Expression is everything – feeling anxious much?

Holding back expression and feelings can help lead to anxiety and poor mental health.

Expression is everything – feeling anxious much?

"Expression is everything"

Serge Benhayon Esoteric Teachings & Revelations Volume I, ed 1, p 280

Everything is expression . . . how we sit, laugh, walk, talk, connect, brush our teeth and look at someone is all expression. It’s not just the way we speak, it’s everything we do. Everything we do is an expression of ourselves.

When we consider this, if a person:

  • does not feel safe to just be
  • is in fear of how another might react
  • scared that they will stand out

. . . then their body would be under constant pressure, holding themselves back, fighting what is most natural to them – being and expressing as themselves.

When we do not feel safe to express ourselves and do everything in our own expression, we have to hold back, think and critique every move and sound we make so that we do not express naturally, but instead express in a condensed form that enables us to fit into life and be accepted.

This constant control is exhausting, and would also mean that we are not able to fully be in life and respond accordingly, as our full attention is focussed on holding our natural expression behind a well-guarded, society-ok’d wall.

Many of us would feel something similar to this each day – a feeling of anxiety.

Anxiety for many is a constant worry . . . a constant worry of ‘are you okay’ and a constant worry about things that are or are not going to happen in life – a constant analysing of all aspects of life.

Your body feeling tight as you try to hold yourself in.

When a person lives in this expression, they are more likely to see life from this angle – as something to be constantly worried about. The expression of anxiety is magnified more and more.

"When a person is anxious, they do not feel safe to express"

Michael Benhayon 2017

When a person is connected to themselves – in tune with how they feel and what their body needs – they feel more solid, more able to withstand life and more in flow with what life brings them. This means that whatever comes their way they feel that they are okay to handle it, or to ask for support. When a person is not connected to their body there is a clear tension that is lived with 24/7 (though one might be so used to it that they don’t recognise it is there anymore).

When not connected it is easy to feel flakier – to feel like you can’t handle life and to feel caught up with everything around you because:

1) You don’t have yourself sorted with how you need to support yourself during the day.

2) You’re feeling everything going on during that day but trying not to.

Referring to the definition of anxiety by Serge Benhayon:

“Anxiety is when a person does not feel equipped to respond to what’s in front of them.”[1] . . .

. . . would it be fair to say that if we do not feel safe to express and are constantly worried about ourselves, we would then not feel equipped to handle life because we already have enough on our plate with managing our own expression? It is required that we deal with ourselves first and foremost before we can be full in life.

Is it a possibility then, that to ease feeling anxious, each one of us could begin by:

1) Learning to accept our very own expression and what we bring to the world.

2) Trusting that we all know exactly how to express?

Then in any given moment we are able to respond to life’s curve balls, if we stop obsessing over our worries.

It may be time to turn the focus from the world and how it is running, to yourself and how you are running.

Is it time to make how you are feeling and what you truly need the focus? One of the best antidotes to anxiety is to self-care. When the body feels cared for it has a foundation from which to instigate change. There are many avenues you can try to address when healing anxiety. Begin by reviewing your lifestyle:

  • look at the foods you’re running your body with – are they supportive or stimulating?
  • practise consistent gentle exercise, as simple as walking
  • get to bed early
  • allow yourself to express your feelings
  • allow yourself plenty of time to be ready – avoid rushing.

Get real with you, learn to understand and get to know yourself, lovingly so. Observe the patterns that no longer serve you, call them out and begin to change them.

It is our prerogative, and in our best interest, to decide to live life the way that supports us most to be our natural selves. We can change what we notice is not working for us, which then allows us to walk around confidently and joyfully when the world is urging us to be anything but.


  • [i]

    Curtis, T. 2017. The Body Life Skills Program, Book 1. Retrieved from

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