This fear, was something I purposely worked with as an adult. I remember moving to Newark, and forcing myself to go sit alone in my front yard in the darkness. My heart would beat rapidly and my mind would race, as I imagined being feasted upon by unseen forces; such as coyotes, bears and crazy half humans. I knew my fear was imagined, yet there it was. Loosing my fear of darkness was something that came to me in stages; like riding a bike. I strategically faced my fear; first sitting in the field alone in the dark, then finding my way through the woods by moonlight. I was afraid at every step of the way, but as I faced my fear; looking it straight in the eye, I gained inner strength & the fear lost it’s power of me.
We are living in a world entrenched in fear; fear that seeps into every nook and cranny of our being. We fear the neighbor we do not know, the police officer, the politician, the person who doesn’t look like us, the person who does. We fear not having enough, loosing our homes, losing the ones we love, we fear flying, driving, walking, eating, and even god.
But let me ask you this…What good does all this fear do? Does it help you sleep better at night, does it make you happier, safer, less vulnerable? Like my fear of wild things in the dark of night, it has no benefit. I was not made safer from my fear, nor was my life enriched in any way, shape or form.
When we live with the reality; that our Soul exist after Death, fear begins to loose it’s power of us. For in reality the biggest fear of all, is Death or an ending of being. I do not like pain, I do not like hunger, I do not like hatred, I do not like oppression, but most of all I do not like fear. For fear is the soul eater; it paralyzes us and slows our ability to rationalize and problem solve. Releasing Fears hold over us, does not mean we give up, give in and do nothing. In fact it often brings about the opposite. When we release the power Fear has over us, we step forward like a true warrior and say “Fuck that, this is not my reality.” We may still have difficulties to face, and hardships to overcome. But we are no longer weak, weary and downtrodden. We step into our power and then, oh then…we can achieve wonders.