How does one understand fear? Better yet, how do you get past it? Like many things that I can’t possibly experience, I don’t understand how a person knows something is better for them yet decides to remain in a fear-based decision. Keep in mind that I do not equate reactionary/survival-based fear decisions (i.e. running away from a T-Rex about to eat you). I am talking about consciously knowing that a path was opened before you and yet you choose not to take it because of fear.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

a return to love – marianne williamson

Is this quote a good enough answer?


10 thoughts on “Fear

    • Those are pretty simplified terms. There is much more to them than the surface words they represent. “Love” is an often mis-used term for ‘security blanket’. The term Love needs to be taken further and much deeper. If you ‘love’ someone based purely on emotions, then no amount of love will solve any problems. Need proof? Feel free to ask any abused spouse who covers for their significant other because they ‘love’ them.

      Love needs to be on a much grander level. If you love with more than your mind/emotions, THEN you will see real results. Anything less than total commitment WITHOUT JUDGEMENT will result in utter failure.

      I have seen it time and time again, someone gets caught up in what they think all the while ignoring their own soul. This way they get convinced that they are not in love with someone/in love with someone when their soul is the only thing worth listening to.

      • some complex things do simplify well:

        love one another as I have loved you…

        some times people misunderstand love and need, and need is not freely chosen. Others may complement us, but rarely complete us – that’s too heavy a burden.

      • The problem with that statement is that it does not qualify an understanding of love. Two people who are only caught up in emotion will eventually fail. See those divorce stats again. And if there is true compliment, then there is no burden because the sum of the whole is greater than the parts.

      • Never said that a relationship couldn’t last. Again, the statistics say so 🙂 To simplify something like Love without qualifying it at a higher level does the term an injustice.

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