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Energy Parasites Attack: Real Danger And Defense

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Energy parasites are one of the most serious threats to our energy, health, and life. Appearing in our energy field, they lead to all sorts of personality changes and numerous diseases. In this article, I want to share with you what energy parasites are, why they are so dangerous, and how to get rid of them.

What Are Energy Parasites?

An energy parasite is an immaterial entity that feeds on human energy. As a rule, energy parasites appear in the negative and polluted energy field. Only such an environment is suitable for these entities, and the negative energy serves as their food. When a person succumbs to negativity, pessimistic thoughts, gossip, stress, depression, anxiety, fear, etc., he/she becomes a favorable environment for such entities.

Every conflict we have been involved in during our lives has provoked aura breakdowns and outflows of energy from the chakras. It is this state of our energy that attracts energy parasites to us, which easily stick to various organs of our bodies and chakras. When the parasite begins to suck the energy out of us, we start feeling fatigued, apathy, lack of motivation and inspiration, pessimism, etc. Then (if the parasite is not removed) the organ on which the parasite “lives” begins to suffer from energy deficiency, and, accordingly, begins to hurt. If the parasite is large and strong enough and, at the same time, the person is not engaged in purification of his/her energy, the organ gets completely destroyed by the energy parasite (which may lead to cancer).

The essence of any parasite is a dependency. Quietly and imperceptibly, bathing in the energy of their donor, they have a huge negative impact on him/her.

When the energy parasite completely destroys the energy of a person, and that person dies, the parasite does not simply go away. On the contrary, the parasite starts looking for a new donor! And so it goes from one person to another.

Therefore, places with negative energy, such as hospitals, morgues, and cemeteries, are very dangerous. After all, if you visit such places without proper protection, you can easily “pick up” energy parasites that have lost their donors. The fact that such parasites are very aggressive because they begin to panic trying to find someone for energy attack.

Types Of Energy Parasites

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Our world consists of seven basic levels or planes, which are separated from each other only by the frequency of vibration. These plans are:

According to each plane, a person also has seven bodies – one physical and six subtle. Each of these bodies is designed to interact with the relative plane.

We receive our vitality and strength by processing energy through 7 energy centers (chakras). This processed energy is vital for us since it goes to maintain both the physical body and the subtle bodies. Without this energy, we would simply die. Precisely this energy is the type of “food” the energy parasites look for.

Now let’s take a closer look at different types of energy parasites and ways to protect ourselves.

Parasites Of The Physical/Material Plane

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Energy vampires are considered to be energy parasites of the physical/material plane.

Energy vampires are People who consciously or not, try to take your energy by awakening low emotions in you such as fear, pity, anger, jealousy, frustration, etc. When energy vampires are attacking you they are taking away vital energy from your Muladhara (Root) chakra.

Ways To Protect Yourself From Energy Vampires

The easiest way to protect yourself from energy vampires is to ignore their actions.

To learn more about different types of energy vampires and the most effective ways to protect yourself from their attacks read my article “5 Dangerous Types Of Energy Vampires And How To Deal With Them”.

Parasites Of The Etheric Plane

The etheric plane looks like an endless ocean of potential energy of the ether.

Etheric energy is of great value because it is most suitable for direct use without any processing. This is exactly the energy that is called “prana“, “Qi”, “Chi”, etc. It is the Svadhisthana (Sacral) chakra that is responsible for the production of etheric energy, and the main generator of this energy is sexual energy.

As one Taoist Tantric Master said, “the Genitals are your personal nuclear reactor.” In other words, the sexual organs accumulate and produce just a huge amount of etheric energy, 95% of which is not used by humans at all, simply because most people have no idea how to use it properly. Unfortunately, there are not too many people who know how to manage their sexual energy. Therefore it is so easy for energy parasites to steal this energy from their donors.

There are different energy parasites that attack on the etheric plane.

Here are some of the most popular:

  • Sexual larvae;
  • Incubus;
  • Succubus;
  • Lamia;
  • Shells of the Dead.

Sexual Larvae

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Sexual larvae are beings which “sitting” directly alongside aura or in the aura, affecting Svadhisthana (Sacral) chakra. These energy parasites suck your energy through the stimulation of wild sexual desires. When you experience orgasm these parasites absorb released etheric energy. After that, they are switching in the passive phase, until the next “meal”.

Incubus, Succubus, Lamias

This is the higher class of energy parasites comparing to larvas. These energy parasites attack Svadhisthana (Sacral) chakra through the awakening of sexual desire through sleep. In fact, they form a dream scenario and appear in a sexual image. The attack happens when a person agrees to have sexual contact in his/her dream. It is through sex dreams that they receive energy.

Lamia is slightly higher than succubi and incubi and can affect a person even in the waking state. Usually, they manifest themselves as a sudden surging sexual arousal, through which a person is introduced into a trance and in this state, there is a “virtual” sexual intercourse with a very real orgasm happens. Particularly strong lamias can even materialize to the level of a dense etheric image. These kinds of lamias can even be touched and talked to, and of course to make quite a real sexual act. Once they experienced this type of sex, most people get addicted to it. And when it happens regularly, Lamia can literally “dry out” a person energetically for just one month.

The Shell Of The Dead

This is the phantom of the formation of dead people. For maintaining its activity it requires the vital energy from Svadhisthana (Sacral) chakra. Usually, they operate through dreams. They have a pretty aggressive behavior up to the attack in the dream.

Ways To Protect Yourself From The Energy Parasites Of The Etheric Plane

In the case of incubi, succubi, lamias, and the shells of the dead, you need to put good energy protection on the room where you spend the most time in. Also, you need to put energy protection on yourself, especially before going to sleep.

In the case of sexual larvae, I can only advise the following – learn to control your sexual energy. Learn to sublimate and accumulate this energy for yourself instead of uncontrollable releasing it into the outside world.

Energy Parasites Of The Vital Plane

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Your vital body looks like an energy cocoon. And the entities living on the vital plane perceive you not as a person, but as a luminous cocoon of energy, which at the same time looks very appetizing to them. Vital parasites’ impact looks like a sucker on the cocoon.

There are different kinds of vital parasites:

  • larvae of smoking;
  • larvae of alcoholism;
  • larvae of drugs;
  • larvae of gambling;
  • demons; etc.

These energy parasites attack your Manipura (Solar Plexus) chakra when they need energy. Usually, they act through provoking negative emotions, such as aggression, fear, etc.

The Effect Of Vital Parasites

The larva is attached to the cocoon from the moment when negative energies arise in the cocoon.

For example, a person tried to play slot machines, felt the excitement and he liked that feeling. This is when the parasite latched on because all three main criteria are coincided: action, emotion, internal approval. From this moment this larva will inspire its victim to desire to experience a sense of excitement and risk again and again. Eventually, if the larva becomes strong enough, it turns the gambling into an addiction.

The larvae of smoking, drug addiction, and alcoholism take away the energy from the Manipura (Solar Plexus) and Svadhishthana (Sacral) chakras through awakening the desire to smoke, to drink alcohol or to use any types of drugs.

The larvae of gambling take away the energy from the Manipura (Solar Plexus) and Svadhishthana (Sacral) chakras, by awakening the desire to gamble, play the lottery, or make easy money.

Demons take away energy from Manipura (Solar Plexus) chakra. They usually attack through dreaming. Demons provoke people to experience fear or awaken spontaneous aggression. These emotions make people lose their energy. Demons can also change the perception of people (donors) making them believe in illusionary images or hallucinations. In advanced cases, there may be an obsession.

Parasites Of The Astral Plane

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The astral plane is the plane of emotions, both negative and positive. Parasites of this plane force you to experience strong emotions in order to drain energy from your astral body.

How Do Astral Parasites Attack?

Parasites can give the initial impulse of any emotional signal, such as anxiety. If you accept this signal in your mind and build up the negative thoughts you’ll start to strengthen the negative emotion. By doing this, you release your energy, which the parasites take.

Some astral parasites act through dreams: forming different dream scenarios to also bring you out of emotional balance. As a result, in the presence of very large and intense negative emotional experiences (such as stress, excitement, hysteria, etc.) the astral body gets exhausted so much that it can be displaced in space relative to the physical body. It creates an almost constant outflow of ectoplasm to the outside world. This eventually leads to a nervous breakdown or even can provoke a stroke.

There are also astral parasites that can directly attack you and feed on your astral energy.

To learn more about astral attacks and ways to defend yourself read my article “Astral Attacks While Sleeping: Symptoms and Defense“.

Energy Parasites Of The Mental Plane

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The mental parasites attack your Vishuddha (Throat) chakra. This kind of energy parasites attacks through parasitic program behavior such as using profanity in your speech, offensive gestures, idle talk, etc.

How Do Mental Parasites Attack?

Profanity, offensive gestures, idle talk are chaotic programs that are formed both locally (depending on the mentality of your environment, people you are surrounded with), and individually (depending on your lifestyle and habits). By indulging these parasites you are wasting the energy of Vishuddha (Throat) chakra, thereby inhibiting your intellectual development and diminishing your personal power.

Methods Of Protection

Watch your speech! Choose words carefully! Avoid gossip. If suddenly you were involved in gossip, then take the position of a passive listener, and when you need to say something try to say something very abstract and general like “I agree with you” or “I understand you”, etc. Try to get out of the gossip as soon as possible.

Watch your gestures! Don’t get involved in a situation when you can offend someone. Try to stay neutral even when you disagree with people’s behavior.

Do not engage in idle talk. Periodically observe the austerity of the vow of silence. Start by being silent for 30 minutes a day and gradually bring it up to one day a week without words.

How To Get Rid Of Energy Parasites?

If you suspect that you are a donor for energy parasites, perform the following actions.

1.Perform Chakra Test

Chakras react to any external stimuli and very clearly indicate an energy imbalance. If you are one of those people who face the same problems over again and over again or have to be treated for the same diseases time after time, then this is a sign that the energy doesn’t circulate in your chakras harmoniously.

In order to understand what energy parasites you are dealing with, you need to know what chakras are infected by them. It is not difficult to analyze the state of your chakras, if you’re willing to watch yourself, your feelings and behavior carefully enough.

To learn how to test your chakras by yourself read my article “This Is How You Can Test Your Chakras By Yourself“.

2. Perform Aura Cleansing

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All the negative things happening in our lives accumulate in the form of very heavy negative energy. The latter gathers in a biofield and has a strong influence on the events taking place in our lives. Therefore, it is so important to do aura cleansing, doing this we eliminate the excess negative energy and harmonize our condition.

To learn more about different ways to perform aura cleansing read my article “Aura Cleansing: 8 Simple Ways To Do It“.

3. Cleanse Your House Of Negative Energy

Every time we host negative people, every time we swear, get sick, or have a bad mood, our house gets filled with negative energy. That’s why it is very important to cleanse the energy of your house after having guests (because you never know what hidden thoughts people you host have about you), after arguing, being sick, experiencing negative emotions, etc.

“9 Oranges” is my favorite ritual for cleansing my house! This ritual is very easy to perform but the result of it is just amazing! The atmosphere in the house becomes so joyful that you immediately feel your mood is improved, and you want to sing and dance! To learn how to perform this ritual read my article “Simple Ritual To Cleanse Your House Of Negative Energy“.

4. Use Crystals For Protection

Crystals have various healing and protective properties that can be tapped into depending on what situation you are dealing with.

There are different kinds of crystals for protection. Some crystals for protection block the negative energy from reaching you. Others redirect the energy to another location. Yet, other crystals may have little impact on you because of your natural tendency to impute the negativity.

Understanding your personality, therefore, helps you to pick the best crystals for protection that will resonate with you. However, you can experiment with some gems before settling for one.

To learn more about how to choose crystals for protection read my article “Are Crystals for Protection Effective? The Different Types Vs. Their Uses“.

5. Chant Protection Mantras

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Protection mantras is a powerful and very effective tool you can use in difficult and dangerous situations when you feel hopeless. These sacred sounds are endowed with a special power that gives you a chance to protect yourself from negative energy, evil eye, people with bad intentions and even save your life in a dangerous situation.

Protection mantras have the power to change the negative vibration of the situation by neutralizing them. By pronouncing the sacred sounds of protection mantras you expressing your trust to the Universe and Highest Powers to solve your problem in the most harmonious way.

To learn more about the most powerful protection mantras read my article “Most Powerful Protection Mantras That Can Literally Save Your Life“.

6. Use Palo Santo

Palo Santo smoke coming from the stick produces a deep cleansing effect on the energy. Shamans say that the attraction to Palo Santo fragrance is a sign of emotional and spiritual purity. However, there are people who feel discomfort from inhaling the aroma of Palo Santo. This phenomenon is part of the cleansing effect from energy parasites. Constant use of Palo Santo helps a person to be cleansed of negative energies and energy parasites.

To learn more about Palo Santo read my article “Palo Santo: 7 Amazing Benefits And Powerful Ways To Use It“.

7. Use Sage

Sage drives away evil spirits, protects people from the evil eye, damage, and misfortune. Smudging helps to cleanse the energy bodies, objects, and spaces of bad energy and also can help welcome in newer, fresher, and more positive energies. It has an energizing effect and helps with fatigue.

To learn more about sage and different ways to use it read my article “An Ultimate Guide to Sage: Incredible Benefits and Powerful Ways to Use It“.

8. Take Regular Energy Cleansing Baths

Cleansing baths should be performed regularly in order to keep your aura clean. By cleansing your aura, you will raise your frequency of energy vibrations – something that yogis and meditative practitioners regularly strive for. Your life will sparkle with new colors and you will find its meaning.

To learn how to perform the most powerful cleansing bath ritual read my article “This Is the Most Powerful Energy Cleansing Bath Ritual!“.

The Bottom Line

Unfortunately, most people in the modern world have energy parasites. However, just a few are aware of their existence. We need to learn to cleanse our energy regularly and watch our behavior. And as soon as we notice that we started acting strange (become more depressed, aggressive, frustrated, etc.) we need to consider a deep energy cleansing. Try to use protection every day. But especially when you’re communicating with negative people, visit hospitals, cemetery or other places with negative energy.

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

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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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