Why fear? Just what is it, and what can one do about it?
The standard definition is “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”
From Wikipedia: “Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behavior, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events.”
Most of us consider fear very familiar, and almost always unwelcome. Fear is probably the most prevalent “feeling” known by most people on earth, and the driving behavior behind most forms of violence whether exhibited as offensive or defensive. Fear is widely used in teaching and the marketing of services or products and it almost doesn’t matter what the subject, service or product is. In fact, you may be experiencing some form of fear at this moment.
So, what is fear? According to David R. Hawkins M.D., PhD. in his remarkable Advanced Consciousness Research project, he indicates Fear is a “feeling,” not an emotion. Emotions can generally be considered as a body sensation. Fear is almost always interpreted as having to do with something external, something over there someplace. Something over there having an influence on us and we don’t like it. We blame that over there. We attribute that over there as causing us to feel what we feel over here.
It is not cancer that you fear. It is the “feeling” you experience about the subject or the diagnosis. You cannot change anything external to yourself, but you can change how you feel about it. All healing is internal not external, and it is within where healing begins.
The degree that we suppress the feeling or project it externally to what we may insist is the cause of it, by attaching it to something else we actually retain the feeling. If the feeling is suppressed we will almost always develop a symptom of something going on with the body. If we project it externally to something or someone out there somewhere, a perceived symbol of it will return to us as an event or circumstance of some kind. In other words, the feeling never actually leaves us and persistently is suppressed or projected, and can result in symptomizing the fear while believing it is gone.
What to do about it? When we “accept” how we feel completely in the moment we feel it, we can let the feeling be just a feeling without attributing it to anything, and we can begin to let it go and pass through us in a way, without judging it as good or bad or right or wrong. The lack of judgement prevents the feeling from being other than a feeling we are experiencing without any additions of any kind being added to it. We are experiencing the truth of it without trying to make it into something else. When we experience it completely as it is, it can disappear. It gets used up, so to speak.
In Dr. Hawkins last published book “Letting Go, … the pathway to surrender” he reveals how he let go of 7 fatal illnesses in his life and how you can use the same principle in yours.
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