|Posted on 10 January, 2020 at 17:05|
One of my favorite stories goes like this:
A wise man, sitting beneath a tree, sees the spirit of the plague pass by. The wise man asks, "Where goest thou?" to which the spirit of the plague answers, "I go to Benares where I will slay 1,000 people." A month later, on his return trip, the spirit of the plague once again passes the wise man who exclaims, "You said you would slay 1,000 – I hear 10,000 died!" The spirit of the plague responds, "I did slay 1,000. Fear killed the rest."
We have all felt fearful at some point in our lives. Some never overcome it though and, as a result, they don’t ever recognize or express their uniqueness or greatness. Moving beyond the debilitation of fear can happen in an instant. However, more often than not, it is a process.
Here are some phrases for which F.E.A.R. is an acronym followed by ideas to contemplate.
False Evidence Appearing Real:
Typically, our fears are unfounded and never come to pass. However, when we expend a lot of mental and emotional energy worrying about situations, we may well find that great fear, as in the above story, is a mighty magnet. If you are afraid of something and think about it long enough, it likely will manifest.
When I was younger, I used to worry about money … specifically, not having enough of it. Needless to say, as a result of my “shortage” consciousness, I created many shortages.
"There is no illusion greater than fear." – Lao Tzu
Forget Everything And Run / Fight Everything And Resist:
These are our flight or fight responses that can and sometimes do automatically kick in. Neither are effective methods (unless physical harm is imminent, of course). I have both run and fought only to find that wherever I go, there I am … and tjat whatever I resisted, persisted.
"A man that flees from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it." – J. R. Tolkien
"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." – Newton’s third law
Face Everything And Rise:
Years ago, I confessed a long-held personal secret, only to find that the person I told already knew and didn’t even care about. Immediately after my confession, I had the sense that I’d just walked through a veil of mist. I realized, right then, that the fear that had for decades seemed as impassible as a rock, solid wall, had been completely and only constructed … in my mind.
"I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has been there will be nothing. Only I will remain." – Frank Herbert
Feel Excited And Ready:
As I was being introduced before my first ever public talk, I felt extremely nervous and experienced the accompanying “butterflies in my stomach.” I took a few breaths, changed my mind, made the conscious decision to convert my anxious energy into excitement and to deliver the best talk I could. It worked.
"We stopped checking for monsters under the bed when we realized they were inside of us." – Charles Darwin/The Joker
Faith Establishes All Reality:
When you are feeling fearful, ground yourself in the awareness and energy of faith. Trust the Universe, the Divine, Providence. Look for the good that surrounds you. Know that the Omnipresent Wellbeing of the Universe operates in, as, through, around and for you now and always. Just as certainly as fear creates your reality, faith does as well.
“I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine. I know that this Presence is All Knowing and All Powerful and is Always right where I am.” – Ernest Holmes
You choose. What will it be … fear or faith?
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