Dissolving fear and revealing what’s real –

What is fear? You know when you feel it. But when you feel it, do you acknowledge that you are afraid? Or do you bury the memory as soon as you can. Is it a failure? A weakness?

No one wants to come across as scared. We tell children, be brave. Boys don’t cry. Don’t be a sissy. Girls don’t cry either. Not in my family. How far are we willing to go to suppress fear. Hide and look away. Repress.

And yet, fear is still there. Because fear is a belief. And belief is king. A belief is higher than yourself. You put it there. You look up to it, and worship it. It’s made by you, and yet it controls you. It is your wall, barrier and block. This is why we say, overcome.

Fear is “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat”.

But it’s every one else who is afraid. Not us. Now it becomes our shadow. Unease. Biting nails. Grinding teeth. Anxiety. Distress. Panic attacks and nightmares. We have renamed our fears: tension and stress. It’s only daily life. No cure they say. Maybe escape. A drink. A smoke. A pill. Chocolate cake. Sex. Yet the nightmares are still there. Clenched teeth. Tight fists. Shadow boxing. Invisible enemies. Threats, real or imagined.

Fear is “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined“.

Fear is belief and emotion rolled into one. Seems to have a power all its own. Power to strike and paralyze. It rises and rules over you. Making a docile servant out of you. Afraid to make a move. Afraid to step out of bounds. Fear is a ruler fierce and unkind. Suppressing free will. Cutting your wings. Tying you down. Who is this king. When he doesn’t even exist.

“You are the one witness of everything, and are always totally free. The cause of bondage is that one sees the witness as something other than this.” 
Ashtavakra Gita (http://www.osholeela.com/poetry/ashta1.html)

“The body, heaven and hell, bondage and liberation, and fear too, all this is active imagination. What is there left to do for one whose very nature is consciousness?”
Ashtavakra Gita (http://www.osholeela.com/poetry/ashta1.html)

You are consciousness. You are free. No fear is what’s real.


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