Originally our fear had a pretty amazing function – to keep us safe. But now, many of us have developed a concept of fear that reaches far beyond that basic and helpful function. We sometimes feel fear in many situations where there is no apparent danger. There are a number of reasons for this – we have learned about fear from many sources. We have learned things about fear that simply are not true.
When we resist life’s experiences, when we do not trust in the power of life, when we do not trust in ourselves – we can judge those feelings to be “fear.” This kind of fear cannot hurt us. It doesn’t feel very good, but it is telling us that something is wrong. It is telling us that maybe we could choose something differently. Or maybe we could think about something differently.
When you feel fear there are questions you can ask yourself. Is there real physical danger? If so, get yourself out of there. If not, look at what you could do differently – or what you could think about differently. Open your mind and think about what you fear in a different light. What would you tell a friend who was fearful of the same thing?
When we shift our thoughts and beliefs about what we fear, we can open up whole new worlds for ourselves.
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