I last wrote about the biology of the human body’s response to fear, and the psychological fears as bi-products of our belief systems. This month we look at fear as a teacher, and how to free ourselves from our social conditioning and programming.
WHAT IS THE ROOT OF FEAR?
For thousands of years, our brain has been conditioned, and molded to accept fear as a way of being. Many of us have adapted to a life of competitiveness, and greed. The materialistic bias and limited principles/beliefs of the Newtonian classical physics shaped our culture to the belief that everything is separate from everything else. We have been led to think that we are separated from each other, our world, and everything that lives it in, and that we are a frail biochemical machine controlled by genes.
Combined with our personal “emotional evaluation” of our daily experiences, this disempowering information creates beliefs about who we are as a person, and how we fit in the world. Many of us believed that someone or something outside of ourselves can harm us. Separation creates duality, duality promotes fear, and fear fosters isolation, anxiety, stress, powerlessness, and sickness.
With the incredible discoveries of the new research of quantum physics many of us are waking up to our identities. Western science is accepting the ancient idea that there is a unified field of consciousness that links all creation. It’s not “out there” somewhere. It is part of ourselves as well as part of all we perceive.
This discovery is relevant to fear. Knowing that the universe is an integration of interdependent energy fields entangled in a network of interactions, gives us a sense that separation does not exist. Therefore we cannot pretend we are alone anymore, and in this knowledge there is comfort, and safety. The scientist Gregg Braden said in his book The Divine Matrix; “We are connected not only with everything that we see in our daily lives, but also with everything that has ever been, and the things that have not happened yet.” This statement has vast implications. Getting more familiar with the laws of quantum physics, inquiries, and meditation may inspire an experiences of Oneness.
Knowledge of self provides self-empowerment.
Fear is an emotion that can be released. Fear does not have the power to rob us of our dreams and desires, unless we allow it. We have a choice either to feel separate from our self, our soul and nature, or to choose to take charge of our life.
In my practice, I address the emotions of fear with a unique blend of alternative methods that engage the whole person. Below are some of my recommendations that have worked for my patients.
There are no magic pills for overcoming fear. Fear is a powerful teacher.
– Become conscious of the unconscious. It is important to stay fully present with fear — notice everything about it — it’s color, texture, bodily sensation, how it arises, how it dissolves, what thoughts it generates, what actions we take, how we try to deny it. Avoiding the fear fosters more fear. Only awareness dispels it. You are not your fear.
With gentle awareness connect with your breath, your heart, and your essential self. Be willing to stop the chattering mind. Assess your safety. Separate the energy of fear from the content of your experience, and be willing to come back to the HERE NOW. In the Here and Now ask yourself; is this a true fear? How this fear serves me? Who would I be without that fear? Then, you may be able to let go of the “fear crisis” and understand your specific needs, and the demands of a particular situation.
– Release the relentless pressure of the “doing” and “producing”. Give yourself permission to relax. Take the time necessary to nurture yourself and feel the safety in the beauty, and abundance of this sacred earth.
Spend time with people you enjoy and who have less fear than you.
– Notice your thought process. Your thoughts, beliefs and emotions shape your world. How does your mind move, and think? What occupies your thoughts most of the time? Be bold, curious, check if you are aligning with your own values and passions. Every thought can be life affirming or life denying. Are you giving power to fear or are you embracing your Divinity? Find comfort in knowing that we are all connected to each other and to the energy source that makes up the universe.
– Plant seeds of trust by tending to the precious body. The body is in the here and now, while the mind is in the future or the past. This gap can create fear. Your body is an expression of the living Oneness. When you’re disconnected from it, you’re out of touch with your essence and true nature. This disconnection keeps you from enjoying the many blessings of life. Fall back in love with your body, celebrate it, give it space and permission to feel what it feels and needs. Open your senses, pause, breathe deep, connect and listen to the outer and inner universe, and trust the information that is being given.
Fear gives us a chance to explore our courage. Our future depends on our collective ability to evolve and embrace the fear and the love that is at the true core of our being. Love and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time.
Choose, and Receive Love; say no to fear. We live in abundance and there is enough. We are enough.