FREEDOM FROM FEAR
By Laura V. Hyde
Recently, an artistic friend, blessed with the gift of sculpting contacted me for help in moving beyond his fears. He felt ready to take the next step toward fulfilling his heart’s destiny and wanted advice on how to get there. I remember sharing the Nike philosophy of “Just Do It!” and the empowerment this motto has given me. He questioned, however, “Is there more? How do you “just do it” when you have fear?”
Most of us are very familiar with the feelings of fear. Fear seems to raise its head at the most inopportune times: during times of change, while cultivating deepened intimacy, before taking a risk, just prior to seizing a new opportunity and basically anytime we are ready to move forward and become the magnificent beings we were born to be. The roads of fear are numerous and if there were “frequent flyer miles” awarded each time we’ve traveled with fear, most of would be able to fly anywhere, anytime.
One thing I’ve learned in my life is that fear in itself is nothing. It only has power to the extent I succumb to it. The phrase “There is nothing to fear but fear itself” is true — to an extent. However, because the power of our minds is staggering, a more accurate way to describe fear is, “There is nothing to fear except our willingness to believe in it.” A participant in one of my workshops once shared an interesting and rectified acronym of fear:
A Course in Miracles teaches us that fear has become so familiar and such a common, everyday feeling, that love — our core essence — is now the stranger. Having fallen asleep to the love inside, we have become alien to what’s in our hearts. “There is a stranger in our midst [fear], who comes from an idea so foreign to the truth he speaks a different language, looks upon a world truth does not know, and understands what truth regards as senseless. Stranger yet, he does not recognize to whom he comes [love] . . . And yet, how easy it would be to say, ‘This is my home. Here I belong, and will not leave because a madman says I must.’” Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we have forgotten we need only ask that we be returned “home” to love, which like Heaven, is a state of mind.
Fear, as love, is a choice. It’s not something that is going to exist whether we like it or not; it’s something we have power over. This lesson has been one of the hardest for me to learn. Intellectually, it has always made sense. But emotionally, when fear has surfaced, I have sometimes felt paralyzed. Recognizing that everything is either love or fear, I’ve discovered in my own life that fear is everywhere and thus I cannot afford to wait for it to disappear, because it won’t. I must feel it, then ask for guidance in connecting with the love inside me and move through my perception of it.
Only love is real; fear is an illusion. There is not room in our hearts and minds for both fear and love. When we allow fear to dictate, love is hidden. Thus focusing on the fear only enables it to remain in place. Like the crucifixion, we must recognize fear is present within our thoughts. However the way to heal it is to rest our gaze on the love within so we may be resurrected above the fear to a state of mind that transcends the illusion of fear.
Today, “Just do it” by bringing forth love’s presence. Choose a situation in your life that has been causing you to feel afraid. Face your fear, then ask Spirit to bring love into your awareness. It’s much more healing and expedient to move through the fear by affirming that only love exists and fear is simply an illusion. As darkness is a lack of light, fear is a lack of love. To release fear, you need only to call forth the love that is already inside you. Remembering the love you have received from others while sinking into the love you have given will invoke the process. As you continue to do so, you will notice the fear is dissipating.
A wonderful lesson that demonstrates this practice was passed on to me from a website titled “Effortless Prosperity”:
“This lesson is about letting go of my fear of anything and trusting God to take the fear away. The way I let go is to know that fear does not exist. My fear is only my ego’s deluded perception that it is possible to experience a lack of love in my life. To release this deluded perception, I must understand I am always filled with and surrounded by unconditional love. Therefore, whenever I feel fear, I can bring forth this unconditional love and immediately the fear disappears. Today, I release all fear.”
If you put love in charge, what would your life be like? What are some of the things you would do if love, instead of fear, filled each day? In this moment, ask yourself “If I loved myself more, I would _____________.” Allow love to be your guide and you’ll be amazed at how natural it feels to be unafraid and for love’s courage to fill your heart.
Laura Hyde is co-founder of Infinite Wisdom, an organization dedicated to the highest human capacity, and a national author and speaker. She is the author of “Gifts of the Soul” and creator and teacher of various programs, including the Self-Mastery Program. For more information, please call (888) PEACE-93 or visit www.laurahyde.com
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