Friday, October 2, 2009

Fear Itself

We have all heard the saying.."There is nothing to fear but fear itself." Whether it be the Bible or some other resource I don't recall where that quote comes from. All I know is that it seems to have a core of truth to it.

Recently, thanks to my crazy neighbor, I have noticed how much fear drives our daily life. I can see how fear keeps us from reaching our maximum potential in our human experience.

On a daily basis a typical human has many fears. Everything we do is entailed with fear. Just take notice for one day on how many times you let fear control your decisions. It will amaze you that you even go out of the house with all the fears that can consume a person in one day. There is a big difference between fear and caution. I think most people are fearful and call it caution.

Some examples I see daily are:

People are afraid to quit that job they hate because they are scared they won't be able to find another one. Or maybe even the fear of change scares them. They end up miserable and unhappy because of fear.

I see mothers so fearful their child will get hurt, killed, stolen, or even converted to a heathen by a non-Christian that they stifle them from many normal childhood experiences and hinder them from living, learning and experiencing....Poor kids.

There are some people that get stuck in their own little world and in a comfort zone that keeps them from growing to their potential. After all, is easier to be comfortable and lazy than take a chance isn't it???

People also fear change. Change or a different view of any kind will make people very uncomfortable. Fear becomes very evident where politics and religion are present. Matter of fact, religion and politcs both control the masses with fear and manipulation.

There are many fears from lightening to bugs. Fears are everywhere. I often think if we didn't have fear how far one could go....

"Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” Yes, most of our fears are learned in some sort of way by our loved ones or society.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Beautiful quote is it not??? Maybe from this day on we can all all try not to let fear take grip of our lives and let our light shine.


  1. Wonderful post! I fear I won't be able to top it!!! Hehehe.

  2. That last quote is one of my favorites! I came across it a couple of years ago and saved it in my "quotes" file. Yeah, all too often I'm one of those who fear change. I enjoy my comfort zone.

  3. Franklin D. Roosevelt is the one who made the quote "you have nothing to fear but fear it self"