Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
It’s understandable that people would have fear of the Shift, because it’s a massive undertaking. You’re progressively shifting reality and that’s pulling on all the threads of the old construct. But climbing a mountain happens with each small step. Providing we can confront our fears and process them as they come up, then fear becomes a powerful tool on the path – it shows you the direction in which you’re being invited to travel. Let’s explore how to deal with it.
It’s Understandable to Have Fear of the Shift
It’s totally understandable if you have fear of the Shift, because so much is changing on the planet right now – literally every aspect of our lives: especially in relationships for example, where plenty are either falling apart or being invited to transform. Work situations are changing as society terraforms. We might need to change where we live because the soul is drawing us elsewhere for new explorations.
All of this is most likely to regularly bring up fear. In many ways, it’s the being’s natural reaction to change. Especially the lower self is programmed to comfort and safety, to inertia and keeping things the same. But you are not that lower self-identity – you are the limitless possibility beyond that constriction.
What this means is that fear becomes an opportunity. You’re illuminating the places within where you identify with the “maya”, with the illusion. Where you render yourself small, rather than the limitless being that you are. That’s why fear is always a doorway of possibility. The only question remaining, is how to effectively deal with it? How to push through it?
Evolutionary Growth Through Learning and Expression
In spiritual circles and mainstream motivation groups, it’s so often the case to “imagine the best possible outcome of any given situation”. Then to work to create that. But who is that creating? Who is imagining the “best possible outcome?” To me, it can only be an ego wanting a particular result. Whereas the soul is choosing the path to evolve, learn and experience.
It’s essential to acknowledge fear is that, and it exists within. There is no fear in a self-realised being. Hence confronting your fears becomes the pathway down which to travel to full self-realisation and liberation.
In the Openhand perspective on the soul, there is only evolutionary growth through learning and expression. When the soul encounters a crossroads in life, with one direction marked ‘hell’ and the other ‘heaven’, the choice is made not based on what the most beautiful or desirable outcome might be; it is based on what can most be learned. And if that’s in some temporary kind of ‘hell’, then so be it. When the soul confronts some kind of situation, which causes it to contract in tightness, there represents a golden opportunity to deal with unrealised limitation.
In so doing, when the realisation through the challenge happens, it always comes with the most incredible expansion. As you shake off that which previously held you back, then your soul integrates and soars like an eagle. There’s immense joy that you reclaimed a lost aspect of Self.
How do you achieve this most effectively next time you encounter fear?
Bringing Fear to the Surface: Imagine the Worst Possible Outcome
To me, I witness that fear mostly arises because in some way, we’ve unconsciously distanced ourselves from the truth of a given situation. Because it’s apparently too difficult to deal with, even to contemplate. If it’s undesirable, the tendency is to sweep it under the rug. This has a very limiting internal effect – it creates polarity. In other words, it creates a small “I” identity, which is living in suppressed fear of that possibility and can now be victimised by it; in which case you are not being The One, which can be completely okay in ALL situations.
People live their lives and shape whole realities based on such avoidance – like leaving an unfulfilling relationship for example, or ending a job that doesn’t serve.
Fear represents a golden opportunity, but only if we’re prepared to turn right into it, at the time it is arising, and work deeply through it. And the most effective way I’ve found of doing that, is to contemplate the worst possible outcome from any given situation. So you literally imagine what could likely happen if you take the step your soul is guiding you into. But then you work into it, work it through, and let go of the reactionary triggering.
Thus you regain the composure of the One. Now you can respond in the most positive of ways – from the soul, shaping miracles and magic which transform the situation. What you discover, is that it never turns out the way you feared. Especially because you’ve opened yourself up to a new possibility of how it could become – you’re opening a space through the fear and channeling creative soul expression. This is bound to have a beneficial, transformative effect.
The question remains, how can you quickly and effectively deal with fear when it comes up?
5 Spiritual Keys to Overcome Your Fear
Here’s how to effectively deal with your fear and open the doorway through it with 5 keys…
1). Locate your internal tightness: When you contemplate the worst possible outcome, then all your subconscious fear and constriction come up. What you’re really looking for is the internal tightness – maybe it’s in your head, your solar plexus or sacrum? Feel it, work into it, and above all, express it out into the world. This might be crying, screaming, shouting, or vigorous movement.
2). Become as-one with the pain: Now what’s happening, is you’re actually becoming as-one with the pain, with the fear. If you keep working with it, then there comes a point where you tire of it, where you’ve had enough of it, where you realise the baggage itself that you’re carrying around, is far worse than the worst possible outcome. And you might aswell let it go. Thus, you’re empowering yourself by becoming The One in it.
3). Be prepared to completely fall apart: You must be prepared to completely fall apart. It’s like you’ve been controlling who you are, hanging onto who you should be – to what is expected of you. If you’re to truly penetrate through this, it will often feel like falling apart. And here’s the paradox of a liberated soul – that’s entirely okay!
4). Become The One: As you fall apart in it, as you really let go, then feel deeply through it into the sense of emptiness – into The Void. It feels like you’re touching the pure presence of complete acceptance. You’re now opening into infinite potential – the Source, from which authentic soul arises.
5). Unleash the freedom of the Soul: Finally, and here’s the great part, look for the natural expression of joy, expansiveness and rightness of the soul that wants to come through. That which has been liberated. Dance with it; sing and shout with it; give it wings by expressing it out into the world.
Transcending Fear: A Practical Example…
I recall giving a presentation to a crowded hall in Glastonbury many years ago. I tend not to plan such presentations other than the production of some slides and maybe the odd video or two. I always knew, that in coming from the source, all I needed was a thread – just a word or a feeling – from which to begin.
This particular time I began with a video and as it drew to a close, I was watching for the first words to drop into mind, a place to begin, a thread to pick up. Usually they came but this time nothing – nothing at all. As the credits to the film rolled, still nothing. As the silence and expectation of the audience grew louder in my awareness still nothing. As I stood up, still nothing. All the while I was watching my inner feelings, any arising tightness – and softening into them. Yes I was feeling nervous, realising a subconscious subtle desire for the people to appreciate me and my point of view. As that penny dropped, why would I limit myself by needing some kind of appreciation or outcome? What was wrong with how I was being? Even if nothing came? Even if I stood there in complete silence?
Time seemed to stretch right into eternity. Without need of outcome at all, any sense of fear, doubt and disbelief disappeared. I was infinitely vulnerable, and it felt completely blissful. So blissful that it felt humorous. And so I felt to begin by cracking a joke about the Pope, who just happened to be visiting the UK at the time. After the slightly uneasy silence, the audience fell about laughing and the presentation then flowed effortlessly.
Increasingly Empowered, Joyful and Harmonious
I’m not saying it’s necessarily easy to approach your fears in this way. There will always be a myriad of opt-outs – comfortable other solutions that placate the fear rather than dealing with it – really dealing with it. There’ll be lots of distractions and plenty of people advising how to make the best of the situation. But if you have the courage to turn into your fears in this way, you will explode the myth that they are.
Because you are The One, which has created everything by which to know itself, and therefore ultimately, fears nothing.
So work to become the One within your fears, and they will surely burst like an exploding balloon. And your soul will expand out with empowered and joyful liberation. And what’s more, you won’t have to keep remanifesting those fearful situations. By working through your fears, your life becomes increasingly empowered, joyful and harmonious. I wish you an empowered journey!
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Originally published at www.openhandweb.org and reproduced here with permission.
About the author:
Openhand is a unique approach to spiritual evolution: integrating enlightened wisdom of spiritual masters through the ages, it is a way of tapping into the Benevolent Guiding Consciousness of the Universe and aligning with it in your life. It helps you unveil your True Self, remove karmic blockages and unfold your Divine Destiny. It leads to authentic, resilient and truly successful living.