Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Truths to Live By: No fear

 In this post we’ll explore fear, where it comes from and how it has been used to control you. In our benevolent Universe Ifa tells us that there is no need to fear.

Fear is a basic animal impulse. It is the flight side of the fight or flight response. It prepares us to run from predators. When you are being chased across the savannah by a lion, fear is very useful. When fear is used to keep people in line, it is dis-empowering. It can  rob us of will and compromise our destinies.

Pain and difficulty are part of life. We can neither deny, nor avoid them. They are often a source of dread. We must learn not to fear the unpleasantness of life. Misfortune and difficulty are temporary.

Look at challenging times with a longer-term perspective. The Universe is always sending us exactly what we need in order to fulfill our destinies. The more quickly that we can embrace the lessons, the easier it will be for us to move on. Accept hardships because they bring growth.

Our other great fear is death. The Yoruba did not fear death. They understood that this realm is simply a place that we visit. Our natural state is boundless, timeless, energy. We are here for experiences that can only be had by limiting ourselves.

Our culture is obsessed with youth. We under-value the wisdom we develop as we grow older. We do not understand the different roles that we play as we move through our lives.

Fear of growing is the most illogical of all human fears. We all chose to be here. That choice included growing old, and dying. The loss of youth, the wrinkles, body fat and everything else that comes with it, is balanced by maturity, wisdom and spiritual insight. We should do everything we can to stay healthy so that we can live long productive lives. The pointless pursuit of youthfulness in not helpful to our growth.

Have you made a journey out of fear? How has it been for you? Do you believe that we are meant to live without fear? I’d love to hear why or why not.

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