“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”― Frank Herbert, Dune
Freezing in place,
Fighting to destroy the object of fear,
Panic (shortness of breath/racing of heart/inability to focus),
FEAR VS. DANGER
Speaking strictly from personal experience, it is my belief that when you feel fear, you experience the sensation in the mind, when your mind is racing and your pulse quickens and your eyes go wide and all you can think to do is RUN!… Meanwhile experiencing true danger, you feel it deep in your gut. There is less sweating, and more determined, clear-thinking action. That is because your intuition is guiding you away from the threat.
Knowing the difference between danger and fear is incredibly important. Fear is a limitation you put on yourself, usually because of past experiences. Meanwhile danger is a true threat, outside of your mind, that your higher self can recognize before you can.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than the fear.” -Ambrose Redmoon
COURAGE / BRAVERY / VALOR
Courage means behaving constructively despite the fear.
Fear is an emotion often exploited (fear mongering, terrorism, fear of humiliation). But we also have a hidden power over the fear. We can choose to step past the physical symptoms and the racing mind. Through our fear, if we allow ourselves to be fully present, what we often discover is that we have more power in that moment than we realized. We actually do have control, and with that observation alone, the object of fear will lose it’s power over us.
The key to attaining courage is to push through the fear instead of avoiding it.
“The other side of every fear is freedom.” – Rumi
This guy explains it better than I could.
- What do you fear most? or What is your most recent fear?
- Where does it come from? or When was the first time you remember feeling this fear?
- Is this fear still true?
- How can you help yourself accept this fear?