Fear is rampant on the planet today, in the form of war, murder, greed, and mistrust. Fear is a lack of trust in yourself. When you can overcome your fear, you will begin to trust life. You will begin to trust that life is taking care of you.
In her international bestseller Feel the Fear… and Do It Anyway, Susan Jeffers wrote, “If everybody feels fear when approaching something totally new in life, yet so many are out there ‘doing it’ despite the fear, then we must conclude that fear is not the problem.” She believed that the real issue is not the fear itself but how we hold it. We can approach fear from a position of power or from a position of helplessness. The fact that we have the fear becomes irrelevant.
How much power do you give to your fears?
When a fearful thought comes up, it is really just trying to protect you. When you become physically frightened, adrenaline pumps through your body to protect you from danger, and the same thing happens with the fear you manufacture in your mind.
I suggest that when you do your mirror work, you talk to your fear. You can say, “I know you want to protect me. I appreciate that you want to help me. And I thank you.” Acknowledge the fearful thought for wanting to take care of you.
By observing your fears and addressing them during your mirror work, you will begin to recognize that you are not your fears. Think of your fears the way you view images on a movie screen: what you see on the screen is not really there. The moving pictures are just frames of celluloid that go by in a flash. Your fears will come and go just as rapidly, unless you insist on holding on to them.
Fear is only a limitation of your mind. You fear getting sick or becoming jobless or losing a loved one or having your partner leave you. Then fear becomes a defense mechanism. It would be much more powerful, however, to do your mirror work so that you can stop re-creating fearful situations in your mind.
I believe that we have a choice between love and fear. We experience fear of change, fear of not changing, fear of the future, and fear of taking a chance. We fear intimacy, and we fear being alone. We fear letting people know what we need and who we are, and we fear letting go of the past. But the mind cannot hold two opposing thoughts at once, and at the other end of the spectrum from fear is love. Love is the miracle worker we’re all looking for. When you love yourself, you can take care of yourself.
When you are frightened, remind yourself that it means you are not loving and trusting yourself. The belief that you are not good enough is often at the root of your fears. But when you love and approve of yourself completely, you can begin to overcome your fears.
Do everything you can to strengthen your heart, your body, and your mind. Turn to your mirror and the power within you.
Let’s affirm: All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. I am safe. Love is my strength. Only love is real.
The Power Is Within You: Journaling Exercise
Write down your greatest fears under the following headings: Family, Health, Career, Relationships, and Finances.
Then write one or more positive affirmations for each fear you listed. For example, if you wrote I’m afraid I’ll get sick and won’t be able to take care of myself, then an affirmation might be I will always attract all the help I need.