Rise Above Fear

Rise Above Fear

Fear is a hot coal searing across the chest in all directions immediately. It quickens the heart with the sensation of an impending heart-attack. Fear is a steady stream of vital energy flowing from the gut, from an invisible hole called the solar plexus, leaving behind a sensation of complete listlessness and a need to sit down. Fear is a monstrous demon from the outside barging inward. For those who are easily inflicted with fear, it is wise to make efforts to bar the door by experiencing life as objectively as possible, by rising above fear-inducing situations and analyzing them with the greater picture (the world) in mind. This is a key toward accepting fear without letting it take control.

Emotion is a realm that is only a fraction of existence, co-existing with thought, creation (both mental and physical), and survival needs. These four basic realms have been acknowledged for many centuries by Cabbalists and philosophic and/or metaphysical thinkers, and have been studied in great depth. These realms can work peaceably together, but fear is the most powerful of negative emotions that freezes the ability of all else to function properly. Fear negates rational thought. It diminishes the appetite for sustenance to sometimes dangerous levels, and it freezes people in their tracks toward becoming doers and shapers of their lives – all for what? Beyond the adrenal response that is part of the survival instinct, fear is dangerous.

Unwanted life changes are a common cause of fear. People fear forces that diminish the sense of control over life – but the bottom line is: each person has the right to accept or reject outer forces as a weapon against personal progress, and each person is blessed with the capacity to react in his or her own way.

Analyze fear like a thinker: “Why am I afraid?” You can then either reject fear entirely with laughter at the genuine smallness of the problem within the grander scale of life, or you can take logical steps toward comfort.

Indeed, sometimes life feels like a game of dodge ball, but that is down in the lower realm of defense that blocks progress. Life is too valuable to play defense in someone else’s game. It is the birthright of each individual to find joy in life and to firmly and believingly say, “The balls cannot touch me unless I let them. There is no pain unless I accept it.” Be too busy for fear. Do things that lend a genuine sense of living, because, frankly, time is a best friend or a dangerous enemy. To take advantage of time, to use time wisely, is to accept it as a friend, a perennial proffering of opportunity. Opportunities are like “ways out.” If fear grips you by the throat, find a way out by seizing an opportunity to fill your fleeting time with something positive! The negativity of fear cannot keep company in the realm of the positive. Rise above fear by insisting within yourself, “I don’t have time for fear.”

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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

Thought provoking hub. It will take a few more readings for me to fully get the message here.

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Christine P Ann 5 years ago from Australia

I really like this hub jangaplanet. Fear used to control my life and to be honest it does creep in now and then but I can recognize it for what it really is and discard it. This is the fear that comes from worrying about what others might think or what might happen. It is paralysing and stops us from being who we truly are. To be true to ourselves we need to eliminate fear and I have found the best way to do this is by understanding that the majority of my fears have never come to light. I used to worry whenever my husband was late home and be afraid he had had an accident, all my fears were for nothing and I had wasted precious time biting my fingernails and pacing the floor. Now when he is late home I tell myself there is probably a good reason for it (as there always had been in the past) I take a deep breath and get on with doing other things realising that I cannot control what happens in life, only what I think and how I handle situations. Thank you for this informative hub I will be reading your other work :)

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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thank you Christine! You made a good point! Some fear is perfectly normal and can help protect us from real dangers. But an important part of dealing with fear is by identifying our own strengths.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it.:)

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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thanks Phil, I did not realize it was thought provoking?lol. But I guess it's a good thing!

Thanks for reading!

Kristjana 5 years ago

I lately came across your blogs . I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have loved reading them. I will keep visiting very often.

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buythebook 5 years ago

Thanks Janga. This is a great hub and correlates with much of what I’ve been thinking about the importance of sifting the fears that serve us from those that don’t.

Quality content! up and awesome!:)

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Fortaleza 5 years ago from Fortaleza, Brasil

I guess fear comes from the things that we are emotionally uncomfortable with. Emotionally in the sense that it creates chaos between being afraid and not so knowing why we are afraid. For me it is 95% losing someone dear to me.

I love your hub Janga! It is written so well! You are so good at explaining things! Thanks for sharing :)

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Fortaleza 5 years ago from Fortaleza, Brasil

Oh and I forgot to say : I love the foto of the dog and small bird! SO CUTE! :)

Fabrizio 5 years ago

I am in fear of disappointment. It's either being alone or...losing somebody, I have had it happen to me five times, I miss my family! *Sad. Nice post! Thank u!

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ArgentinaDanila 5 years ago

You phrased that so incredibly well! When we meet that most basic fear – with curiosity and tenderness, we ultimately realize how precious every moment is. There is only the present, this moment. When we see that everything else is temporary, we are available to be fully alive, in the wonder of things as they are… Thanks for being such an inspiration Janga :)

Katia 5 years ago

Often times, we will feel guilty about feeling less than adequate and perhaps even going as far as shedding a few tears. Then we beat ourselves up for having given in to our fears, which contributes to intensifying the fears as opposed to letting them go. Interesting article.

akira 5 years ago

For many people fear is readily accepted as part of life. An emotion that we just have to deal with!

I find myself asking God to give me the strength to rebuke the fearful thought daily and to keep me free from deception.

Enjoyed reading! :)

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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thanks akira, I agree with you. Nice seeing you again.

God bless.

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Taniatravels 5 years ago

Beautiful hub Jang! Voted up and interesting!:)

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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thank you Tania!

Renée 5 years ago

I cheated on my fears, broke up with my doubts, got engaged to trust, and now i am marrying my dreams!! Thats such an awesome quote! Wow great stuff thanx!

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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

@ Fortaleza: We all resist change because we fear loss. We always believe we are defending something of value which feels important to defend. This can include loss of security, power, resources and overall loss of control. Most of us fear change. Thanks Flavia for stopping by I appreciate it :)

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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

@ buythebook: Uncertainty is the what if syndrome. For example: fear of failure, fear of loss (not the same as actual loss), fear of embarrassment, fear of loneliness, fear of disease, and so on. This category is unique because none of the huge variety of fears included in it are based on existing realities. Instead, they are the result of dwelling on a possible negative outcome. They are all based on an imaginary “what if.”

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kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

"Unwanted life changes are a common cause of fear." - Absolutely agree. People fear change and feel threatened by it. They don't understand that change makes the world go round. I guess we have to learn to be open-minded and non-conservative. We have to accept that change is inevitable, either we ride through it or escape it, which of course is not a very good thing to do.

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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

To the amazing lady Danila, I give you a big thanks for your sweet generous and kind comment. Thanks :)

Hi kerlynb, your sentiment is wonderfully expressed. I agree all the way with what you just wrote. Thank you :)

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GoodLady 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

Nice to read your words. Helpful. True. Walking in life, through fear, then out the other side, feels wonderful.

Jacky 5 years ago

Nice choice of words. Fear has the ability to stop anyone from living there life to the fullest.

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

Great topic. I'd like to add it changed my personality. When I confronted physical danger, I became more confident. It was important not to reveal fear in times of danger. It actually helped diffuse the situation. After many years of being out of that particular career field, I'm much more mellow, and I don't miss it one bit.Interestingly, when I need to rise to that level, it is second nature, although not nearly as often or to the degree, many years ago. Voted ^ & interesting.

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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Gjfalcone, We can all use our experiences with fear to show us the truth from untruth, and provide us from delusion to clarity and at the same time rise to the best version of ourselves. In other words- being able to distinguish them both! Thanks for stopping by - I appreciate it!

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