When the heart and mind are calm, our thoughts have omniscient and omnipresent power. Thought is beyond space and time. At times, fear is present and our mind is consumed with powerful, unsettled thoughts and feelings. Then we lose our power, clarity and peace.
Fear can be constructive and destructive. It can prevent us from doing harmful things. The stove is hot and we fear a burn if we touch it. The law says don’t steal or we will face prison and we abide and maintain social order. Cautious fear is wise, but negative fear strips us from our power of will.
Fear comes from the heart. When we feel fear, relax by breathing in deeply and exhaling slowly several times. A quiet heart cannot feel fear. Fear in the heart is awakened through the awareness of pain. This means that fear is attached to a memory of a prior painful experience. When we dwell on the apprehension, the old memory of pain, the fear increases. Then it catapults us into a future fear. Remove the mind from the old awareness, the old memory, and turn the mind toward the highest. Peace is only present moment.
If the fear is strong, put the hand over the heart and gently and lovingly rub the heart. Feel the care we are giving it. Remember the power in life, in nature, in God is also in us. We have the power to be original, to be exceptional in our own way, to take a step beyond fear. We all feel fear but the great ones took that step beyond fear and were courageous.
When our fear is great, we become frozen and our will weakens. One of the most difficult aspects of fear is that we feel we have lost control. When helplessness descends, our strength falters. But we are all subject to a changing world and it has a way of ripping our attachments away. Our karma has a way of returning to us creating challenges. But in every circumstance, we have the ability to find peace inside ourselves and surrender outcomes to God. In every case we are required to calm down and act.
It is our state of awareness and our actions that will determine our present and our future. Be present, be calm, trust in God, remember that our happiness includes others and act for the benefit of all. Action includes both internal practices and external creativity.