If love is the unconditional acceptance of what is, then fear is the non-acceptance of what is, leading to resistance. Where there is love, oneness naturally exists; where there is fear, a chasm of separateness opens up. However as we confront our fears, the inhibition they had caused in our lives melts away. The doors are swung open. What we previously thought was too hard now becomes possible, even enjoyable. Even, a wonderful new life!
We are naturally afraid of the unknown, or of forces that may overpower us, or things that may go wrong. But equally we can face these fears, when we are sufficiently motivated to "do it anyway." The attitude we adopt is our choice and determines whether our thoughts, and corresponding emotions and actions, are empowering or self-defeating. Our motivation may include success, power, pleasure, possession, control and so on. But the highest motivation is love, and that light will erase the shadows of fear and take us through all the world can throw at us.
We may find ourselves dwelling on such matters as our career paths and our vocational satisfaction, feeling trapped and unhappy yet afraid to break out and try something different. Take heart from Eleanor's words. We are stronger than we believe; however desperate circumstances may seem, there is a path forward whereby all things remain possible.
You are your strongest, most inspired, and most successful when you have cleared your fears... and the process of clearing them will bring you many unexpected gifts along the way. When I encounter scary situations and ask the question, "What am I afraid of... and why?", I think of something that brings me a deeper understanding of myself at the same time as my fear is cleared away. Continues...
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