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Fear

Book Summary   by:Cindrella     Original Author: Kacper
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If you look closely... Nevermind. You don't even have to look closely! You can look from afar. Just flip on the news for 2 minutes. If you look with your heart, you'll notice that 99% of us on this planet live in a state of constant neurotic paranoia. Fear and Anxiety. It manifests in your life as a never ending source of problems, frustration, suffering. We call this stress, or "problems", or "difficult times." The truth is. As you'll see, we're actually addicted to this neurotic paranoia. There is nothing wrong with stress, fear, anxiety, or anger... These are all natural parts of being in a human body. The trouble arises, when stress, fear, and anxiety begin to run your entire life. Fear and Anxiety are running our whole Planet. And it's time for it to come to an end, starting with each one of us. "So how do I get rid of fear, stress, and anxiety?" one might ask. The answer is, "You don't." Getting rid of something would imply you took some conscious action first to GET that. It also assumes that you "Have" it :) These are really beautiful and work. But sadly, in the end... ...well? In the end, we all know what happens at the end of your 5 day meditation retreat in an Oasis. You come home, you feel great, and shortly... you go right back to the insanity of the fear and anxiety patterns which run your entire life. Others still insist on telling you that fear is something you need to "overcome." So you go to these seminars where they'll have you walk over fire. Boom! You're done, now you're certified in overcoming fear. You've walked on fire... you don't have to worry about fear anymore. And of course... as you may have already realized... this doesn't "do" it either. You can begin to walk around with the belief that you are an "overcomer of fear." This has great benefits, you can do what others cannot, you can achieve great things. But... It's a terrible burden. A horrible burden. Now, whenever fear arises, you begin to have a battle with it every time. On a daily basis. You're fighting every day. The war on our planet is simply a reflection of this war we have with ourselves on a daily basis. Most of the time there is little difference between a "successful overcomer" and someone who goes to the bar every day to get drunk. It's the same pattern of indulgence in a false sense of self that keeps you happy. Running away from the monster under the bed :) Or, you may just avoid the topic of fear all together.
.. You may tell yourself a story like "Yeah, I've done that, fear isn't an issue, what's really my problem now is something else." All of this... techniques, walking on fire, relaxation methods... they're brilliant... but when they no longer serve you... you see that they are just other fancy ways to sweep everything under the rug. Others... have even seen through all that illusion, but instead of seeing fear for what it truly is... They got caught up in it again... and out of fear ...have developed even fancier "spiritual concepts and beliefs" to skirt around the truth about fear. So these beliefs may go like.. "Keep fear at bay..." "Tame the cobra of fear..." "Don't listen to fear..." And my favorite... "Keep your heart closed to fear..." I challenge anyone teaching this to look deep within themselves to see what they are running away from. Because all of this is still doing a big disservice to humanity. That it's an obstacle. An un-inviated friend that's showing up to your party and taking all your stuff while you're passed out on the sofa :) And practicing these fancy ways of avoiding fear is just like trying to drown cooking oil in water. No matter how much water you pour into oil, the oil will surface up eventually. No matter what lid you put on fear, it will show it's ugly head in your life some how. You can go to all the self enhancement seminars, workshops, read all the books... But eventually,... you wake up one day and realize that notircumstances may have changed. You may be "more successful", or "less successful" :) Have more money, less money More health, less health. Relationship, no relationship, different relationship. Different Country. But yet... something inside of you that is driving all your decisions hasn't changed. This is when you realize you're still living in fear.Let it come... This is when you realize, that everything you've ever done in your life, no matter how beautiful it may have been... most of it was in the background of fear.
Published: April 11, 2006   
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