“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 fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Frank Herbert, Dune
How do you feel when you’re free of fear? How do you find that mental place? How does it affect your life?
I’ve never read much science fiction, but a few years ago when I read Dune, it motivated me to explore that genre, and for a couple of years, that was all I read. I was awed by the authors whose imaginations could conjure up whole new worlds—a talent that I hadn’t explored in my own writing.
To Release Fear, We Must Admit We Feel It
What really hooked me was the above quote about fear. It resonated because it was so similar to the experience I had when I learned to release my fear using the technique that I teach in my workshops. In order to release your fear, you must first be willing to admit it’s there.
At one of my workshops last year, a man came in with his wife, and when they introduced themselves, he said, “I don’t have any fears. I’m just here with my wife.” I tried not to smile too broadly and said, “Well that’s very nice of you to do that.” Afterwards, he came up to me with a puzzled look on his face and said, “I guess I do have some fears.”
Fear May Be Disguised As Other Feelings
It isn’t always obvious to us when we are experiencing fear. It may appear as resistance, anxiety, anger, withdrawal or other feelings that create problems in our lives. So, we need to remember that all negative thoughts and emotions are based on fear—either the fear of being inadequate or of being rejected. Releasing our fear when these discomforts come up is the best way to start dealing with the difficulties that fear creates.
We need to release fear as soon as it comes up because, as long as it is there, it blocks the mind from focusing on solving the problem. But what do we do after we’ve directed the mind to release the fear and we’ve let go of the fear? This leaves a space in the mind for helpful information to come through from the unconscious, such as our memories, the knowledge we have stored, or our spiritual source.
With A Clear Mind, We Can Receive Guidance from the Subconscious
When we have cleared the mind, we ask for guidance. We ask the mind to fill our current need. Recently, there was a conflict in a group to which I belong. It seemed like unnecessary drama to me and my first inclination was to walk away. Then, I realized that I was feeling afraid that this conflict would become an on-going thing. I released the fear and asked my mind, “What do I need to do—create peace or walk away?”
The answer was to create peace so I asked how I could do that. The guidance I received, which was not so much a thought as an intuitive feeling, was to write an email message to the leader of the group. I did that and so did others in the group. The result was that the conflicted parties talked and all is now well. I feel very happy that I took the high road. If I had listened to my fear, I would have walked away angry from something I enjoy.
Release Expectations about How You Will Receive Guidance
It is important to be aware that when we ask for a solution to a problem that we may be offered only the next step rather than the total solution. In fact, we may not receive an answer at that moment. We may be given guidance on where to find the solution, or we may be told to do nothing. Trust that when the time is right, we will receive the answer we need. Be at peace with that and continue to listen to your inner voice.
Clearing the Mind Allows Us to Experience Peace, Love & Joy
When we have learned to work with our minds in this way, we can trust that we will receive the information we need when we need it. This gives us a wonderful peace of mind. It allows us to trust ourselves, knowing that when difficulties arise, we are capable of finding good solutions. Without the fear dominating our lives, we are also able to love and become who we truly wish to be.
This practice of releasing our fears puts us more in touch with our deeper selves where peace, love and joy reside. When we can experience these feelings often, our lives feel rich and satisfying, but only we can create these feelings so that they are lasting experiences. When we rely on external things to make us happy, our happiness is fleeting. But going deeper allows us to be in touch with what is eternal and beautiful within.
If you would like to learn more about my November 1 Release Your Fear Workshop, visit my website and click on workshops.
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