“Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them.” ~ Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy …
There is a wealth of information available to us when we explore our fears in life. Of course, this exercise is not typically enjoyable–no one likes to dwell on things that concern or frighten them, things we are not good at or fail at, things that bring about feelings of unease and uncertainty, and things that perhaps shine light on the more negative aspects of ourselves. But our fears control us… and unless we make the conscious effort to confront them–no matter how intimidating they may be–we will continue to remain under their influences.
When I look at the effects of fear in my own life, it becomes painfully obvious just how “unhealthy” fear is to me–physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Much like an illness ravages our body–leaving us sickly, weak, and unable to function at our best–fear leaves us in a state where we are less than whole. Yet in this state, we have the ability to understand a “treasure house of self-knowledge,” for the answers on how to live our lives to the fullest lie within our ability to explore our fears and understand them in a very personal way.
Our fears hold the answers we need to enrich our lives with peace, contentment, and happiness–for within them lies the source of so much of our stress, dissatisfaction, and conflict in life. But they can only help us if we pay attention to them–if we journey down the path towards understanding them, overcoming them, and growing from them in ways that empower us to unlock our true potential within.
Listen to what your fears are telling you.
Questions to consider:
What are some of your fears? What might they be trying to teach you?
In what ways do you pay attention to the lessons that fear is teaching you?
Why do we often avoid facing our fears? What happens when we do so? Is this a healthy strategy for dealing with them?
For further thought:
“It is not that you must be free from fear. The moment you try to free yourself from fear, you create a resistance against fear. Resistance, in any form, does not end fear. What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it, not how to resist it through courage and so on.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Flight of the Eagle