Fear is such a powerful emotion and it has been used against us forever now. We are well-trained to feel fear whenever our switch is flipped. We need to watch ourselves closely and catch ourselves in the act and finally realize how easily we can be taken in without our even knowing it. So where does fear come from? It is bred out of a sense of helplessness, our inability to save ourselves, victimization and a lack of feeling we are in charge of our lives. Suddenly when fear strikes we are at the mercy of others and because of this we have no protection from it. We are subjected to it on a daily basis in ways so subtle we are unaware of it. It need not be big if we are subjected to it daily in small amounts. Fear is very dis-empowering and has many detrimental effects on our physical health. We need to be aware of when we are feeling fear and take back our power and overcome it. There is no need for most fears we take on, it has become a normal reaction on so many levels.
Remember back to when we had the terror alert color chart? I think it was then many people began to catch on to how fear was being used against us. That is big fear but we have many little ones as well that eat away at our well-being. I know I have a fear of getting lost in unfamiliar locations. My heart pounds and my hands grip the steering wheel of the car and I begin to frantically look for ways out of being lost. How silly I know, I should just sit back and use the experience to see new places and have new adventures, but I don’t. I’m working on it by the way. How about the fear that grips you when you see blue lights flashing behind you and you automatically assume you’ve done something wrong and you sweat and shake and then the police car goes veering past you in hot pursuit of someone else. Whew! Perhaps you are home during a storm and the lights suddenly go out and for a split second you feel discomfort at not being able to see. Where is the candle? Where are the matches? How about being late to pay a bill or realizing you don’t have the money to pay it?
Fear comes dressed up in so many packages on so many levels. We are a society ruled by fear and yet we so often do not even realize it. It is time to pay attention to fear and what kind of hold it has over us. We can’t be truly loving beings if we live in fear. We think we are loving but that love is hampered by our fears. The only way to eliminate fears from our lives is to walk through them and out the other side, if we don’t face them they fester and suck our energy and our ability to love. So many of our fears are not something to be really feared in the first place, we have just been led to believe we should fear them, we have been told to fear them. It is time to wake up to this fantasy we have been immersed in. Fear should be reserved for attack by wild tigers or falling from the Grand Canyon where it is appropriate, not for all the small day-to-day activities we partake in. Pay close attention and when fear creeps in say NO I will not stoop to that level. There is no need for fear!
Try doing one scary thing everyday. It can be as small as driving somewhere new so you don’t know where you are going and concentrate on feeling safe with yourself and your decisions. Talk to strangers and give them a little love and joy for the day if you tend to be a shy person. If we face fear under our own control everyday in small ways we adjust to feeling fear and can begin to eliminate it by realizing we CAN count on ourselves, we can believe in ourselves, we can trust that we will know what to do in fearful situations. We cannot bring fear with us into the new world, it has no place there, so we best get it under control now. Think of all the small unnecessary fears you may have and then imagine them all gone and all the space they took up that is now free to hold your love. The new world is loving and trusting so if we wish to finally create this world it is time to release fear and open our hearts.