve been revisiting symptoms of things that I thought I’d moved past such as panic attacks and asthma. At first, I thought I was regressing but then I decided that I was actually progressing and the last vestages of these symptoms were just coming to the surface to be released. Instead of going into fear, I blessed the symptoms for being my teachers. With all the solar flares, unease with the political and financial structures in the US which is causing widespread fear and the depth of my own personal spiritual and psychological work, I shouldn’t have been surprised by the resurfacing of old stuff. Thanks again for sharing your story. May our being our authentic selves help to bring peace and harmony into our own lives and thereby into the lives of others.

    With blessings for bliss,
    Joanne

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  6. Cindy Grochowski says:

    Wow! The exact same thing happened to me ten days ago. I was even sitting at my computer when it hit. I thought I was having a stroke. My extremities were shaking, I was dizzy, my heart was racing, my ears ringing..I flopped into a lounge chair and asked my husband to get me some water to drink and to hold my hand. For ten years I have been mostly free of panic attacks, and take an extremely small dose of meds to help. I too want to be completely free of the meds. And like Cyndi my recent episode calmed after nearly an hour. Oh yes, and my name is also Cindy! And I’m all for natural holistic health practices, which also assist me greatly.

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  7. Ros says:

    Well done for looking after yourself so well. I’ve experienced crippling panic attacks over the last 3 years with full blown PTSD. Was giving up hope despite all the support and techniques was using to handle and resolve this. Access Consciousness tools have transformed my life in a matter of a few short months, in fact, one process blew 95% of all related symptoms out of the water after just 1 hour. After over 20 years of being impacted with anxiety, hypervigilance and more, life is transforming. There is hope, and beyond hope, thriving beyond anything I’d dared to get to…

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  8. Emmeline says:

    Hi Cindy !
    just my 2 cents for the Candida journey…. check this out : http://www.candida-yeast-infection-relief.com/ Get Healthy Again is a little company in Alaska. Robert Harrisson is very nice and knowledgeable. He’s always available to help you choosing.
    Good Journey! :o )

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  9. Teresa says:

    Hello Cyndi,

    This is a great article and I hope you are embracing your power and intuition in overcoming this potential debilitating event. I commend you for your strength and courage in doing so.

    Have you ever done any work around communicating or connecting with your panic attacks and finding out what it is they need from you? Don’t know if you are familiar with this or not but there is a way to build a dialogue with the panic attack itself before it ever rears its little angry head to find out what it needs. Then when you find out what it needs you can then fulfill that need and as long as it’s needs are met then it wont interfere with your day. Does this make any sense to you? If not, I would be happy to discuss this more with you. So feel free to reach out to me as I would love to be of service to you to help you end the panic attacks forever.

    Love and Light,

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  10. Richard D. Iyall says:

    Hi Cyndi,

    Thank you for writing and revealing this story about your recent panic attack. When I saw that you had had one and written about it, I had to look into it. In 2006 I had what someone had called a nervous breakdown, but then, within the last year or so, I heard a doctor on the radio who described symptoms similar to what I had and said referred to it as a panic attack. In my case, it took a longer time before it reached its peak, then was indescribably frigntening and overwhelming. After experiencing stress from many sources, including working way too many hours without a meal or sufficient rest, being dehydrated, being in a toxic relationship, living in untenable housing, going days without sleep, fearing I would die if I did go to sleep, then losing the hope I had of getting out of the situation, it all came to a head. I ended up being hauled off to the hospital in handcuffs on my hands and my feet, I was tasered twice (which caused me no pain, but woke me up). I was tested for drugs and alcohol, spinal meningitis, etc. They found nothing. Not even aspirin in my blood. My creatine kinase level had shot up over ten times the usual level, to over 1,000. Although my long-time girlfriend had many things I didn’t agree with, she helped me out immeasurably in this matter. She had been a nurse. She had beat cancer through natural means, after seeing that the conventional Western methods of cancer treatment were very detrimental to her. Living through that situation has hit home with me the fact that there is a Creator who loves me and can help me, no matter how bad things get. But we would do well to learn from such experiences and get in greater harmony with creation, with nature.

    Blessings to you and to all

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  11. Linda says:

    I have suffered from panic attacks for many years, been hospitalized twice, even given nitroglycerin because it mimicked what they thought was heart issues. I too was given medication, but it made me very tired even at a low dose. I can definitely relate, and I have found that breathing, grounding myself, and talking to family does help. I keep the medication around just in case ( like on a plane) but for the most part, I am symptom free. It is very scary however, since even the medical community thought it was heart related. If you are having symptoms of accelerated heart rate, numbing in limbs, nausea, or lightheaded, get medical attention. Better to be safe.

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  12. Rajesh says:

    Hi Cindy, its nice that you have been helping people overcome Panic Attacks naturally, even I’m doing the same out here in India, am a practicing Psychologist. I use Psycho therapeutic techniques to help them recover from their anxieties and fears – which is main cause of Panic Attacks, it has nothing to do with shortage of minerals – like some one mentioned in the comments that its the shortage of Magnesium that causes Panic Attack; in fact the real cause is purely mind related, and it has a lot to do with your belief system. Your belief is more powerful than any chemical in your brain and body. Great going Cindy, God Bless you…..

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  13. Joanne Stein says:

    I just read something posted on FB and it may provide insights into the panic attacks many of us have been feeling. It sometmes nice to know that some of our emotions just come with the territory…being a spiritual being having a human experience. We’re perfect in our imperfection. Phew!

    INCOMING SOLAR STORM: Two M CLASS Solar Flares soared off the SUN in the past few hours. It is predicted we are due for UNSETTLED to ACTIVE solar weather on Earth on June 30/July 1. Lots of people (who are very intuitive/sensitive) feel these flares AS they eject off the SUN more than when they hit Earth. So if you have felt fired up, anxious, headachey, very BUSY with thoughts etc. in your head this week, the flares could have already impacted you. We get ACCELERATED through the crown during the solar maximum (2012 into 2013). Elizabeth Peru Copyright © Deltawaves 2012

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  14. Robert says:

    Hi Cindy,

    Marvelous feedback and comments, on your description of your “last” panic attack. The mention of your determination to be rid of candida brought to mind a scenario from a few years back, concerning the journey of a friend of mine and his elimination of the same condition.

    Before I relate that story, please allow me to propose another possibility for your “attack”. Although you are familiar with the process of panic attacks, I am suggesting that this time the sensations were not your own, but may have been the panic of the candida itself, at facing its own demise from your determined efforts to move beyond its influence in your life. The aggregate life form of the candida organisms has a rudimentary consciousness, which sustains its life in your body. A perceived threat to its existence could result in its experience of fear of its own death. All living organisms have a consciousness, individual or collective. And any organism that is living, regardless of its state, would prefer its present life over its own death.

    I know, this perspective is “out there” and may appear totally unbelievable. I only suggest it because of the experience of my friend, who learned how to connect with his candida and ask questions of it (similar to Teresa’s comment #9 above) to find out why the candida was present in his body and what lesson for him was being demonstrated by having it in his life.

    Regardless of whether or not you find any value in this option, I think it’s great that so many comments are triggered by your account of your experience. Something here for all of us to consider.

    All the best!
    Robert

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