What do you do with fear?
I recently had some powerful insights about facing fear from two films – Matrix 1 and After Earth. I watched both with commentaries by John Mark Stroud. You can download the films along with his commentary from http://www.onewhowakes.org/ I highly recommend the experience!
I was dealing with my own inner fears and I was fascinated how the characters in the films overcame theirs.
I love the part in the Matrix when Neo is willing to accept who he is. He no longer tries to run from fear or fight against it and then the bullets stop in mid-air. He is outside the world of fear, because he knows it is made up. Until that point Neo has doubts about who he really is. Others believe he is “the one” (we all are “the one”) but his inner doubts are reflected in a fearful world until he owns his true identity.
In After Earth the space soldiers train to have no fear when faced with danger. They call the experience “ghosting”. When Kitian asks Cyphen (his dad) about the first time he was able to “ghost”, Cyphen gives the details of the event, and then explains:
“Fear is not real
The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future.
It is a product of our imagination causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist.
That is near insanity.
Fear is a choice.
We are all telling ourselves a story, and that day mine changed.”
In A Course in Miracles the fear is also identified as a choice that is not real.
“When you are fearful, you have chosen wrongly.” T-2.VI.3:2
“You are beginning to learn that fear is not real. Do not be afraid, then, to look upon fear, for it cannot be seen.” T-11.V.2:3&8
What is more powerful and freeing than realising that fear is not real?
Fear comes from the thoughts or the story that we tell ourselves.
We can listen to fear or listen to love.
Only one is true because only one represents our true identity.
When we are fearful we can at least remember fear is a choice.
Fear may seem very real but we can then decide to ask for help to look at it.
The risk of really looking is that we will discover our fear is not real and then we will have no reason to hold on to the story that we have been telling ourselves!