What is the nature of your fears?
Where do they come from?
Can we get rid of them?
Why have they so much power over us?
Ponder these questions in the light of your own individual experiences and then read these quotes on the nature of fear.
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 the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. F. Herbert
You are frightened of everything? You call it caution. You call it common sense. You call it practicality. You call it playing the odds, but that's only because you're afraid to call it by its real name, and its real name is fear. M. Farren
To him who is in fear everything rustles. Sophocles
fear keeps you small and not in your power but in the power of others.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. E. Burke
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed. Buddha
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. J. Lennon
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. J. Morrison
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato
I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you. Yann Martel - Life of Pi
How do you define fear?
Where is fear showing up for you in your life?
The first step in healing your fears is to become aware of their presence.
Once you acknowledge their presence then you can identify if what you fear is actually real-only you know what is true for you.
Make a list of your current fears and see how real they actually are.
Eg. Fear of flying, Fear of the dark, fear of spiders, water, open/closed spaces etc.
Try taking the first step this week in challenging one of your fears, even if you only acknowledge its existence and then explore its roots. Have courage that this fear in itself does not have any power to hurt you only your thinking makes it so.
Fear is always in the dark, and when you shine the light on them they like the darkness disappear.
Mary Jo x