“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear –
not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
Have you ever thought about your fears?
I mean, really thought of them, considered why they exist?
Each and every human being shares five fundamental fears that exist from the ego, and one primal fear that, ironically, is the only one that is “real.” The “real” fear is survival-based, a normal and natural function of your basic instinct. This is your body’s natural response to anything that threatens your core survival, what you have involuntarily developed over thousands of years of evolution. This is the same response that occurred to your foremothers when faced with a saber-toothed tiger, the instincts that your grandmothers had to threats like floods or fires, and the very same impulse that you experience when you narrowly escape a car crash.
Can you envision what happens to you in these moments? Do your senses heighten? Does your pulse quicken? Does your breathing deepen, or halt? Do your eyes become acutely aware of subtle changes in your environment? Does your hearing get magnified? Do you get the chills? Does your intuition become razor sharp? Does time stand still?
These “real” fear reflexes are your instinctual way of transmitting information to yourself; a big, red, glaring DANGER sign, protecting you from a legitimate threat to your survival. Fear responses are really just information, if you think of it consciously.
The ironic thing is, the same responses we feel during those moments of intense fear (sweaty palms, heightened heartbeat, quickened breath) are the same responses we have during great excitement or ecstasy.
How does that make you feel?
Until next time, when we explore what those fears truly are and how to embrace them!