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Dear Candy Q & A: Increasing the belief that all symptoms are limbic; Medication withdrawal

Candy Widdifield

Dec 6, 2021

2 min read

Q: Do you have any tips to help in believing pillar one that all my symptoms are limbic? After many years of looking for a medical cause it is hard to believe this at times especially when there is an exacerbation of issues. I do state this but it is not seeming to come from the heart yet. Tips?

A: I suggest reading more about the brain or re-watching the informational part of the program you are doing that talks about the limbic system. Having a solid foundation in understanding what is happening in your limbic system is the foundation from which belief comes. I find Joe Dispenza's work really helpful in supporting understanding, along with Jeffrey Schwartz.

Q: Do you know anything about what happens to people who are trying to taper off prescribed benzodiazepines? If so, do you think neural retraining would help the multiple chronic/debilitating symptoms that result due to the gaba receptors becoming down regulated while on benzos which puts the individual in a chronic state of fight/flight/freeze during withdrawal.

A: I do believe that neural retraining is very useful for people coming off of prescribed medications of all sorts, including benzodiazepines. As you stated, the withdrawal process is triggering the limbic system, so continually redirecting the limbic system and elevating your emotional state will help the limbic system to reset more easily. It is imperative to regularly remind yourself this is a transition process you are going through right now. Your brain is adjusting to a different neurochemical state. The symptoms/emotions that you are feeling as simply messages sent from a brain as it is readjusting and are temporary. As such, we don't need to believe everything we think or feel during this time. We know that over time, if we keep staying the course, the brain will rebalance. I also think it is useful to remind yourself of Joe Dispenza's words - that our own internal neurochemistry that we create is far more powerful than anything we could take. This also means we can use our own self-directed neurochemical state to assist the brain in adjusting more easily and quickly when coming off of medication. I have coached several people who have done so, and while the process isn't easy and requires a lot of thinking greater than how you feel and actively changing your internal neurochemistry, it is do-able.

Until next time!

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Candy Widdifield is Registered Clinical Counsellor, Wellness Coach, and Registered Reiki Master Teacher in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. She works with people all over the world, helping them to optimize their wellbeing and thrive in their lives. Her modalities include coaching, therapy, Reiki and the Safe & Sound Protocol. More information about Candy can be found at


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