Regrann from @mikkicaptured - Fear is an essential emotion. It registers any situation in which the integrity of mind/body is threatened. Without it we would not survive. You identify yourself as the thing in the way of the elephant and the elephant as a threat to yourself and you take action to avoid disaster.
But fear has a negative side too. This same tendency to identify self from for the protection of life gets turned inside out and becomes distorted. Then instead of serving the essential, but limited, purpose of preserving life, for which fear is intended, it becomes a fear of life, a fear of change, the kind of fear which makes you hold on desperately to things and people and ideas and images of yourself which your life would be better without. This kind of fear is the biggest toxin that ever needs to be eliminated from your life if you want to let your life unfold in all its richness and meaning.
Toxic fear has many different faces: a fear of illness, of death, of losing a relationship, of injury, even of freedom – the very thing you want most. When toxic fear is present, it pollutes your thoughts and feelings. It can produce depression, anxiety, hate, resentment and hopelessness. It also deadens relationships and makes life seem meaningless.
The reason we try so hard to hang on to everything is that we identify ourselves with these things – ideas, people, images of ourselves, money, a house, a job. If any of these things should be dissolved or threatened or lost in the process of change in which we are involved, we fear that we ourselves will be lost.
Every form of toxic fear is a fear of losing your self. And the irony of it all is that the self which you so greatly fear losing is always some outmoded self – which in the process of transformation needs to be sacrificed to make way for a new, expanded, more creative self to take in its place. .
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