Now, more than ever, we have to understand the source of our fears. In part one of this three part presentation by Jim McElwee on courage, we learn to understand the source of our fears and how to face them.
As Jim mentions in the following article, fear has made the transition from survival mechanism in the human species to a comfort mechanism: We fear letting go of our emotional securities more than we fear bodily harm. A conquering war hero baptised by fire on the front lines may still have fear of finding true love. A lion tamer may have fear of public speaking.
Invisible barriers form within the mind out of self doubt and inability to accept oneself. Jim mentions events that can take away our courage; these are more likely emotionally traumatic events that take away our dignity and self respect. More than likely, these events happen during our childhood.
Barriers of fear within the mind are, indeed, “killers of the mind.” Strange and bizarre personality facets otherwise unfamiliar to the host can be hidden behind their fear as in dissociated personality disorder. A ubiquitous example is the fear within a people that their government is somehow deluding them, so the fear remains hidden within trivial pursuit and other “false fire” activities.
An example of media generated fear are mainstream commercials by big pharma. These commercials place invisible barriers of fear within our minds about certain symptoms – and that the only way to deal with those symptoms is to use their drugs. The ostensible characteristics of the commercials seem to focus on a trouble free lifestyle, but the hidden message is fear.
Of course, more people ostensibly have fear of bodily harm these days from all the psychopathic gun fire lately, but the hidden barrier of fear created within their minds by mainstream media is, “You better be careful what you do or say – or you’re next…”
Fear, these days, is one of the most proliferated commodities in human society. A great deal of human business is based in fear. Without fear, certain types of businesses wouldn’t exist. Harboring weapons, I suppose, is understandable, if you have fear for your survival against an “enemy.”
But when it comes to the “enemy,” we latch onto those invisible barriers of fear within our minds and the “enemy” becomes anyone who makes us feel “uncomfortable.” Anyone who disturbs our emotional securities about the way reality works may become “the enemy.” Anyone who raises “red flags” within our minds becomes “the enemy.”
When we try to justify fear, we must question that fear and its justification or we are no better than the people in the dark ages who were ruled by fear. When we delude ourselves through fear, the quality of our lives goes down, into the dark ages.
Personally, I would prefer that humanity come into another renaissance era of goodness and creation; this is done by facing and understanding our fears through courage. Please enjoy this first installment by Jim McElwee:
Today I’d like to talk about something even the best of us needs more of sometimes: Courage. And if there’s one thing that’s difficult to do it’s regain your courage after an event takes it away. No one is born brave, just as no one is born cowardly. Instead, it is an assessment of the world around us combined with our understanding of ourselves that generates either confidence and stability or remind us constantly of one or a few events that resulted in a perpetual state of fear either on the surface or rooted in our subconscious.
Think to yourself for a moment. What are you afraid of? And when do you need courage the most? Wouldn’t it be great if you could replace that fear with an epic courage that allowed you to overcome every boogeyman and replace it with a potential opportunity? Courage is what empowers us to do this. For every disaster there is the potential for a hero. But if that hero is being blocked by an irrational level of fear, he or she will not be able to react. And this can lead in certain circumstances to a guilt that could haunt them for the rest of their lives. With irrational fear, this is a risk we all take. The goal in creating our entrainment therapy was to help people eliminate their irrational fears and imbue them with courage. You can find it at Courage Isochronic
Fear has always had a reputation as a killer of the mind. In humanity’s early development some very basic mechanisms were put into place to ensure every living complex organism had an aversion to danger based on their own assessments. Eventually, this mechanism became entangled with the complex web of symbols in our society and no longer held its focus on survival, but rather comfort. This eventually means it no longer worked for the benefit of humanity, but rather to its detriment. You may know what I mean, but let me illustrate a situation.
You’ve been talking to a prospective romantic interest for a few days or even weeks now and you think it’s about time you made a move and asked them out. Yet every time you talk to them you’re paralyzed with fear. Is this because you’re afraid that talking to them could be detrimental to your survival? Absolutely not. You’re not really “afraid” in the traditional sense. Rather, your courage has become entangled with the complex system of symbols within our society and your fear has translated over to social discomfort and how you will feel about yourself in the unlikely event that you are rejected. Fear is the mind killer, but it is also the killer of dreams and aspirations.
Have you ever had a nightmare? I don’t mean just a bad dream, but a full blown nightmare that fully exercises every part of your mind dedicated to fear. Think about the symbols involved. A lot of them aren’t inherently terrifying. Or at least they wouldn’t be to a different person if they saw the images out of context. Yet the brain knows exactly what we fear and can maximize elements of a not necessarily frightening symbol and turn it into a behemoth of pure terror. And just as the mind can take something unnerving and make it terrifying, it can take something terrifying and put it into a context that makes it acceptable.
The mind deals with symbols in strange ways often. Certain symbols are often portrayed in the horror genre. Think about a scary basement or an old house that evokes a feeling of dread. It is largely frightening because of what it symbolizes to us. An understanding of symbols coupled with a recalibration of mental processes is what we need in order to give you the courage to overcome all irrational fears.
In understanding this fact alone, we are already well on our way to understanding one of the most powerful emotions human beings ever feel. And that is the first step toward conquering it. Another, perhaps even more effective step is to visit us at
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I hope you found this informative newsletter helpful. As we continue on our journey through conquering fear and replacing it with courage, next I’d like to examine how we can overcome fears created from past experiences. In doing this, we can accomplish a great deal in removing excessive and unnecessary fears from our lives as well as give our minds a second chance.
Have a safe and enlightened journey!
Thanks for your time.
Randolph Fabian Directo