FEAR! We all have it, we got bit together on this one-now we fear everything under Sophia’s sun, or so it seems.
Fear of death, fear of germs, fear of the bill collector, fear of not having enough money to pay this month’s rent, fear of tornados, hurricanes, loud noises, airplanes flying over one’s head, fear of penny arcades, fear of people who don’t dress or look like us, fear of violence, fear of guns, fear of foreigners, etc.
These and others comprise our “fears list.”
I just finished re-reading H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds (after first reading it about 30-40 years ago). The story takes place in England. Martians have invaded England, arriving in a crescendo of fire & smoke, after being sent crashing through space in metal cylinders; they use a heat-ray gun to scorch whatever gets in their way.
They spit out black clouds of smoke, an eerie, greenish light, gas & finally some agent that causes a nasty red weed to over-multiply and slither through the land nourished by water. The weed sucks away life-giving energy from the earth.
As you may imagine, populations in the region of the attack tightened up quickly with va-clempt with days of shock & awe never before seen-an attack on this great European nation.
Fear, chaos & confusion run rampant, people board themselves up in their homes hoping to escape, or gather some items & begin to simply draw along a line towards London; survivalist instincts come to fore in people’s behavior; the back of the line pushes, and stampedes the others in front, where many got trampled & killed.
With such fear in people’s hearts, they couldn’t think clearly in order to pre-meditate a plan to escape; inside & outside they demonstrated the “survivalist” that quickly conditions itself for self-preservation.
Of course, this example taken from The War of the Worlds, is a particularly horrendous & dramatic event, or series of events, where fear & terror ran, flooding people’s hearts, minds & bodies; almost seeming like a direct, knee-jerk response from the stimuli of a Martian attack, this engendered an exponential amount of fear.
Thankfully, however, most humans will never experience this kind of “Martian” disaster!
Each of us may have a number of fears of which we’re presently aware; when fear arises, what do we do with it? How do we keep our course when our minds are filled with many fears of many things? How can we by
We have several options: we can deny it, ridicule it, stuff it down into our unconscious, or obsessively think about it in endless, vicious circles; they key here is not to allow fear to possess any part of us, thereby letting it control us at both the unconscious and conscious levels of our minds.
How may we invite fear into our consciousness? When it comes up, then we can more & more calmly turn towards our fears and face them; we can breathe in & out, as we feel fear slithering back towards us; repeating, as it presents itself, think of its cause, effects, consequences and auxiliary conditioning that fear offers. What’s our pay-off for remaining fearful-we have to be getting something out of it, for us to return to it again and again. Then, what would be our pay-off for being fearless?
Somehow fear gets through, tricks us, deceptively seduces us, and gets us thinking that whatever may cause us to fear something, will primarily cause us to think like a “survivalist” & or “escapist” just like a baby just birthed wonders how she will survive outside her mama. This is our humanistic wound from birth-our original fear.
“Please, please, let me out of this frozen-food locker! I’m freezing to death, so sloooooooooooow waaaaaaaaaaaaay doooooooooooooown,
Yes, I may die here, but now my fear is gone! I’m more concerned about all the lives on this planet; I will do all in my power to provide each one of them the necessities to stay alive! And that includes me staying alive!
Fear is one of the greatest adversaries anyone could ever have. Fear’s synonym means False Evidence Appearing Real!
You may have gotten traumatized when you had only reached a fairly young age=now you have issues around trust, sexual trauma, abandonment, forgiveness, just actions & compassionate coils of love for all! Unknown fears grip your life at times.
If we learn to sit with our fears, letting them come & go, without obsessing about them, then we may receive the true gift of sight-to see into people’s hearts, because s/he has looked into her own heart & mi
We may still be in the same position when we first employed empathic compassion as the survivors in The War of the Worlds themselves in; even when they rose above the Martians’ accidental destruction, one arising due to a lack of understanding of our ecosphere, brought death on themselves without the healthy fear of self-preservation=NEW LIFE FOR HUMAN BEINGS!
©Christopher Bear-Beam March 16, 2016