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Can Fear be a Gift?

30 Oct

The majority of my blogs and articles about fear describe it in negative terms. How fear prevents us from truly living the life we wish for ourselves. How it keeps us from having, being and doing the things we most desire.

Today, I’d like to talk about the positive side of fear. And yes, there is a positive side. You see if our ancestors hadn’t experienced fear there is a good chance you and I would not be here today. No blog and no readers.

Like most animals, we of the human species have a built in early warning system to protect us from dangerous situations. It’s very much like the burglar alarm systems many of us have in our homes. It starts with the alarm itself found in the oldest part of our reptilian brain, a nodule known as the amygdala. The amygdala receives signals from our five senses very much like the burglar alarm that is connected to the windows and doors in our homes. When any of those doors or windows are breeched signals are sent to the alarm and it begins to ring.

The amygdala is always working monitoring what we see, hear, smell, taste and feel. If any one of these sensors suspects danger it immediately notifies the amygdala to prepare the body for what we refer to as, fight or flight. Perfect for when a wild beast looks at us and thinks dinner, or a hostile neighboring tribe is looking to conquer our village, make us slaves and steal our wives and daughters.

The first thing that happens when our amygdala suspects danger is to determine if the danger is real. This takes but nano seconds. If it does sense we are in danger it goes into action: The body is bathed in hormones, most notably adrenaline. The heart beats faster. The lungs take in more oxygen to mix with the sugars in the blood to produce more energy. Our senses sharpen. And, the blood supply is redirected away from the digestive track to the muscles. Our body is now ready to fight for our very lives, or run to escape our attackers.

When this happened to our ancestors they survived. We are living proof of that. So fear is definitely good, a gift.

But here is the weird part. Your amygdala doesn’t know the difference between a signal from your five senses, or a delusional thought you hold in your mind. So if you’re a salesperson who has to call a prospect and you’re afraid they’ll get mad at you and hang-up, your body will feel the fear and respond in a similar fashion to being chased by a pit bull. If there is someone you want to meet at a social gathering and you’re frozen in place by fear that you’ll be rejected and humiliated, your body is feeling the same stresses it would if you were confronted by a mugger on a dark street. This certainly doesn’t make much sense now, does it?

So, learn the difference between real fear that protects you from danger, and delusional fear that robs you of all the things that would add joy and happiness to your life. Once you do this, your life will never be the same.

Love,

Michael

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My “True Self” Knows No Limits

12 Dec

A Born Rich Affirmation: My “True Self” knows no limits; that in truth, I am quite capable of having, doing, or being virtually anything I desire to be.

It has been said over and over throughout recorded history that we, as human beings, are powerful beyond measure. That if we only recognized our divinity, our greatness, given to us by our creator, we could accomplish virtually anything. So, why are we not, these incredible creators of miracles?

According to A Course in Miracles, when we were born a veil came down blocking our remembrance of who we really were, the holy children of God. We took on the cloak of a human body that caused us to forget that we were divine, incredibly powerful and destined for a life of greatness.

You see, this human body came with two equally strong emotions; love and fear, plus a thinking mind and a built-in nemesis, the ego. In addition, we have been given the gift of free choice. God promised us that our gift of free choice would be unconditional, meaning that no choice we ever made would be judged by God.

But God did say that although we have free choice, we still must live with the consequences of our choices. And here lies the problem. We desire love but often let fear overwhelm us, especially when the ego speaks up and sides with fear. Then it reminds us of all our past wrong choices and all our “not good enough” beliefs about ourselves. And, so we settle for a life of littleness even though our Father promised us a life of Greatness.

All of the above is the bad news. Now here is the good news. You can change your life this very moment. And you do it by changing your thoughts. No longer do you have to accept negative delusional thoughts that lock you in fear. Decide now to monitor what you are thinking. This is actually quite simple. Positive thoughts give you feelings of joy and happiness. Negative thoughts create the fear you feel in your body. Next time you are feeling fear stop and examine what you are thinking. Once identified as a negative thought replace it with a positive one. And this is how you do it.

Say out loud: “(Your higher power) I cast the burden of this negative thought about _______ on you, and I go free. I ask that you replace this thought with a positive thought about _______.

To your Greatness,

Michael