So let’s take a good look at FEAR. It’s all around us and in our thoughts and feelings. It seems so inescapable. One moment we are fine and then in a second we can become twisted in a knot of anxiety. What can we do? How can we manage even our present limited activities?
Let’s first identify realistic fear from psychological fear. Realistic fear has a tangible beginning, middle and an end. It’s actually like a formula with three steps; 1) alarm, 2) respond, 3) relax. Right now this formula is being activated and we are clearly not at step 3 yet. However, there are thousands around the world who are sacrificing so much so we can get there as quickly as possible. They are trained to handle this formula. This is not our expertise and so we need to follow the protocol and do our part so that we can complete this formula as soon as possible.
I believe it’s the psychological fear that we personally need some help with. This kind of fear has a different definition because it’s conjured up inside our minds. It’s the perceptions our minds are making as if we were stuck in a very bad horror movie theater. For me, the definition of this kind of fear is this. Fear is the picture I make with my mind that makes it look like I will fail, I will lose or I am not safe. The key here is the phrase “picture I make”. Therefore, if I made it, I am the one to change it, but how? The difference between this formula of fear and realistic is that psychological fear is self created and never gets to step 3. It’s like our minds keep rolling the same negative images over and over. The more we try to make it stop, the more it can appear to be worst. If we use the acronym for fear this becomes clear: False Evidence Appearing Real.
What can we do? How can we slay a phantom? Truthfully, we can’t. We would mostly be swinging at a ghost. There is, however, a solution. In fact I believe the solution is a core lesson in this pandemic situation. The true way to dissolve fear is as follows. First, feel the fear. Recognize it and look at the picture the mind made that is stimulating these emotions. It will align with one of these statements; I will fail (not be enough) lose or not be safe. Then STOP working on the fear! Instead, breathe and give ALL to God, asking Him to dismantle it at its root source of origin and replace it with Divine truth and peace. Then breathe again, and sense your intuition (Higher Self). It is advised to repeat a positive affirmation so that we can hold a new peaceful picture in our minds. A simple statement can work miracles when it is repeated and held in our hearts. For example, “I am always safe in the loving embrace of God.” It can be very helpful to journal our experiences so that we can continue to gain insight. If we allow this process we will understand that we have an enormous amount of power inside and it is very good, yet our hidden and unprocessed fear/illusions have blocked the help we have been looking for.
This present global situation has a powerful wake up call within it. At some level individually and/or collectively we have not understood or accepted that God really is within us. This Divine power is waiting for us to ask more and trust more. We need to allow the process to unfold with great compassion for everyone while prayerfully relying on God to show the way and He will! We are now mandated to stay inside and perhaps God is already making a new way for the world by inviting us to go within and get to know the presence of pure Love in a deeper way.
It is love that heals us from inside out. It is quiet time that gets us to remember that. In this slowdown time we are definitely NOT helpless. We are one with the divine always. Let’s use this to give up our fears and old ways of thinking and join together in the temples in our hearts and ask, “Oh Lord, wash away my false thinking and show me Your truth so I can be a part of the solution and not the problem. Teach me how to trust.” We can’t lose. Our true love nature is too strong!
P.S. Perfect fear drives out all fear.” (1John 4:18)