Finally, you’ll have space to live outside of them…in the land of freedom, openness, and infinite possibility...
The Inner Voice of Fear
Fear may not be obvious at first, so you have to look for it. It rarely appears in your face screaming, “I’m afraid!” It has other more indirect ways of showing up.
The voice of fear is all about no. It tells you that you won’t be successful, that you’re going to be rejected—and it points out every negative outcome imaginable.
The intention of the voice of fear is to keep you safe. And it does this by making you terrified of going one millimeter outside your comfort zone. It doesn’t want you to be bold and trust life.
Here is how fear speaks:
- It tells you what you should and shouldn’t do.
- It traps you in doubt, going back and forth in your mind so you can’t make decisions.
- It keeps your mind spinning in an ongoing flood of thoughts.
- It imagines the worst about the future.
- It questions your brilliance and creativity.
- It wants you to stay stuck in familiar ways of being, even if they’re hurtful.
The fear voice is contracted and edgy and relentlessly tells stories about what is wrong and not okay.
What to do with the mind in fear? Lose interest in these thoughts. Don’t believe them. Break up with them. Don’t let them define you and your reality.
Fearful thoughts are all about limiting you and making you believe things about yourself and the world that just aren’t true. Consider that there are endless possibilities to explore regardless of what the fear voice tells you.
Take a conscious breath, wake up to your experience right now in the present moment, and turn your attention away from these thoughts.
Without them, who are you? You’re still here and alive in your full magnificence.
Lean into a vast space inside that is not inhabited by fearful thoughts. Become familiar with not being limited by them. You’re opening to the full, lovely, boundless potential of you.
The Fear Body
Fear also shows up as physical sensations in the body. You might notice contractions, tightness, an energetic sense of unease.
Getting to know the physical expression of fear is essential to being free of it. Ignore these sensations, and fear will be running in the background. Meet them with loving awareness, and the stories of fear can’t take hold.
Sit quietly, then bring your attention away from your mind and into the sensations in your body. Don’t do anything with them—simply notice them and allow them to be present.
Be unattached to what happens. Let the sensations be here as long as they want to, as they change, intensify, disappear…it doesn’t matter. You’re giving them liberating space to be.
The point is not to get rid of these sensations—don’t see them as a problem to solve. The human body is built for survival, and these sensations help you stay vigilant so you can protect yourself.
But know this: meeting them in a field of welcoming awareness derails the pattern of fear from overtaking you.
Unawareness keeps challenging habits firmly in place. And awareness softens. Get to know the inner voice of fear and the way fear appears in your body.
Every moment you welcome fear with conscious loving care is a moment of grace. You find yourself here…open, expanded, and overflowing with possibility.