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Essential tremor: the emotional millstone

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Essential tremor inspires unhappiness. The unexplainable shaking is a burden to carry, and it brings disappointments and adjustments. Essential tremor requires an ability to see beyond its annoying developments in order to live a life that is full.

People who are afflicted with essential tremor often experience embarrassing moments and disturbing incidents. These difficulties can lead to emotional reactions that exacerbate the shaking. In addition to the essential-tremor-caused emotional negativity, normal negative feelings can exacerbate the shaking. In general, negative feelings are bad for the essential-tremor shaking and contribute to the spreading of the shaking to other parts of the body.

(So I ask Spirit: Does this mean that people like me who have essential tremor must be happy all the time?) People with essential tremor require relaxed being. They must build their lives to be satisfying and free of selected anger. They must lessen stress if they want to limit the shaking intensity. Their reactions can be negative or positive, with one choice bringing side effects of the tremor and the other bringing lessened stress on the nerves that cause shaking.

(When I drive, I sometimes feel aggression which aggravates my tremor. When I do the Reset breath while driving, I feel no aggression and my calmness relaxes the tremor. See the post “Essential tremor—breathing to lessen the effects” for details about the Reset breath.)

Essential tremor is not a welcomed affliction, but it is an affliction that can be put in its place when commitment is made to maintaining emotional equilibrium.

Note: This information has been spiritually received.

Essential tremor—how to stop the tremor spread

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Essential tremor is progressively expansive. It spreads because of the contagious behavior of nerves. When some nerves curve and cause shaking, their behavior is communicated to nerve centers that then remember the new behavior. When conditions are conducive for expansion of the deviated nerve behavior, the body responds by allowing the remembered curving to appear elsewhere. The newly curved nerves add to the memory of the curved behavior, which then encourage more curving in other nerves in the body.

Essential tremor is spread when the conditions deteriorate so that the body doesn’t fight the slow, or quick, proliferation of shaking. To prevent deterioration, the body must protect itself. Here are general guidelines to prevent the spread of essential tremor shaking:

  • Stress can cause essential tremor to spread quickly. Each person has his or her stressors that can be handled. The best stress releases include physical movement, connection with nature, resolution of personal conflicts, and removal of stressing foods from the diet (sugar, sugar substitutes, certain preservatives, allergy foods, and caffeine).
  • Sleep can prevent the spread of essential tremor shaking when it is sufficient.
  • Massage that is directed to the legs, intestines and stomach, which is received while breathing deeply, can inhibit the curving of un-yet curved nerves throughout the body. Regular massage of the body is helpful for essential tremor (as well as for many other afflictions).
  • Other bodywork, such as shiatsu, thai massage, and massage for fatigue, are helpful for some spreading of essential tremor shaking. These types of bodywork do not help everyone with essential tremor.
  • Anger and sadness can intensify essential tremor shaking. Releasing anger can slow the spread. Sadness requires efforts towards understanding and less focus, so that the sadness doesn’t quicken the spread.

Essential tremor can lie dormant throughout a person’s life or quickly affect the nerves throughout the body. Some of its features are in our control.

Note: This information has been spiritually received.

Essential tremor—the unknown side

 

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Essential tremor is disliked by those of us who experience its unexplained shakiness. It is disorienting, unbalancing, and embarrassing. It causes us to give up activities and it limits our control of our bodies. For us, essential tremor is a negative development.

This post that I’m writing now is being channeled from Spirit–as are all my Energy Guidance Complete blog posts. We’re going to learn about an unknown side of essential tremor, the side we are generally unable to see.

Essential tremor changes the experience of perception with each body part that shakes. When focus is not on shaking, perception is heightened for other senses. The dominant sense has heightened sensitivity and the other senses have opportunity for development. (Note that each person has one or two dominant senses: hearing, sight, taste, etc.).

When focus transcends the shaking, internal dialogue can be used for opening to self-acceptance (an ability that many who do not shake also do not have). The self-acceptance of a person with essential tremor is a heightened self-acceptance. It enables moving beyond the tremor onto exploration of other gifts and talents. No longer being able to do some things leads to ability to do other things. Abilities are fluid and accessible, and essential tremor is a conduit to newness, when the essential-tremored person is willing to look beyond.

This information comes from Spirit to help us see beyond our affliction. It is not meant to placate, but is meant to inform.

Essential tremor—individual traits

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I’m receiving more information about essential tremor that I think will be of interest to people who feel its shaky ways.

Essential tremor, unlike diseases that are transmitted through outside organisms, is a completely internal rearrangement of nerve behavior. Its causes are internal–genetic or nutrition related (see “Essential tremor—Stop the shaking!”). Its appearance is based on physical changes that cause the nerves to curl (to be discussed in a later post).

Each person who is encumbered by shaking that is essential tremor related, has a personal path to this affliction, which then causes individual presentation of it. Each person shakes differently. There are similarities in the shaking, but individual nuances. The individuality of essential tremor requires individual assessment and coping. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions for essential tremor.

The traits of essential tremor, in general, are shaking of the various body parts, and the shaking of each part differs in timing. Some parts shake quickly, some parts slowly and some erratically–but the timing differences differ from person to person.

To treat essential tremor requires openness to success and failure. What works for one will not work for someone else. Essential tremor-encumbered people are best served when they notice triggers and shaking characteristics. Avoiding the triggers is the preferred strategy.

Note: This information has been spiritually received.

Essential tremor—breathing to lessen the effects

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One way to lessen the effects of essential tremor is to breathe a specific way that relaxes the nerves. For people who have recently begun to feel the effects of essential tremor, this breathing technique can significantly lessen the tremors. For people who have been shaking for years, this technique takes time to lessen the tremors, especially if the tremors are felt in various parts of the body.

My tremor (of thirty years) is mainly in my left hand (my dominant hand), but occasionally appears in my right hand. The breathing technique lessens the tremor, depending on how I’m using my left hand. If I’m holding a glass of water, the tremor will subside significantly, but if I’m holding a book, the tremor is less affected.

This blog post is a continuation from the post “Essential tremor—Stop the shaking!”.  In that post, the causes of essential tremor were listed and three useful natural aides were presented. Today, the breathing aide called “Reset breath” will be described in more detail.

Reset breath procedure

  1. Inhale deeply to the abdomen.
  2. Exhale fully.
  3. Hold your breath for as long as is comfortable.

The relaxation of the nerves takes place when you’re holding your breath. The breathing should be rhythmic and comfortable, and you shouldn’t be gasping for air after holding your breath. If you’re gasping for air, you’ve held the breath for too long.

The Reset breath can be done throughout the day, as often as you want. Your position is less important than the state of your thoughts (see “Reset breath invalidation” below). You can do the Reset breath lying down, sitting on a chair, walking, or standing.

Reset breath invalidation

Your state of mind can affect the intensity of the tremor and the effectiveness of the Reset breath. Feelings of anger or aggression can invalidate the lessening of tremors. (I find that if I’m starting to feel annoyed [aggression] or provoked [anger], I can do the Reset breath and the feelings subside and my tremor doesn’t intensify.)

The state of your tremor is affected by sugar consumption. When there is too much sugar coursing through your body, the Reset breath cannot overcome the work being done to dampen the effects of the sugar on your body. This situation also applies to over-consumption of sugar substitutes (like saccharin and aspartame), even though the work to dampen their effects on the body is different.

The use of anti-depressants to combat essential tremor invalidates the helpfulness of the Reset breath.

Note: This information has been spiritually received.

Essential tremor—Stop the shaking!

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I have been “suffering” with essential tremor for almost thirty years. I put the word “suffering” in quotes, because I mostly ignore it (except when I’m eating soup and the soup sloshes off the spoon—doesn’t happen every time). Essential tremor has been annoying, but has not inhibited my life like it does for people who rely on a steady hand for their work.

I’ve finally thought to ask Spirit about essential tremor. Here’s the interesting and helpful information I’ve received.

Causes of essential tremor

Essential tremor is caused by twisted nerves (not getting more technical than that).

  • It can be hereditary, which is the cause for me. My paternal grandmother had essential tremor and two of my siblings and several cousins have it.
  • It can be caused by aging that includes lack of nutrition to the nerves.
  • It can be caused by an overabundance of phosphorus in the diet for an extended period of time (the time period differs depending on people’s magnesium-potassium balance and hydration levels).

How to lessen the effects of essential tremor

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  • Inhale deeply to the abdomen, exhale fully, and then hold your breath.

The breathing should be rhythmic and comfortable. The Reset breath can be done throughout the day.

Things that invalidate Reset breath’s influence on the nerves are feelings of anger or aggression, over-consumption of sugar or sugar-substitutes (like saccharin and aspartame), and antidepressants.

Avoid caffeinated beverages and foods

I LOVE coffee, but coffee doesn’t love me. My tremor is much worse when I drink coffee. For years I ignored the effects of coffee, because I like drinking it so much. I don’t want the tremor to move into my other hand or into my vocal cords, so I have finally given up coffee. I miss it, but I don’t miss the exaggerated tremor. I still eat chocolate, but much less than I used to.

Good posture

Maintaining good posture allows the nerves to relay information properly. To lessen the effects of essential tremor, good posture when sitting is especially important. Read the blog post “Posture–so much more important that people think!” for information about the importance of good posture.

Note: This information has been bestowed upon us by Spirit. Thanks, Spirit!

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