March 19

The Perpetuation Of Fear

March 19, 2012

Personal Growth

When you're afraid, fear becomes the center of your universe. Everything you see, think, and do is filtered through and distorted by that fear. You can't help it. It's just the power of fear.

When you're afraid, you're deep in the jungle on a moonless night. Lost and blind, every sound—each rustling branch or animal call—becomes an imagined source of danger and injury. Each touch of a leaf or vine becomes a potential claw or tooth. Everything we hear and feel confirms and magnifies the fear that already consumes us. And then we freeze, our hearts racing, or we bolt wildly down a path obstructed with real roots and branches that can genuinely hurt us.

Most of us live in a jungle of fear all our lives, making judgments, experiencing feelings, and making choices based on lies we were taught from childhood. Thus entangled, we are certain to hurt ourselves and others.

As we feel unconditionally loved, we lose our fears. The sun breaches the horizon, and then we can see the truth about the people and circumstances around us, further dispelling our fears and elevating the sun to its zenith. Only love purges our fears—not reason or techniques or all our protective efforts to ensure superficial safety. With love we can see clearly, judge accurately, and make loving decisions.

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