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Using energy psychology to heal chronic anxiety

Energy psychology combines Eastern approaches of mind-body connection with Western psychology ideas. Essentially, it looks at the relationship between thoughts, behaviors, emotions and bioenergy systems (meridians and chakras). Within this framework, emotional and physical issues are treated as bio-energetic patterns inside of a mind-body-energy system.

Typically, practitioners combine physical and cognitive treatments, with focus on particular bio-energy systems.

For example, a patient may verbally recall a traumatic memory while tapping various energy points on the body. 

The simplest method of energy psychology is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). The physical element is tapping; the cognitive part is to make statements out loud; the particular bio-energy system will depend on the dysfunction being treated.

Try this EFT example out for yourself:


Limits of talk-based psychotherapy

The hazy connection between talking and healing was first pointed out by London psychologist Hans Eysenck in the 1952 paper The effects of Psychotherapy, in which he concluded that only 44% of psychoanalysis patients receiving Freudian treatment showed any kind of real improvement over a five-year period. As Eysenck put it, his data “failed to prove that psychotherapy, Freudian or otherwise, facilitates the recovery of neurotic patients.”

In 2014, Emory University’s Scott Lilienfeld, working with colleagues at five other universities, published a paper in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science that therapists are subject to the same cognitive biases that skew all human thinking. They propose four broad cognitive biases in that industry:

  1. Naïve realism: an assumption that the world is precisely as we see it. This serves as a mental shortcut that leads therapists to focus on the most obvious facts while ignoring subtler ones.
  2. Confirmation bias: deeply ingrained tendency to seek out evidence consistent with one’s hypothesis, and to ignore or distort any evidence to the contrary.
  3. Illusory causation: a powerful propensity to see cause-and-effect where none exists.
  4. Illusion of control: the tendency to overestimate one’s ability to shape events. It predisposes therapists to believe they possess more power than they do.

Benefits of Energy Energy Psychology for Healing

Simply talking about anxiety doesn’t make it go away. Fortunately, beyond limited talk-based therapies are energy-based ones. Those that tap into ancient knowledge, mix in quantum theories and touch on the pillars of world religions to boot.

Einstein quote

Energy Psychology is an approach that uses ancient mind-body techniques from acupressure, yoga, qi gong, and energy medicine to release traumatic events that are frozen in time within the mind-body system.

Childhood events that cause disassociation remain in the quantum field – not just as memories, but as specific energy bodies. These orbit the psyche, influencing thought patterns in the present.

Using thought energy, energy psychology practitioners work to guide the patient into the field to “release” the energy bodies from childhood.

Repressed Energies in the Quantum Field

Bill Hicks quote

Trauma is energetic, a disturbed vibration that goes on and on within the traumatized person and resonates outward to others.

Einstein’s formula E=mc² shows that matter is basically slowed down energy. Quantum physics confirms that energy and consciousness are interrelated.

5,000 years ago in China, a meridians system of chi (equivalent to prana) was described and acupuncture was developed as a way of regulating chi and thus health.

In the 1980’s, researchers Pierre de Vernejoul and Jacques Darras injected radioactive technetium in specific kidney meridian acupoints on 330 patients and observed how the isotopes traveled the meridian.

This and other research offers support for a bodily energy system that has electromagnetic qualities, including light, sound and subtle electrical current.

Matrix Reimprinting

Matrix Reimprinting (an offshoot of EFT) considers that past negative memories are held as ‘holograms’ within the mind-body-field. Until those holograms are addressed, the patient will keep tuning into them on a subconscious level, which will affect health, wellbeing and level of attraction.

Like EFT, it uses the Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian system that has been used in acupuncture for thousands of years. However, in EFT, you verbalise (in a specific manner) an issue that you want to work with. At the same time you tap on points on your meridians with your fingers. This releases stress and trauma from the body’s energy system, allowing the body-mind to return to a healthy physical and emotional state.

This serves only to take the emotional intensity out of a past memory. On the other hand, in Matrix Reimprinting, the memory is transformed. You can go into any past memory, say and do what you wished you’d said and done, bring in new resources, and create and transform the picture you have of that memory.

Check out this (very powerful) example of how Matrix Reimprinting works:


Getting started with energy psychology

Consider this workflow:

  1. Prepare your mind and body: eat clean, get some exercise and adequate rest. The purpose is to calm a turbulent mind. If you are drunk, stoned or full of junk food, your mind will not respond.
  2. Practice mindfulness: this can be learned in just a few minutes, but will require consistent practice for at least a month.
  3. Practice visualization: create a detailed picture in your mind of life without anxiety. Picture it in your mind and visualize how all of the five senses respond.


Our first article explained how identify the root source of your anxiety. Once that is achieved, this article explains the second step. 

In essence, that is to go back to that memory and decompress it's frozen energy. That energy will then dissipate into the ether, living you free and clear to live the life of your choosing. 


The Roots of Anxiety

Surveys show that as much as 33.7% of the population are affected by an anxiety disorder at some point during their lifetime. The most common forms of anxiety disorders include:

  • Panic disorder: recurring unexpected panic attacks
  • Generalized anxiety disorder: feeling tense and guarded consistently
  • Social anxiety disorder: feeling still and fearful around other people

Specific phobias also count as a type of anxiety disorder. The most common phobias include:

  • Mysophobia: fear of contamination by germs
  • Agoraphobia: fear of going outside
  • Cynophobia: fear of dogs

A common thread among all of the above forms of anxiety is the source. In most cases, that source happened between the ages of 0-6. In a majority of cases, the source incident happened between the ages of 0-3.

This article breaks down how negative childhood experiences affect the brain and lead to anxiety. In doing so, it also reveals the way out. By finding the source, it's possible to find a free and easy remedy to release the pain, let go and start truly living life. 

Early Brain Development Shapes Perception of Reality

The brain processes information across networks of specialized nerve cells called neurons. Neurons pass messages to other neurons via connection hubs called synapses.

Neuron cells are the basic working unit of the brain. Neurons transmit information to nerve, muscle and gland cells. Synapses serve as links to information. The more an action or habit is repeated, the stronger the synaptic connection.

In other words, with each repetition, an becomes more deeply ingrained in the brain until it becomes reality. 

For example, a high percentage of children who suffer sexual abuse grow up to become an abuser - it's the reality they know. As another example, a child who who is constantly told they are stupid will eventually accept that as true. 

In these ways, people who suffer early childhood trauma may lose touch with their true nature and accept their distorted perceptions as reality. In these cases, life becomes a dull, dreary blur, living as a slave to one's fears. 

Neural brain network

At birth, a child’s brain comes installed with a neural network that is passed on by genetics

Synapses shape reality from childhood experiences

As soon as a child is born, synapses kick into high production. By the age of three, the brain has twice as many synapses as it will have in adulthood.

Synapses serve as links to information. The more an action or habit is repeated, the stronger the synaptic connection becomes. The less an action is repeated, the weaker it becomes. Over time, weak synapses get pruned down. 

As a result, a teen who grows up in a loving and wealthy home will likely have a very positive picture of reality. Conversely, the teen who grew up in a poor, abusive household will likely see the world as a cold and cruel struggle for survival.  

How Trauma Affects a Child’s Brain

Trauma and negative experiences affect the early development of the brain. The structure and function of the hippocampus (responsible for learning and memory), for example, are different when compared to individuals who weren’t traumatized.

Abused brain vs normal bran scanned

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Notice in the above image how the brain shows a sustained and pervasive stress response as the child grows. Early childhood trauma makes brain wave patterns change. Neurotransmitter levels adapt to these new abnormal levels, and then everything goes out of alignment in both body and mind.

In cases where childhood abuse was early, pervasive, or severe, the biological changes in the brain are even more profound

Brain formation from 0-3 years old

The neural network forms the basic wiring of the brain. These 'wires' process sensory input from the environment, while the brain constantly fine-tune itself to adapt to the information received. 

As a child’s senses report to the brain, it stimulates neural activity. If the amount of input increases, synapses between neurons in that area will be activated more often.

Repeated use strengthens a synapse, while ones rarely used remain weak and are more likely to get pruned.

Brain scan: healthy and abused brains

The brain develops differently based on environmental conditions

Repetition of actions or experiences etch synapses into the brain; once strengthened sufficiently, they become permanent (unless you rewire them).

This means that a child’s experiences not only determine what information enters her brain, but also influence how their brain processes information.

Scared kid and angry father

An abused boy gets scarred for life

This is how a beaten child grows up to become a frightened adult - afraid of ghosts that only exist inside their heads.

Synapse pruning during adolescence

From ages 10 until late adolescence, the brain begins to prune down synapses. Those which have been neglected or are used infrequently are lost. Strong connections are exempt from this process.

Synaptic Pruning

Synapses get pruned over time, based on what the child experiences

Synapses that survive pruning remain largely stable in adulthood giving each person a unique pattern of mind, thought and emotions. It is this pattern that determines who we are, and will influence how we think and learn as adults. 

Distorted reality as an adult

This writer suffered ritual beatings until he was 12 years old. Each time, the entire family would sit down to watch a long interrogation that would end in a whipping. Crying was not allowed, and when it inevitably happened, the whipping would intensify.

On a consistent basis, the synapses that were firing were based on a high-tension environment of fear and public humiliation.

You can see the effect of this synapse development below. The right image shows slouched, defeated shoulders, power center curved inwards and a vacant expression. The left image was where I freaked out my classmates and a photographer by being completely unable to look directly into the camera. Instead I sat there with a frozen smile and could not make eye contact.  

Zombie kid frozen in fear

My power center curved inwards and I was unable to make eye contact

As an adult, I was stiff, frozen and faking my way through every encounter with people. Making authentic connections was impossible. 

For twenty years, I roamed across Asia, trying everything I could to shake the gloom: meditation, mantras, psychedelics, reading, traditional counselling, Himalayan trekking, new age counselling, yoga, exercise, throwing myself into stressful situations and more. Nothing worked. 

I was a robotic faker scraping a living until I'd get shamed out of town and then move on to the next place.

Solution: cut anxiety out at the roots

I finally broke free of my anxiety by identifying the source. It was a single incident that happened when I was three years old. That incident transformed my world into a scary, humiliating place where I deserved to be punished.

Recalling that memory with crystal clarity released a torrent of emotion and left me disoriented.

The next morning, when I opened my eyes from sleep, I saw a completely new world. The heavy weight and perpetual tension was gone. Everything looked brilliant, exciting and inviting. I had regained control of my life. 

Post anxiety challenges

Breaking free of chronic anxiety can be reversed in an instant by plunging into the memory of the root incident. If successful, mental shackles fade out of existence. 

Then, you find yourself in the captain's chair, with full freedom to navigate life in any direction you want. However, it's not an easy process. These are some of the challenges you will face:

  • Setting goals: a captain without a route will just amble aimlessly
  • Maintaining humility: post anxiety life will skyrocket your confidence. However, effort should be focused on retaining humility, rather than veering off into ego
  • Service to community: it is by giving that we receive
  • Service to self: healthy body, clean food, positive thinking

The ultimate goal is to strike a balance between the spiritual and the practice in order to reach a state of ikigai. This is found at the intersection where your passions and skills converge with the things that the world needs.