Fear,

How do I deal with it?

“There is no fear in love;

but perfect love casteth out fear.”

—1 John 4:18

“Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?”

—Matthew 8:26

That which is denied

cannot be healed.

―Brennan Manning

“God, I thank you for taking away my fear

And replacing it with the faith

That no matter what happens,

Everything will be all right."

What is fear?

Fear is an emotion, commonly described as False Expectations Appearing Real.  It is

the anticipation of some perceived threat, so it is literally all in our heads.  Fear is not the

same as caution, avoiding a speeding train or a rattlesnake coiled to strike.  Like all

emotions, fear is irrational and not subject to reason.  It drives all our character defects

and can paralyze us.

 

Fear drives our behavior.  As fear rises from our subconscious, we try to manipulate people, places and things.  If can control the outer world, somehow that’ll control the chaos inside my head.  To hide my fear, we magnify our own self-importance.  We wear a mask to hide our low self-esteem.

 

Three are three basic fears.

            Fear of not getting what I want

            Fear of losing what I have

            And fear that if you knew who I really was, you wouldn’t like me.

            All other fears, from dying, to abandonment, humiliation, limitation, and failure, boil down to these three.

Before man walked the earth, the lizards ruled.  Later, mammals filled the world.  Only much later was man given dominion over the earth and her children.

 

Our human brains have likewise grown through three stages of development:  the reptile or lizard brain, the limbic or mammalian brain, and the neocortex or human brain.

 

The lizard brain operated in a primitive environment where the law of survival ruled.  The lizard’s every step was filled with fear and his behavior was governed by an instant reaction to his environment.  Kill or be killed was the order of the day.  The lizard brain was reliable and competent, if somewhat rigid and compulsive.  Today, the remnant of our lizard brain controls our blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, temperature, and balance.

 

The mammalian brain possesses both memory and the ability to make value judgments.  It can anticipate.  It can make decisions based on its past experiences.  It judges these events as good or bad and acts accordingly.  It has emotions.  It mothers its young and thrives on social interaction.

 

The human brain is capable of much more—intellect, culture, spirituality, language, thought, imagination, and consciousness to name a few.  We are capable of symphonies, literature, philosophy, religion, and architecture and such.

 

However, the human brain retains some features of the reptilian brain.  Just as the lizard brain gave rise to fear in our lizard ancestors, so it is the source of fear in our lives today.  Fear flows quite naturally without cause or reason from our subconscious mind.  Fear unleashes all our character defects.  It blocks serenity and all the good things this life has to offer.

 

Unlike the lizards, our lives need not be driven by that fear.  The answer to fear is found in prayer.  Fear is replaced by faith and cast out by love.

 

First,  I must first recognize the effects of fear on my thoughts.  I may be angry, intimidated, lustful, or greedy.  Any of the Seven Deadly Sins may be rearing their ugly head (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride).  I may feel resentment.  I may want to lash out for some perceived injustice.  I may harbor feelings of racism, bigotry, or prejudice.

 

Once I identify fear as the culprit, the simplest of prayers (see above) will banish the thought.  I may have to repeat the prayer, for my subconscious loves to throw the same fear at me over and over, but the prayer still works.  As Reggie.

Faith replaces fear

“There is no fear in love;

but perfect love casteth out fear.”

—1 John 4:18

False Expectations

Appearing Real

It's all in my head

“Why are ye fearful,

O ye of little faith?”

—Matthew 8:26

Live your life without fear

“The whole secret of existence

is to have no fear.”

The Buddha >>

Don't let fear drag you down

“If you listen to your fears,

you will die never knowing what a great person

you might have been.”

Robert H. Schuller >>

You can overcome your fears

“Fear defeats more people

than any other one thing in the world.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson >>

“God, I thank you for taking away my fear

And replacing it with the faith

That no matter what happens,

Everything will be all right."

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What is fear?

Fear is False Expectations Appearing Real >>

It is the anticipation of some perceived threat, so it is literally all in our heads.  Fear is not the

same as caution, avoiding a speeding train or a rattlesnake coiled to strike.  Like all

emotions, fear is irrational and not subject to reason.  It drives all our character defects

and can paralyze us.

 

Fear drives our character defects >>

As fear rises from our subconscious, we try to manipulate people, places and things.  If can control the outer world, somehow that’ll control the chaos inside my head.  To hide my fear, we magnify our own self-importance.  We wear a mask to hide our low self-esteem.

 

Three are three basic fears

1) Fear of not getting what I want.   2) Fear of losing what I have.  3) And fear that if you knew who I really was, you wouldn’t like me.  All other fears, from dying, to abandonment, humiliation, limitation, and failure, boil down to these three.

Before man walked the earth, the lizards ruled

Later, mammals filled the world.  Only much later was man given dominion over the earth and her children.

 

The Triune Theory of the Brain >>

Our human brains have likewise grown through three stages of development:  the reptile or lizard brain, the limbic or mammalian brain, and the neocortex or human brain.

 

The lizard brain

operated in a primitive environment where the law of survival ruled.  The lizard’s every step was filled with fear and his behavior was governed by an instant reaction to his environment.  Kill or be killed was the order of the day.  The lizard brain was reliable and competent, if somewhat rigid and compulsive.  Today, the remnant of our lizard brain controls our blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, temperature, and balance.

 

The mammalian brain

possesses both memory and the ability to make value judgments.  It can anticipate.  It can make decisions based on its past experiences.  It judges these events as good or bad and acts accordingly.  It has emotions.  It mothers its young and thrives on social interaction.

 

The human brain

is capable of much more—intellect, culture, spirituality, language,  and imagination to name a few.  We can create symphonies, literature, philosophy, religion, and architecture and such.

 

Fear flows quite naturally without cause or reason from our subconscious mind

However, the human brain retains some features of the reptilian brain.  Just as the lizard brain gave rise to fear in our lizard ancestors, so it is the source of fear in our lives today.  Fear flows quite naturally without cause or reason from our subconscious mind.  Fear unleashes all our character defects.  It blocks serenity and all the good things this life has to offer.

 

Fear is replaced by faith and cast out by love >>

Unlike the lizards, our lives need not be driven by that fear.  The answer to fear is found in prayer.  Fear is replaced by faith and cast out by love.

 

First,  I must first recognize the effects of fear on my thoughts

I may be angry, intimidated, lustful, or greedy.  Any of the Seven Deadly Sins >> may be rearing their ugly head (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride).  I may feel resentment.  I may want to lash out for some perceived injustice.  I may harbor feelings of racism, bigotry, or prejudice.

 

The simplest of prayers will banish fear

Once I identify fear as the culprit, the simplest of prayers (see above) will banish the thought.  I may have to repeat the prayer, for my subconscious loves to throw the same fear at me over and over, but the prayer still works.  Ask Reggie.

Reggie’s Day in Court

A True Story of Fear and Prayer

“I arrived in the courtroom at 7:30 in the morning,” he said, “and took a seat on a wooden bench.  I wouldn’t be able to leave until close to 1 o’clock. 

 

Almost every breath produced a fear that leapt into my belly and sent shock waves through the rest of my body. 

 

So, I prayed.  God, I thank you for taking away my fear and replacing it with the faith that no matter what happens, everything will be all right.  Immediately, the fear would melt away and I could breathe deeply again. 

 

But within moments, the judge would look at me funny, or the bailiff would shuffle his feet, or someone would cough, and the fear would come screaming back.  So again, I’d say my little prayer and again the fear would leave. 

 

This happened over and over for the next five hours, probably at least fifty times. 

 

The young man sitting next to me looked at me like I was crazy, then got up and moved away. 

 

But I kept praying and each time the fear would leave.  I was regenerating my anxiety, but I had the means to defeat it.”

“The power of prayer,” I said.  “Working in the real world.  And it worked every time?"

    

“Yes,” said Reggie.  “For the first time, I realized that prayer works every time.”

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