How many years have you been under stress? How many years have WE been under stress? Intense stress over time creates fixed patterns of tension in your body, which can build up to insane levels, causing all types of mental and physical ailments. Intense stress such as a pandemic, lockdown, loss of a job, hospitalization, addiction, divorce, death of loved one, surgery, or a high-pressure lifestyle can strain the entire nervous system so that it cannot function. Follow the video steps to freedom!
At some point we arrive at critical mass, where there’s so much built-up, it’s time to clear the slate and leave it all behind! But how can you reach down inside to release those hidden unconscious patterns of holding anxiety and fear?
Releasing deep pent-up stress patterns in the brain, muscles, and organs is not going to happen by taking a nap, or even a vacation. Speaking with a therapist or a friend can be helpful. However, stress in the body is held PHYSICALLY. So, the solution is also physical. We can’t talk our way out of these deep physical habits. To analyze what happened cannot resolve your stress patterns. Stress build-up is just about your reactions and holding on to them.
A pattern of fear in the nervous system is sometimes called PTSD. We ALL carry post-traumatic stress disorder to some extent. Stress over time sets up a muscular network of apprehension and fear, that never leaves us. Depending upon the stress level of your childhood and life in general, I guarantee you’re carrying a measure of PTSD, which is an unconscious memory of fear and fight-flight in your body all the time.
Maybe something traumatic happened to you, maybe it’s fate, maybe destiny, it’s hard to know. It may not be your fault, but it is your responsibility to deal with it. And your response to it is the key. Your reactions accumulate and stay locked up inside you. This is your choice. So, in theory it is 100% under your control. We apply our linear thinking to try to resolve our life issues, but they are not simple. They are actually wonderful gifts. We have to move beyond the linear thinking of the mind to unravel the subtle, counter-intuitive solutions. And that is the beautiful paradox of life – that you have to discover the keys to your own cage, which is slightly beyond the mind. So, when we solve one of these problems, that is a huge victory. We learned something! And that issue never appears again in our existence, ever.
Trying to reason our way out of emotional states as we experience them is something like talking to a child in the middle of a tantrum. Living mindfully means observing yourself in the moment. This is the path to wholeness. And YOU are the only one who can do it.
Autonomic Nervous System
The human nervous system has two modes. It’s either in relaxed mode, or it’s in stress mode. In relaxed mode, you feel good, you’re comfortable with the people around you, you’re positive and calm. But in stress mode your body is always wary in defensive watchfulness, ready for fight or flight. Many people are locked in stress mode 100% the time. It becomes a self-created cage of tension and unhappiness. These two modes are sometimes called the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system, however I prefer simple words. So, you’re either in relaxed mode or stressed mode.
This technique is designed to be a key to help you unlock your own unconscious patterns of whatever it is you carry, to relax deeply beyond the mind. When your holding patterns dissolve and melt away, you can have a beautiful life right now. Taking loving care of yourself is a huge priority. Relaxing allows you to find the hidden key to open the latch and be free. Soon you may find your whole worldview is different. A total attitude change! Doing this yourself a few minutes a day costs nothing, and can reset your nervous system back to its original blueprint of health. How wonderful will it feel to let go of that old way of being?
There are 6 steps in the Video:
Introduction – 0:00
1. Baking Soda – Reverse brain acidity – 10:18
2. Alternate Nostril Breathing – Calm Nerves – 10:55
3. Cat Cow Yoga – Soften Diaphragm – 13:55
4. Kidney Meridian – Release Fear – 15:57
5. Vagus Nerve – Reset Entire Nervous System – 18:05
6. Total Body Relaxation – 21:40
The first step is baking soda, to oxygenate the brain and reverse blood acidity, because fear and panic are rooted in brain acidity. Step two is alternate nostril breathing, to balance the brain cortices and calm the nerves. The 3rd step is a relaxing yoga movement of the cat-cow, to release the diaphragm which holds emotions. The fourth step activates the kidney meridian which rules fight-flight patterns. We touch the eyes which are the window to the brain and tap to dissolve accumulated fear. The 5th step is an easy reset of the vagus nerve with eye movement which releases tension in every organ.
What’s the Vagus Nerve?
The vagus nerve is the root of the two modes: relaxed vs stressed. The longest and most important nerve in your body, it zig-zags through, touching all vital functions, like a two-way communicator between your brain and organs. It integrates the gut to the brain and connects all body intelligence. The vagus nerve helps us calm down, process, absorb. It regulates memories, social bonding, human connection.
But when the vagus nerve endures long periods of chronic stress and tension, our whole-body intelligence linking system becomes “NUMB”, as if frozen. This “numbness” can reverberate as tension in all body systems, and even worse, makes it impossible to digest life as a total person.
A compromised vagus nerve might first show up as Brain Fog, Depression, Food allergies, or just feeling exhausted all the time. When the stress continues, a blocked vagus nerve can be a major factor in a vast range of seemingly unrelated ailments such as Congestive heart failure, Bi-polar disorder, Fibromyalgia, GERD, Migraines, Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Blood sugar imbalances, Adrenal and Liver disorders, Constipation, or Alcoholism.
No other nerve has such a broad and far-reaching effect as the Vagus Nerve. That is why today’s technique leads directly to a release of the vagus nerve, which you can reset naturally and painlessly. Each step helps to prepare the body to permanently shift into wellness.
The sixth and final step is a just a guided total body relaxation, which invites the whole nervous system to reset. All 6 steps take just a few minutes a day, and the positive effects are cumulative, so they increase each time you do it. Depending on your personal level of stress, you might reset your nervous system in one day. For some people it will take longer. The six steps are designed to be done together, however you can do any step separately by itself when you need. Now YOU are in the driver’s seat to resolve so many issues in one complete tool.
Are you ready to try?
- ½ tsp baking soda
- a glass
- a spoon to stir
- a yoga mat to lie down.
1) Step One is Baking Soda. Place ½ teaspoon baking soda in a little clean water. Stir and down the hatch. Ohh! it’s a little bitter, however you’ll soon notice reduced stress in your body and mind.
What is your intention today? How about asking for “freedom and total wellness on every level?” Just make your intention.
2) Step Two is Alternate Nostril Breathing to Calm the Mind. This balances the brain cortices, and detoxes your entire system
Hold up your right hand, fold the index and middle fingers down. This leaves your thumb and 4th finger to control the breath.
Inhale, and then place your thumb over your right nostril.
Exhale deeply 8 counts 2,3,4,5,6,7,8.
Now inhale about 8 seconds 2,3,4,5,6,7,8.
Now gently close off your other nostril with your fourth finger Exhale slowly, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8
then deep inhale slowly 2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Change to thumb and exhale Repeat this 3-5 minutes until you feel calmness and clarity come into you.
3) Step three is the yoga movement cat cow, which is about deepening the breath, to release all the spinal bones and the diaphragm, which is the root of emotions. This is on your hands and knees.
Inhale deeply as you arch your chest forward and up. Allow your spine to curve upward, your head only slightly up. On the exhale, arch the mid back up like a cat, bending the other way, core engaged gently. We repeat this six times and allow your breath to open more profoundly.
Again, inhale deeply as you arch your chest upward. On the Exhale, arch the mid back up like a cat, curving the mid-back up the other way, 3 inhale deeply as you arch your chest upward. Exhale, arch the mid back up like a cat, bending the spine up the other way,4 inhale deeply as you arch your chest forward and up. Exhale, arch the mid back up like a cat, bending the back up the other way,5 inhale deeply as you arch your chest upward. Exhale, curve the mid back up like a cat, bending the other way. Last time inhale deeply as you arch your chest forward.
On this last exhale, move your buttocks back all the way down to rest near your feet. Take a few breaths here as you allow your spine and tailbone to release completely.
4) Step Four: Kidney Meridian
The fourth step activates the kidney meridian, the adrenals, and the brain’s connection to fear. Take a deep breath. Use both hands to reach around to hold and massage your kidneys behind you at the small of your back at the waist level Breathe here. Now breathe and touch your eyes softly for ten seconds. 1,2,3, 4,5,6,7,8,9,10.
Now touch two acupuncture points on your chest. These are the kidney 27 points underneath the collar bone about 3 – 4 inches apart. Keep two fingers touching those K27 points, breathe, and use your other hand to tap gently first on the head, then heart, and then your belly down by your navel. Breathe. This touches all the organ connections to dissolve fear. That’s it, good job. Now let’s just breathe and do it again.
5) Step 5 is the Vagus Nerve reset to relax the whole nervous system and all the organs.
Lie comfortably on your back with your head on a pillow. Lace your fingers like this and place them behind your head at the base of your skull by your neck. Take a deep breath. During this exercise, your head faces upwards without moving. Your eyes will move to the side, but you’ll keep your head still and forward. Take a deep breath. Now turn just your eyes to the right looking to the 3 o’clock position and hold the eyes there, as you breathe normally for 10 to 30 seconds, until you feel a shift in your nervous system. It should be indicated by a yawn, a sigh, or a swallow, indicating the reset is complete. It may be subtle. Just stay there and hold your eyes to the right with your head facing forward until you feel the desire to yawn, sigh, or swallow.
Then move your eyes back to center and breathe normally.
Now turn your eyes to the left to the extreme 9 o’clock position, keeping your head facing up to the ceiling. Breathe normally as you hold your eyes gazing left, until you feel a shift in the form of a yawn, a sigh, or a swallow. Hold anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds, until you feel a natural release. Then turn your eyes back to center. Take a breath. That’s it!
6) The Final Step number six is total body relaxation.
Breathe deeply and use it to enjoy letting go in every part of your body. Use your gentle mindfulness to send calm waves of light and loving care to each area of your body one at a time. This is the total recalibration of all the other steps, so go ahead and allow yourself to sink deeply into complete body rest. At this point in myself, sometimes I feel like I’m going to cry, which is a good sign that can even help wash out and dissolve old stuff. In this Total relaxation we will go through each body part mindfully to release it. You can do it by yourself anytime. Today I’ll guide you through it briefly so you can rest completely. When we finish, I’m going to leave you to relax by yourself few more minutes to the sound of the ocean waves. OK?
Lie comfortably on your back with your palms facing up. Let your chest relax open and allow your spine to be comfortably long. Take a deep easy inhale and exhale. Immerse yourself in slow rhythmic breathing as you begin your relaxation waves at the head.
Best wishes for your total healing! Here are a few raw photos of my personal journey. Ha Ha!
Jane Barthelemy, is a medical intuitive, chef, craniosacral therapist, and author. A practitioner of Buddhist meditation for over 50 years, she has an MBA and worked as CFO of Rudi’s Bakery for 10 years. Her life path includes other careers including opera primadonna in Italy and owner/designer of Marco Polo Designs Venetian glass jewelry company. Health challenges led her to teach Qigong, Taichi, and write two wellness cookbooks: “Paleo Desserts” and “Good Morning Paleo published by DaCapo Press/Hatchette Books. This website JanesHealthyKitchen.com recently won the 2021 Corp Today Magazine Award for “Best Healthy Food & Lifestyle Blog – North America”. Jane and her Bhutanese husband Lama D are faculty members of the NewEarth University. They live in Bali where they offer distant healings, classes, and retreats. More info: FiveSeasonsMedicine.com.