Get out the pumpkins. Bring on the ghosts. It’s Halloween, and we’re going to investigate the spooky nature of fear.
Actually, the fear that you take so seriously in your life is just like a costume you put on. When you’re dressed as a dragon, are you really a dragon? No. You take off the costume, and here you are in your natural brilliance. You know what’s true and what’s not.
Fearful Thoughts Aren’t True
It’s exactly the same with fear. Believing fearful thoughts is like believing you’re a dragon because you’re wearing a dragon costume. Just because a thought appears doesn’t mean it’s true.
Turn your attention away from these thoughts, stop making them your reality, and what do you discover? You’re here—alive and enthusiastic for your life. You realize that you’re not the scaredy-cat you thought you were. You’re here as your natural brilliance.
So many of us live in perpetual fear, and as a recovered fear addict, I can tell you there is another way.
Let the Pain of Fear Inspire You
If you need some inspiration to turn toward fear, consider this. Unexplored emotions cause disease. They transmute your cells so your immune system doesn’t function properly. And they wear out your nervous system because it stays on high alert.
Add to that the effect of anxiety and agitation on your quality of life. It’s utterly exhausting to be afraid all the time.
Fear can be sneaky. It’s the feeling behind the subtle unease you feel, the precursor to a mind spinning in doubt and worry.
If you want to find your way through fear, here’s what’s most important. You need to participate fully.
Applying Guidance to Your Own Experience
Just reading these words right now and feeling hopeful or calm for the moment is not enough. For many people, fear is the underlying driver of their waking life. It may not even lose its grip on you when you’re asleep. And by now, the expression of fear in your body and mind is highly conditioned.
If you don’t bring your heart and soul to this process, fear will continue to reign, guaranteed. It’s not going to magically disappear.
Do you need to hear that again? Fear isn’t going to magically disappear. It requires your attention, your passion for truth, your love, your earnestness, your sincere desire for peace.
Make it a priority, above all else, to investigate, inquire into, and feel the sensations of fear. Commit to being consciously aware of fear until you see there’s nothing to be afraid of. Rinse and repeat a million times because each moment you bring conscious awareness to fear is a moment of freedom.
Then go out there and let your full authentic truth guide you.
My Journey with Fear
When I first realized how much fear had invaded me, I was on fire to be free. I refused to live one more second of my life with that constant anxious agitation I knew so well. Many times each day, whenever I felt an inkling of fear, I sat down on the sofa, closed my eyes, and let my attention rest in the vast field of awareness as the sensations came and went.
Sometimes there were a few sensations. Sometimes they were everywhere and strong. Nothing really happened—I was simply being with what was present in the moment. But it was a completely different way of approaching fear—an approach based on truth.
Eventually, the experience of fear subsided. I stopped worrying about the future because those thoughts got no attention. I no longer doubted myself because I didn’t play into the doubting thoughts. The fears about whether or not I was liked or if I was accomplishing enough were seen as not meaningful.
I realized that without these fear thoughts, everything is just fine. The peace I thought I would never know is my abiding experience.
Now I take none of the content of those thoughts personally. When they arise, they’re barely a whisper in my mind. I take a breath, open to sensations in the body, and melt into infinite being with a heart overflowing with love.
Fear was never who I am, and now I know that for sure.
What About You?
I see who you really are, and I know you’re not really the scared, limited one you think you are. You are whole, complete, lacking nothing. You might believe the mask of fear you wear, but I see right through it.
This truth is here for you to see in any moment. Abandon thoughts and welcome the physical sensations of fear with relaxed openness. Then be that openness. This is where peace lies.
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Always in love,