"We must eradicate from the soul all fear and terror of what comes towards us from the future. We must acquire serenity in all feelings and sensations about the future. We must look forward with absolute equanimity to everything that may come. And we must think only that whatever comes is given to us by a world-directive full of wisdom. It is part of what we must learn in this age, namely, to live out of pure trust, without any security in existence - trust in the ever-present help of the spiritual world. Truly, nothing else will do if our courage is not to fail us. Therefore, let us discipline our will and let us seek the awakening from within ourselves, every morning and every evening." ~Rudolf Steiner
Fear can be sparked by anything; money, natural disasters, illness, and – interestingly enough – thoughts of the future. Where some might respond with fear, others may be mildly entertained, have no reaction at all, or have an entirely different reaction. Yet, there are common responses to life’s challenges (or perceived dangers), and fear tends to be a typical one.
When people respond to circumstances with fear, it can leave a deep impression in their soul. This impression can be so embedded, they can become fearful about things that might happen. Rather than looking to the future with hope, or even neutrality, they look to the future with fear.
In these times, as the economy continues to plunge, Mother Earth helplessly bleeds oil, and wars rage on, fears can certainly arise for all of us. Many wonder, “How am I going to get through all this? What’s going to happen to my money/life/our planet? What does our future hold for us?”
What is darkness? What is light?
Oftentimes we use these words to describe spirituality. Yet, in essence, neither one exists. The spiritual reality is there is no duality, no separation. Only One.... the All.
Yet, on this earthly plane, we experience light and dark in our lives. We can be in a dark room, and turn on a light, or vice versa. Instinctively, our human selves tend to be more comfortable with the light than the dark.
Why is that?
In darkness it is harder to "see", so we don't feel as safe. There is a vast unknown in darkness.
Spiritually, when we refer to these seemingly polar opposites, we tend to equate light with love and dark with hate or fear. Ah... so even spiritually, our souls gravitate to the light.
But what about the darkness? Why is it that some humans and souls are attracted to the dark, or hate or fear? Is it their conditioning, upbringing, own fears, or is it their essence?
Celebrated on September 29, Michaelmas is the holy day in which Archangel Michael is revered in the Christian, Jewish and Islamic traditions. Saint Michael, as he is often called, is considered the highest of all the archangels and is usually depicted carrying a golden sword in his hand. Michael and his sword represent courage, strength, protection, justice and truth, especially in times of darkness.
I Waldorf schools throughout the world, Michaelmas is a celebrated festival honoring Saint Michael as well as the Fall Equinox. Teachers, children and parents gather to share in the victorious defeat of a fearsome dragon, sing songs, and feast together on the bounty of summer’s harvest. Oftentimes the story of Saint George and the Dragon is acted out in a play; in many versions of this legend Archangel Michael offers his gifts of strength and courage to Saint George during battle.
Brave, low voices rhythmically chant:
The dragon, representing the dark, fearsome and untamed aspects of ourselves, is conquered thus saving innocent lives – and perhaps freeing a princess as well – symbolizing our own innocence and nobility.
As we enter fall, darkness slowly returns to our lives as our nights stretch to outweigh our days. This fall, with several wars raging, the economy plunging, systems crumbling and the energies of old patterns dying within and around us, we are likely noticing elevated levels of fear. For some, we are in the midst of many unplanned and frightening changes. Whether fall, fear or faith prompt you, remember you can always call upon Archangel Michael for his Light. You can sink into an intentional meditation (like the Meditation Transcript offered by Doreen Virtue), you can create an alter in honor of fall and/or Archangel Michael, or perhaps you offer him a sincere song, letting him know your willingness and desire for support through challenging times.
Allow yourself to sing with an open heart on behalf of yourself, your community, country or even the whole planet:
We are going through some intense shifts right now. All “hell” is “breaking loose” – all things that have caused us “hell” in the past are breaking loose from our systems and we feel completely overwhelmed and chaotic. But, remember, it is breaking loose! We don’t want this stuff any more anyway… oh, wait… or do we?
Our souls are evolving so quickly that the human ego is having a hard time adjusting and even letting go of the old patterns that are oh-so-familiar to us. Recognize that it is no small task adjusting to the newer realms that aren’t even physically manifest, but which have (and have always been) manifested in the larger, grander place that we “know” in our hearts and currently identify as the “newer” or “higher” realms. We are in BOTH (all) realms right now and it is quite confusing and, yes, even painful at times.
Who are we? We are beginning to forget the illusion that we created and don’t have a frame of reference on which to TRULY identify. Remember, the ego is all about IDENTITY – “me” – as well as fear. So as we start to loose our footing – our identity – it really scares the ego.
Be patient. This one is a “biggie” blasting away a lot of dense patterns. Remember, many of us are clearing so much for the masses and the masses are a huge energy field, which is why it can seem extra difficult a times (or even "unfair").
Additionally, we can feel like we are “loosing contact” with our “higher connections” (or guides) as we clear our patterns, but in reality they (we) are still “there” (here!). Can you find the strand of trust that runs through your core?
When we are caught in the middle of this shift it can be scary stuff, yet it is also very healing. We are getting so close to being “done”, but once in a while these energies are really hard to take.
If you find yourself scrambling as "all hell breaks loose" within and around you, try to remember some of these basic suggestions: Call a friend, contact a spiritual mentor or counselor (someone who really "gets" it), expect little or nothing from yourself, meditate and ask to FEEL your guides, cry, breathe, go out in nature for an hour or more, journal, get a massage, play with children, do something fun, cry some more, and if at all possible, tap into that trust and remember you are whole and holy and are grander than you can imagine!
I surely don’t want to write about fear… I’m too afraid! Geez, what do I have to say about this topic, since, I too am constantly trying to avoid fear?! “Surrender,” I hear, as I begin to write…
As human beings we are hexed with fears! By agreeing to incarnate on Earth, we took on this thing called fear. It has been said that FEAR stands for “False Evidence Appearing Real.” This is fine and dandy when we are talking about monsters under our beds, but what about those REALLY Real fears?
What about Reality?! War! Bankruptcy! Injustices! Betrayals! Survival!
I don’t have a television, nor do I read any newspapers, or listen to the radio long enough to hear about happenings in the real world – thank goodness! Am I uninformed? Probably. Am I in denial? Maybe. Is this disconnection from 3-D reality a bad thing? No – at least not for me.
My primary reason for not staying connected to the world through the media is because of fear! Yes, I am afraid of what is happening in our world, and I am certainly not interested in having my fears amplified with media influences. I have plenty of pesky fears gnawing around my own house, thank you!
So what do I do to cope with my fears, great and small?
Empowerment, detachment and surrender are keys to releasing this human experience known as fear.
Empowerment can come in many forms. When we recognized where we have power and take action accordingly, we can alleviate some of our fears. For some people, media news gives them a sense of what is happening in our world, empowering them with information. Many people are motivated to create changes; perhaps politically, monetarily or through service.
Personally, I empower myself by NOT receiving information about the world through the media. I best function and stay empowered by maintaining my connection to the “Higher Realms” through my spirituality. Politically and financially, I support areas that align with my beliefs and pocketbook. In terms of service, I love to empower others, including my four children, so they can live more joyfully and have positive influences in our world.
Clearly, there isn’t one “right” way to empower ourselves, yet it is beneficial to come from a place of Love rather than fear. When we act out of fear, we align ourselves with denser energies (you know, the “lower realms”).
Sometimes it can be hard for us to discern when our acts come from Love or fear. Do I care for my family out of Love or protect them out of fear? Likely, we do both. Personal love – for our family, the earth, ourselves – is a more positive impetus than fear. Yet, when we address our fears from a place of personal love, our attachment seeks a desired outcome. Generally speaking, we want to remove the “problem” because we believe it is causing our fears! We can spend a lifetime trying to eliminate our fears through this method.
Love with detachment – a.k.a. Unconditional Love – enables us to live fearlessly in spite of our problems. Through the eyes of detachment we can see a greater picture. This empowers us to remove the hook from our personal agenda and simply witness What Is. Some of us experience this in small instances at unpredictable moments (then, of course, we want to hold on to it!). Achieving detachment takes practice, to say the least. We do not need to become Buddhists to learn detachment, though this spiritual path offers us some enlightening perspectives.
In “reality”, I encounter many issues that try to lure me down the path of fear. Many times I go – dramatically, habitually and, of course, fearfully! Yet, the more I tune into the higher frequencies of Love and Oneness (rather than the media), the easier I find detachment. Yes, I still may need to call a friend, take a deep breath (or two or three) and do some journaling, but I find detachment to be a powerfully comforting tool.
I would like to note, however, that de-tachment implies that there was an attachment. Some day I would like to master non-attachment so I can avoid the hook altogether. In the meantime, I am practicing the art of surrender.
While some may equate surrendering with dis-empowerment, it actually takes a good deal of courage and faith. Although surrendering may not change or impact the original “problem” or “reality” that prompted our fear, it can help diminish the fear itself. Perhaps we humbly realize that even though we can see a greater picture with detachment, this greater picture is much bigger than our human eyes can behold. We release trying to see it, or understand it. We surrender to it. When we surrender, we move into our fears (not necessarily into the "issue" itself), which gives them less power to frighten us.
In this rapidly shifting reality, we are facing challenges on many levels. Some challenges we handle with grace, while others rattle our fears to the core. The Truth is we are human beings trying to re-member Oneness! Ironically, this process scares us. Hidden deep in our unconsciousness, is a tiny “ego” trying to fight for its own survival. It doesn’t know that when it surrenders to the Oneness – to that which most frightens it – it will expand into a Grandness beyond its wildest dreams! Instead, it is plagued with fear because it doesn’t Trust what Source is trying to bring it.
For the most part, I find that surrender isn’t a one stop completion point; it is often an ebb and flow between my ego and my Soul creating an interesting dance. Sometimes I watch with detachment, other times I join in. What I am learning, however, is that my Soul has much more endurance, smoother steps, and is a better teacher. Plus, it brings me joy to dance with my Soul!
Whether we are dealing with those pesky everyday fears, or the major catastrophes of living in today’s reality that trigger the REALLY Real fears, if we fully and completely surrender to Trust, we may discover what Source is trying to bring us and perhaps realize there was nothing to fear after all.
Are you willing to expand into a Grandness beyond your wildest dreams?
“Surrender,” you hear, as you move toward that which most frightens you…
Maybe you, too, are ready to dance with your Soul.
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
We move in and out of consciousness. We re-member who we are, then promptly forget. No big deal. Yet, when we remember, we find and feel a sense of purpose and oneness as well as an order to the chaos. This feels good to our bodies and souls.
“How did this happen?” we wonder. Then, with intention and desire we begin to seek this experience again and again. Perhaps we find this through meditation, in our connections with nature, or interacting with children. Maybe we read books that “make sense” to our spiritual selves, or we have someone see something “divine” in us and we want to tap into that something in clear and direct ways.
Our awakening is personal, yet cosmic. We are individuals making individual choices about our lives on all kinds of levels/planes/realms. Sometimes we are acutely aware of our choices and how they affect us. Other times we simply react to life and fall into old patterns.
The interesting piece is this cosmic, or collective, consciousness. When we re-member who we truly are – a divine expression of “God” (or however else it feels to you) – we understand we are part of something bigger and it includes everyone and everything. We realize that we are interconnected at such profound levels that no words can actually capture this truth.
Awakening can be quite exciting and, conversely, quite frightening. There is nothing “wrong” with you if you feel fear during your expansion. Do you remember being born? Although parents try to be more aware of the affects of childbirth these days – perhaps they create a quiet, sacred space with low lighting and soft music, etc. – it can still be a frightening experience. New, unfamiliar experiences can make us feel insecure.
Right now, we are experiencing such a rapid shift in consciousness that we are constantly having new, unfamiliar experiences. Unfortunately, these experiences are not being broadcasted on the news or explained by your doctor or discussed at work during your coffee break. Or are they?
As an individual, you are probably going through a lot of major changes in your life. And we can all see that the greater collective is experiencing some pretty big shifts as well. These experiences – major financial upsets, home foreclosures, instabilities, etc. – are happening to the masses and are all part of our collective awakening! Thus, you are awakening individually as well as with the collective and each of these areas of awakening will affect you.
For those who are less conscious (aware), they may be thinking, “Geez, the market sucks right now, but it’s going to turn around.” Or even, “Oh, my God, I’m going to lose my house! Where will I live? What will I do? Oh, no!” Even those who are more conscious (aware) can experience similar thoughts, including the primal fears that can arise from such thoughts.
The awareness that you are both a human and a spiritual being can help alleviate the self-judgment for your fears and fear-based thoughts; your spiritual self can find compassion for your human self. Plus, this spiritual side can keep the light of hope lit – allowing your own light within to keep shining. It helps you remember that all is truly well and enables you to drop into trust and find a sense of peace.
During these times of “crashing and fading” our egos (fearful states) are dying and we are giving birth to our greater, more heart-centered selves. Although both death and birth are part of the natural cycle of life, they can be painful, frightening experiences for the human being and ego.
So, what do you do for others who are experiencing these aspects of life? How would you comfort a friend who is losing a parent to cancer? What do you do for a woman in the midst of labor? Contemplate the offerings you would bring and consider blessing yourself with the same loving care. Although this kind of support cannot always stop the emotional or physical pain, it can bring great comfort. Allow yourself to feel what you feel, seek comfort from a friend or loved one (or offer it to yourself), know these transitions are intensely happening in our lives right now, and trust they will pass.
No matter what the outward situation looks like, or how you feel, think or react to it all, know that you are worthy and lovable – always. Whenever possible, allow yourself to feel this Love, breathe into this Love, and let it awaken your Heart!
Are you feeling a bit vulnerable, stressed or worried about your survival right now? Most of us acknowledge the outer influences that may be stirring up these feelings – including mass lay offs, foreclosures and our overall economy. As human beings, we are deeply affected by the everyday experiences of others and when experiences are happening at such a large scale it is easy to feel vulnerable in hard times. As spiritual beings, we can feel the effects of intense times in deeper ways. Our inner gifts of compassion and spiritual oneness connect us to others on a soul level and this can be both a curse and a blessing.
When we go through life without recognizing our spiritual connections to others, this can make us feel more unstable if the collective is experiencing instability, or more fearful if the larger masses are in fear. This is the part that is the curse. Bringing awareness to this innate spiritual gift can help transmute it into a blessing.
One simple thing you can do to soften the intensity of the feelings you experience when negativities abound is to “disconnect” from the collective (fear) consciousness on both the human and spiritual levels. I suggest you literally disconnect by turning off unpleasant news (or even your TV), or don’t answer the phone when caller ID tells you it’s that whiny neighbor calling to complain about life. Disconnecting from fear on the soul level is actually reconnecting to your heart! A simple exercise is to breathe deeply into your heart center. With each in and out breath, focus fully on your heart and allow peace encompass you. Ah!... Try that for a couple of minutes a day!
As a calmer, more heart centered human-spiritual being, it becomes easier to see that our qualities we perceived as our curses or weaknesses are actually our blessings and gifts!