Master Your Fears
In unsettling times such as a pandemic, I thought it timely for us to reflect on the nature of fear and how we can learn to manage it more mindfully. Running away doesn’t promote resilience, perseverance or strength. It is not an option if we wish to grow.
Living under constant threat of fear has serious health consequences. It weakens our immune system and can cause cardiovascular damage. Fear can interrupt processes in our brains, impair the formation of long-term memories and cause damage to certain parts of the brain. It can lead to accelerated aging and even premature death. To someone in chronic fear, the world looks scary and their memories confirm that.
As humans, we will experience fear to a certain degree. But we must be careful not to empower it to the point that it adversely influences our actions and decisions. Fear exists as an unpleasant emotion or thought. It undermines your confidence, shapes who you are, and jeopardizes your real hopes of success. Whether it's about fear of failure, fear of commitment, or fear of the unknown, it doesn’t need to be paralyzing.
Fear is induced by perceived danger or threat. It is a basic survival mechanism that triggers appropriate adaptive responses. As such, it is essential in keeping us safe. Whether the threats to our security are real or perceived, how we react greatly affects our mental and physical wellbeing.
Fear is the worst kind of grave, because it buries one alive.
– Beth Fantaskey
Fear puts the mind and the heart in a grip. It narrows down our vision so we can only see what isn't going well, what could go wrong, and all the reasons why we are stuck now. Feeding the fear fuels an already chaotic situation. It doesn’t change the reality of what’s happening but paralyzes us.
Things are not going to get better unless you are open up to love. If you understand energy, you have to understand that everything in the known universe moves and vibrates. Our emotional state influences the way our life develops. Fear, in all its different forms, is very low on the scale of emotions. People operating at this level end up attracting to them whatever they think about and the way they think about it. If it has a likened energy frequency match, it will attract.
The human subconscious has a bigger impact on how we respond to fear. They are born from the mind, from a negative thought form that takes on a stronghold over our lower consciousness when the mind focuses on the uncertainty of future events. These can be directly or indirectly connected to the fear of death and other negative attachment-related experiences. Confidence, on the other hand, comes from an awareness of all the facts along with the belief in a positive future outcome, regardless of what uncertainty is present. No matter how it is revealed, fear is real.
The less conscious we are, the deeper the impact of the fear that affects our daily reality. It is ready to strike according to the nature of our conscious awareness. The fear we experience can easily overpower and manipulate us. Fear hinders the flow of love, the giving and receiving from our hearts, and the expansion of our consciousness, hitting us instead with anxieties, stress, burdens and restrictions. It has its origin earlier in life through unresolved memories and a range of subtle or stronger conditionings that are either self-imposed or imposed by others. It is possible to have picked them up from the collective consciousness of humanity that generates a lot of the fears that we all have in common.
There is no illusion greater than fear.
– Lao Tzu