The most basic of emotions is fear. Lack of the primal needs such as food, shelter, warmth, love and safety all result in fear. It is the survival instinct which never leaves us and, when it serves our greater good, is a useful tool for living.
We have a choice, however, in how we relate to it. It may be a force that motivates us to seek fulfillment and achievement in our lives. It may prod us to succeed in our undertakings because failure seems a much worse alternative. It may be responsible for some of our best behavior as well.
But everything in life is about balance. So when fear begins to insidiously invade our subconscious and conscious lives, when it begins to overtake our daily consciousness and leaves us constantly worried, obsessed with potential and perceived problems, unable to feel joy or serenity, it becomes a serious problem.
We need to be aware that this continual low-grade fear can lead to anxiety and depression. Do we find ourselves stressed out over being on time, all the time? Do we seem to worry incessantly over everything? Do we obsessively worry over people in our lives and their choices, our health both physical and financial? Do we fear that the world is barreling toward Armageddon? Are we actually paralyzed by these feelings, unable to move.
But how can we deal with fear? I believe we must first name it. It is an ancient method of dealing with demons. "What is your name?" the exorcist demands. By naming your fear, examining it, turning it around, looking at it from all sides, we may find it less potent than we realized. Are we afraid of being alone? Of failure? Of sickness? Of suffering? Of death?
Then answer our own questions–what will happen if we fail that exam, lose a loved one to death or rejection, not be able to purchase what we believe is so necessary? Not find a job?
Perhaps the answer is–we will survive. Somehow. We will find someone or something new. There are sources available to help us get through our difficulties. And we can turn adversity into opportunity. No one said change is easy or that it will be pain free. But it need not engender the fear that it often does.
If we have an awareness of survival of consciousness after death and view life as a continuum which transcends dying, then even that fear may dissipate.
Tap into our metaphysical wisdom, our understanding of the nature of change, of continual transformation. Re-acquaint ourselves with the wisdom that life, love, material goods are temporary states of being.
It is not depressing to understand the nature of impermanence and ultimately of physical death. Those who come to terms with what is, that understand the adventures of our soul's journey, may accept all that comes our way.
Awareness can lead us to an acceptance that mitigates fear and allows serenity to emerge.