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Joan Marie Whelan, dubbed the Intuition Girl, utilizes her intuitive gifts to help readers manifest the extraordinary lifestyles that they desire. On her blog, Joan posts a wealth of inspirational articles, videos, and podcasts.

Being claustrophobic

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Dear Joan Marie Whelan,

My name is Debbie, and I’m 43 years old, and I have question for you re:  being claustrophobic.

For a bit of background, when I was somewhere between maybe 7-8 (?) I was over at a friend’s house playing upstairs.  We got bored, and so my friend,whose name is also Debbie, suggested we play a particular game she made up.

There was a hope chest upstairs, and her idea was that each of us would go inside the hope chest while the other sat on it, but when the one inside knocked on the chest, she would be let out.  She said that she would go first.  She got in, stayed there a second or two, knocked on the chest, and I opened it immediately.  That looked easy enough, so I got inside.  The only problem is that she didn’t let me out when I knocked.  She locked the chest and went downstairs!  I have no idea how long I was in there, my only guess is that it was just a few to five minutes at the most, but who knows.

I have visual memory of before we started the “game” up until I get inside the chest; I don’t remember ever getting out, though obviously, I did.  I don’t know if she let me out or her mom, or how I felt once she did let me out – I know nothing!

So fast forward to the present.  I am having to wean off a certain medication (anti-depressant of 17 years) because it was causing blood pressure issues.  Well, one of the things I experience when weaning off meds is that my anxiety goes through the roof.  Everything becomes centered around claustrophobia.  I feel it throughout my entire body, not just emotionally or mentally – I feel terrified that if I walk down the street and fall down or become unconscious, I will wake up in the hospital, unable to move because of some contraption I have to be in for medical reasons.

In my book, one does not experience claustrophobia if they have the power to let themselves in or out of whatever the confined place may be.  I had to have traction for my hip years ago, and the moment I realized I was totally dependent on someone else to get me out of that set up, I FREAKED and had to get out of there.  However, weeks later, one of the nurses showed me how I could let myself out if I got scared.  Well, that’s all it took.  I was no longer afraid because I had the power to let myself out if I needed it; I didn’t have to rely on or trust anyone else.

So anyway, I am freaking out about everything and anything related and not related to claustrophobia, and I’m tired of it.  I NEED help overcoming this debilitating fear!  I don’t normally feel these feelings intensely like this; I do realize that it’s primarily because I’m not on a therapeutic dose of meds, but even still, if those fears weren’t in there, they couldn’t come out – realistic or not!

Do you think there is hope for me to overcome this HUGE fear?  I don’t want to just be able to meditate to calm down in the present, but I want something that is going to truly bring healing so that whether I think about a scenario or are actually in one, I won’t freak out anymore.

Do you have any kind of help to offer?  I’m desperate!

Thank you



Dear Debbie,

I honor you for owning the fact that this is not the life that you want. I do admit it is time for you to live and it can be done.  The reason your body is reacting to your meds is because it is time for you personally to deal with the feelings, emotions and panic that has been living inside of you for all these years.  It might even be possible to say that as a child this experience was not the only one that contributed to the feeling inside of you today.

What you need now is to work with someone who can assist you with bringing back those pieces of your Soul that left at the time of trauma.  You must go back and get the frightened little girl inside of you and help pull her out of that state.  You can work with me in person or find someone near you. The good news is, you can heal and your emotional state can change.  You must begin by becoming the leader over this situation as you re-create a new belief system for yourself.

reflectioninmirrorYou can work to change your beliefs and transform your fears but you must be an active participant in the process for it to be successful.

I sense that you are not honoring who you are right now.  It is important for you to realize that this is a step-by-step process and it begins when you are ready to take control over your life, the past and the present so that your future will be designed by you. You need to become very grounded and live back inside of your own body; any one of my anti-depressant CD’s specializes in grounding.  I really suggest you purchase my new “Forgiveness and Healing” program. It was designed to take you step-by-step through your healing process and there are several meditations in this series that will benefit you greatly. If you listen to one of the meditations at least once or twice a day—it will help you begin to process the experience(s).  Also ask the fear to speak to you.  Give your panic state a voice.  I am sure your fear has a lot to say to you, listen to the messages.  I also suggest that you think about whom do you need to forgive?  It might be helpful to look in the mirror and allow the process to unfold as you begin to honor you.

Many Blessings,

Joan Marie

Joan Marie is an Intuition Master, Business Intuitive Expert, an International Medium, Energy Healer and Past/ Present Life Regression Expert. By utilizing her special gifts, she teaches, inspires and shows people how to take responsibility for where they are today.

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