Are You Afraid?
I know I’ve said before it’s as if the world wants us to be afraid, but that’s not completely true. In the world of Marketing, it seems there is a lot to be afraid of, but businesses are merely adhering to the information provided by psychological studies that say we are motivated by fear. They are using the tools that work. The media, too, makes use of this information, playing on our personal fears and anxieties. And marketing and the media are nearly everywhere so the message to be afraid, be very afraid, is everywhere too.
We have talked about fear here on the porch; how to deal with it, how to make it go away. But one thing we haven’t discussed is where our fear comes from.
Can we make our fear go away when we don’t know where it originates?
I suspect that our fear is about not feeling safe. It’s two sides of the same coin: when we have no fear we feel safe; when we feel safe we have no fear.
Think of it this way; if you knew you were completely protected, supported, guided and cherished by Life, by the Universe, by God or even by a person who was capable of upholding such a bargain (most of us felt safe as children in the homes of our parents), would you be afraid?
So why, at times in our lives, don’t we feel safe? Why do we feel fear? That’s the question that warrants further exploration so let’s explore it.
In The Happy Place, I share a simple process for following a disturbing feeling to its source so you can understand it, question it and change it. There are four steps on the Path to Peace. Those four steps will reveal the source of your fear and help you to shift it.
You may require more than one trip down the Path to Peace to clear the issue. Some issues have many layers, each larger and deeper. Picture it as a pyramid. You begin at the top and each succeeding layer is deeper, larger and more foundational. Each journey down the Path to Peace helps you to deal with another one.
But with each visit you feel better, you understand yourself better and you shake off more of the conditioning of your past.
Have you made your way down The Path to Peace? Do you want to clear the fear away and feel how safe you really can feel? Do you know what you’re afraid of?