The Labyrinth of Anxiety
In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a monstrous combination of man and bull. The vicious creature resided in a twisting maze or labyrinthos, a gigantic palace comprised of clusters of rooms and corridors so complex and convoluted that having entered, no one was able to escape. The ghastly Minotaur was offered a regular sacrifice of youth and maidens to satisfy his cannibalistic hunger. Once thrown in, the victims would get lost, be unable to find the exit and eventually meet their demise.
According to the story, this ruthless carnage went on until Theseus, an Athenian hero, decides to put an end to the Minotaur’s reign of terror and death. Theseus enters the labyrinth as yet another sacrificial victim. But he has an astute stratagem and a set of skills to win against his enemy. He ties a magic ball of thread to the door as he enters and unwinds it as he goes deeper into the labyrinth. Theseus enters the labyrinth complex and beats the Minotaur to death with his bare hands. He then follows the thread back and is thus able to find his way out.
You may feel like one of the victims of the terrible Minotaur. You haven’t been “eaten alive” yet because maybe you have managed to escape “death” by avoiding being devoured by the man-eating demon. Maybe you ran faster than the monster and managed to escape. Or you avoided those passages of the maze in which you would encounter him. You might have also asked for help from other victims to keep you company. However, even if you succeeded in evading the monster, you still remain inside the labyrinth! You are still captive. You begin every day worrying about when or where exactly this monster would appear. You may have nightmares and be unable to sleep as you dread being caught by this demon.
However, there is hope for you.
No matter how many years you have been captive and suffered in this labyrinth, you can free yourself. I will show you the way out.
I will provide you with the “magic thread”. I also give you the set of skills to slay the anxiety Minotaur. I will give you the secret to escape from the labyrinth of anxiety and, like the Greek hero, become victorious over an “unbeatable” enemy.
I can do this for two main reasons. First, as I stated before, I was captive in this “labyrinth” myself, and very painfully managed to escape. Moreover, I have helped others, just like a guide, to come out of this maze of terror. Therefore, my own experience, coupled with the skills I learned and perfected in the last 20 plus years, enables me to help you overcome your anxiety and fear.
You might be scared of the idea of stepping out of the maze of anxiety. You may think that you lack courage Let me tell you something about courage and fear. Courageous people do feel the fear and the anxiety. Even the bravest hero feels the dread of fear. However, they pass beyond it. They use its energy for their own benefits.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
I will teach you how to conquer your fear and anxiety. And I will do it in the most natural way. You will learn how to look into the eyes of fear and anxiety. No, I’m not talking about asking you to expose yourself to fear and anxiety. The “exposure” technique does not help, and it can even make your fear worse.
Following my methodology you can be free from all your symptoms. You can overcome them for good. You can live a happy life because it is not written in your destiny that you should be captive of fear, anxiety and panic. You can, like the Greek hero, slay the man-eating monster and find your way out of the labyrinth of fear and anxiety.
Phobos and Deimos
In Greek mythology Phobos and Deimos were twin brothers. Phobos could defeat entire armies and is often depicted as a man with the head of a lion. His twin brother Deimos was equally malevolent who brought shock and dread to mortals.
Phobos and Deimos were the personifications of panic and fear. Their mere presence in a battlefield caused fear, dread and panic resulting in even the bravest soldiers fleeing from the fight due to sheer terror.
As mere mortals we all have to fight our own “battles”. Life is a succession of ever-changing events. It seems that even today, these twin brothers keep harassing us and sowing confusion, fear, anxiety and panic in our lives. No one can completely escape them because anxiety is a natural and necessary experience. Moderate levels of anxiety actually serve to stimulates us and act as the “spice of life”, but when it becomes too intense and/or chronic it can cause us significant suffering.
Anxiety is omnipresent in our life. Depending on the situation, it merely varies in intensity. Contrary to popular belief, anxiety is not always bad; it can be an effective motivator that prods us on to achievements. Olympic athletes do not usually break records during their training, nor do actors give their best performances during rehearsals; like every one of us, they are at their best when invigorated by a small dose of performance anxiety before the eager eyes of a watchful audience.
The Chinese word for “crisis” is a combination of the symbols for “danger” and the symbol for “opportunity”, and anxiety shares these two ingredients. Every time you feel anxious, you have the potential for both destructive and constructive use of this energy. After all, anxiety is your body’s mechanism to get you ready for action.
The pulse rate of a surgeon at work in the operating room goes up by an average of fifty beats by minute. He becomes anxious, but this is a fortunate thing since none of us wants to be operated by a doctor who is too relaxed and completely free from anxiety at such a crucial moment.