From a Spiritual Lens...
Most of us would agree that fear is an uncomfortable part of our human experience, but what if fear were to be used as a tool to develop and deepen our connection with the Divine? I don’t think anyone would argue that in the past two years we’ve collectively experienced unprecedented levels of fear. The first thing to remember when we’re in a state of fear is that our amygdala has been activated. This occurs either from believing a story we conjure up internally or by identifying with a narrative from an outside source. The amygdala, located near the base of the brain, is home to our fight or flight response; it serves as a survival mechanism to keep us alive when danger is present. This survival signal may stem from either physical or emotional threats. When the amygdala fires up, other parts of our brain’s functions become diminished and our critical thinking skills are greatly impaired. This means that our prefrontal cortex, which is in charge of our executive function, i.e. planning, judgment, reasoning, problem solving, comes to a slow crawl, if not a complete halt! Considering how inadequately the brain operates when fear is present, it is essential to immediately regain calmness and control. Having a practice to recover from fear is crucial to regaining the executive functions of our brain.
Fear is experienced as low frequency vibrations. These facets of fear: panic, alarm, scarcity, anxiety, worry and pain have all contributed to recurring trauma responses. Many of us agree that we are frequencies of energy. I appreciate David Hawkins book, 𝙇𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙡𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙘𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨, as a reference for understanding the affects of frequency. The frequency of fear is identified at 100, while love is identified at 500!
I once read a book titled “𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙜𝙤, 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚.” It seems apropos for moments of fear. Instead of falling prey to negative outside influences that tend to incite fear, we can move to the peaceful place Eckhart Tolle calls 𝙎𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨.
Fear is frenetic energy, scurried, chaotic, and can feel heavy…I believe that when fear arises, it is a great opportunity to become still and move within-to be inspired and to inspire. My favorite definition of inspiration is to take an in- breath of the spirit. I love this because this is where we find our answers, our guidance, our wisdom… within. This is where we tune into our inner compass, our highest Self, source energy, divine intelligence… Fear is our invitation to grow, to evolve and to ultimately love. Fear is our divine alarm clock reminding us to choose whether we will create heaven or hell. I once heard someone say, “well, this is a very scary situation, and there’s wishful thinking and then there’s reality.”
We can begin to understand that we are indeed the creators of our reality. The power is within us because we are one with our Source and have the ability to be aligned with the divine mind. We recognize these truths, remembering our true nature, and once again are set free of fear.
Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence isn’t an act, it’s a habit.” Let us incorporate this concept into our spiritual walk. If we find ourselves on a perpetual teeter-totter of fear, it may be time to strengthen our spiritual foundation. Get grounded in the principles. Take Inventory of the situation and what is possible. How do I want to feel? Where am I at? Where do I see myself? Is what I am thinking creating the life I wish to experience? How can I serve and add value to the world? Is it time to choose to nourish myself with healthy food and immune boosting activities? I feel that when fear shows up we are being given a gift to reset, reboot and restore our minds to our original program of Love. I see fear is an opportunity to reorganize and re-cognize, understanding COGNIZE is to become conscious of. Fear is the prompt to transcend the lower frequencies of emotions, knowing that out of chaos comes order. Carl Jung profoundly said, “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” Personally, my intention is to participate in creating a kind, just, loving society for all people. This intention leaves no room for fearing others. My core value of Love has no room for fear to hijack my heart and soul that would allow discriminatory, unkind, disrespectful actions toward anyone.
Every breakthrough is preceded by uncertainty. The unknown and uncertainty can activate fear. Embracing the unknown is living with arms wide open. This means opening up,
COME WHAT MAY! This means discussing and getting comfortable with closure, transition and death. We find freedom from the grip of fear when we welcome emotion as an opportunity to go inward and look deeply at our programming and conditioning: is my self-talk limiting, is my inner dialogue judgmental, does my ego close me off from being an empty vessel for new information, new energy, more love, and to witness infinite possibilities emerge?
Freedom from fear calls us to heal and return to the wholeness of who and what we truly are. When we heal individually, we heal collectively. We are not passive observers, but rather active participants. As Gerald G. Jampolsky declared, “𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘓𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘎𝘰 𝘰𝘧 𝘍𝘦𝘢𝘳.”
Choosing Freedom, Amy