Fear comes into our lives in many ways through body, mind, heart, and soul.
It can be a sudden motion catching you off guard or something that festers and grows.
Release doesn’t come through denial. You can’t ignore to banish its presence in your life.
Instead, the journey of release is to look at what you fear and seek to understand.
The best decision I ever made for myself came in an affirmation that I began using when I was overwhelmed during a bad time in my life.
There is no room for fear in my life!
These are the steps I took to relieve myself of the push and dread, of the paralysis and the urge to runaway.
Begin with these questions:
What do you fear?
What makes you worry?
How are you stuck in the past?
How are you stuck in the future?
Know that blame is of the past. If you are stuck in the past, it is usually because of blame. Blame on others. Blame on yourself. Blame on events. Blame on the divine.
Blame pushes your attention away from here and now where you have the personal power to cut the cords of stuck in blame.
In the same way, stuck in the future hinders your ability to be present to your awareness and your circumstances.
Fear of tomorrow anchors you in a future that may never happen.
Decisions and actions need to happen with you fully present to you.
When you are stuck in either the past or the future, you are not present to you and the power of your choice now.
Sometimes you are content to be stuck in the past or the future, unable or unwilling to be present to whatever the source of the fear may be.
Sometimes the refusal to deal feels like the safest or most comfortable choice.
At other times, the fear is stuck because you are trying to do it ALL at once with big giant steps.
Or you are concerned that if you see the worry and concern, you will fail to deal even if you try your best.
Wherever you are, begin by saying, “Even though I have fear, I am here, now, for myself.”
This means that you are focusing on the present moment — not demanding you get rid of the fear to be present.
What are you ready to let go?
Look your fear in the eye.
Step into it and be present to how you feel.
Is your fear more worthy than you?
Is your life, your highest expression, less than the possibility of what you are worried will happen?
What happens if you decide to act regardless of your fear?
Have you considered that your life can be lived despite its presence?
Sometimes releasing fear becomes an obstacle to your life.
Acknowledge fear AND live life.
Do not let fear stop you.
Take back your power, focus on You and in this moment live your life.
In the face of any fear, fiercely affirm:
There is no place in my life for fear!
This article is part of the articles I have written on the personal aspects of growth through spiritual practice. To read more like this, check out What is Spiritual Practice?