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Astral Attacks While Sleeping: Symptoms and Defense

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Following the path of spiritual development, you increase the level of your energy and your aura radiates bright Light. So it attracts not only positive changes in your life but also negative attacks from negative entities and dark forces.

As you know, a third of life we spend in a dream. Religions and esoteric teachings pay attention to this fact. Many books are devoted to the ability to dreams interpretations, sleep management, and transfer of consciousness into the world of dreams.

When you’re following the path of spiritual development, the ability to control your subtle body during your sleep is vital.

In this article, I will share with you a very important topic that is dedicated to astral attacks while sleeping, as well as the most effective methods of protection.

Astral Body

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In addition to the physical body of a person, there are also so-called subtle bodies. One of them is astral.

The astral body is connected with the emotional sphere of human life. It is the astral body that is responsible for human activity during sleep.

Your astral body is able to move away a considerable distance from the physical body and make the so-called astral journey. But don’t worry, in this case, the astral body does not lose connection with the physical body.

At the moment of sleep, when your physical body is resting, your astral body is leaving it for traveling into the metaphysical plane – the astral.

The more active and developed your astral body is, the “further” from the physical body it can travel.

Astral Worlds

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The astral plane is infinitely more multidimensional than the physical world we are accustomed to. At the same time, the direction of time, gravity and other things we got used to in the physical world, don’t exist in the astral. The present and the future in the astral plane can exist simultaneously, and change in any direction.

It is interesting to note that the “astral plane”, as a matter of fact, is not an exact name. It would be more correct to say astral planes or astral worlds, because this is a multidimensional space, not like the physical world.

Moreover, different astral plans/worlds intersect with each other and are not “uninhabited”. Each astral world contains conscious and unconscious entities, plants, planets, galaxies, etc.

Every person regularly parts with his astral body during sleep. If a person does not see dreams at all or sees them rarely, there are two possible reasons can be: the undeveloped astral body or the inability to remember the information transmitted by the astral body during the journey.

The Purpose Of Astral Attack

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Astral attacks while sleeping can be caused by astral entities and astral bodies of other people. For example, if a person experiences negative emotions towards you in real life, it is likely that his/her astral body makes astral attacks on you at night. Moreover, he/she may not even know what he/she does at night. Of course, there are cases, when people make these attacks consciously (for example, black magicians).

Astral attacks while sleeping usually pursue goals like:

  • the abduction of energy;
  • the weakening of the will;
  • lowering aspirations;
  • clouding of consciousness;
  • changing the trajectory of the soul and the astral body;
  • the destruction or weakening of the astral sheath;
  • inducing fear or shock effect.

Signs Of Astral Attack

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Here are the most common signs of astral attacks while sleeping:

  • heavy sleep with a relatively light falling asleep;
  • Acceleration of heart rate – tachycardia and, accordingly, a sharp increase in blood pressure. This feature is not mandatory but is quite common.
  • often a feeling of negative premonition before going to bed;
  • sensing of negative beings near you when you are on the verge between falling asleep and wakefulness;
  • a feeling of fear, bewilderment, sometimes anger;
  • As a rule, the dream during the astral attack is very realistic. You are aware that you are asleep, but it is either very difficult or impossible to make yourself wake up.
  • Very often astral attacks in a dream are accompanied by profuse sweating.
  • The usual time for astral attacks – 3-4 am and 5-6 am. Most people who have been astrally attacked wake up during this time.
  • Awakening is accompanied by a complete loss of strength and exhaustion. Sometimes people are so exhausted they can’t even open their eyes. The body aches after the astral attack as if you had been doing hard physical work all night

The astral attack can be observed in the waking state.

One of the signs of such attacks is a sharp asymptomatic increase in body temperature to 37.5 – 38 C (99.5-100.4 F). The temperature of the head is usually 0.5 – 1 degree higher than the total body temperature. With this effect, redness of the face, a feeling of pulse in the temple or ear, headache are also often observed.

Types Of Astral Attacks While Sleeping

Let’s look at the most common types of astral attacks while sleeping.

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1.Astral suffocation

During astral suffocation, it seems that you can not breathe, although there is no air in the earthly sense in the astral. Night suffocation is accompanied by complete or partial temporary paralysis of the throat center. Often there are thoughts of imminent death.

As a rule, such suffocations do not stop until you wake up and throw off the astral demon.

2. Astral pressure

Astral pressure resembles a directed hurricane wind that presses a person to the wall. Usually, it occurs either in the finale of the plot dream or in the morning without any external reason.

A person feels that he/she is under pressure from some undefined force.

3. Astral injection

This astral attack is experienced in the form of a short, burning sharp pain. This pain arises from approaching the aura and touching it by a negative entity from the subtle world. Such contact with the negative entities of the invisible world happens to every person much more often than we think.

The astral injection can occur not only during sleep but also in a state of wakefulness. If an astral injection occurs in a state of wakefulness, it causes a micro-shock accompanied by point pain. It seems that there was a sudden, rapidly passing pain in some part of the body or internal organs, although in fact, this is the astral body that hurts.

Such an astral injection is able to force you to make some movement. Moreover, the astral injection makes your subtle body shudder, so it begins to randomly rush about in search of a safe place. At this point, you may have a bad dream or suddenly wake up.

4. Astral voices

Astral voices themselves do not pose a serious threat. But in the general context of astral attack can be dangerous, especially if a person is too receptive to their words.

Especially dangerous when people begin to perform those commands that were heard in a dream. Such actions can destroy your life and drive you crazy. So, if you hear astral voices, then try to ignore them. This way you will save your mind from madness.

5. False dreams

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False dreams alert you about a thread or push to some unnecessary actions. They do not carry a direct destructive energy blow that would threaten your integrity, pierce your aura or weaken the connection with the spiritual world. However, the acceptance of astral information, which is false in essence and not confirmed in reality, is a kind of blow, stretched in time.

Having received a false message about some troubles that should happen in the near future, a person loses emotional balance, spends large reserves of energy on waiting for an event that either does not occur or is attracted by persistent disturbing thoughts. All this leads to energetical and psychological injuries that draw energy from a person.

6. Nightmares with a storyline

This kind of nightmares represents the culmination of the entire astral negativity focused on you. If someone is trying to kill you or actually kills you in your dream, this is a kind of subtle blow.

Nightmares with a plot sequel and logical conclusion, basically, have a pronounced magical flavor that distinguishes them from amorphous and often meaningless nightmares. In “magic” nightmares a person purposefully gets beaten on the astral plane to affect his/her energy with an intention to ruin his/her health and entire life.

Methods Of Protection Against Astral Attacks

Now let me share with you the most powerful methods of protection that we can use against astral attacks.

1.Incenses

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30 minutes before bedtime, cleanse the energy of your bedroom with incense, sage, or Palo Santo. Burning incense, like burning sage or Palo Santo sticks, purifies the energy of the room, automatically reducing the number of astral attacks. Astral evil cannot stand the purified thin atmosphere and leaves it.

2. Essential oils

Place a bowl of water at the head of your bed, having previously dripped a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil or peppermint into it. This alone makes it impossible for night demons to stay in your bedroom.

3. Candles

30 minutes before bedtime, light a candle in the bedroom with the intention to cleanse the energy of the room. Live fire perfectly disinfects the energy of the room. If you do it regularly, the number of astral attacks on you is significantly reduced.

For safety reasons, do not sleep with a lighted candle!

4. Do not allow strangers to enter your bedroom

The teaching of Agni Yoga insists on this condition of the natural protection of the energy of the bedroom. The fact is that anybody, even a good person, carries a trail of energy, which does not necessarily resonate with your energy.

In addition, this trail may contain particles of impure energy, which is carried by everyone living in big cities and daily in contact with the aura of hundreds and thousands of people. All this, like the flu germs, will be brought into your bedroom, which will then facilitate the penetration of the lower astral entities to attack you and your loved ones.

5. Do not express negative emotions in the bedroom

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It is also important not to quarrel in the bedroom with loved ones – with the spouse or/and children. If you have such a habit during the years of marriage and family life, it means that the energy of the place where you sleep (that is, spend a third of your life) is filled with negativity that facilitates the penetration of the lower astral. Scandals and quarrels destroy the natural protective shell of both you and your home.

6. Cleanliness and cosiness

Of course, all of the above tips will not fully work, if you do not take into account the cleanliness of your bedroom and the harmonious arrangement of furniture and decorative items there. Dirty untidy bedroom with unpleasant odors is a very harmonious environment for the stay of negative astral creatures.

Perhaps the most ominous role in facilitating the penetration of the lower astral bedroom, oddly enough, is played by dust. This is indicated by Agni Yoga, which recommends that everyone, especially among those who consider themselves aspiring to spiritual development and growth, should wipe all surfaces where dust may settle in the bedroom.

7. Prayer

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Pray before going to sleep, trying to direct the subtle body to the highest Spheres. Set yourself the task of maintaining a clear waking consciousness while falling asleep and watching the whole process of entering your subtle body into the astral world.

8. Mindfulness

Sleep, in any case, does not mean the attenuation of consciousness and immersion in a certain unconscious state with a lack of memory. Even if the vast majority of humanity knows only this kind of sleep, a spiritually advanced person learns to fall asleep consciously and to control his subtle body during sleep.

Many teachings affirm the need to cultivate the ability to enter into sleep without losing wakefulness. Particular importance is attached to the state between sleep and wakefulness. It is believed that in this state a person is particularly exposed to contact with the Invisible world, on the one hand receiving messages (visions, images, instructions, energy) from a Higher Source, and on the other, becoming vulnerable to the blows of the lower astral.

The art of correct entry into sleep involves the preservation of complete self-control both at the time of entry into sleep and in the morning at the moment of awakening. This requires constant self-observation, clear self-awareness and tracking of all impressions. A person who falls asleep without trying to enter the world of dreams consciously, most likely, will not be able to protect himself from astral attack.

9. Get rid of the mirrors in the bedroom

If it is impossible to remove the mirrors from the bedroom, then at least try to close them during the night. If possible, also remove all reflective surfaces from the bedroom (such as a TV). The thing is that mirrors are portals to the astral worlds. Therefore it’s better to remove them if you want to prevent astral attacks while sleeping.

10. Dream diary

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To reduce the number of astral attacks while sleeping, it is useful to consciously learn the experience of your own dreams. The spiritual journey involves the compulsory study of the symbolism of personal dreams, writing down any significant dreams in the diary with their subsequent mapping to real-world events, astrological and cosmic factors.

Write down all attacks in a dream, and then compare them with all earthly conflicts, and you will see a very instructive picture. Often cloudless relationships with some people on the external, physical plane of existence are actually in sharp contrast to the conflicts and wars that we are with them in a dream.

The more closely you study the dream experience with its positive and negative sides (primarily associated with astral attacks), the more powerful your defense will become.

Following all of the above tips and techniques will help minimize the risk of all possible astral attacks in your sleep.

Meditation To Increase Awareness During Sleep

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This simple yet powerful meditation has helped many people to increase awareness during sleep and thus prevent astral attacks while sleeping. Try to perform it consistently and see how the quality of your sleep will gradually improve.

Instructions:

  1. Relax and enter a meditative state.
  2. Imagine that you will soon fall asleep. Mentally refer to Higher powers and ask for their support, energy, and protection while you sleep so you managed to send your subtle body in the highest spheres.
  3. Enter the state of maximum wakefulness and awareness and imagine that you fall asleep, but retain control of your astral body.
  4. Set the intention to fall asleep for the physical world and wake up for the subtle world.
  5. Imagine that by “waking up”, you gain a high degree of freedom and awareness in the subtle world and can freely fly, travel, climb into the high layers of the astral, create with your thoughts, and dissolve the negative mental images that you brought with you from earthly life.
  6. Live mentally in this meditative dream and try to feel completely confident, happy, conscious and protected in it. Then return from the world of sleep to the ordinary world, which can also be viewed as a kind of dream.
  7. Then try several times to move from the dreamy meditative state to the normal state of consciousness with your eyes closed, looking at the previous state as a form of sleep. This will help you get closer to the understanding of what true awakening is.

What To Do If You Experienced Astral Attack?

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If astral attack took place do not stay in bed, trying in vain to fall asleep again. Take a cold shower instead. Your main focus should be to reduce the temperature of the body, particularly the head. In addition, the water washes away the residual negative energy. Then drink a few sips of water and open the windows in the bedroom. You can also use the incense/Palo Santo to cleanse the energy of the room.

The Bottom Line

Unfortunately, astral attacks while sleeping is a very common thing that happens every night with millions of people. Most people don’t want to think or talk about it thinking that it’s not important. But the thing is if you ignore it it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. You have to be honest with yourself and your feelings and admit the possibility of astral attacks that you may experience. In this case, you are aware of what’s going on and can defend yourself.

Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Ishvara Pranidhana: The Art Of Living For a Higher Purpose

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Are you one of those who sincerely turn to the path of knowledge of spiritual truths, the search for the meaning of life, the comprehension of the essence of being? Do you seek to understand the nature of your Soul and your true purpose? Then you are one of those spiritual wonderers who is able to see the world beyond the material limitations of the physical world and strive to live your life for a higher purpose. In this article, I want to introduce you to Ishvara Pranidhana which means attunement to the supreme consciousness. The practice of this Divine principle will help you to plant in your heart the highest degree of piety through which the mind comes to Samadhi.

Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a collection of 196 Sanskrit sutras on the theory and practice of yoga. It describes the goals of yoga and the principles of techniques needed to achieve them.

The two first stages that the Sutras describe are the principles of Yama and Niyama.

Yama is a set of ethical norms that teach us to communicate with others in the right way.

There are five Yamas:

  1. Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा): Nonviolence, non-harming other living beings.
  2. Satya (सत्य): truthfulness, non-falsehood.
  3. Asteya (अस्तेय): non-stealing.
  4. Brahmacharya (ब्रह्मचर्य): chastity, marital fidelity, or sexual restraint.
  5. Aparigraha (अपरिग्रहः): non-avarice, non-possessiveness.

Niyama is the step of forming self-discipline and uplifting spirituality.

Five Niyamas are:

  1. Saucha (शौच): purity, clearness of mind, speech, and body.
  2. Santosha (सन्तोष): contentment, acceptance of others, and of one’s circumstances as they are, optimism for self.
  3. Tapas (तपस): austerity, self-discipline, persistent meditation, perseverance.
  4. Svadhyaya (स्वाध्याय): the study of self, self-reflection, introspection of self’s thoughts, speeches, and actions.
  5. Ishvara Pranidhana (ईश्वरप्रणिधान): contemplation of the Ishvara (God/Supreme Being, Brahman, True Self, Unchanging Reality), attunement to the supreme consciousness.

All these principles are interdependent. If you break one of the Yamas or Niyamas, you are bound to break the others. And if you improve in the practice of one principle, then the practice of other yamas and niyamas will also be improved.

For example, if you violate Satya by allowing yourself to lie, you will not be able to practice Ahimsa. Or, if you do not observe the principle of Saucha and pollute your body and mind, it will be difficult for you to practice Brahmacharya.

What Is Ishvara Pranidhana?

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Ishvara Pranidhana is the fifth niyama described Patanjali which means the contemplation of the Ishvara (God/Supreme Being, Brahman, True Self, Unchanging Reality), or attunement to the supreme consciousness.

Ishvara is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as “supreme, God, the Absolute Brahman, True Self, or Unchanging Reality”. Pranidhana means “dedication, devotion, or surrender”.

In the Upanishads, the word Isvara means “a state of collective consciousness”. In this sense, there isn’t a Godlike figure we are supposed to worship or devote our actions to, rather ‘God’ represents a state of collective consciousness, and therefore represents all of us too.

Thus, the fifth niyama teaches us to surrender to God or Higher self, meaning, cultivating a deep and trusting relationship with the universe and making each action an offering to something bigger than us.

A person who practices Ishvara Pranidhana, dedicates the merits of his actions to the Supreme, and coordinates every step he takes (all actions, thoughts, words) with the expediency for the benefit of spiritual development. He is not looking for personal gain, his actions are pure and sincere.

Thus, when we are talking about the practice of Ishvara Pranidhana, we mean our complete surrender to God (our own higher self). If we can dedicate our lives to serving the God that dwells within everything and everyone, we will move beyond all feelings of separateness and free ourselves from the dualistic mindset. If we can say without reservation, “I give You myself: my body, my mind, and my heart, to serve the Highest Good of all,” then we will be freed from the stress, anxiety, self-doubt, as well as from negative karma.

The Idea Of Surrendering

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In our modern society, the feelings of separateness and disconnection prevail. Ego and pride are people’s main motivators, and being strong and domineering over others are the main qualities of successful people. Most of us silently accepted that this is how life goes and there is nothing we can do about it. Our egos made us believe that we, human beings, are somehow in control of the universe. Therefore, the very idea of surrendering seems like something negative, as it implies a sort of weakness or defeat.

Our minds were programmed since ancient times that surrender means losing. This belief comes from military terminology where surrender means the opposition to the victory. And it makes sense since the very nature of any war or competition is built on duality. For us, human beings, it’s normal to see surrender as something bad because our minds are stuck in the duality and it’s hard to see something beyond these limited paradigms.

In spirituality, however, we don’t limit our beliefs with “right or wrong” labels. Instead, we are learning to see the hidden meanings of everything by overcoming the dualistic mindset. Thus, victory is attained as we willingly surrender our limited idea of who we are (i.e. our name, our jobs, our problems, etc.) and create the space needed to feel our true Self, our Divine Spark which is limitless.

Surrender requires self-discipline, trust, and faith. Ultimately it will take far more effort to cling to the smallness of the ego than it will surrender the Higher self.

Applying the Practice of Isvara Pranidhana to Life

#1: Examine your path

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Start with introspection. Ask yourself what you are guided by in your life when you choose the path that you follow throughout your earthly incarnation. After all, intentions are the main criterion that reflects the sincerity of your actions, words, and thoughts.

Examine your path, the purpose you live for. Are your intentions dictated by ego, prestige, greed, or pride?

Think about your strongest motivation in life. Are you motivated by selfish motives? Or, is every action you do aim at improving this world, creating good, bringing light and love, joy and warmth to this world? Answer these questions honestly. What do you live for? A sincere answer to this question will clarify for you the meaning of your existence and direct you to the true path of life.

#2: Practice letting go and non-attachment

Letting go of the fruits of our actions and non-attachment are a focal point of the Bhagavad Gita

If we’ve put a lot of effort into something, we often get attached to a result of our actions. Questions like: “Will they like me?”, “What if I’m not good enough?”, “Will my project be successful?” are perfect examples of attachments to a result. All this worrying about things we have no control over is the main cause of our suffering.

Instead of worrying and focusing on the result, concentrate on the process and the idea of service – meaning, dedication of the process of doing to God. In this case, you’ll be fully engaged in the action without thinking about what might or might not happen.

The practice of surrendering requires us to acknowledge that we can do our very best in each situation, but we can’t really do any more than that. Realizing this simple truth essentially allows us to fully engage and be present in what we’re doing, bringing all our energy to the present moment and experiencing it fully just for what it is.

Such attitude to the process helps us to develop trust and faith that are essential for our spiritual development.

You can do the same action with or without God. However, when you’re doing it without God (guided by ego) you’re facing all kinds of challenges, obstacles, worries, and suffering. But when you’re acting with God (focusing on offering your action to the Divine), you know that any outcome is beneficial because this is what God wants. This approach gives you satisfaction with any result – because you have your trust and faith that whatever happens as a result of your actions is for the highest good for all.

#3: Stay open

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In our daily life, Isvara Pranishana can be also seen as an opening up to what isThat is, instead of fighting against life’s twists and turns, you are remaining open to experiencing life as it unfolds.  

When we are remaining fixed and rigid in our conditioned patterns, habits, and limitations, we are doomed to a limited life. Whereas surrendering has an expansive nature that boosts your development. Surrendering is hugely challenging because it means transcending the ego, and the ego will do everything it can to stay in control over your mind.

Worries, conditioning, judgments, and perceptions are the “hooks” that the ego pulls us by. Without those “hooks” the ego would not exist. Therefore, it tries desperately to cling on when we work on quietening it.

Surrendering requires trust in the Universe and the courage to express ourselves for who we are, as we are. Each time we choose to surrender, we move closer to freedom. 

Conclusion

When we see ourselves as a part of one whole, we are no longer in the illusion of separation (duality). This leads to the emergence of healthy altruism towards all living beings and a sincere desire to share the divine light of our hearts, which becomes possible due to the disclosure of this light in our souls. When we observe the principle of Ishvara Pranidhana we become free from egoistic motivations in our behavior and in our activities.

  

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How To Stop Overthinking: 6 Effective Strategies

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Overthinking is a habit that if not taken under control can cause tremendous distress and suffering. When overthinking, our brain tries to convince us that all those worries and ruminations could be helpful. Many overthinkers have a firm belief that they can come up with a better solution or prevent themselves from making the same mistake if they spend more time thinking and analyzing. All these can lead to analysis paralysis which becomes a real problem. The more you think, the worse you feel. Overthinking often leads to anxiety, anger, frustration, fear, and other negative emotions that may cloud your judgment and prevent you from seeing the situation clearly. In this article, I want to share with you 6 effective tips on how to stop overthinking and take control of your mind.

What Is Overthinking?

Overthinking is basically what its name suggests – thinking too much. When you are going over the same thought, again and again, so that your brain becomes incapable of translating this thought into actions or positive outcomes. When you think about something too much or for too long, that you can’t get it out of your head and feel worried or stressed about it – this is overthinking.

Do you often worry about the future, catastrophic predictions about events that haven’t happened yet? Do you think with regret about your past, “should haves” and “could haves.” Do you fret over what others might think of you or let negative self-talk build up in your mind? These are examples of overthinking.

If you are one of those who tend to overthink an important decision, replaying all the options in your head, you may experience “paralysis by analysis”. You are so afraid of taking the wrong action, so you take no action at all.

Overthinking often leads to sleepless nights when your brain just won’t turn off, increased symptoms of depression, elevate your stress levels, and cloud your judgment. 

Common Types Of Overthinking

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Nick Wignall, a clinical psychologist, suggests four common types of overthinking:

#1: Worry

This is one of the most common types of overthinking where we imagine possible problems or dangers in the future.

“Of course, anticipating problems or threats in the future is often a good thing to do! But helpful planning is different from unhelpful worry in that worry doesn’t actually lead to new information or insights that can be helpful. For example, your spouse is on a plane flight and you start worrying about different ways the plane could crash and kill your spouse. This kind of thinking doesn’t actually keep your spouse safe, plus it adds a lot of stress and anxiety to you.” – Nick Wignall

#2: Depressive Rumination

This type of overthinking is about replaying events from the past in an unhelpful way. A depressive rumination is a specific form of overthinking our own past mistakes or failures.

“As opposed to helpful reflection, depressive rumination is unproductive and doesn’t lead to anything but shame, guilt, and sadness at oneself. Depressive rumination is one of the key drivers of not only depression but also self-criticalness and low self-esteem.” – Nick Wignall

#3: Angry Rumination

This type of overthinking is similar to depressive rumination except the object of the overthinking is other people and their mistakes rather than yourself.

“For example, after a fight with your spouse, you find yourself replaying arguments you’ve had with them in the past and going over evidence of why you were right and they were wrong. Although it often feels good in the moment, angry rumination tends to lead to aggression, resentment, and distorted beliefs about other people in our lives.” – Nick Wignall

#4: Fix-It Mode

This type of overthinking happens when someone is sharing a painful or difficult experience with you and you have a hard time tolerating the anxiety that comes from hearing it. It affects you in a way that you begin thinking about best ways to fix the problem or do things differently.

“Fix-It Mode is a form of overthinking because you’re applying problem-solving-style thinking when what would be more helpful is to simply listen empathetically and validate the person’s difficulty rather than trying to fix it (and make yourself feel better in the process).” – Nick Wignall

Of course, there are many other types of overthinking. But the four listed tend to be the most common and often produce the most suffering.

Why Do We Overthink?

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Often, the tendency to overthink roots in unhealed trauma or deep emotional issue. Here are the most common reasons why we overthink:

  • childhood trauma
  • obsessive desire to control the situation
  • intolerance of uncertainty and tendency to pretend that things are more predictable than they are
  • perfectionism (as intolerance of feeling less than perfect)
  • an excuse for procrastinating or avoiding decisions
  • you see everything as a problem to be solved with lots of thinking
  • excessive fear of conflict

Of course, there are many more reasons of overthinking. But the listed seven are some of the most common. The above causes are a good place to start if you want to stop overthinking.

How To Stop Overthinking?

Now let’s talk about how to stop overthinking. Here are six strategies that I find most effective.

#1: Identify the Emotions Behind Overthinking

First, try to identify what emotion is hiding behind your overthinking. For example, when you start overthinking by worrying about future events, it might be the case that overthinking is functioning to relieve or alleviate some anxiety you have about your future. Overthinking may temporarily distract you from your anxiety temporarily and give you the illusion of control in a short term. However, it’s not solving the problem but only makes it worse. Therefore, it’s essential to look for the emotions behind overthinking and ask yourself if there’s a better way to deal with them.

When you take time to identify your emotions and validate them, it helps you to become more productive in the long run.

#2: Challenge Negative Thoughts

Overthinking is often a response to feeling bad emotionally. But if you allow your negative thoughts to take control of your mind, you end up feeling even worse. It’s easy to get carried away with negative thoughts. The most effective way to switch the frequency of your thought patterns is to practice positive self-talk.

Next time when you start overthinking, pause for a moment and point out that your thinking is not entirely accurate. This simple technique will help you to achieve a more balanced and emotionally neutral way of thinking. With practice, you’ll learn to recognize and replace negative thinking patterns, before they work you up into complete insanity.

#3: Focus On Problem Solving

Overthinking your problems isn’t helpful – but looking for solutions is. If it’s something you have some control over, think about how you can prevent the problem or challenge yourself to identify a couple of potential solutions. If it’s something you have no control over – think about the strategies you can use to cope with it. Instead of overthinking your problems, focus on the things you can control, like your attitude and your effort.

#4: Schedule Time For Reflection

Instead of dwelling on your problems for long periods of time, try to take a brief reflection on them. Constructive reflection can help you to see more clearly how you could do things differently, recognize potential pitfalls to your plan, and perform better in the future.

For example, you could schedule 10 minutes of “thinking time”. During that time period let yourself think, analyze, or mull over whatever you want. But when your time is up, move onto something else. And when you start overthinking things outside of your scheduled thinking time, simply remind yourself that you’ll need to wait until your next “thinking time” session to address those issues in your mind.

You can’t simply make yourself stop worrying. But this simple strategy will train your mind to do it at the right time.

#5: Change Your Activity

If you can’t make yourself stop thinking about something, try to change your activity. Things like exercising, engaging in conversation on a completely different subject, or working on a project can help you to switch the focus of your attention and stop overthinking. Doing something different will put an end to the negative internal dialogue.

#6: Practice Mindfulness

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The mindfulness practice will help you to train yourself to be aware of things without thinking about them. By practicing mindfulness we become able to notice when negative thought patterns arise and shift our attention out of thinking mode and into awareness mode.

You can start practicing mindfulness by simply paying attention to the experience of every activity during daily life rather than thinking about it. Or, you can practice mindfulness meditation. For doing it, simply sit down, close your eyes, and focus on your breath for 20 minutes.

The Bottom Line

Overthinking takes a lot of energy. It takes away your inner peace and harmony. But the good news is that overthinking is a habit and habits can be broken with the right approach and enough patience. If you want to stop overthinking, the key is to understand why you do it and then implement the strategies to eliminate it.

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30 Old Soul Quotes To Better Understand Your Spiritual Nature

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Being an old soul refers to how you view and approach life. Usually, old souls look at life through a vignette of experiences they may not have lived during this lifetime, yet, but somehow, just seem to know. If you feel like you’ve lived before, and you have wisdom you can’t explain, you could be an old soul. Whether you’re an old soul or not, our collection of 30 old soul quotes could be relatable to you or some of your friends and family. When reading through these old soul quotes you may start recognizing yourself (or someone you know) and understand your (or someone’s) spiritual nature better.

Here they are 30 insightful old soul quotes!

30 Old Soul Quotes

#1

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“There is a beautiful thing inside you that is thousands of years old. Too old to be captured in poems. Too old to be loved by everyone but loved so very deeply by a chosen few.” ~ Nikita Gill

#2

“The Old Soul is more inclined to be a lifelong learner, constantly feeding his thirst for insight through his own persistent efforts. His learning has not been forced into him through education or learned out of obligation, but has been absorbed out of curiosity and personal choice.” ~ Aletheia Luna

#3

“She’s an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind.” ~ Nicole Lyons

#4

“Old souls are humble enough to acknowledge that life is random and surprising, but are comforted by the fact that they can always choose how to react from what happens. And the ability to reflect on one’s life is an absolute must. As an old soul, you know that it’s up to you to make it through this life in one piece. And you ensure that you take time everyday to reflect on what has transpired in order to learn about how you can move forward in life.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#5

“My heart is a thousand years old. I am not like other people.” ~ Charles Bukowski

#6

“Old souls come into this life with an agenda to experience and complete karma, while new souls want to make form out of light, and experience what it’s like to be a being in a body. As such, the new souls’ experience is a bit more lighthearted, where being an old soul can feel heavy. But in addition to that, because the old soul comes to this life with more experience and understanding, they’re able to handle obstacles and challenges with greater clarity.” ~ Randi Merzon

#7

“As an old soul, you get tired out around people quite easily. Some old souls would identify as introverts, but it’s more than that: if you are an old soul, you feel like both your body, mind, and soul need rest. This is probably why you love taking breaks from everything and everyone. From time to time, you like going somewhere different, where no one knows you, and you like to rejuvenate your energy with the unknown or with nature.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#8

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“I don’t belong on earth, my soul is from the stars. I’m visiting this planet for a while so I can help people listen to their hearts.” ~ Nikki Rowe

#9

“There is a special kind of person in our world who finds himself alone and isolated, almost since birth. His solitary existence isn’t from a preference or antisocial temperament– he is simply old. Old in heart, old in mind, and old in soul, this person who finds his outlook on life vastly different and more matured than those around him.” ~ Alethia Luna

#10

“No one enjoys being a newbie, but in fact, the benefit of being a new soul is that they carry around a lot less karma.” ~ Randi Merzon

#11

“Some people say an old soul is simply more mature than those around them. But that doesn’t tell the full story. An old soul creates their own path while the rest of society follow each other like sheep. Banality and toxic energy are non-existent in an old soul’s life. Instead, an old soul questions conventional wisdom and critically thinks for themselves. They’re not concerned with gossiping or making money. They want to understand more about life and what makes the universe tick. ~ Lachlan Brown

#12

“Anyone who takes the time to attentively listen is either an old soul or a romantic one.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

#13

“Be grateful if you look younger than your age while also being wiser than many of your contemporaries. It means the fire of your Old Soul is alive and well. Embrace it. Surround yourself with those who celebrate this fiery Light shining bright out of your soul; those who are summoned to fan your glimmering flames and dance within them. Embrace them.” ~ Omar Cherif

#14

“Old souls are misunderstood for several things. For possibly appearing standoffish. For their desire to be alone — read, introvert. For acting withdrawn. They are deep thinkers. They could be considered daydreamers. And more often than not, when they speak, the attention quickly and quietly moves to them because you know they’ve been waiting for just the right time to say just the right, meaningful thing.” ~ Kym Klass

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“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige

#16

“If you are an old soul, it’s likely that you have been referred to as more mature than your friends, even from a young age. You might have always felt like you were a bit older, not just physically, but mentally. Perhaps you didn’t always get along with people your own age because you were seeing things from a different perspective. And how they see things seem short-sighted to you. It can even put you off when people can’t look at the bigger picture. It can be difficult when you are young and don’t understand why you are different, but as you age, it becomes more clear that you meant to be this way. Being an old soul is a gift, not a curse.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#17

“Innately, the Old Soul carries a sense of world-wariness as he stands on the outside, looking in. As an observer, the Old Soul like the Steppenwolf feels an all-pervading sense of alienation. He is the ultimate Outsider who is both in the world, but not quite of the world at the same time.” ~ Aletheia Luna

#18

“Old souls are givers — but they don’t do this for attention. Rather, it is something that has been ingrained in them from the beginning. They’ve just always known it is better to give. And they do that with passion.” ~ Kym Klass

#19

“Many people are drawn to old souls, for they radiate a sense of peacefulness and inner strength that is captivating and reassuring.” ~ Carla Marie Manly

#20

“People who have old souls don’t require outside validation of their worth or value. A lot of people turn to others, the internet, their jobs, or another outside source of validation to make meaning in their lives, but as an old soul, you see the value of your experiences and what you bring to the table so there’s no need to exhaust your efforts in those areas.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#21

“The concept of the old soul is inspired by the idea that our bodies are containers for spirit, and an old soul is someone who continues to reincarnate in order to heal or complete karmic agreements.” ~ Randi Merzon

#22

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“The reason old souls enjoy spending time alone is because they never really are.” ~ Unknown

#23

“A new soul wants to be fresh and new and maybe have a more hedonistic lifestyle, while an old soul wants to go into the depths and learn. Old souls may also feel somewhat isolated, as they can see through much of the illusion and separation in modern culture.” ~ Karen Brailsford

#24

“In a world of sensationalized automated newsfeeds and fake news, old souls are now more needed than ever.”

#25

“People who have old souls are often found at home. It is where they feel safe and secure. It’s where they are happiest. People who have old souls don’t have to look far outside themselves to find what really makes them happy. And if you find yourself bound to home as much as possible, then you’re definitely an old soul. There is nothing more restful than being in your favorite couch, tucked under a blanket, and simply enjoying the comforts of the place you made for yourself.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#26

“When we talk about ‘old souls’ in the realm of psychology, we are often referring to those individuals who seem to have inherent wisdom and a grounded sense of being in the world—often far more than would be expected for someone their age.” ~ Carla Marie Manly

#27

“Old souls are certainly introspective, but they don’t only think about themselves; they’re known to be thoughtful in a broader way, and they enjoy collecting, connecting, appreciating, and learning. Despite perhaps coming across as all-knowing, an old soul is keenly aware that they’re a student of the universe, not a teacher. Given this truth, it’s clear that old souls are more interested in the depth of a story than the superficial details.” ~ Mary Grace Garis

#28

“Old souls know that there’s always more than one way to look at something, and they can put themselves in someone else’s shoes. That doesn’t mean you always agree with the person you’re talking to – but you do find it easy to understand their perspective. This ability to see both sides of an issue makes old souls fair-minded – rather than just going with their gut, they make decisions based on carefully accumulated facts and opinions. The downside? Old souls often appear uncommitted to their own point of view. If people accuse you of being changeable, just keep in mind that what you are is rare. Not everyone will see what you offer, but your ability to see others’ perspectives benefits everyone.” ~ Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Old Soul Quotes & Sayings

#29

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“Old souls are picky with people they choose to spend time with. They don’t like superficial relationships. So they would rather be alone than to be with people they don’t relate with. As a result, they are often seen alone.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#30

“Old souls serve a wonderful purpose here on Earth. We use our wisdom that we have attained through many lifetimes to pass down to others, so that we may have a peaceful, happier world. We see life differently than most people and have a unique sense of how to approach the world with an open mind, and a strong will that keeps us grounded in our convictions. An old soul sees through ancient eyes and understands with an ancient heart.” ~ Aurora Eliam

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