What is fear, really?
According to dictionary.com, fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
Ladies, if you’re walking home alone at night and you see a gang of thugs walking on the same side, perhaps you would want to cross the street. Car is coming down the road fast you wait until it passes for you to continue your path. It’s common sense.
One of the most interesting things about fear is that it always seems to either come from something outside of us (an environmental stimulus) or from something inside our heads but separate from us – such as the “bogeymen”.
There will be plenty of real threats. Some will be dangerous, while others will be a product of your fearful thoughts.
Imagine waking up from a nightmare. One moment you’re totally engrossed in fighting off vampire zombies and the next your eyes are open and the vampire zombies are gone. You may still have a little bit of adrenaline coursing through your veins, but there are no lasting after-effects. No healing is necessary. You just get up and get on with your day.
The moment we see that our own deepest, darkest fears are 100% made of thought, we open up the space in our minds for our innate health, wisdom, and well-being to come through.
In the very moment we recognize that thought is the only creator of our experience, the same world that once seemed so frightening becomes an endlessly, wonderfully fascinating place to be. Freedom exists at the heart of all fear.
I’ll see you back on Thursday for the conclusion.