People who are awake and aware work hard to release their fears in order to live in love. The least painful--and most protected--way to deal with fear is to go above it: to awaken to our inner light and perceive the perfection in all things.
When our humanity becomes apparent, and it will, we step back into our divinity to become one with Perfect Mind. No judgment, no blame, as the I Ching says. In the light of love we systematically remove, one by one, the obstacles to our enlightenment.
It sounds easy, doesn't it? Well, while simple, it does require a leap of faith. First we must believe that this is a loving, benevolent universe and every event is perfect, no matter how it looks. Secondly, we realize that our old thoughts, emotions, attitudes and beliefs will feel threatened and struggle to survive. We can avert this by asking our old ways to co-create a new way of being.
For instance, we don't want to eradicate the ancient reptilian brain, a powerful instinctual force that is necessary to protect us from danger. Instead, we want to calm and tame it so that it cooperates with the intuitive heart and thinking mind to signal only realistic warnings of danger.
The following techniques are ways to modulate the lower nature and reconcile it with the higher. The fundamental idea is that each soul projects into an electromagnetic light body that, like a radio or TV, receives and emits sensory signals. If we stay calm enough to tune in to different parts of this instrument, we can master our states of consciousness and systematically dissipate our fears.
The mastery of fear is a quantum leap into personal and planetary evolution, since it is fear and fear alone that moves us to control and dominate other people, races, cultures, nations and Mother Earth.
10 Steps to Freedom
1. Breathe love. When you hear your voice shaking, see your hands tremble, or feel the rise of fear in your belly, breathe deeply and ask love to take its place. While focusing your awareness on a white light above your head, breathe and love yourself and the world with all your heart. Each time you do this, you bring light to yourself and soon will be filled with light. Remember that you are not alone and never will be. Love surrounds you.
2. Be mindful. Whether real or imagined, fear causes the ancient "reptilian" brain (the oldest, bottom layer of brain cells) to seize control of and shut down the cerebral ("mammalian") mind of reason in order to quickly stimulate the body for a physical response. Today, the reptilian brain rarely strikes in response to real danger (except in war-torn countries), but most often responds to memory's fears and conditioned expectations of danger.
Have you ever experienced a reptilian response? You know that you have, if you walk away shaking your head and wondering why you reacted to someone or something else with sudden, surprising violence.
When fear is pervasive, use the Buddhist art of "stopping" to gain control over your inner reptile. Use mind-calming techniques and meditation practice to slow the strike speed of your involuntary nervous system and discover the source of your fears.
You can master your thoughts, words and actions by using these mindfulness meditations taught by the Buddhist peacemaker, Thich Nhat Hahn, in his superb little book, Touching Peace. Just sit still, close your eyes, and breathe slowly and evenly, saying to yourself:
"Breathing in, I know I am breathing in.
Breathing out, I know I am breathing out.
Breathing in, I see myself as a flower.
Breathing out, I feel fresh.
Breathing in, I see myself as a mountain.
Breathing out, I feel solid."
After a few moments, gently ask your inner self to make you aware of the source of your fear. Becoming mindful in this way helps us become less volatile and more peaceful.
3. Deepen your awareness. If your thinking mind gets busy and blocks your attempt to reason through your fears, go below the conscious mind to a deeper state of awareness. The two easiest ways to do this are to slow your breath and relax the back of your tongue.
Just slow down your rate of breathing until your body relaxes and slows your thoughts. To further relax your mind, bring your awareness to the back, or root, of your tongue and relax your tongue until it is no longer "pulling" with movement.
You will feel the positive effects of these mind-calming techniques as your awareness centers in the relaxed, diffused "alpha" state (8-14 hertz in brainwave frequencies). Daydream until your answers emerge. If no insights emerge, let go for the moment and engage in something that allows your mind to wander. Or ask for an enlightening dream during the night.
4. Affirm perfection. If your fear is a deeply rooted thought or belief, till it up and plant new seed with life-giving affirmations.
In the 1960s, Eileen and Peter Caddy, living on the northeast coast of Scotland, planted seeds in sand that grew only briars. Through inner listening and prayers of love, everything needed came to them, giving rise to 40-pound broccoli plants, better understanding of the Law of Manifestation, and the famous Findhorn Community (www.findhorn.org), a center of light that sparked the New Age movement across our planet.
With faith, belief and trust, all fear can be overcome. This requires time and effort, but it is in overcoming our fears that we grow strong, pure and still more perfect.
Besides that, what you give to love will always give back to you. All of us, even spiritual masters, begin our lives with fear of what might lie ahead. Each step forward dissipates this fear. The joy of accomplishment takes its place.
A simple affirmation like "I am fearless, strong and peaceful" works wonders. Positive prayer and affirmations are auto-suggestions that reprogram the subconscious mind, rewire brain circuitry and center thought in the left prefrontal cortex, where positive emotions are processed. With brain function balanced, we begin to identify with the deeper, core self of happiness, joy and perfection.
This is who you really are. Constant awareness of your higher nature will heal your mind and change your life into the experience that you want it to be.
5. Recognize the reptile. Make note of what fear feels like so that you can slow and eventually stop the reptilian brain from seizing control of your ability to reason. Use meditation techniques to calm your body-mind. As neuroscientists have discovered with brain scans, meditation slows the reptilian response and brings the reptilian and mammalian minds into cooperation.
Instinct and reason, now balanced and working together, open doors to the higher mind and a global shift in consciousness. Now more open and receptive, the brain's reticular activating system, located at the top of the spinal column, stops censoring the information that it receives and now relays not just what we already believe, but what is needed to expand our perceptions of reality.
No longer will the mind look for things to fear; instead, it will seek reasons to love.
6. Activate your psychic senses. Become aware of the sensations in your body. If you feel fear in your heart or throat, check to see if it comes from emotional memory or is a warning from your higher self. What is happening in your stomach, where gut instinct lives? What does your gut instinct feel and say?
Feeling is our strongest psychic sense, so gently bring your awareness to your solar plexus, the area just above your navel, and allow your intuition to speak to you. If you are picking up negative vibrations from elsewhere, psychic feeling will identify the source.
7. Draw in your delta. To shut off an external source of fear, draw in your "delta" brainwaves. This category of brainwave frequencies is the radar, or field consciousness, by which we transmit feelings of empathy and receive psychic messages. Since you know what it feels like to be open and you know what it feels like to be closed, you can easily draw your delta frequencies close against your body-mind.
Once you've done this, ask to know your next best step. If you are picking up another person's chaos, you can beam back love or leave the area. Ask your soul which to do, both for yourself and the other person.
8. Expand into the infinite. If you cannot or do not wish to leave the vicinity, you can remain present and protect yourself by pressing together the thumb and forefinger of each hand to close the body's energy circuits. Next, expand your awareness outward as far as you can. The other person's energies will flow through the open spaces in your energy field and outward without attaching to you.
Even during a deliberate psychic attack, you can stay calm, centered and present. This enables you to draw insight and intuition from the depths of your inner being, no matter what occurs.
9. Gather your allies. Remember to seek insight from universal energies, including angels, spirits and your own higher self. Each of these draws wisdom from the same repository, so it doesn't matter which you call on. Ask and you will receive, if not immediately, then soon by way of inner knowing and/or outer synchronicity.
10. Evolve. Fear is a choice and so is love, as shown in this Native American story.
"I feel like I have two wolves fighting in my heart," the grandfather confesses to his grandson. "One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one."
The grandson asks, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?"
"The one I feed," the grandfather replies.
Since we are human, we are likely to feed both. Yet we can bring our two natures into harmony by feeding the deeper self with daily contemplative time, prayer and meditation; in diet and attunement to beauty and truth; and by serving others in thought, word and deed: ministering to the sick and needy, the lost and broken as time presents opportunities for doing so.
With spiritual practice we will satisfy our inherent need to love ourselves, others and God.
This is how to evolve the lower nature into the higher. Conscious evolution is not a matter of feeding one nature or the other, but creating a higher synthesis of both. It is found in what the Unity church calls The Creed of the Heart:
Our God is Love
Our Race is Human
Our Religion is Oneness
This oneness will carry us into our highest and best: pure, perfect beings awakening to
About Judith Pennington
Judith Pennington is an internationally published journalist and a coast-to-coast teacher of meditation and consciousness expansion. Author of The Voice of the Soul, a critically acclaimed memoir about self-healing, conscious evolution, and the science of spirituality, she guides people to their wisdom and peace through lectures, workshops, books, CDs, and The Path of the Master, a series of downloadable workbooks and meditations geared to life mastery and spiritual enlightenment.
A certified consciousness trainer, Judith offers private sessions of biofeedback meditation to help people awaken their minds and develop their untapped potential. Visit her website, www.EagleLife.com, to listen to a guided meditation, hear a radio show on the high-performance mind, and join a global network of people receiving her two free publications: The Still, Small Voice, an e-newsletter on inner peace, and OneWorld Spirit, an e-magazine on spiritual politics and world peace.
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