What is fear? We know fear produces certain physical reactions
such as an elevated heart rate and shallow breathing. But are these reactions
really fear? No, they are the effects of
What causes fear in the first place? Fear is the result of separation (separation
either consciously or subconsciously) from the One who is all-knowing,
all-powerful, universal and ever present. If people truly believed that they were united with the One, nothing
could come against them to cause fear. As the scriptures say, their faith would move mountains. Here are some
examples of the kinds of fear caused by separation from the One:
- Fear of failure. Everyone has gifts and talents that are unique to them. Whether they express these gifts and talents is a different story. Many people do not because of their fear of failure.
- Fear of success. In
their heart of hearts, many people do not want to be successful. Why? Because
of the responsibilities and burdens that come with success, including the
burden of continuing to be successful. Hollywood has a field day with this
subject (i.e., movies about the author who wrote the great novel, but is afraid
to write another one for fear of failure).
- Fear of what other people think. This fear centers on a concern that if you expose your true self to others, you will not be accepted. And because people want to feel accepted, they build a carefully constructed public image so they can hide and escape judgment and ridicule. This has created what some people call a society of imitators in terms of what clothes we wear, what cars we drive, what jobs we want, etc.