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FEAR: IMPENDING DANGER
Fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific prompt, such as pain or the threat of some kind of jeopardy.
Fear is such a gift for us as it does let us know when there is impending danger. It signals trouble and sets up inner responses in us that will allow us to survive. Thinking of fear as a survival mechanism is good and will always kick in when we need it.
Living in fear of constant impending danger or a perceived fear when there is no evidence is living in the “feeling” of fear. This is usually partly from the fact that bad things have happened in the past and when that same feeling comes up, an automatic default trigger swings into action.
This is not living, but existing from one scary time to the next.
Someone once said that FEAR is a showstopper. I believe that and would add that it is a major roadblock to enjoying life and living in freedom and truth.
Think about what fear means by definition: an unpleasant feeling of anxiety or apprehension caused by the presence or anticipation of danger; an idea, thought, or other entity that causes feelings of fear; or a concern that bad news is ahead.
It takes a great deal of energy to manage any of those aspects of fear. If you are walking with underlying fears, you are spending a lot of time in the dark. Fear comes from darkness, from the unknown, from things not seen. Once we know something, we can move through the fear part pretty easily, but if we spend time thinking or worrying about the “what ifs” of life, we are living in the dark.
If fear is a Way of Life for a person, truth is often not able to present itself because fear and faith can’t exist at the same time. Faith and trust will bring light and life to the worst of situations and breathe truth into a situation. Faith allows us to handle the worst news. Doubt drives fear and blocks out faith. If fear is your default setting, you will live in dread and doubt more than anything. These are dark places and usually lead a person to act in controlling ways.
Living in fear closes in your world and keeps things at bay that could reveal truth. You get a perspective from fear that closes in other ways of thinking and darkens any power to reveal truth.
The more this happens, the smaller the world that feels safe. This will keep a person in a prison of their own making due to fear.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato
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By Susan Frink Anderson www.divinepowerlines.com
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Articles in this issue:
Fear Has Its Way
Fear: Impending Danger
Fear’s Physical Side
In Other Words
Guided by Fear
Scared to Death
Leave the Light On
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