Fear – False Evidence Appearing Real
“When I find harmony and balance in my mind, I find
it in my life.”
Have you ever noticed that life often forces you to face what you fear the most? Many people put a lot of energy into avoidance, preparing themselves for every possible contingency and then, when “the worst” arises, they realize it wasn’t as bad as they expected.
As painful as it may be to face one’s fears, it’s far more debilitating to the spirit to avoid them. Until you understand that fear is a product of illusion, it limits your ability to love. Love and fear cannot coexist in the same space.
Fear begins with a story in the mind – “What if…?” If left unchecked, the story repeats until it is eventually accepted as truth. The mind responds by creating tension, anxiety, rapid heartbeat… all the usual products of a fight or flight response. When the body is in fight or flight, all the normal and healthy functions of the body stop doing their jobs and instead rush to the area believed to be “in need” creating an energetic imbalance.
Unbalanced energy shows up on the physical plane as insomnia, avoiding interactions, poor health, challenging relationships and projection.
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to Hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
In the shamanic tradition, the power animal of the West is Jaguar who stands for sudden transformation, life and death. When I’m working with clients who are facing fear, I will often call on the spirit of Jaguar to walk by their side. Jaguar is said to devour fear, anger and grief while transforming toxic energies into light.
You can choose freedom. If there is a situation in your life that causes fear to arise, call upon the guidance of Jaguar. There are many ways to tap into that energy – dream work, meditation, studying their attributes, keeping a picture of one nearby- whatever unique way that inspires you. Jaguar can help you reclaim your true power.
Today my intention is to walk in the light of truth with joy.