365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 35: Beyond Fear Part 3 – Collective Fear

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I am very grateful to have known and understood fear. For the last couple of years I have been studying it; actually I became fascinated by it, because of the grip it had on me personally. I learned a lot about it, defined it and categorized it and now am ready to share it all with you. This is important; too important not to share.

Healing cannot occur in the presence of fear. The healing process requires the full release of fear. Most people are afraid to look within because fear is the only field that they have been truly trained in, repeatedly and consistently, every single day throughout their lives.

Let’s start dismantling the concept of fear together. Understanding that fear defines our limitations will give us the tools to unleash the force of inner healing.

Intrinsic part of our lives, fears can be categorized as follows:

  1. Sociological
  2. Perceptual
  3. Temporal
  4. Universal

I will explain these categories, one by one. Hold on to your seat, this is big! Let’s start with the the first category, which can be divided farther.

  1. Sociological fear can be:
  • Societal or collective
  • Familial
  • Individual

Today let’s look at the:

  • Societal or collective fear

We are the children of our society and we have been forged and conditioned, taught and chiseled by our forefathers’ beliefs, rules, accomplishments and fears. This would be all good news if our society was based on love, compassion, understanding and respect. Unfortunately it is not. With maybe a few isolated and small cultures around the globe, we live in a world shaped and defined by fear.

Society has been very effective in teaching us to live in fear: fear of war, of cancer, of financial crisis and depression, fear of God, of heart disease, of terrorism, fear of going to hell, of not having the right job, fear of other people, of other nations and other customs, fear of being too fat to be considered beautiful or too weak to become successful, of illnesses and viruses and epidemics.

We live our lives in various gradients of fear without even being aware of this fact. We are imbued with fear in all its colors, flavors and intensities.

Fear is everywhere. People take their first dose of daily fear with their morning coffee, while watching the news, reading the newspaper or listening to the car radio on their way to work. They start to feel the fists of fear in their guts right after brushing their teeth in the morning.

The truth is that fear sells. It is also true that for every sad and disconcerting thing that we hear about in the news, there is a beautiful, uplifting and empowering thing that is happening somewhere in the world in the exact same time. Unfortunately, that would not sell, so the accent is put on what sells: tragedy, pain, and fear. A continuous stream of fear-creating news is bombarding us all day long.

Scientists study the effects of fear on individuals and society. Dr. Deepak Chopra and Jim Clifton in their article entitled “The Fear Factor: How Scared Are People?” say:

“Over the past decade the word “fear” has become all too familiar. After 9/11, critics of the war on terror called it fear-mongering. After the financial crash of 2008, living in a climate of fear became the lot of millions of people who lost their jobs, retirement accounts, and homes.

In the face of such violence, the prevalence of fear can have a profound effect on the health, well-being, and economic development: if a society is in a constant state of fear, it won’t produce anything good.”

Fear is a phenomenon with a strong grasp on our society, and if we are in a constant state of fear, we cannot produce the antidote.

I will explain all the categories of fear in my future posts. Stay tuned!

 

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