Spiritual masters teach all fear is an illusion and encourage us to cultivate the ability to walk past fear. Why? Because fear is the cause for all delay to a full awakening.
Fear is the root of all suffering. Fear of not having enough or not being enough is the cause of self-depreciation, shame, and unconscious guilt. Fear of not having enough or being enough can also lead to envy, which leads to greed and hatred of self and others. Fear of feeling your feelings is the cause of addiction. Fear of responsibility, or of making mistakes, or not having proper support and resources are the causes of laziness. Fear of being powerless is the cause of anger. Fear of not being recognized or approved of is the cause of afflictive pride and separation from others. Fear of having unsatisfied desires is the cause of lust.
Behind every fear you will find a lack of knowledge of who you are and a lack of love for yourself. If its true that love casts out fear and perfect love casts out fear perfectly, it stands to reason that the higher vibrational function of fear is to reveal your misunderstandings and to give you a road map of how you could best express love to yourself. Dr. David R. Hawkins frequently taught his students to recontexualize fear by simply being cautious and respectful of all life. This helps you move out of emergency emotions which leads you into higher vibrational states of being such as courage, acceptance, willingness, reason, and eventually to love.
You Cannot Master Fear, You Can Only Master Love
Fear originates in a mind that does not know itself and has misperceptions of both itself and of the world. You cannot master a misperception. If you try to master fear from the same level of mind that created it you will not master it, you will only increase the scope and effects of the misperception. A mind that loves is the only mind that can correct and then master fear. You must love the Truth, God, Beauty, Life, or some higher purpose other than your own current experience to discover the truth of your holiness and perfect function in creation.
If you can allow fear to be a teacher, you will discover much. If you become, angry, prideful, hurt, disappointed, jealous, experience insatiable desire, or any other form of fear ask yourself a few questions:
What do I believe this means about me or that person?
Is that a kind or helpful thing to believe about myself or this person?
What needs to shift in my thinking to take helpful action?
What support do I need to make this shift and action?
You can learn a great deal by using the experience of fear to discover what and who you think you are. You will discover how your thinking may have been either in part, or the entire reason, for your current experience. You will discover how you can demonstrate loving kindness to yourself and others. You will discover solutions you may have previously thought were impossible.
The lower function of fear is to keep you small and helpless. It maintains states of victimization and keeps you from your birthright to Divine Power. Again, examining the facts of the issue and applying reason will help you break the pattern and programming of assumed failure.
Using fear to retrain and reprogram your mind is powerful. You no longer allow fear to hide in your shadow self, you call it out into the light of your curious mind and discover what it can teach you. Using this information to creating lasting happiness requires change, change in the way you think, feel, and act. Following simple steps in retraining the mind to transform fear into love will go a long way in creating lasting happiness.
First, envision success. Use affirmations and visualizations to help you change the way you think and feel about the issue. Repeated use of affirmations and visualizations literally helps reprogram the old neural pathways in the brain that supported failure.
Second, be prepared to get discouraged along the way and have a plan to move past it as it arises. Everyone faces discouragement, disappointment, and setbacks as they go about the work of changing their lives. Reinforce the hope for a happier life experience by reminding yourself why you decided to make the changes in the first place and the benefits you will receive by making the changes.
Third, reinforce your original hope and make a written statement about why you are moving forward with the changes you are making. List all the benefits you think this change will bring to you. Enlist the help of trusted friends and advisers. Give them a copy of your list and ask them to review your plan and ask them if they see any areas you have not yet addressed.
Ask them if you can depend on them to empower you by lovingly holding you accountable to your plan and provide encouragement when you get down or should you lose your way. A positive support group of people who have a proven track record of having made wise decisions in their own life are an invaluable help to give you the hope you need when you need it most.
Fourth, no longer let anyone’s negative attitudes stop you. Not even your own!
Most importantly remember that you are a beautiful child of God, and as God’s creation you are entitled to inherit perfect peace. Seeking Divine Presence, in peaceful and in challenging times, builds a strong relationship with God. You will have a foundation of strength and hope from which to build a beautiful life.