Saturday, September 18, 2010

Transformations of Fear


Fear – that, at times, inescapable reality – revisits as we least expect. We can only hope to nullify it with practice at processing or flatly rejecting it.

As the grips of change swell over us—we given over to it—we’re caught momentarily out of control. In a moment our hearts plunge into an unreal abyss that was created obsequiously in our minds, albeit holding faith often in the wrong information.

As human beings we were always destined to have faith... to trust, as accorded via our commitment to act in life regarding the things we do or don’t do.

But this is not usually the good and helpful faith of God-faith. It’s simply anything we believe in; a trillion-and-one things besides God. We can, and do, believe in the things that cause fear more aptly than we place our actual action-oriented faith in God. And when we do we erroneously think our way’s the best way.

A truth we ought to never forget is this one: fear can be rejected anytime.

The Falsity of Fear

Fear is usually—thought not always—a vast and unparalleled lie.

Sure, there are true things we should fear but half the time we’re not even aware of these; they are possibly the things that are even propagating our fear in the first place, for instance, bad mindsets, addictions, dependencies, negative self-talk, false perceptions and unrealistic expectations.

Fixing This Inherent Fault of Our Thinking

Addressing fear is probably best a habit of mature thinking practice. It sorts the extraneous fear from the things we should rightly be fearful of; those producing wisdom in us. We see here, some fears can actually have a good purpose—they motivate and inspire us, protecting our growth.

In all other cases where there isn’t a pervasive pathology responsible for the fear—for instance, Bipolar and clinical depression et cetera—thinking can absolve, process and ultimately reject the bad fear. And even in cases where professional help must be sought, work on the mechanics of thinking is going to be a key strategy.

Fear can be rejected anytime. Here we get into the habit of mechanically changing our thought without giving the fear any airtime in our minds or hearts. We’re training our awareness.

From the object of hindsight we find this was actually easier to do than we first thought.

© 2010 S. J. Wickham.

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