What do you fear? I was thinking about that this morning as I had my tea in the backyard. Then I saw that my friend Tobi Camilli had written a blog post about How To Be Fearless today. (Link at the end of this post.) Let’s kick fear to the curb!
I don’t live a life filled with fear, but it’s exactly what holds me back from creating a life that is truly great! As I had my tea I was watching a dove picking at my lawn, not showing much fear of me. I remembered a time when one of the feral cats caught a dove and the screams of fear the bird emitted. Animals (as far as I know) live in the now. I doubt they have a concept of life and death, but they feel fear at the moment of death, or at being caught.
We are born into this world as predator or victim. It is a world based on eat or be eaten, the jungle law prevails. That is the natural law of things. Animal and human alike don’t want to die. That is a built-in fear that can’t be avoided.
However, humans have taken fear to staggering heights. Through history we have tales of horrifying torture, greed, betrayal, you name it. No wonder we don’t trust each other since history inspires nothing but mistrust of our leaders and people in general.
That fear is known and normal, but what about the fear that stops us from accomplishing our goals and desires? It’s like two strains of fear that have been downloaded through the ages: one for survival and the other to make us small and helpless.
Humans rule the world and the animal kingdom with a heavy hand, all due to fear. The strongest and the wealthiest is the one in power, but truly, that is just a huge buffer against the threat of being poor and helpless.
True greatness comes from the inner unfolding of the soul / spirit. Mahatma Gandhi is a good example of that. As we know he didn’t have many worldly riches, and he ordained peaceful solutions to all conflicts. A truly masterful leader who created massive change through peace. I don’t know if he walked around with fear of assassins, but I doubt it.
Bravery comes from within. It’s not the product of an outside situation. To grow true bravery we have to become intimate with our soul and its needs. It does not want small and fearful. It wants us to step up and unfold into true greatness. We are all seeds of the gods. Your greatness is different from mine, and it’s there for the taking. We all compliment each other.
Fact of the matter is: that kind of fear is a flimsy excuse. It’s like smoke and mirrors, not really real. We are bamboozled by the specter of fear and we swear to its veracity.
But, if you have challenged fear in the past you know about the flimsy excuse and it gets easier and easier to act in the face of it.
The real challenge is to release the old patterns that our parents’ (and history) imprinted in us from day one. My parents’ message was, play it small and safe. But I have rebelled against that over and over so now is the time to eradicate such imprinting for good! I’ve been using EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, with great success in the past, and it keeps on working. If you want to kick your fearful small self out for good, check out some YouTube videos on how to do EFT and get started.
Take charge of your life now and do the things you really want to do. You’ll be happier for it.
Tobi, as I mentioned above, has some other suggestions to releasing fear. Check out her blog HERE.
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