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The Origin of Fear

Posted Mar 23 2010 4:02am

I am really excited by the book Seat of the Soul, by Gary Zukav. In chapter one, he describes how we are evolving from a species that pursues external power to one which pursues authentic power. Many of you have probably heard about fear and how fear rules so much of our lives if we don’t consciously change our thinking. I’ve thought about fear a lot in the past couple of years. I’ve wondered where in the world it comes from. Just how did “FEAR” come to be? Why is it so prevalent? Zukav provided the answer.

The origin of fear lies in our understanding of evolution. ”Survival of the fittest” has defined evolution since the beginning of time. Whichever species is at the top of the food chain, and whichever can dominate all other species, is considered the most complex and most evolved.

Humans are at the top of this chain. We perceive everything based upon what is understood by the five-senses. We view life and everything in it in concrete ways. Black and white, winners and losers, strong and weak, cause and effect, etc. Survival, which is dependent upon an accumulation of power over others, is the number one priority. Why is that? Because ”Power to control the environment, and those within the environment appears to be essential” (p22). What this results in is a strong case of fear—a constant fear of being dominated or being vulnerable to domination. This fear produces fierce competition between us, for power.

Power as we know it is defined as “external power,” because that is what can be understood in the physical realm by ”a five-sensory modality.”  Zukav writes, “Money is a symbol of external power. Those who have the most money have the most ability to control their environment and those within it” He continues, “When power is seen as external, the hierarchies of our social, economic and political structures, as well as the hierarchies of the Universe, appear as indicators of who has power and who does not.” Viewing one’s power in terms of position in the hierarchy eventually leads to determining one’s personal value based upon the same lines, which is truly heartbreaking. Zukav concludes, “The perception of power as external splinters the psyche, whether it is the psyche of the individual, the community, the nation, or the world” (p25).

For thousands of years we have held onto fear. Fear is rooted in our primal instincts for survival. While the definition of external power and perhaps the different symbols that represent external power have expanded and evolved over the years, our fear has remained resolute.

Fortunately, we are continuing to evolve. Zukav writes:

Our deeper understanding leads us to another kind of power, a power that loves life in every form that it appears, a power that does not judge what it encounters, a power that perceives meaningfulness and purpose in the smallest details upon the Earth. This is authentic power. When we align our thoughts, emotions, and actions with the highest part of ourselves, we are filled with enthusiasm, purpose, and meaning. Life is rich and full. We have no thoughts of bitterness. We have no memory of fear. We are joyously and intimately engaged with our world. This is the experience of authentic power” (p26).

I would love to go on with Zukav’s explanation of authentic power, but I want to keep the focus on fear for the purpose of this article. I want you to understand that fear is practically a part of your DNA. It is part of the human condition to have fear and to relentlessly pursue your own survival through the accumulation of external power. But that isn’t the definition of true existence, and living in fear does not fulfill your purpose here. Your purpose, as Zukav concludes, is to align your higher self (the soul) with your humanness (your personality/your ego). Your purpose in life is to live authentically. This is the shift—this is how you go from being fear-based to heart-centered. This is the return to love, which is the return to your true origin–a loving, abundant, gentle universe.

When you recognize fear in your actions, emotions, or thoughts, say hello, point a finger and call it out. Laugh a little at yourself. It’s okay. Then, take a breath and proceed with your heart. Access your higher self, your authentic, beautiful self, that comes from love and a total understanding of our connectedness. Shift from fear to love. And begin again.

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A friend of mine told me the other day about these fantastic T-shirts by a company local to San Diego, called HeartThreads . The shirts have affirmations printed on them covering Wisdom, Faith, Love, and Inspiration. Great idea, right? The best part about these awesome T-shirts is that the affirmations are all on the inside , where they will be close to your heart. I think this is such a special and unique concept. Their website states, “Like an affirmation, wearing a ‘message close to the heart’ fosters a positive attitude, instilling peace and harmony to oneself. A reminder to be the best we can be to ourselves and to others.”

HeartThreads came to fruition through unique circumstances. Again, from the website : “As many creations evolve from the mind, this concept was conceived from the heart. After a close friend’s daughter passed away, HeartThreads Clothing founder, Scott Wilson wanted to find a way to pay tribute to her and to help alleviate some of the pain and grief for the father and family. Having a contract to print the father’s company shirts, Scott came up with the idea to print a portrait picture of the daughter on the inside of the shirt above the heart so she could be close to his heart at all times. His vision was to create an inspiring ‘message close to the heart’.  Seeing the joy it brought this father and family, combined with the belief that ‘what’s on the inside, has more meaning than what’s on the outside’, HeartThreads Clothing was born.”

I am in love with this concept. Affirmations are sacred; they represent personal contracts we make with ourselves to live by our core values—what better place to hold them than close to our hearts?! Pick out an affirmation T-shirt for yourself. Prices are $30 for a short-sleeved shirts and $40 for long-sleeved shirts. Nine colors are available. I’m ordering mine this week…not sure yet which affirmation I will choose. Click here for more information.


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