For most of us, the Covid-19 pandemic has certainly brought to the forefront feelings of fear and uncertainty. Fear on the emotional scale of energy is hugely contagious and can be dangerous. Fear creates a range of emotions from anger, frustration, anxiety, and depression to hopelessness, helplessness and panic. Experiencing this on a global scale within the collective consciousness of humanity can be overwhelming and I for one want to shift out of fear and into love. It just feels better.
In this blog I want to offer a perspective on how to transform fear into something that feels better and more manageable on an individual scale. If this topic resonates, I hope this helps.
Have you ever noticed that no matter what you are experiencing, whether it is joy or sadness, there is a background feeling of fear about life? When you are in the feeling of joy, for example, has your mind ever taken you to thoughts like “this probably won’t last’, “this is too good to be true”, “I just have to wait and the other shoe will drop”, “I don’t deserve to be happy”? If you can relate to any of these thoughts, you know what I am talking about.
What are all these thoughts about? Where does this fear come from? When these questions surfaced in my own life I decided it was time to figure out what was going on. I began to research and do healing work to find some answers. There is no better way to get started on a project than to have a goal that will set you on a path to find answers to the deeper questions that will have you living a better life.
I began to focus my attention and work in the field of energy and consciousness. The first step was to get in touch with my own patterns and habits of thought and behaviour. My course of study in university was psychology/sociology so I knew the importance of connecting with data, information and courses of study that would guide me. I also knew I couldn’t do it alone so I began to do the work to find the human resources that would support me in finding the answers.
In my book, Take a Breath, I share with you what I discovered about fear and why it plays like background music in our head. To get right to the point the answer is simply because it is a choice that many of us have made based on beliefs we carry in our consciousness. These beliefs may not be obvious to you because they are in the background of your mind, i.e., subconscious. Subconscious beliefs are activated without a conscious thought on your part. They simply become a habit of thought and a pattern of behaviour because you believe that life is just the way it is.
What if I told you that you can transform fear right here and now if you make a conscious decision to just change your mind? This sounds pretty simple doesn’t it. I am sure you might even begin to think if it is so simple why isn’t everyone doing it. Well the truth is, it is simple. However it is not easy. Changing habits and patterns based on subconscious beliefs requires you to understand that thoughts can be addictive much like alcohol, food and drugs.
To change the behaviour or addiction you must first be willing to acknowledge the habit and pattern. The transformation comes from a conscious decision to move down a different path. For example when you notice that you are thinking thoughts that are fear-based, rather than going into the fear, you can pause to acknowledge the fear.
The word “notice’ suggests that you are conscious of what you are feeling. This is perfect. The word “acknowledge” means that you are paying attention and you are taking responsibility for what you are feeling. This is even better. Now is the moment to get really excited.
You have just given your self permission to be present with your feelings. You are self aware. This is where all the magic exists. Present moment consciousness is where change happens.
For example, if you notice yourself losing your joy, you can take a deep breath to slow the thoughts in your head so you can really hear what they are saying. Once you separate from the thoughts, you will realize that you are not your thoughts. The thoughts are energy moving through your head. Your conscious self can now observe your subconscious thoughts. This is so important to understand and to practice.
The breath is key here. When you take a conscious breath you are pausing the thoughts cycling through your mind. This creates the space for you to separate from the thought and bring yourself back into your body and right mind. In your conscious mind you can actually hear the voice in your head.
Once you are aware of what you are thinking, your conscious self can decide to either change your mind to hold onto your joy or you can lose your mind to the subconscious thoughts you created. If you choose the latter, it will result in the patterns and habits of thoughts I shared with your earlier continuing to play out in your experience.
You will notice here that I am putting the responsibility on you. You can blame or project what you feel onto others or you can own your feelings. What you feel is real and it is personal to you. The key to transformation is rooted in this truth. When you own your feelings you are in control and you can change them based on what you want to experience versus what you don’t. However when you project your feelings outward you lose your power and ability to change because you are making someone else responsible.
Fear can be transformed when you take responsibility for what you feel. Know that to be true. You have the power to make it happen. Changing your mind takes practice, commitment and most of all, courage. To challenge old belief structures that have created your patterns and habits can be exhausting work. However you are worth that effort. Trust me, if you do the work you will uncover and discover the best parts of your self.
We were all meant to live in joy, no matter the circumstances. Have faith, trust and surrender to this truth. It will change your life. When everything is said and done, if you let your background music change from fear to love I guarantee your heart will open to joy, love, calm, peace, and happy energy. This is where you will begin to feel like you are on the path to living your best life.
Love is always the answer and when you are focused on love, fear has no place to nest. Remember you can not change what you do not acknowledge. You must acknowledge fear to transform fear. Pay attention, take a breath, and love yourself enough to practice daily the work required to transform the fear to an energy that just feels better.
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