Overcome Fear, Behold Wonder
In the world, in this moment, many are being overcome with fears. Fears that are based on past experience, of knowledge of something that has happened in the past, which is being projected into the future. Being aware and conscious of just this single moment, this moment of inhalation or exhalation of our breath, is how to live outside of this kind of fear.
In this moment, you are alive, breathing, your eyes are taking in what is around you, your ears are hearing sounds both from near and far, You feel the softness of the material of the clothes you are wearing, or maybe the way the tag on the collar of your shirt irritates your skin. You think to yourself that you have to remember to use the scissors and cut that tag off. The feel of the ground under your feet, as the soft dirt clings to the bottom of shoes as you sink into it with each step. You smell the scent of rosemary as you walk along the path, its heady scent drifting on the breeze. The falling water almost drowns out the call of the sea gulls, as they ride the air currents high above you. You can be awake and aware of the wonder of life itself. Or, you can be in fear and not aware of any of it. Your choice in this moment is to be overcome with fear or filled with wonder.
Think of those advertisements we see for going to Disneyland or Disneyworld, with the young children who can’t sleep because tomorrow is the special day when they enter the world of magic. Their faces are the epitome of excitement and wonder. When was the last time, that look was on your face? The last time when you dropped the heavy burden of fears, and beheld the magic of life? This photo reflects the majesty of our world, the beauty of creation and it is how I behold the wonder of life.
Remember the movie “Dune”? The line around fear has stayed with me, Frank Herbert was a master with this thought around fear.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. 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 gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
– Frank Herbert
Fear is something that we can’t run away from. Running away only puts more distance between us and the solution to our fear. The only way to deal with fear, is to face the illusions that it brings. You can only be fearless, when you learn to recognize the illusions from what is true and real.
Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth, any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.
Isn’t that something to wonder about? The concept that we create fears for the most part out of illusions. That these illusions usually come from thinking that there isn’t enough of something that we want. Not enough money, not enough jobs, not enough food, not enough of ……. I wonder what would happen to your fears if you could sincerely and honestly allow a moment of perfect freedom into your world and truly believe that there is more than enough, and it is just waiting for you to step out of the illusion to get it?
The components of anxiety, stress, fear and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as it they do.
– Wayne Dyer
I couldn’t find the person who wrote the “Reality of Fear”, but I loved it. It captures the illusion of fear, in that it convinces us that the lie is truth. We are scared of the dark it says, when really what we are scared of is what we project into that darkness. What we can’t see in that darkness, that might be there. A thief will rob us. A killer will murder us. Our mind freezes us with “what if’s”. And the “what if’s” are made up in our mind. The monster under the bed is actually the fears in our mind, creating the illusion of something false appearing real.
Reality of Fear
You’re are not scared of the dark . . . you’re scared of what’s in it
You’re not afraid of heights . . . you’re afraid of falling
You’re not afraid of the people around you . . . you’re afraid of rejection
You’re not afraid of love . . . you’re afraid of not being loved
You’re not afraid to let go . . . you’re afraid to accept the reality that its gone
You’re not afraid to try again . . . you’re just afraid of getting hurt for the same reason
What if we took all of those fears and said this instead?
I will breathe,
I will think of solutions.
I will not let my worry control me.
I will not let my stress level break me.
I will simply breathe.
And it will be okay.
Because I don’t quit.
– Shayne McLendon