Updated: Oct 5, 2019
FEAR IS NOT REAL... DON'T BE AFRAID.. FACE YOUR FEARS!!
"The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice".
Is fear really a choice?
To answer that question, let’s first take a deeper look at the nature of fear.
What is fear, really? Have you ever wondered where it goes when it’s not there anymore? Or where it comes from in the first place?
One of the most interesting things about fear is that it always seems to either come from something outside of us (an environmental stimulus) or from something inside our heads.
Yet when you look closely, you’ll find that every fear you experience is actually made of thought. We react to the thought of public speaking or a spider crawling on our hand or getting a disease as if it was actually happening to us right here, right now.
Imagine waking up from a nightmare. One moment you’re fighting off monsters and the next your eyes are open and the monsters are gone. You may still have a little bit of adrenaline coursing through your veins, but there are no lasting after-effects. No healing is necessary.
You just get up and get on with your day.
We notice a scary thought in our mind, and because we do not recognize thought as the creator of the feeling, we are run by it.
We do all sorts of things to avoid an imaginary consequence that has been constructed in our own mind. But the moment we recognize that only thought can create feeling, the very same thing that was so frightening becomes fascinating.
And the same possibility for freedom exists at the heart of all fear. The moment we see that our own deepest, darkest fears are 100% made of thought, we open up the space in our minds for our well-being to come through.
In the very moment we recognize that thought is the only creator of our experience, the same world that once seemed so frightening becomes a wonderfully fascinating place to be.
Which brings us back to our initial question:
Is fear really a choice?
Well, In those moments where i recognize thought as the source of my fear, we could say I can choose whether or not to be afraid.
But since I don’t even know what I’m going to be thinking sixty seconds from now, it’s apparent to me that the vast majority of the time, I don’t choose my thoughts. And since fear is made of thought, it seems to me that the majority of the time, I don’t really choose whether or not to feel afraid.
But here’s the good news:
Since I can at least intellectually recognize that the source of all fear is thought, I don’t have to make a big deal out of being afraid. I neither need to hide from seemingly scary things nor “feel the fear and do it anyways”. I can simply move forward in the face of all my ever changing thoughts, including the scary ones. And because I’m not scared of fear, I am left with something even more powerful than choice – true and absolute freedom.
Thinking will not overcome fear but action will... so always do what you are afraid to do....