In nature, creatures never try to be something else, but live simply, fully themselves. If there’s actual danger, they react with legitimate fear, but once it has passed, they relax. How would it be if we could rediscover what has been taken from us and live this freely?
Fear is so prevalent and seems so ‘natural’ to us in the twenty-first century. Our exposure to much fear-producing news also adds to its profound effect. Most of us have become habituated to fear and only know ourselves in a context of constant anxiety about our present and our future. Since childhood, we’ve been so compromised by fears that we can hardly picture what it would be like to be free of these pervasive emotions.
Fear has gone beyond its true job if it can hold us back in various areas of our lives. We won’t simply get rid of it by pushing it away, for this just makes our fear get a greater grip on us. We will need to reflect to stop and question what behaviour our learnt fear is suggesting and then start to risk doing the opposite.
Many of our fears dissipate as we see that what seemed inevitable actually didn’t happen. Within a certain range, our feelings manage fine, but if these are excessive we can become overwhelmed. If we have experienced an emotional overload during our lives and now carry a wound, we will first need to do inner work to heal the damage done to us.
There is another, better way to live than the one to which we have become habituated. As we look around and compare ourselves with nature, we can see how unnatural and pervasive our fears are. We can be encouraged to risk being more open and in the moment, facing what is realistically a danger, but living the rest of the time in joy and freedom.
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