I read a great article recently about the concept of fear and I have blogged on the subject in the past.

Why?

Because is fear is one of the most debilitating emotions in life. Somewhere along the road of maturity and adolescence the ego took up management and the quality of fear is one of our egos most powerful and destructive weapons.  Fear feeds on inaction and indecision. Fear limits our possibilities, success and energy levels. Ironically, most qualities of fear are fabricated emotions born from our false-self. Sure it is important to run and hide from danger – that is based on our “fight or flight” instinct that keeps us from getting hurt or killed. This is a normal reaction in the shadow of danger.

Yet, fear for most of us is based on dread of failure; fear of what others think; fear of the unknown – and that is all ego driven bullshit. Through meditation and mindfulness we can isolate our fears that cause anxiety and suffering and work toward connecting to our True Nature.

Writer, Roxanne Paxman has some great tips:

1. Do something. Anything. FEAR FEEDS ON INACTION.

2. Make a decision. Let go of the belief that you can’t make a choice until you are certain of the outcome. FEAR FEEDS ON THE UNKNOWN.

3. Imagine the very worst thing that could happen and decide what you’d do if it did happen. FEAR FEEDS ON THE UNKNOWN.

4. Imagine the very best thing that could happen and how you’d feel if it did happen. FEAR FEEDS ON FEELINGS OF UNWORTHINESS.

5. Say, “Anything is possible,” instead of “This is not possible.” FEAR FEEDS ON IMPOSSIBILITY.

6. Say, “I can,” and “Why not?” instead of “I cannot.” FEAR FEEDS ON NEGATIVITY.

7. Look for truth instead of hiding from facts. FEED FEEDS ON LIES.

8. Take in air instead of holding your breath. FEAR FEEDS ON SUFFOCATION.

9. Embrace mistakes instead of pretending that you won’t make any. FEAR FEEDS ON PERFECTIONISM.

10. Take one step today instead of waiting to run a marathon tomorrow. FEAR FEEDS ON WAITING FOR THE RIGHT TIME.

Breathe; be aware that your ego IS NOT  your True Nature; more than anything be yourself and face your fears head on. What is the worst that can happen? This is authentic social/spiritual evolution and the more you root your mind in the present and face your fear; the more self-evolved you will be.

Fear is like a water faucet – turn off the ego and turn off your fear…

John C. Bader

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