What the fuck is fear?
Fear is the human emotion that alerts us to real or perceived dangers. Fear is a natural emotion that triggers a biochemical reaction known as fight or flight response. This reaction is what tells your body to either fight, or run away from danger.
What are you afraid of?
I asked this question a few days ago on my Instagram account. The few responses I received back were disappointing for sure. The three people who did respond, all did so jokingly. The reason I asked this question was because of a download I received about people being rooted in fear and how it was stopping us from manifesting our true desires. This also got me thinking about the physical ways that fear manifests in our physical body. I’ve been trying to process this information from my third eye and out of my throat chakra. It is still a developing understanding of what is being shown to me but, I wanted to come here and share where I am so far in understanding the ways that fear manifest in the body.
How does fear manifest in the body?
While I can’t speak for everyone, some symptoms of fear that I have experienced are:
- Headaches and Migraines
- Overconsumption of alcohol
- Sexual and reproductive health issues
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Vision changes
- Inability to express emotion or desire
- Trouble focusing
- Stress about money or finances
- Brain Fog
- Constant fear of betrayal
- Loss of Libido
As I’ve been washed in the experience of this message I have felt each one of these symptoms of fear internally. And boy let me tell you, processing this out for us has been no easy task with all of these symptoms hitting me. Sometimes all at once, LOL. But, here’s what I have been able to gather so far.
Through this journey, I have come to realize that there are no external forces coming at me to create the fear that I am feeling. I live, and work, in a safe environment and there are no real present threats to my life or way of living. Still, I have been bedded by this intense fear. I am recognizing that it is because the call is coming from inside the house, if you will. The fears that I am grappling with are internal to myself. They are the result of my brain being overactive and creating problems to keep me stagnant.
The fears that I have been able to identify so far are:
- Fear of not living up to my potential
- Fear of judgement
- Fear of being wrong
- Fear of giving up
- Fear of going too far
- Fear of rejection
- Fear of being right
- Fear of success
- Fear of being seen
- Fear of being myself
- Fear of achieving my goals
- Fear of my own power
That last one, is perhaps the biggest fear of all that is listed here.
The fear of my own power.
Our tools are our power, and vice versa.
When we fear our own power it stops everything else dead in its tracks. Through this whole spiritual and ascension journey, I’ve spoken with so many people about their process and goals. I’ve had hours long conversations with people on all levels of the process and one thing I can hear through them is this common thread through us all.
Spiritual and Tarot teachings all lean on at least one common principle: That we already have everything we need to achieve all of our dreams and goals.
The problem is, that we are too afraid to use the tools that we have in order to make our dreams our reality.
Let’s say you want to become a singer. You’ve been given a voice. You have access to all the teachings you will need to hone your craft. You have the talents, skills, and abilities, to be the singer you truly wish to be, but fear stops you from pushing through and seeing yourself reach your potential.
You want to be an artist. As we have all seen, art can be created using literally ANYTHING. The tools you have accessible to you right now may not be the tools you imagine you need but they are the tools made available by God to lead you in the direction you are meant to go. If you aren’t creating the art you want to create by now, its probably because of one of the fears I listed above.
You want that promotion at work. You work hard, you have the skill, you have the access. But your fears surrounding the process, stump you and cause you to stumble.
Do you get my drift here?
“Okay, I already know I’m afraid, but how is knowing that I’m afraid helping me to not be fearful?” I hear you saying.
Acknowledging the fear is the first step in conquering it. Some wise person, said somewhere, “Feel the fear and then do it anyway.” Now. I know that sounds all lofty and vague and hardly helpful to you in any tangible way so I’ve taken the liberty of going a bit farther for us. I went deeper into this to find things we can do to help reprogram our brains. To find ways that help us stop seeing fear as a stop sign and instead see it as a challenge we can.
There are three Chakras in the body that are sponges and power sources to help dispel fear.
- The Solar Plexus – Yellow
- Sacral – Orange
- Root – Red
Try to incorporate these colors into your daily life. Eat more fruits and vegetables from these color groups, wear more outfits that feature these colors, meditate on them as well.
In addition to working with these colors to rebalance these Chakras I’d also recommend burning incense, using aroma therapy, working with crystals etc. If spiritual tools are not getting the job done, try this simple solution that seems to be working for me a lot better than anything else I’ve listed here.
GO PLAY OUTSIDE.
I know. I know. I sound real crazy right now but I swear it has been the only thing that has helped me. Let me be clear, I’m not exercising while I’m outside. I have seriously been going out and jumping rope, playing hopscotch, turning cartwheels, playing in the pool, playing with the dogs, playing with the plants and talking to them.
The fear inside me gets quieter the more I get lost in play. Because I’m not taking myself seriously. Because I’m not trying to be something or someone. Because I am letting my inner child play and explore. I have started coming back inside my house like I did when I was a child. Hair all over the place, happily sun burned, exhausted, but feeling happy and unburdened.
The purpose of going outside to play has been to take the focus off myself and to remove my ego that keeps telling me that I have to be things that I am not. It turns off that part of my brain that’s trying to convince me that if I just keep trying I can control things that are outside of my control. Playing outside helps me remember that I am just a creation playing in God’s creation and that anything I create is an expression of God’s creativity through me.
The power of prayer and positive affirmations also help when things get tough. And so, I’ll leave you with the Serenity Prayer.
God, Please grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed; courage to change that which can be changed, and wisdom to know the one from the other.