In the book, “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things,” by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, a simple environmental concept is included that is revolutionary.
It is revolutionary in that while it is meant to be ecologically beneficial, it can also be applied to our spiritual lives. The concept is “Waste Equals Food”. This principle views all products as nutrients. Products are designed in such a way that after their useful life they can provide nourishment for something new. They either safely re-enter the environment or are used again as another product. Nothing is ever wasted.
If waste equals food, then waste is not actually a bad thing or a problem. Waste can actually be a good thing that can be put back into the cycle of life. What if the same thing could be done with fear?
What if “Fear Equals Freedom” was a concept we could apply in our lives?
To apply the fear equals freedom concept you must first get into the habit of observation. Ignoring fear or attempting to run from it just tightens its grip. Action usually lessens fear and the act of mindfully observing what you are afraid of begins the process of investigation. What can be most helpful is to simply write down what your fears are. It is best to do this when you are feeling fear most intensely.
All feelings and thoughts are rooted in belief. If your heart races seconds after hearing a police siren or you experience total well-being while watching a pleasant sunset, both are reflecting a belief.
The police siren may activate fears and beliefs of danger or perhaps getting a speeding ticket and not having the money to pay for it. Nobody wants to have points added onto their driving record and to pay a higher auto insurance rate!
When you observe that you are feeling fear, ask yourself why you are feeling it. What belief is creating the experience of fear? As you listen and watch what comes to mind, you may be surprised by what the answer is.
A bucket has a bottom and so do fearful thoughts and feelings. If you can develop and an attitude of enthusiasm when you feel fear, two things will generally happen. One, when fearful thoughts or feelings come up you will be somewhat more detached as you observe them.
It still may not feel that great but the role of being the observer empowers you. Two, you will move through the fears more quickly and be able to get down to the root issues.
You do not need to resist fear. Enthusiasm about the process of discovery can turn fear into freedom. When you are conscious of the beliefs generating the fear you can then choose new beliefs that empower you. New beliefs will create new actions and a new reality.
Emotional resolution comes from living your human experience and using every piece of it for something constructive, productive and positive. The most negative things can lead to the deepest realizations.
Beneath the root of fear is a new foundation of well-being.
Resolution is not a one-step action; it is a process of working with your thoughts and feelings, examining your beliefs and adopting new actions.