Because of childhood abuse and a vicious attack, I have been dealing with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in therapy since my 20’s. I am in my 50’s now. But in November of 2010, my God (whom I call Papa; Pops for short) stepped in and released me from something attached to this PTSD, that was transforming.
I was in OA (Overeaters Anonymous) at the time and trying to take Step 4; as the program suggests. In the Anonymous programs, Step 4 is the ‘Inventory’ Step which says “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” But how could I take an inventory of myself when I did not know what was wrong with me? I did not know I had anxiety so deep I was not even aware I had it.
Having endured much abuse as a child, I am cut off from myself. How I operate in this world, I mostly do not understand. I live in a world most people do not understand. Most people – that is. But out in this world somewhere, there are people who do understand and these are the people who will be reading this thing I have written, furiously to the end.
Anxiety was such an integral part of my life that I did not know I could live any other way. I did not know that I was always tense… that breathing was always difficult for me. Now I am pretty much free of this horrible monkey on my back. I feel like 100 lbs has been lifted from my shoulders. I feel lighter. I can breathe. Life has became easier to bear and a lot of associated depression has disappeared. I was so surprised !
How this happened is something I remember decisively. I was dealing with food addiction and was having a particularly hard day with it. Things were so difficult that day that I was brought to my knees. I began begging Papa to…
“Fix me however I need to be fixed!”
Then, while in this kneeling posture, I found myself starting to breathe… full, deep breaths. Why I began doing this, I do not know, but unexpectedly I heard Pops voice. He said…
“I am going to take away your suffering.”
Instantly I felt something lift from me and I felt a relaxation I’d never experienced before in my entire life.
I do not believe most people live with this type of anxiety. There are some, however, that do suffer under this burden in their lives. They do not know they have it because it is entwined in the marrow of their bones… pressing down… relentlessly… constantly… so that a person would say. “I feel like life is impossible, but how else is it to be lived, except in this way?” In fact the people I am trying to talk to right now, probably do not even think about it at all… it just is. They do not know they have it. The anxiety just is. . . .
You might be asking. “But what about the deep breathing? Why was it so important?”
I will tell you why. I did not know what I was doing at the time but later I realized that through the deep breathing I was have… a dialogue with God….
“I know that You are going to help me. I can relax. I know something’s wrong with me… and I don’t know what it is… but one thing I do know, You know what is wrong and I know that You will fix me however I need to be fixed.”
As I am sure you have guessed, I am a devout Christian. This is an integral part of my recovery story. And, as a Christian, I realized… it was all about my faith. Through the deep breathing, I got to utter and complete, down to the bone, faith in Pop’s love for me. And my faith in His willingness to help me.
Faith is absolutely necessary for God to work in my life. I have read this in the Bible over and over again but never got it. Jesus said… over and over again…
“Your faith has healed you.”
“He could not do many miracles
because of their lack of faith.”
The deep breathing was all about getting this faith.
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“So what exactly is this ‘faith’?” you might be asking.
I will do my best to answer that question.
Faith is this thought which is driven deep to the core, that says;
“I can not see, hear, touch, taste, or smell the spirit world… but I believe, to the marrow of my bones, that there is such a place, and in that world the laws operate differently than the laws we must live under in our earth world.”
I believe to my core that, in that world, the beings can do things with me that my own world could never do… like extracting the anxiety deeply entwined inside my body. Like…
“Fixing me however I needed to be fixed”.
**Peace and Feloreaw to our Great God… my Papa**