The third universal fear that Gregg Braden talks about is the lack of trust in life. Most people believe that this world is not safe and that the processes of life are unsafe, scary and threatening.
This fear is expressed as the inability to surrender to our experiences and/or relationships. These relationships mirror our expectations of the world being unsafe and unworthy of our trust. We were taught to not trust ourselves, other people, other countries. As a result we lack trust in our own abilities, talents, knowledge and intuition; we lack trust in other people’s kindness, good intentions and gifts. We lack trust in life in general, in the day to day miracles of life.
Lack of trust and the fear stemming from it have such a strong grip on most people, that feeling happy or being successful become signs that something bad will happen. Have you ever heard someone say: “This is going too well now; I am sure it is doomed to fail”? Or have you tried to share a cherished dream with a friend only to hear all the reasons why it could not happen?
Or how about the saying: “Better safe than sorry”? Better stay in a secure job that you hate, in a relationship that is not what you desire, in a state of fear and low self-esteem rather than aspiring for more and living fully. Better stay where you are than risking getting hurt, or not succeeding.
The universal fears are very well embedded in our collective and individual consciousness. It is easy to overlook or rationalize them as something else, yet they are at the core of our fear based life. As you can see, it is no mystery now why we are afraid, why we live in fear, why it is such an accepted state in our society, in our families, among our friends and inside ourselves.
“You’re one with all of Life. The more you love yourself and trust Life, the more that Life will love you, support you, and guide you. You can trust in that which is invisible, instead of trusting only in the physical, material world. I’m not saying that we do nothing, yet if we have trust, we can go through life much easier. We need to trust that we’re being taken care of, even though we’re not physically in control of everything that’s happening around us.”
Louise Hay, “Let Go of Your Fears“
Isn’t it LIBERATING to start understanding these fears and to have the knowledge that you can let go of all of them, simply because they hold no value? These fears are learned and practiced year after year after year and because of that we are more familiar with being afraid than with feeling free, fearless and trusting.