How to Conquer Our Own Worst Enemy: Fear

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All humans experience fear in their lives. Fear is a human emotion triggered by what we perceive to be a threat.

It is a basic survival mechanism that signals our bodies to respond to danger with a fight or flight response is an inevitable part of human existence. Fear is an essential part of keeping us safe. However, people who live in constant fear, whether from physical dangers in their environment or threats they perceive, can become incapacitated.

How does fear work?

Fear prepares us to react to danger. Once we sense a potential danger, our body releases hormones that slow or shut down functions not needed for survival  and sharpen functions that might help us survive. Our heart rate increases, and blood flows to muscles so we can run faster. Our body also increases the flow of hormones to an area of the brain known as the amygdala to help us focus on the presenting danger and store it in our memory.

How can we conquer feelings of unnecessary fear:

There are two areas to consider when contemplating the effects of fear. The first is the physical short-term effect and the second is in how fear effects your life generally day-to-day.

If affects both the physiology of the body and the chemical balance of the brain. When people are afraid, it generates stress.

Extreme stress can manifest itself physically in a number of ways.

In extreme cases it can cause tunnel vision, loss of colour perception (colour blindness), it can cause a distortion of both time and of depth perception.

The long-term effect of fear can be a lot more devastating than the short-term. We are all what we practice to be. If you practice being happy every day, you happiness will become your norm. If you practice fear (anger) every day, you will become a fearful and angry person. People often train themselves to perpetuate these negative behaviors. There are times when this behaviour has been practiced for so long that the person is unaware that they have a problem with fear and anger. It becomes their practiced behaviour for dealing with any challenge.

To cast out fear one must first get past the ego. More fear has been created as a result of perceived or anticipated loss of face (ego) than was ever created out of anticipation of loss of physical well-being. A great deal of this fear is a result of people’s inability to prioritise. We recommend you place you attention on what is truly valuable to you. Look at the bigger picture. In this life we own nothing and no one belongs to us. We truly believe in the old saying, “let go of everything and what remains is what is truly yours“. When you are feeling angry, stop and ask yourself what you are afraid of. Only by being honest with yourself about what is causing anger can you take back control of your life from fear and anger.

Fearful people are those who take themselves and the material things of the world far too seriously.

Life is to be enjoyed by raising ourselves up to meet our personal potential. It has nothing to do with anyone else.

If you cultivate a sense of your spiritual worth, if you understand that there are greater things in this world than what we have or what others perceive us to be, then there is no reason to fear. When fear vanishes, so does anger. When anger is gone, your thoughts become clear. When your thoughts are clear, you function at your best.

You can practice being brave by being kind. You can practice courage by being tolerant of the beliefs of others. Accept that there is more than one way to accomplish any goal. What is the right way for one may not be the right way for others.

Those who think that theirs is the only way, or that they know all of the answers have condemned themselves to ignorance. When you keep an open mind your potential for growth is unlimited. When you are free from fear, you can experience each moment to the fullest. This focused and centered state of mind will help you to excel in anything you undertake. Only by letting go of fear and casting out anger can one truly experience the joys of life.

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