by Dr. Rita Louise
"The oldest and strongest emotion of
mankind is fear."
Fear is defined as an emotional response to an unknown or
impending danger or as an expectation of evil. Fear can create
feelings of apprehension, anxiety, alarm, dread, fright or
terror. When you are in fear, you are scared of someone, something
or a potential outcome.
We all experience fear at one point in time or another. Actually
fear is a great way to keep us from hurting ourselves. Fear
has a limiting effect on our behaviors and ourselves. Fear
keeps us from putting our hand on the hot burner of the stove.
It keeps us from jumping from high place, or leaves us tentative
when going into a darkened room. These types of fears are
good. They keep us safe. They make us think before we do,
knowing full well the potential outcome and repercussions
of our actions. Even with activities such as fire walking,
skydiving and bunji jumping, a major component or should I
say thrill of these activities is saying hello to and overcoming
Fear comes in all shapes and sizes. In extreme cases individuals
find themselves afraid of closed in spaces such as elevators.
They may be afraid of insects such as spiders or bees, they
may be afraid of heights, afraid to fly in airplanes or even
afraid of the water. Fear is elicited as a response or reaction
to some previous life experience or trauma. It can be experienced
when we look to venture into uncharted ground, especially
when the outcome is unknown. We can also experience fear when
we loose our jobs, look to end a relationship or even when
we try to express our needs and desires.
Fear can impact us in many ways. It was once said "Fear
is the thief of dreams". The truth to that statement
is unbelievable. Bottom line … fear takes away our choices.
It can keep us from doing the things we want or need to do
for ourselves. It limits us, constrains us and can end up
ruling our lives. It consumes our energy and enjoyment of
life, leaving us experiencing additional unexplainable stress,
frustration or feeling just plain stuck.
When it comes to health, the role emotions, especially the
emotion of fear is not something to be taken lightly. Fear
causes the body to contract. Fear causes our life force energy,
or chi', that flows through our bodies to slow down creating
distortions in its flow. The impact or sizes of these energetic
distortions are dictated by repetition, intensity and our
reaction to the negative/fear causing factor. These energetic
distortions can be likened to an imaginary button within ourselves.
The impact or size of these distortions being equated to how
many times or how hard the button(s) gets pushed, multiplied
by our unique reaction to the event or situation. It is like
finding out that you owe the IRS money. Some people take it
in stride, with little to no reaction. In others, it may evoke
an intense reaction - one that will be remembered for years.
As these energetic distortions grow, our life force energy
slows down proportionately, until it finally stops.
Once stopped, disease is only a step away. When we are in
fear, we are hesitant to take steps forward. Our minds are
filled with thoughts of a traumatic experience, a negative
outcome or the potential repercussions of our choices and
decisions. We manifest these fears as procrastination, where
we choose to do nothing. Sometimes we go into resistance,
digging ourheals in and holding on tightly to our current
position or situation. Some of us go into denial about our
fears, choosing to blame others or the situation for their
choices. Others, just avoid putting themselves into scary
situations thus eliminating any possible threat.
Being in or living in fear is all about choices…you
can choose to move forward, or you can choose to stand still
marking time. Again, while some fears are good and essential
for our basic survival, many of the ones we face daily have
nothing to do with any real threat or danger. For many of
us, the only real peril we experience are the thoughts and
ideas we conger up in our minds.
Fear can be thought of as a scary old-time black and white
movie poster of the Werewolf or Dracula hanging on the back
of a door in a darkened room. As we look ahead, the only thing
we can see is this scary creature obstructing our passage
and forward movement. What we don't realize is that the threat
isn't real. Once we turn on the lights in the room, we can
see that it is only a poster and no danger at all. What's
more, as we sit in this darkened room, unable or unwilling
to either turn on the lights or step through that door, we
will never know what is on the other side. We will be forever
trapped by our own reservations, worries and uncertainties
and will never come to know the freedom and sense of power
that is experienced as you step through its limitation and
into the light of a new day. Addressing fear, saying hello
to it, is a major component in overcoming it. It is like turning
on the light in that darkened room, the unknowns become known,
what was once scary becomes mundane and may even seem trivial.
Miraculous things happen to those who consciously choose
to overcome their fears. As they begin to move forward in
this new life journey, many find deep, long lost, feelings
of inner strength and renewed self-confidence. They gain certainty
in their skills, abilities and even downfalls. They have the
good fortune of learning more about themselves, their wants,
needs and desires, thus opening new doors of opportunity and
What do you fear? Perhaps it is time to turn on the light
and step through the door of empowerment and behold a new
and brilliant day.
About The Author: Dr. Rita Louise
Free your mind, body, and spirit naturally at Medical-Intuitives.com.
Whether it is a physical problem, an emotional issue, a problem
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