I often hear it said that what underlies anger, rage, hostility, etc., is fear. But what underlies fear?
Well, as far as I can see, attachment underlies fear. I’ll have to amend that statement later but let me look at it from a general standpoint for a minute.
Mostly what we fear is loss. We fear we’ll lose something we’re attached to – our spouse, our children, our house, our car, our job. We consider these things as basic to our wellbeing, happiness, and satisfaction and of course they’re not. That is one of the illusions of the old Third.
It isn’t that it’s bad and wrong to attach to these things. It’s just that it has consequences.
In the face of our illusions, we constrain ourselves not to act courageously lest we endanger, risk or lose what we attach ourselves to. We become passive and malleable. We fit in. We give way. We don’t stand up for what we know is right or good. We become part of the crowd, banding together for a security we never attain.
Seven Ways to Banish Fear
Fear is not something innate within us. It’s a temporary condition that stays as long as we allow it. Here are some suggested ways of banishing fear.
(1) Let go of the attachment. Whatever it is you’re attached to, reconcile yourself with the possibility of its loss and come to peace with that. Fear now has no place to cling to.
(2) Stamp your foot and tell fear to be gone. What we don’t realize about fear is that fear is afraid of us. Show it who’s boss. When we turn our face against fear, when we stamp our foot and say “No!” to fear, fear flees. It flies away. You can try it and see.
(3) Expand your chest as far as you can and feel the substantiality of your being: take courage from that. If you’re into karate, use your kiya to banish fear. Or growl at fear. It will go.
(4) Take a stand on something. State exactly where you’re at with it, whether you have to speak through your fear or not. Fear is not equal to your stand.
(5) Use Sanat Kumara’s magic phrase. Sanat told a friend in a reading that he was going to give her a magic incantation that would banish fear. What was it? “Shoooo!” And it works.
(6) Give your fear away to the celestials or ascended masters. That is working more and more these days.
(7) Love your fear. Love the frightened child within you. Offer to let Big Betty take care of Little Betty. Take fear under your wing.
Attachments that Don’t Bind
“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Yes, because in the higher dimensions we can create what we want and nothing need ever be lost. Moreover, we have no attachments in the higher dimension – well, no attachments of a certain kind. And that’s where I must make my amendment, my caveat.
There’s nothing wrong, as far as I’m aware, with attaching yourself to the Divine or anything divine. No negative results ensue.
There’s only one degree of the compass that doesn’t lead to more karma and that’s the degree that points directly to God. There’s only one thing we can desire without violating the law of our nature and that’s God and all things godly. (OK, two things.) Attachment to God, which we usually call devotion, does not harm. Attachment to the divine qualities doesn’t harm. Attachment to those who serve God, to the Divine Plan, to the love of all, etc., doesn’t harm or bind. In fact it liberates,
I’ve said that the basic spiritual movement is to turn from the world to God – to turn from material pleasures and pursuits to service of the Divine. That involves letting go of our attachment to the impermanent, the merely sensual, the baser impulses, etc., and embracing the permanent, the higher pursuits, the finer impulses, etc.
And when we do so, we find that all the divine qualities are solvents that dissolve fear. Fear cannot stand in the face of love and you see this every time a truly loving person confronts an angry or fearful person. They calm down in the face of love.
I’m not saying this is easy to do but, whether easy or hard, it works nonetheless.
[Steve is away in Victoria Friday to Sunday night.]