When I began my spiritual and energy practices, I did not set out to cure my OCD. I was using qigong, yoga, meditation and books on spirituality to help me cope with a personal crisis. It wasn’t my plan to use them to address my OCD, which I thought was too powerful for me to resist in the moment, let alone free myself from in the long-term.
Because I am just one case, not a study, and because my cure came about incidentally instead of as nigh result of a thought-out treatment, it’s hard to know if what I did can be replicated — if it will work for you.
What I am confident in is that all of the practices that eventually resulted in my freedom from OCD are healthy. Regardless of how they affect your obsessive-compulsive behavior, they should enhance your life. Hopefully, they will lead to increased feelings of peace and a lessoning of anxiety.
In other words, I don’t know if it will have the same affect on your OCD, but it can’t hurt to try.
My journey to freedom from OCD had four over-lapping phases:
1. Yoga, Qigong & aerobic exercise
- I would suggest finding teachers who emphasize the spiritual and energy aspects of yoga and qigong.
2. Reading books on spirituality and manifestation, including:
- Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret
- Wayne Dyer’s There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem
- Roger Jahnke’s The Healer Within: Using Traditional Chinese Techniques to Release Your Body’s Own Medicine
- Charles Haanel’s The Master Key System
- Wayne Dyer’s Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the art of Manifesting
3. Meditating. Techniques include:
- Guided (such as those by Joe Dispenza)
- Yoga Nidra (also guided, available on Youtube)
- Buddhist Loving-Kindness (“Metta”)
- Buddhist breath meditations
- Zen Mu meditation
- Jainist meditations (so hum)
4. Listening to music based on binaural beats and isochronal tones (available from Youtube, etc.)
It has been six years since my cure, which I wrote about here. I am still living free of OCD.
I am happy to share my experiences with anyone who writes to me: ocdfree @ Comcast . net (without spaces). I won’t charge you for anything; I just want to offer support. I know more than anyone what life is like with severe OCD.