Fear is natural and common for most people and has it’s right place in nature. But for the most part, I do not see fear as a healthy emotion when it has become a habit instead of a brief response to a dangerous situation. It seems to me that fear is appropriate for rodents running away from raptors, and children who need to stay out of harms way.
But fear based on economic stress, job security, possible changes in relationships or anything we are attached to, or desirous of, is not helping us achieve our goals.
The strength of an emotion is determined by how much energy we put into it. The more energy we put into a thought or feeling the more magnetism we generate to attract similar energy into our lives. So, the more fear we have, the more chance we’ll actually manifest or attract exactly what we fear, and make it reality.
I am not saying to move blindly through life without paying any attention to “what could go wrong.” But I am suggesting that we can be fully aware of a situation without including the emotion of fear, or at least a lot less fear.
Ways to Overcome Fear:
View life as a learning experience like a day at school. Move through every moment as a student, and make life an adventure. It’s fun! Show up each day ready and willing to learn something new! Trust that whatever comes, does so for a reason. Every situation brings a blessing whether it’s obvious or not, and whether we ever perceive it or not.
Recognize that all circumstances are temporary. Nothing in this world is lasting. Like the waves on the sea, clouds in the sky, the phases of sun and moon, birth-life-death; all is change. Instead of clinging to one wave or another, choose to enjoy it all. Ride the waves of change like a surfer. Make the most of every opportunity, and work with what is, instead of what you might wish it could be. Those who cling to sunny days are plagued by the nagging thought of how long they will last even when they do come, and live in a constant state of unnecessary stress. By releasing attachment to the things we enjoy, our love and happiness becomes more pure and unselfish. This expands our joy and heals our hearts of suffering.
Train your mind to work with you, instead of against you.
Choose music that is spiritually uplifting, and take it with you wherever you go. More on this subject later.
Choose one affirmation that resonates with where you want to be (not necessarily where you are). Use it daily upon waking and just before sleep. Repeat it out loud if you can, and then progressively softer until you are saying it silently with deep inward concentration. Once you have it memorized, repeat it with your eyes closed and with their direction slightly lifted. Feel as if you are sending the pure essence of the affirmation forward and upward into the frontal lobes of your brain at the point between the eyebrows.
Once you find a good affirmation, I recommend you use it for months every day to give it a chance to take hold in your consciousness. I used the second affirmation below for well over a year straight and it was transformational for me.
Here are a couple of my favorite affirmations:
“I accept with calm impartiality whatever comes my way. Free in my heart, I am not conditioned by any outer circumstance.” Swami Kriyananda, Affirmations for Self Healing
“I will go forth in perfect faith in the power of Omnipresent Good to bring me what I need at the time I need it.” Paramhansa Yogananda
The following is not an affirmation. But reading it each day right before sleep couldn’t hurt. Always copy and print whatever you like from this blog for your own use.
St. Matthew Chapter 6:25 – 6:34, King James Version of the Bible
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
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