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Excerpted from Beyond Anxiety and Phobia by Edmund Bourne. Copyright © 2001 by Edmund Bourne. Excerpted by permission of New Harbinger Publications.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.

"Spiritual practices, particularly meditation, can help you to become more in touch with your unconditioned self."

  Edmund Bourne,
Beyond Anxiety and Phobia
, Part 2

A Sense of Security and Safety

An abiding sense of inner security and safety can go a long way toward overcoming needless worry and the tendency to project potential catastrophe. Through developing a connection with your Higher Power, you can gain security through the conviction that you are not all alone in the universe, even at those times when you feel temporarily separated from other people. You feel increasingly safe as you come to believe that there is a source you can always turn to in times of difficulty. There is much security to be gained through the understanding that there is no problem or difficulty, however great, which cannot be resolved through the help of your Higher Power.

Peace of Mind

Peace of mind is the result of feeling a deep, abiding sense of security and safety. The more reliance and trust you develop in your Higher Power, the easier it becomes to deal with the inevitable challenges life brings without worry or fear. Itís not that you give up your will to such a power; rather you learn that you can "let go" and turn to your Higher Power when you feel stuck with a problem in living and donít know how to proceed. Learning how to let go when solutions to problems arenít immediately apparent can help significantly to reduce worry and anxiety in your life (see the chapter on "Letting Go"). Peace of mind is what develops in the absence of such worry.

Ability to Gain Distance from Conditioned Emotional Reaction Patterns

Spiritual practices, particularly meditation, can help you to become more in touch with your unconditioned self. This is a deep, inner state of consciousness, beyond ego, that is always still and at peace no matter what melodramas you may be caught up with in your day-to-day life. Moving into your unconditioned self is like reaching a calm oasis beyond anything you might be anxious about. Such a state can be deliberately cultivated if youíre willing to make the time for it.

Some ways to do so include meditation, quiet time devoted to inspirational reading, guided visualizations, inspirational music, or physical disciplines such as yoga or tíai chi. See chapter 7 for a more in-depth discussion of meditation.

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