Letting Go of Fear  By Swami Sukhabodhananda

Letting go of fear by swami sukhabodhananda

Fear can be very crippling. Whether you are a student who has to face exams or a corporate executive who has to meet company goals, it is not easy to live in fear. You may even feel pressure to overcome this fear but may not have the right tools to understand it.


To be against any negative feeling is a wrong approach. One has to be in harmony with what is and not in conflict with what is. So if someone says be in fear, it is not proper. Do not be against anything. Just be aware. Learn from fear what it wants you to learn. If you can learn to assess a situation properly and see fear clearly you will be in control of it, rather than have it control you.  Unfortunately, we become imprisoned by fear.


If you live a conscious life, you will find there are deeper layers to yourself. If you live in the lower centres, then fear, anger, jealousy, etcetera is the outcome. If you live in the higher centers, then commitment, love, creativity, passion for innovation will be the outcome. A musician uses his power of observation to deepen his awareness and thus increase his skill; like that use awareness and operate from higher centers. But if the musician says it is natural that my voice is like this and thus keeps quiet then higher possibilities do not open up. Therefore, the musician learns to culture his voice and thus, along with the line, create magic in his voice. Hence, one should be aware of the deeper layers in oneself and should not limit oneself by unproductive conclusions.


In todays high stress environment, many are working in a company which sets the budget and targets to be achieved. Executives are expected to reach the corporate goals, within the set time frame. Hence, their inner conversation is how to handle the fear arising out of a possible failure.


For the present, just learn to pause and look at fear. You have your goal, and you have to reach it. Why should the mind, in fact, I hasten to say the disorderly mind, come and doubt whether it will happen or not? Your mind can be supportive or interfering. Observe how the mind is not supporting you and instead of interfering in your pursuit to reach the goal in an effective way. Learn to observe the interfering mind and learn to put it aside. One has to learn the ability to put away the interfering mind. When you justify that it is natural to have fear, then you are giving such a fear-ridden mind power to operate like a boss, and you become a victim.


When you have to reach your corporate goals, learn to teach your mind to be committed to reaching the goal and thus go away from the doubting mind. Then, fear will not block you. This discipline one must have. The etymological meaning of discipline is learning. To learn how to use the mind and not get used to it. In the spiritual sense, going beyond mind and using intelligence is true awakening.



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