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Stop Being Paranoid!

June 3rd, 2009 by Will Nesbitt Leave a comment Go to comments

Why are we so paranoid nowadays, man?

Paranoia is defined as the “baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others” or “extreme, irrational distrust of others”. This basically means that a person who is paranoid always believes someone is out to harm them.

Paranoia seems to be the norm these days. No one trusts anyone. People keep their defenses up and dare not put them down for fear of being hurt or destroyed. Paranoid people are on constant alert with their head on a swivel, bracing themselves for attack from any and all who dare approach. I see it all the time…trust me. People are so afraid that it’s ridiculous. It’s sad because people really want to let themselves go and trust and be happy; but they can’t for fear of getting hurt.

Are you paranoid? Are you constantly thinking people are out to hurt you? If you’re black, do you think every white person is trying to get over on and oppress you? If you’re white, do you think every black person wants to rob you? If you’re a woman, do you think every man is out to break your heart and cheat/lie to you? If you’re a man, do you think every woman only wants you for your money? If so, then you are paranoid.

While it is definitely wise to be cautious, it is unhealthy to be paranoid. Now, I’m not a doctor and have barely studied any medical subjects, but what I have learned is that paranoia can have long term effects on your mental as well as physical health.

The brain is a complex system that communicates to the rest of the body. The mind communicates to the brain and then the brain communicates to the body via electrical impulses. Paranoia is a mental process. Mental processes have physiological effects. Paranoia is a form of fear along with distrust. Fear and stress result in suppression of the thymus gland and consequently, impairs the body’s defenses. Basically, negative thoughts (like paranoia and fear) can have negative effects on the body. This follows a universal principle called the Principle of Correspondence which basically states ’As above, so below; as below, so above’. As in the mind, so in the body.

So, what does this mean? Well, it means that paranoia is not healthy in any way. Again, exercise caution by all means when it is necessary. But to constantly be on the lookout for people to hurt you, well that’s being just plain ol’ paranoid.

What is the cause of our paranoia? For the most part, we as humans tend to judge everything based on our past. Many of the decisions we make are based on the past. But the past is gone and nothing but a thought. And we all know that your thoughts create your reality and circumstances. So, you’re doing nothing but perpetuating past circumstances or recreating the past. Think of it like living the movie ’Groundhog Day’ with Bill Murray where every day he woke was exactly the same as the previous day.

How do we deal with paranoia? Well, with any problem, the best thing to do is look at the CAUSE of the problem. Today’s society places far too much emphasis on dealing with symptoms of a problem as opposed to dealing with the cause of the symptoms of the problem which, once dealt with effectively, will do away with the problem entirely. The causes are many. I honestly believe the main cause to be lack of knowledge of God. When you know God you know the self. You understand that God created all things just as He created you. You understand that another person’s motives have nothing to do with you in most cases and that everyone’s cause seems right in his/her eyes. You understand that love heals all wounds. You understand that it takes perserverance and patience to overcome your fears and to support others in overcoming theirs. You also understand that to condemn is to perpetuate the fear and paranoia of others because condemnation is a form of attack. Didn’t Jesus say something about He didn’t come to condemn, but to save? Not trying to get biblical on you, just making a point.

Paranoia and fear are overcome with love and compassion. Love is unconditional giving and compassion is understanding the suffering of others and wanting to help relieve it. These two qualities overcome paranoia and fear because your focus turns outward to others instead of constantly being on yourself. Understand that you are the love of God. Share this with others and awaken the love of God within them.


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