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Recovering From Crisis 

I had considered calling this article coping with Crisis, but that is pretty basic and straight forward; when one is in a crisis situation, you do what you must to survive.  Put out the fire.  Stop the flow of blood. Cover the roof so the rain doesn’t come in.  In many parts of the country people having been COPING with crisis very well.  If you look at the current FEMA map, you will se about 1/3rd of the USA is a federal disaster area due to floods, hurricanes and assorted other issues.  In each of these situations, our survival kicks in and we just do what we have to do. 

But what happens afterward?  As many people in my home area of Orlando, Florida are finding out, the emotional strain, and the drain remain long after the crisis has past. That strain can manifest as anger, irritability, depression, illness and many other things that compromise out quality of live long after the actual crisis has past.  So, what can we do about it? 

Well, First let’s see how we succumb to what I call the “misplaced barking dog” syndrome.  Animals are very basic and cool, they don’t hallucinate nearly as much as we people do. Now, hallucination is a part of our Creator given creative ability that makes us different from the animals. If no one had hallucinated a New York City where there wasn’t one, we would not have one today.  However, human beings hallucinate things far beyond their usefulness.  If a cat is safe and sound in its yard, and a dog barks a mile away, although the keen hearing of the cat can detect that dog bark, he or she will show no sign of reacting. It would be foolish, in fact, for the cat to react to a barking dog a mile away. It would be equally foolish of the cat to react to the dog that MIGHT bark tomorrow, or which barked yesterday.  It is a different matter altogether if the dog was right there in the cats yard a few feet away, baring his or her teeth at our feline friend. 

Most humans react to the dog when it is still a mile away, the one that barked yesterday and the one that might bark tomorrow.  In doing so, we hallucinate the interaction that MIGHT happen or replay one that did happen in the past, and we experience it NOW as if it were real.  True we don’t feel the breath of that dog, but the body does feel the result.  Inside, the stress reactions start to take hold, the “fight or flight” response is activated, bile is secreted, adrenaline kicks in, blood pressure raises.  If we stay in this heightened state of alert for too long, particularly with nothing to actually react to, our processes become toxic to the body.  

When we come through crisis, we are in a heightened emotional state. Emotional states are powerful trance anchors and make us very susceptible to suggestion; our own and that of others. In our panic mode, we say something in our heads or aloud such as: “This is terrible… it makes me sick.”  And weeks later, when crisis has past and life is being put back together, we wonder why we still feel “terrible” and have the sore throat that started weeks ago. It is the result of suggestions we gave at a vulnerable moment. 

FORTUNATELY, we are dynamic, not static beings.  We continue to evolve and re-edit our programming. We simply need to take a moment to replay the tape (you might call it a memory) in your mind of the crisis.  Play with the memory by pushing it away and seeing it on a movie screen.  Imagine the color has become black and white, the sound dimmed, and put a white frame around the image in your head.  You can visualize this if you are good with such things, or just THINK about it if you can’t “make pictures” in your head. 

Now, allow the movie to replay in this distanced way a few times at fast speed, forward and back, until the charge is out of it, and give yourself a calming healing suggestion such as: “And that even from the past is now in the past, I am alive, healing and restoring my life to a positive condition in just the right ways more easily every day!” 

And let that work wonders!




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