As the world experiences the spread of the coronavirus (covid-19) and its resultant impact on travel, social interaction and our basic needs of safety, health and provisions, it’s easy to see why the world is going into fear. How do we overcome fear at a time of significant world changes and maintain hope during a pandemic? We also know that 2020 offers tremendous potential. How can you open up to that potential and activate your power within?
Fear is our most basic emotion triggered by the reptilian brain and it’s instinctive fight or flight reaction. A lot of the fear we feel are collective fears fuelled by the media. Fear is not triggered by what’s actually happening, but by our perception of what’s happening and the media can colour this in dramatically.
Fear is contagious
Emotions are contagious and tend to rub off. Your unconscious mind; your emotional mind is very sensitive and picks up very easily on the subtleties of feelings of the people around you. In fact, it doesn’t really distinguish between your feelings and mine. It all becomes intertwined and connected as one, because at the level of the unconscious mind, we are one. So we can be dragged down or uplifted. Equally, we can have a dulling or uplifting effect on others. Being aware of this gives us choices.
Fear is a low level of consciousness
We have all walked into a room and sensed the vibes. You can feel the tension or the lightness. Emotions have vibrations. Some, like stress and fear, are dense and low in vibration. Others, like love and joy, are light and high in vibrations. Higher vibrations are naturally more uplifting and expansive.
When you dwell in fear, you dwell in the lowest state of consciousness. If you dwell in lower emotions too long, you can experience apathy and your energy becomes more constricted and solid. You can’t make decisions because you resist change. You want things to stay the same. You are motivated by safety and security. Stress and fear can cause dis-ease.
Higher up in positive emotions of willingness, hope, gratitude and enthusiasm, there’s more movement and flow in your energy. You become more expansive and you have more space to create. You are driven by meaning and purpose. You feel energised, healthy and inspired and can serve as an inspiration to others. You come into your own power, and abundance is a natural outflow.
Fear is a natural human experience
It is natural and human to experience the whole range of emotions. One day you may feel optimistic and positive, and then comes a day when you feel anxious for no apparent reason. Be willing to experience the whole range of human emotions. Don’t resist lower emotions of anger, upset or fear. What you resist persists. Just avoid dwelling in the lower emotions. Flow through the experience with awareness and intention to move back up into positive emotions. Releasing resistance and taking responsibility, begins to tip us into positive emotions. Practicing acceptance, gratitude and forgiveness helps us to transcend fear and feel positive emotions of love, joy and peace again.
Master your Mind to Overcome Fear
Change is inevitable and acceptance brings peace. We create our own suffering by holding onto things or wanting things to be different from what they are. Acceptance doesn’t mean liking or giving up or being satisfied, it just means non-resistance and accepting what is right now as a starting point. Acceptance is a precondition for healing.
Rather than being drawn into the fear, remain the detached observer. Look at what’s happening in the world from a higher perspective. What we are going through may be challenging, yet there is much to learn from it. Ultimately every experience is for our growth and evolution.
Practicing gratitude creates a positive mental shift every time. Gratitude activates neurotransmitters Serotonin and Dopamine that are naturally uplifting. Take an attitude of gratitude into a mindfulness meditative practice. Reflect on everything that is going well in your life and all you have to be grateful for.
You always have a choice. Do you feed the fearful inner lizard of the reptilian brain or do you trust the inner wizard of the higher mind? Faith and trust transcends the lizard voice.
Certain modes of thinking can feed the lizard voice:
‘Should’ and ‘must’ type thoughts as well as ‘why don’t they…’ place high expectations on ourselves or others and are frustration drivers.
‘Always’ and ‘never’ type thinking pushes us into the extreme (e.g. “I am always helping you and you never help me”) and are anger drivers.
Catastrophising (‘what if’ type thoughts or beliefs that something is far worse than it actually is) creates anxiety.
‘All or nothing’ or ‘black and white’ or ‘right or wrong’ or ‘nobody’ and ‘everybody’ type thoughts – absolutes rather than shades of grey – (e.g. nobody cares) are depression drivers.
The lizard voice is disempowering and perpetuates the victim state. Bring the nature of your thoughts into your awareness. Are they helpful or harmful? Let your thoughts be that of the inner wizard – aware, wise, kind, compassionate and reassuring to yourself and others. All consciousness is connected. Therefore when you change fear into love, you uplift the whole.
Look after your Nervous System
Give the nervous system a break from all the continuous stimulation. Spend time in stillness. Restore the balance by giving yourself time to rest and recuperate. Create calm by slowing your pace and be present in the moment. Calm doesn’t come from some change in the external world. It has to be cultivated from within. When you do, you can engage your nervous system for what it was intended – creativity. Your nervous system is designed to give you what you focus on. Embrace your creative energy by channelling it constructively and positively into enjoyable projects. Align yourself with your destiny and set positive intentions that drive and fulfil your vision.
Step into your Power
More than ever before, the world needs you to act from within your true power; your gifted-ness; your greatness. The power and potential for greatness is in all of us. When you tap into your true power, you tap into something that is you and at the same time greater than you. This universal force wants to flow through you. When you release the constricted power of the little ego self, you open up to a vast expansive power, that of your greater true self. Now is the time to step into your true higher power for a higher purpose.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Own your Power
You can’t use your power until you’ve owned it. Recognise that this power is in you anyway. The only thing that obscures it are our own fears and limiting beliefs – fears and limiting beliefs that keep you in your ordinariness, rather than your greatness. Whatever you think you are, you are always more than that. You have infinite potential and untapped resources already inside you. Release any fears and doubts about who you are and what you are capable of. Every time you release a limiting belief (sometimes we do it by facing the fear and doing it anyway) life responds to you in magical ways and whole new dimensions of possibilities open up to you.
“To live fearlessly is to actively practice peace and non-violence, even if it seems like we’re threatened” – Alberto Villoldo
What do I do with this Power?
Create – be the all powerful creator that you are.
Heal – your life, your family and the world.
Bring change – be the change agent ushering in a peaceful, loving world.
Take action – act with certainty and commitment to your chosen path.
Inspire others effortlessly – through just being who you are and doing what you do.
Step into your greater purpose powerfully – be the master, the creator, the lightworker and change agent the world needs right now. That’s what you came to do. These may be challenging times, but it is the time we incarnated for and you have everything that it takes already inside you.
What else can you do to release fear?
Breathing exercises – a deeper in-breath and a longer out-breath
Be present in the moment – get your thoughts out of the future and the past
Have some positive affirmations that you repeat to yourself, such as “I know I can do it” and “everything will work out well”
Slow down your pace
Regular nurturing exercise such as yoga, pilates, tai chi, swimming, walking and cycling.
It’s always best to get to the root cause and resolve issues for good. Time Line Therapy™ is the most powerful way to heal and release all negative emotions such as anger, sadness, fear, depression and anxiety. We can also let go of self-doubt and limiting beliefs that keep you from feeling confident and reaching your highest potential, and develop empowering beliefs and natural confidence instead. Time Line Therapy™ is unique in its approach and resolves issues remarkably quickly without having to go into a lot of details. For more information click on this link: Time Line Therapy™.