a combination of uncomfortable, nervous, emotional feelings that
rise up from circumstances that are new, confusing, or seemingly
beyond our control. Clinically, such feelings are called anxiety
when they stem from confusion and ignorance, especially about
your true individuality and abilities. The same emotional feelings
are called fear when they can be attributed to external
danger real or imagined.
No one can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Knowledge is the antidote to fear.
|Even in the presence
of danger, however, fear has more to do with what is unknown
than what is known about the danger. Ultimately, whether
you call it stress, nervousness, apprehension, or anxiety, all
fear is fear of the unknown especially what you
don't understand about yourself. If and when you do have a high
level of self-confidence, anxiety and fear are experienced as
excitement and a sense of adventure.
Further, all so-called negative
emotions emotional hurt and upset are supported by
anxiety and fear. Like physical feelings, emotions can also be felt
in the body. And like physical feelings, emotional feelings are
symptoms too. Anger, frustration, alienation, depression, etc. are
symptoms or symbols that reveal your personal self-image and world
view. The discomfort of your negative emotional feelings will not
heal until you better understand what they reveal about you.
Not only do new, confusing, and unknown
circumstances promote fear, but fear causes even more confusion
a vicious cycle of anxiety and confusion, fear and ignorance,
spinning round and round. In short, fear and ignorance (stress)
can only exist in the absence of an upward spiral of love and understanding.
Two things are needed to move from
the downward cycle of anxiety and confusion to the upward cycle
of love and understanding relaxation and responsibility.
Relaxation such as meditation or physical exercise releases the
muscular tension that holds fear (stress) in the body.
Responsibility (ownership) provides
the opportunity to understand the emotion as a symptom of your condition.
Once the hurt is understood it is healed and released. In this way,
safe, calm, relaxed feelings (love) and understanding replace fear