Fear is a Limited Perspective

From the perspective of your soul, there is no fear.

The soul has a vantage point whereby it sees the larger context, and therefore understands the reasons that we must experience whatever challenges we may be facing.

When we identify completely with the ego, with the constructed psyche of the individual, then we feel only the fear of facing the perceived obstacles in front of us. We imagine and project, that is to say create the pain that keeps us from acting in accordance with our deepest, most authentic motivations.

However, from the vantage point of the soul, we see, or at least feel, the experience awaiting us on the other side of our perceived obstacle.

In this way, acting in accordance with that which compels us toward our desires, is not only the most empowered position we can take, but also the most honest and accurate.

Consider the fearful perspective of a child who feels only the fear of facing whatever seems daunting or even terrifying. This is the ego perspective. This perspective is overwhelmingly the experience of the perceived obstacle or pain.

Now imagine the broader perspective, that of the soul, as akin to the vantage point of the adult.

Let us say, for example, that a child is afraid to take his or her first jump into a pool. Despite the welcoming arms of a trusted parent who will keep their little loved one safe, the child may feel only the fear of imagined outcomes. Or even just the overwhelming, irrational fear of doing something new and frightening.

The adult on the other hand knows that their child not only will be fine, but will experiencing the joy of jumping. To the adult, while they may understand that their child’s experience of fear is very real, and possibly quite intense, they also know that the rewards of acting despite the fear are far more gratifying than the temporary nature of the fear itself.

But fear is not the only sensation the child feels in that moment. They also feel the exhilaration of jumping, and the pride of a challenge overcome.

Even in the situation where the child might not enjoy jumping into the water, she or he is still far better off for having faced the personal fear, not to mention eliminating the uncertainty of whether or not she/he enjoys the activity.

What are we to learn from this example?

Quite simply, if there is some challenge that you are facing, some obstacle to overcome, some question that begs you to answer it, the fear that you may feel surrounding this aspect of your life need not discourage you from pursuing your deeper motivation.

In fact, that fear, most likely, is the barrier between you (at least the concept of you with which you currently identify) and the goal you seek to attain (the broader concept of self with which you are learning to identify). In this way, the fear is far more than a random obstacle. It is the very resistance against which you need push to be the person you feel compelled to become and live the life you  feel compelled to live.

That fear is the very indication that you are standing at a threshold, a current, and if you so choose, temporary, boundary of your “self” as you perceive it from the limited vantage point of the ego.

To be clear, and to reiterate an idea that I introduced earlier, positive, decisive action should not be careless or foolish. When we do take action toward creating our dreams, it should be done with consistency, patience, perserverance, and forethought. But please do not allow your fear to confine you in a life that does not serve you, fulfill you, or allow you to serve your greatest purpose.

When you do act, you may still experience the fear. That is natural, and even necessary. The very definition of courage includes fear. To act courageously, one must feel afraid.

The difference, however, is that the courageous deed is done despite the fear. And when we feel our sense of courage, we also feel the fear turn to exhiliration, and quite possibly, when we have achieved our goal, joy.

So feel it all, act in accordance with your deepest motivations, and watch not only how your life transforms, but, more importantly, how you change in the process as you learn the lessons you as a soul meant for yourself to learn by designing the challenges you created for yourself to face in this life as a human before you embarked upon it.

Are there any deep desires within you urging you to knock down walls of fear in your life? I would guess so, since we all have an ever-expanding self which we are striving to realize.

At your service,

Jon

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