Panic Attacks and Anxiety
"I Will Give You Rest"
Panic attacks and anxiety are certainly not something anyone would
want to experience. They torment and dominate your life.
Panic attacks are the most extreme expressions of anxiety; and when
you are having a panic attack or experiencing extreme anxiety, you
feel like you are going to die.
Why can't you just "decide" to feel differently, or "decide" not to feel
that way anymore?
If you could, you certainly would!
The feeling reminds me of what happens when you go to a "haunted
house" at a carnival. When you first go inside, you don't know what
to expect. Then suddenly an ugly face jumps out of the dark, and you
jump back in fear. As you proceed further, you are on edge, because
you don't know what else will happen to frighten you; but you expect
that it will. When you leave the "haunted house", the feeling tends to
dissipate, because you are no longer in that dark place where bad
That is the difference between the "haunted house" and your daily
life: you can't just walk out of the "dark", know it is safe, and be at
The good news is that there is a permanent cure for panic attacks and
anxiety. They can become a thing of the past, no longer waiting to
You may be surprised to know that panic attacks and anxiety are a
painful emotional reactions to some sort of wound that you have
In my physical body, if I get a splinter in my finger, my body reliably
tells me about it. Only by knowing about it's presence will I know to
get some tweezers and remove it.
When I remove the splinter, my body gives a sigh of relief, as if to say,
"Thanks, I needed that." Now that the splinter is gone, my body can
heal the wound, and the pain disappears.
However, panic attacks and severe anxiety are more like a broken leg
than a splinter. If I break my leg, the pain is huge. The physical pain
is proportional to the magnitude of the injury.
So it is with the emotional pain of panic or anxiety. The pain is
reliably telling you that there is a serious wound inside. When the
wound is healed, the panic or anxiety disappear.
However, the big question is: what sort of wound can cause such a
huge and domineering reaction?
And there is a second question: once I find the source of the pain,
how do I "pull out the splinter?"
The splinter in my finger requires a physical solution - tweezers.
Panic and anxiety are revealing a wound of the heart, and so they
require a spiritual cure.
Be aware that when you read the chapters out of order, you may
bump into some terms with which you are not familiar, because they
were taught in earlier chapters which you have not yet read.
However, this should not interfere with the main messages in the
chapters you are reading out of order.
Copyright 2008 Edward Kurath
Being changed into the image of Jesus
Click here to go to Chapter 11 of "I will Give You Rest" to
discover how the feelings of panic or anxiety may be used to
find the wound.