by Avalon De Witt –
Whenever we’re about to make a major leap forward in our spiritual development, fear always steps into our path. It’s the antagonist in all our personal stories. It’s true that we attract what we fear. The more we fear a thing, the more likely it is to happen. And if left unchecked, fear can take control of our lives. Yet, everything has a purpose and fear is no exception.
There is good reason to be afraid of some things. Fear is a messenger that warns us there may be danger ahead. Its purpose is to guide us toward actions that will protect us as well as our loved ones. It is natural and healthy to feel fear. But like other natural tendencies we have, we’re here to master our fear.
We all wish that life could be stable.
Of course, you don’t want to take it too far. You don’t want to be so engrossed in your fear that you become consumed by it. But there is a balance to be achieved between that extreme and its opposite – avoiding, denying, trying to be unafraid. Avoidance of fear is our greatest barrier to spiritual growth and happiness.
When we try to avoid or deny our fear in the hope that we can just be rid of it, it usually gets worse. Shutting out fear invariably shuts out the choices and blessings that could take us to the next level of our soul’s development.
Fear is very much like quicksand.
Carl Jung said, “The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside as fate.” Fear that is ignored takes up residence in our souls, and draws experiences to us in which it can exercise itself. We then find ourselves face to face with the same fear-inducing experiences again and again.
The result of this is that our ability to exercise our free will becomes hampered more and more every time we let fear take over. This can create extremely stubborn blocks in our spiritual progress, and can harm us physically, mentally and emotionally.
Avoiding fear blocks us from the joy we could be experiencing and blinds us to the Divine Light in our soul.
Don’t be afraid of fear. Do not reject it or push it away.
Fear is the seed of courage. Even Jesus Christ experienced fear. It’s what we do in response to our fear that makes the difference. That’s where love comes in.
When you focus on love, its ability to touch you grows.
So let your fear come to the surface. Whatever fear you may have, whether it be large or small. Don’t fight it; just sit with it and get to know it. Ask it what it is trying to tell you and listen to what it may be asking you for. Let yourself be moved by your fear’s needs. Let your heart break for your fear.
Once you are in contact with your fear, and have found understanding of why it has come to you, you can take right action. This is the way to own your fear and take personal responsibility for finding your own inner peace, no matter what your circumstances. This is not an easy path but it is easier than the loss of Self that you would experience otherwise. Remember that life is a gift.