We are fearful because there is a part of us that names the unknown moment. If you’re afraid of an unknown moment, is it really unknown to you? You’ve filled it with something, haven’t you? It’s like a bad donut with an evil cream in it. You take a bite of it and think, “How’d that get there?” You stuffed it! Learn to take the stuffing out of what scares you.
Get fed up with being scared by recognizing that every fear you have just creates one limitation after another — that instead of actually confirming you the way you think it does, it is simply destroying you.
When something scares you, understand that what you see is nothing more than a form that has been congealed by a process inside of you that occurs whenever you think about yourself. Let the light pass through you. Don’t resist. Risk walking up to whatever it is that scares you and pull the stuffing out of it. If you don’t do that, you’ll be a “scaredy cat” your whole life.
Once during the Halloween season a friend and I decided to go to a restaurant for a meal. As we entered the small diner, we were startled by a wall-mounted mechanical pumpkin that jumped out at us while making spooky noises. It didn’t take long to discover that the pumpkin had an electric eye that caused it to automatically lunge from its hiding place whenever anyone came within a certain range. Once we knew its secret, what had been a scary moment for the two of us became a funny one. We laughed at ourselves, and, of course, everyone else who got scared by the “frightening phantom” that was no more than a mechanical toy.
It’s the same with our minds. A thought comes by and somehow sets off the mechanical responder within us. Until we understand that both the scary thought and the scared self it creates are just figments passing through our psychic system, we have no control over the initial scary situation, or the false self it creates to rescue us. But once we understand all this, we have a choice. When we realize that the “threat” never had any real power to hurt us, we are no longer compelled to produce an unconscious, automatic response of fear or anger.
It is the source to which we turn, and from which we derive our strength that is the real test of our character; for in any moment of trial no one can be any stronger — better or brighter, than what he loves.
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