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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.”