Fear, how well do we all know that feeling?
We take it for granted and not realize that we would have a different life if we were to question fear and achieve going beyond it.
Fear in spirituality plays a major role; it is the block to a new perspective, to a higher dimension.
We all imagine life without worries and fear. A life full of light, energy, and flow. We don’t always realize that life like that is possible.
It takes strength and courage to look fear directly into its eyes and use your power of focus to transcend it and go beyond it.
What Is Fear?
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” -Jack Canfield
The crippling feeling of fear is almost a constant companion for a lot of us. We are so used to the many faces and different intensity of fear that we do not question its existence. Instead, we all try to justify the feeling to make ourselves feel better. We say that fear keeps us safe and away from harm’s way. When it’s put that way, it doesn’t seem so bad. We feel better and we put up with it. We think that fear is necessary in our lives and we do not question the reasons for it.
Unfortunately, fear, when left unchecked, grows and intensifies very quickly.
Until there comes a point when it overtakes one’s life and it becomes unbearable. Contrary to how it feels, this is crucial deciding moment in one’s life. When the fear becomes unbearable, we are forced to pause and start looking at it, analyzing it, questioning its reasons for existence.
This is the point where the journey to a different life begins.
Most people have the awareness that we are more than meets the eye. We are more than our senses. There is something bigger and greater at play here. There is a creator that not only created us but maintains the connection with us.
There is a higher dimension that seems unreachable because fear is the veil that covers it.
Don’t Be Afraid Of Fear
“To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around.”― Richie Norton
Once people have the courage to look at fear they realize what enormous impact fear has on their lives.
At this stage, it is very common to become afraid of fear. Realizing how BIG fear is and how it literally runs your life can be very overwhelming.
When I took the time to look at my fears and realized that fear was with me all the time, I was devastated. I got afraid of the fear.
However, that is not the way!
If you become afraid of fear, fear gets bigger and you give it more power over your life.
Again, I used the power of being aware of my feelings and focusing on something other than fear. I imagined the fear as a giant veil and even thou I wasn’t always able to lift it in my mind, it gave me a great comfort knowing that it’s possible and that I will get there if I continue the work.
Fear is terrifying, not getting sucked into the down spiral of fear is a great challenge. A challenge that one will have to use great strengths and trust to overcome. But keep in mind the final goal, a beautiful life beyond fear.
Once people become aware of how fear is controlling their lives, they try to do something about it.
The first approach is usually to conquer the fear. They challenge themselves and do the things that scare them. They make a list and work tirelessly at checking off the items by completing tasks that scare them. They take the fear head on and try to win the war.
However, this is not the way to overcome fear. If you fight it head on, fear will just get bigger and bigger.
The way to diminish fear and its effects on you is to transcend it, to go beyond it.
This is not an easy task.
You do not challenge the fear, you become aware of it and surrender to it.
This is the method that I followed:
1. I become aware of fear (usually through uncomfortable feelings)
2. I search my mind and once I identify the specific fear, I used reason to talk myself out of it
3. Sometimes it’s hard to identify the specific fear (every time you do not feel at complete peace, there is fear in your mind whether you are aware of it or not)
4. I try to quiet my mind by focusing on my body and what it’s feeling (anxiety, pain, unease, etc.)
5. I try to go beyond the feelings and thoughts. In my mind, with my eyes closed I focus on the spot between my eyes.
If I’m successful and I can manage to focus even for a few seconds at a time, this practice always brings comfort and ease.
Don’t worry if you cannot do it for a long period of time. Keep trying, whenever you notice your mind has drifted, gently bring your attention back to the spot between your eyes.
Keep practicing leaving fear behind. The kind of freedom you will experience in your life will be worth every second of effort you put into the practice.
Life Beyond Fear
“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”- Aristotle
Life beyond fear is beautiful.
There is only love.
You feel connection with yourself, your creator and the entire universe.
Everything flows naturally as life is able to express itself through you.
Your perspective has changed and you see beauty all around you.
You feel safe and loved.
You feel extreme amount of freedom.
Chains that were a part of your life for as long as you can remember have fallen off and you feel light and ethereal.
You know your worth and the worth of everyone and everything around you.
Amazing things and people come to you without any effort.
You have opened yourself up and life and light flows through you.
You are at peace and people around you feel at peace as well.
You have become a teacher of how to transcend fear and become fully alive.
You do not teach by preaching or talking, you teach by your example.
You teach by staying present and not losing the new perspective.
You live from a different perspective.
You live in this world, but you are not of this world anymore.
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence. – Rumi
I would love to hear from you. Please share your views on fear in spirituality.
What role has it played in your journey?
Have you found your own ways of transcending fear?
What does life look like for you beyond fear?