“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” Marianne Williamson
How often do you avoid doing something you need to do because of fear? How often do you feel fearful? How do you let go of fear in order to move forward?
We Are Divine Beings With Worth
When we awaken in the morning, the rest of our lives are before us, and the decisions we make each day determine the quality of that life and how we will experience it. We were born in love, a divine being with worth, but often the living of this life takes its toll. If our childhood was filled with love and we had nurturing parents, we have the best chance to create that kind of adult life for ourselves. However, if our childhood was filled with conflict or abuse, we had to learn coping mechanisms for survival, and while they may have helped us survive, they may have caused us to shut down parts of ourselves.
Fear Blocks Our Spiritual Awakening
The process of awakening is never ending. In Oneness, awakening is described as “ascension” but one never arrives at a destination; one always continues growing. In this earthly life, the one thing that limits our awakening more than any other is psychological fear. It is the source of all dysfunctional behavior and every fear we experience is either a fear of rejection or a fear of inadequacy. Our response to the problems that stimulate these fears is blocked by the fear unless we release it.
The fear that causes us to fight or flee when we are physically threatened is a different kind of fear; it is natural fear and one that we want to respect. It causes the adrenaline to flow when we need the strength to out run a physical threat. It causes that chill down the back or the intuitive knowing when harm is near, and it directs our mind to avoid the threat.
Thoughts Full of Fear Do Not Support Our Best
Psychological fears are different. They may prevent us from pursuing the profession that is our passion or cause us to settle for less than what we need in relationships. We may have internalized negative ideas about ourselves from an unloving childhood or from failures in our lives and feel that we are not worthy of happiness. How we experience life depends so much on how we think, and if our thoughts are often filled with fear, our thoughts will not support the best in us.
We Must Embrace the Pain Of Growth
Our society has taught us to deal with pain by taking some kind of painkiller: pills, drugs, sex, food, anything to stop the pain without having to go deeper to look at the emotional source of the distress because going deeper would be painful. Marianne Williamson says, “It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”
We need to shift our thinking to understand that sometimes pain is good, especially when it raises our consciousness. Recently, a part of my foot started hurting like the beginning of plantar fasciitis, which I previously had for several years. It was a signal that my foot wasn’t supported properly. I visited the podiatrist and discovered that the orthotics I wear in my shoes needed more support in a certain area. Emotional pain is also a warning—something is wrong and needs to be fixed or the pain will increase.
The method of releasing fear that I teach clears the mind of the block created by fear so that the mind can pull through information that will help us solve the problem that created the fear to begin with. First, we direct the mind to release the fear and allow it to leave. With the fear gone, we can access memory, past lives, spiritual, and psychic areas of the mind where there is information that will help us solve the current problem.
Trust That the Mind Free of Fear Will Serve Us
When we ask Source or Spirit for the answer, we have to believe we will receive it. The problem is that it may not come when we expect it or look like we wanted it to. Abundance is a good example in my life. It appears in the form of money gifts, service exchanges, love, friendship, sharing information, free classes on a skill I need to learn, and work for which I’m paid. The abundance in my life appears in a multitude of forms.
How does this happen? Because I believe that I will receive whatever I need when I need it and am ready to receive it. The best way to attract abundance is to feel abundant and be grateful for every little good thing that happens. Most of all, I no longer fear not having enough. Having released that fear provides an unobstructed channel of energy through which good things can come to me.
The Awakening Path Is Endless
Marianne Williamson points out that it takes courage to face the pain of discovery. We also have to release the fear that going into our muck won’t make things better. We were created in love and to love we must return. Love is what we are at our core, but “fear is what we learned here.” What we have learned, we can unlearn when it does not serve us. The reality of awakening is that we do outgrow certain ideas or circumstances in our lives. We have to be willing to move on when the time comes. The path of ascension is always there. How quickly we awaken is our choice.
Please share your experience with fear and awakening.
My next “Release Your Fear” workshop is Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am to 12:00 at Jubilee Community, 46 Wall St., Asheville, NC, $15 at the door. If you want more information, see this link or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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