Thursday, August 13, 2015

THE ILLUSION OF FEAR

Have you ever felt afraid? Experienced fear at its deepest level? Probably so, unless you are either brain dead or highly experienced at dealing with fear. We humans are made in a  way that fear can either serve us well or make prisoners out of us. Personally, I think is only an illusion brought about by the lack of peaceful and loving thoughts. Don't get me wrong, I still have bouts of fear quite often. But I am learning to deal with it in a positive way. Today I want to share with you a bit of the short story I wrote many years ago. I never got around to getting it published but I still feel it is relevant in todays world. I titled this work of mine, Illusions and Paradox. I hope you get some good from it. And if even one person finds a little "truth" in it then my work has been a success.




Here is another way of looking at fear. Let's say you are fearful of something or the other. Then one sunny day you are forced to face your fear head on. An example:  Let's say you have always had a deep seated fear of camels. You don't quite know why. Just say it is because you are intimidated by any strange looking animal who smells funny and has a hump or two on its back. Maybe it is an irrational fear but a real fear nevertheless. Now just suppose you go out for an early morning walk and by some strange twist of fate you wind up in the middle of a barren desert. About noontime you are so tired and hot you begin to hallucinate. Maybe you see naked dancing women or Ed McMahon holding a check for ten million dollars made out to you. Even though you like these scenarios you know the sun is frying your brain big time and the end as you know it is quickly approaching. It is either get out of this desert and head for a cold beer, or go off with Ed and see why it took him so long to get you that check you have dreamed about all these years. Then all at once you spot this dirty, smelly, old two humped camel. Too tired to run or get away you are now forced to face one of your biggest fears. With caution you climb aboard this old ship of the desert. Then he quickly takes you back home. Now sitting in front of your television and sipping on that cold beer, you find you suddenly have a very warm spot in your heart for not only your life saving camel but also for all the old hump backed camels in the world. Then you realize your fear of camels are gone, completely erased from your memory bank. You have faced your fears and it is no longer a deep seeded fear. How about that! So was the fear real? Or just an illusion? Think about it! I could go on with more examples of facing your fears. But I won't. The one I did use probably seems a little far-fetched to you but I used it in hopes of showing how our fears are really a little silly at times. But hopefully I made you think a little bit. Now it is up to you to replace the camel with your own fear and face up to it. Try this and see what happens. Go ahead, give it a try as silly as it may sound. Maybe one of these days you will find that all your fears are not really fears at all. They are just the fragments of an under explained mind. To sum up the paradox of fear---there is no such thing as fear but we must experience fear to overcome it. To overcome fear it must be real but after getting past it we find it wasn't really a fear at all. Now, there's a paradox for you! Hey I'd better stop before I confuse myself!




You may think I'm crazy, you may think I'm on to something. Then again you may not think anything. And you know what? That's ok too. Hope you enjoyed reading a little bit of the stuff that I think about. Once again I remind you that this stuff is only my "truth". Follow me and we'd both probably get lost! But I sincerely hope each of you are able to face your fears before they have a chance to be a real problem. Today just give love, accept love, and be love. Love yourself and others even more. A much better world awaits all of us. Please join me in dreaming of a world that is filled with only love for everyone. No fear, no hate(which is fear), no prejudice nothing but love. May we all keep on dreaming until those dreams come true. I leave all of you with thoughts of perfect love, peace, and joy.

4 comments:

chris ledgerwood said...

I'm afraid of being eaten alive by a great white shark, and I live in Oklahoma!!! irrational, maybe, but I'm not getting into the ocean any time soon!!! lol Goos stuff, Buddy!

captron52 said...

Hey Chris. Thanks for the visit. After watching shark week again Im in no hurry to get in the ocean myself. You know how hard it can be to get over those fears at times. Hope you have a great weekend.

Christopher Dos Santos said...

Namaste brother Ron, as was the case with Chris, your prose causes us to recoil into our personal fear, then readjust our sails. Thanks to my cousin who used to toss snakes at me when I was a child, I have had a deep fear of snakes.

I remember well the chill running up my spine when in the Sahara, I would wake to find tracks in the sand laid down by all sort of slithering beasts. Later, as I crossed the Congo, a large snake slithered out of a tree and dropped on my shoulder disrupting the pleasure of wading in a small river. I screamed like a little girl and ran, much to the amusement of a dozen of so African children. The lesson proved valuable in addressing this unfounded fear. Not to say I now love the little buggers, yet, I can manage that fear much better.

Thanks for the thought evoking passage brother, even if it was a little unsettling.

In Lak' ech, prosper with love... live beyond fear...

captron52 said...

Hey Christopher Can't say I'm afraid of snakes but I do have a very healthy respect for them! Who knows maybe one day a snake will help you out of a tight spot! We need to talk so I can hear about some of your experiences abroad. Take care brother