One way we can be alchemists is when comes to fear. I don’t believe in fearlessness. I truly cannot imagine what that would feel like. But when we experience fear we can transmute that energy into something else, something more helpful.For example, we may choose to change that fear into motivation, or focus, or hyper-awareness. Can you think of an instance in the past year where you have been successful at making fear useful? What fears do you hold about the year ahead? And how could you use the energy of those fears in a different way?
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
~Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear
Frank Herbert – “Dune”
There are different facets to fear – varying degrees of fear. Fear manifests itself in each of us quite differently. For some, it can be quite debilitating while for others, it can be a tremendous motivator.
I don’t know I would want to live a life without fear. To me, complacency made possible by a life devoid of fear is far more scary than fear itself. Fear can drive us to do incredible things. It is true it can also drive us to do horrible things. I guess it is a two-edged sword.
I think the key is to recognize fear for what it is and face it head on as suggested in the Litany Against Fear as quoted above. And to not allow the fear to become a negative motivator but rather a positive one.
Reverb is a yearly writing challenge that takes place in December. Being the end of the year, it is the perfect time to reflect and think about all that we hold dear to us and to let go of those things that are weighing us down or holding us back. I hope you’ll join us as we share in this wonderful yearly ritual that has become so dear to so many – especially me.