Befriending fear

 

A great list of reasons to thank fear from Debbie Ford, via Mona at Question the Mind.

  • Love the fears that you hold in your hand more than anything you have ever loved before.
  • Think about all the hours you have spent trying to deny, avoid, and get rid of these fears, and thank them for always bringing you into the presence of the limited human mind.
  • Thank them for sending you out to look for ways to get rid of them. Think of all you’ve discovered during your search!
  • Thank them for making you look at your life.
  • Thank them for this community, for your fears are probably what got you here…reading this right now.
  • Thank your fears for reminding you that you have a small child inside that is in desperate need of your love and attention.
  • Thank your soul for dispensing these fears to you, to help you find your way back home to God – the energy of pure love, the energy that trumps fear.
  • Love your fears like you have loved no other part of you – bless them, honor them, and use them as the holy reminders that they are…reminding you always to come home to your whole self.

Other ways to explore fear…

  • Fully allowing and being with the experience of it… as it is, as if it would never change, in a wholehearted and heartfelt way. Inclusive of all content of awareness… the fear, the resistance to it, the battle. In my experience, when this shift happens the change is immediate, from night to day, from discomfort and battle to a sense of nurturing fullness.
  • How does the self/personality relate to fear? Shift into fear, and look at the self from that perspective. What has fear to say? What does it want to tell the self? How does it contribute? (The list from Debbie Ford is a great starting point.) What would happen if it wasn’t there?
  • What are the gifts of not befriending fear? What are the gifts of the battle? What changes if we allow not being ok with fear? If we allow fear itself?
  • Inquire into beliefs around fear, such as “I shouldn’t experience fear”, “fear creates problems for me”, and other ones shared by many in our culture.

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